Gerd flare up, is this normal?

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When I get a flare up if starts hot in my chest, after about half an hour, it starts up in my throat and then I throw up. It burns for about 3 hours. It burns in my throat, chest, and ears, and it makes me sick. It is horrible. Also, it burns when I swallow! I'd rather have anything than this. It makes me seriously sick!!! I'd rather have a broken bone.

Is this normal? It happens like once a month

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    Hello Mikayla, try to work out if there is some food you are eating or something you do different before this severe monthly heartburn event occurs. And after it happens, or before if possible, take an antacid fluid or chewable tablets to try to counter the acid that's hit your throat and other tissues. You could ask your doctor as well of course, but it would still be good if you can check for some culprit behind the event.

    Even though you might not have the problem I have, with gastritis, I will still tell you my measures that help me with it, for they could be of use to you as general knoiwledge. Best wishes.

    Several small/medium meals per day (I have seven medium, one every two hours or so), rather than fewer bigger ones, so you don't overfill your stomach. Eat relaxed, chew well. Be sat upright for and after meals, not bent or reclining, so you don't squash your stomach and press its contents upwards.

    Fried foods, high-fat foods/meats, dairy, high-salt foods, spicy-hot foods, tomatoes, carbonated drinks, caffeine, alcohol and chocolate can all impact on stomach and reflux troubles for some people, so personal experimentation is key. Minty foods relax the lower oesophageal muscle which can let acid up easier, so they are bad. I use a fruity toothpaste, and strawberry gaviscon tablest for the now only occasional acid burn.

    Wholewheat bread, cereals, bananas, hardboiled eggs are a few of the foods that suit me, but there are pulses, rice, various beans (not kidney beans apparently) and many other things to try. Chicken is one of the best meats due to its lower fat content, though even that can hit me and is not eaten lately.

    Stress, excercise and bending activity that pressure and squeeze the stomach are also to be avoided. Be as calm and stress-free as you can.

    Having your last meal a few hours before bed can prevent or lessen reflux at night, but I found that waiting to be too empty caused hunger discomfort and kept me awake. Because of this I lie-down about an hour and a half to two hours after last meal, and this is much better. I lie raised a bit on three pillows, on my right side, which is best for me, though the left side is usually recommended. Other people raise the bed-head itself about 6 to 8 inches.

    Another thing that helps me greatly is to not burp after ten minutes after eating, as this can bring acid up and cause heartburn.

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    I used to get this daily - and frrequently during the early hours of the night when I'd just have to sit up for at least 2 hours feeling as if I had a blow torch down my throat.

    If you're only getting this once a month, try and identify what is causing it by keeping a food diary.

    The burning is from the acid of the reflux you are experiencing. That can be reduced using acid suppressants like omeprazole but it won't be an immediate cure. You need to take it as directed by your doctor and should start to see results within a couple of weeks.


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