ANYONE GET TERRIBLE ACID REFLUX AFTER HAVING COVID?

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i never had an issue with acid reflux. now my throat is so sore everyday! i went to ENT and he said its GERD and can be a side affect from having covid as this started directly after. anyone else experience this?

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    Hiya. Yep, I was ill with a very weird 'chest infection' in March - couldn't get tested but did wonder if it was Covid as I had most symptoms apart from fever or breathlessness. Two weeks afterwards, I came down with the WORST reflux and gastro problems I've ever had. Never had gastro problems in my life, but over the course of 4 months I ticked them all off, one by one as the symptoms moved downwards - eosphagus pain, reflux to the extent I would wake up choking at night, nausea, total loss of appetite, burning stomach pain, and then very, very severe diarrhea to cap it all off. None of it made any sense - I'd have a random good day (especially after eating a curry!) and then would have 3-4 days of feeling like I was dying. No matter what I ate (or didn't eat) - it made no difference. I lost a lot of weight and went through various meds (Cimetidine, Lanzoprazole, Esomperazole) and then finally settled on Omeprazole. Loads of blood tests came back negative - and I got so fed up of sending in 'stool' samples that also came back negative. Also had endoscope which showed up fine. I think the GP thought I was mad. Around the time I started taking Omeprazole, I got desperate and started taking manuka honey , priobiotics, turmeric tea and green tea. Whether it was coincidence or not, recovery suddenly started 4 months after it had all began. I'm now much better - back eating everything I did before and am cutting down on the PPIs, hoping to be off them in a couple of weeks. I still get a random 'off' day, but nowhere near as bad as before - I'd say I'm 85% back to normal now, and can see small improvements every week.

    Best of luck to you - I really hope you don't get symptoms like mine, but if you do, there is light at the end of the tunnel.

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      Hi Sunshine - my symptoms started around 10th Dec (tested positive) and around day 5-7 i developed sever shortness of breath. around day 9-10 i felt ok . during these days i had stomach issues bloating for which i took Renny and it helped a little. Since around day 12 i have developed severe abdominal bloating and difficulty in swollowing. i have been on Lansoprozole and Buscopan. Now doctor have stopped Lansoprozle as i have to be off it for two weeks to do the stool test.

      i have no abdominal pain but due to bloating cannot eat. My bowl movement seems to be more frequent than normal (2-3) times a day and i seems to do little burps often.

      Did Munaka honey and probiotics help? if so which Probiotics did you take?

      Also if you have any other advise that is welcomed a lot. Thanks

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    hi Allison, how are symptons now? My friend has tested positive to Covid and is experiencing acid reflux....she said it was not there before! I do have acid reflux but the past couple of days have been worse and different to usual. Now i know of my friend and reading yours, I am going to get tested, I do not have any other symptons though, just a very dry mouth. So this could be something else.

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    Hi

    I am currently recovering with Covid still have 5 days to go of isolation however is everyone just munching anti acid to sort out the constant inferno heart burn and stomach pain?.

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    Hi Alison

    Might not be the answer to your question but last Feb, I got a severe bout of acid reflux where I was literally spitting out the foul tasting liquid. I felt out of sorts, tired and couldn't eat much without feeling really full.

    I thought I'd given myself a hiatus hernia from lifting weights so I booked in for a barium swallow to check esophagus sphincter etc etc and the consultant couldn't find anything wrong.. the valve was ok and no hernia. This lasted around 2 months then disappeared.

    At the time, I found Gaviscon Advance liquid a lifesaver.

    PS - I've just read the other replies. I too took Lansoprozole but stopped after 3 weeks. I can eat anything again now whereas chocolate, tomatoes etc would make it worse at the time.

    Al

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    Hi my symptoms started around 10th Dec (tested positive) and around day 5-7 i developed sever shortness of breath. around day 9-10 i felt ok . during these days i had stomach issues bloating for which i took Renny and it helped a little. Since around day 12 i have developed severe abdominal bloating and difficulty in swollowing. i have been on Lansoprozole and Buscopan. Now doctor have stopped Lansoprozle as i have to be off it for two weeks to do the stool test.

    i have no abdominal pain but due to bloating cannot eat. My bowl movement seems to be more frequent than normal (2-3) times a day and i seems to do little burps often.

    Did Munaka honey and probiotics help? if so which Probiotics did you take?

    Also if you have any other advise that is welcomed a lot. Thanks

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      thank you for the response - how long did your swollowing difficulty lasted and did you do any test or take any meds for it?

      my swollowing seems to be improving but bloating/distention is constant for the past 4 weeks.

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      My throat felt swollen at the back due to the reflux which made it feel like it was hard to swallow. When I realised this is what was happening, it cleared up in about a week or so with Gaviscon Advance liquid as that stops the stomach juices coming up to the throat and aggravating it. It's important to take something like Gaviscon to stop your oesophagus being burnt.

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      thank you! i was on Lansoprozole for about teo weeks which is essentially a better version of gaviscon. now am off it as need to do stool test. its improving a little and it has now been 5 weeks. if it flares up again ill keep gaviscon in mind.

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    ive been feeling gerd symptoms as well. Neck closing, excess saliva. I thought it was related to the pneumonia I had but since then (4 weeks) ive had a chest xray and ct scan to verify i no longer have "pneumonia". This is honestly driving me crazy

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    i tested positive just over 4 weeks ago, and have been suffering from chest pains for about 3 weeks now. my doctor says its probably heartburn which i have never had before. im now on medication lansoprozal for it, but still have the chest pains

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