Finding it hard to cope with bloating and not being able to eat without pain

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Hi I started having symptoms nearly three months ago. My symptoms are excessive saliva , choking feeling constantly, burping which my kids find embarrassing. Bloating where my stomach hurts, and I find it had to walk and chest tightness which resulted in me having crackling on lungs and prescribed antibiotics and inhaler.

I m currently prescribed lansoprazole on 60 mg from 30 and I m waiting for endoscopy.

I ve lost 7lbs which I don t need as very thin anyway.

I ve been eating a bland diet, but symptoms are nt improving.

Any help or advice would be appreciated as can t lead a normal life, work or look after my children as I used to x

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    Hi Sharon you sound like you have really bed Acid Reflux? I seem to get the bloating, wind at both ends ( my youngest finds hilarious ) I know how awful it is and just embarising. Other than Lanssoprazole have the doctor given you anything else? Have they mentioned acid reflux to you at all? It's very in depth acid reflux ( as you'll know if u go on look up on it). I would go and see your go again and get some reassurance ?. Sorry that's the only advice I can give you.x
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      Hi Michelle they just mentioned reflux and did nt really go into depth about it. I seem to have all the symptoms of acid reflux. Fed up with not being able to eat much and no energy. My meds are starting to help a little and gaviscon after meals helps a bit. But my lungs are hurting again, which is good, neither is the weight I have lost, I can t eat much food to increase weight which I need for energy.

      Thanks for your reply 😃

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      Hi Michelle - my doc told me last week that it is far better for refluxers to have wind come out the other end as it reduces pressure in the stomach. For the first time in my life I now have "permission" to go as hard as I like for "medical reasons"!
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    Hi Sharon,

    Symptoms canbe distressing and it can take a lot of experimentation to find a regime that works.

    Excessive saliva (water brash), choking feelin, chest tightness, crackling lungs are all symptomatic of extra-oesophageal reflux - when refluxate via lower oesophageal sphincter has traversed the whole column of the oesophagus and breaches the upper sphincter whence it may be aspirated into respiratory system.

    Bloating and burping may be indicative of poor stomach emptying which can cause reflux.

    It is unfortunate that burping is not considered polite as it's an important and necessary function and if the gas is not released can lead to great discomfort.

    Gas in the stomach can have different origins:

    1. It may be ingested. We all swallow some air as we eat. This may be minimised by small mouthfuls well chewed and carefully swallowed.

    2. It may be a by-product of a chemical reaction between our food and the stomach acid - as baking soda and vinegar produce carbon dioxide.

    3. It may be form fermentation of fodds remaining in the stomach too long.

    It is best released as a burp. It's retention will give rise to that feeling of bloating.

    It may sound counter-intuitive but slowly drinking some carbonated water can help the management of gas release.

    To help ingeneral, you should eat little and often. I'm guessing the former part isn't so difficult but it is equally important to have 5 or 6 small sized snacks / meals a day.

    It may not be necessary to only eat land foods. Determine for yourself which foods cause you the most problems. I sympathis with your condition as I experience these symptoms myself. However, personally, I find I manage curries better than salads.

    All the best

    Chris

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      Thanks for the info and explanation of what's going on in my body. My doctor said it was reflux and maybe a hernia, she does nt know herself, that's why endo has been booked.

      I eat now mainly banana, toast, peaches and veg, and drink lots of water. My stomach barely tolerates them.

      This all started when I started on b12 injections. I expected to feel energised and ended up with my acid problems. I don t know if the b12 had anything to do with it.

      Anyway thanks for explaining things for me, it makes me feel a bit better knowing what is happening in my stomach.

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    I would suggest that they do the pH testing with the Endoscopy. Based on the results of that the doctor may be able to prescribe a different PPI. I was taking them twice a day. (Be sure you are taking your PPI at least 20-30 minutes before a meal.) Also my GI doctor said a bland diet doesn't really work. Everyone is different, so you need to find out which are your trigger foods. My suggestion is to eliminate carbonated drinks and things normally high in acid. My trigger food was muffins!
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