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So I have GERD but have been doing fine and not experiencing symptoms for a while now (had most of the symptoms besides barfing, took multiple prescibed meds before, had endoscopy) due to natural healing ways (drinking a specific tea and eating specific honey), but today out of nowhere with no stomach pains or warning, I started coughing a little, and then violently, and then almost barfed... it felt like I was going to barf air and acid or something, probably because I didn't feel food coming up my esophagus and just felt like barfing because of the intense coughs... I sat down next to a trash can and the feeling immediately vanished and I stopped coughing.
*This next part is important: today I had almost all flour/wheat foods (I know that flour is a trigger food for reflux, but I read that people who experience
"period acid reflux" have it bad regardless of their diet) and I'm supposed to be starting my period soon, and in my research, found that before-period times cause an increase in acid reflux symptoms so I guess I have a couple questions about this episode today:
1. Is there anything I can do to prevent this from happening if it ever happens again? I have a very very very (can't stress this enough) intense fear of barfing and that split second where I was going to borderline barf was terrible.. I also know if I were to, it would just be acid which would be bad for me anyway. Anything in that moment of feeling like I'm going to barf that I can do? Drink hot water? Take over the counter medicine? Anything??
2. Is it true that acid reflux symptoms worsen over the time the period is supposed to begin? After going a good few weeks without symptoms, the past couple days I felt nauseous as well as a sharp pain in my left chest area if I took a deep breath.
Thank you in advance for any answers!!
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