GERD & Regurgitation of food

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Hello fellow GERD sufferers! I’ve had GERD for about 15 years and have been on Omeprazole 20mg 1xday for about the same number of years, which has really controlled my acid reflux. However, I frequently experience a “pressure” sensation and mild pain behind by breastbone/chest area that gets pretty uncomfortable at times (usually comes on shortly after eating ). It makes me feel like I have to burp. So when I burp, I end up burping up undigested food. This rarely relieves the pressure sensation. Has anyone else experienced this? Have you found anything that helps? 

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    Have you tried cutting down the portion size of what you eat?I was taking the same meds as you,1 per day.I did'nt want to take them for a long period of time,so cut my dinner portion down to half,got more exercise,came off the meds,and feel 100% better.(I was 2 stone overweight,but I've lost that too!)

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      Hi NewLife.  Thanks for your reply. Yes, I’ve tried just about everything including portion sizes. In fact, I only eat until I’m beginning to feel full, then I stop, so I rarely eat anything in large portions.   I’m active, not overweight, and eat very sensibly.  Despite being on a PPI for roughly 15 years, I’m in otherwise good health. But this darn regurgitation is frustrating! 
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    Hey Jaybird, I know exactly what you’re talking about. I had that when I first got my acid reflux. I believe that it’s a hiatal hernia (look it up and any article/picture will explain better than I ever could lol) 

    If I were you I would either go to a doctor for that, or go to a chiropractor. I went to a chiropractor for mine and she actually pulled my stomach down from behind my rib cage. Not only did the swelling/pressure go away, but a lot of my acid reflux went away with it. I’m able to eat foods I wasn’t able to eat before (I still have some acid reflux, but not as bad as before). Just make sure the chiropractic is knowledgeable with GERD (I actually have silent reflux, but my chiro knew about GERD, hiatal hernia’s, LPR, etc) 

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    Hi Jaybird13,

    This sounds like you have a hiatus hernia as I did. I would have the same symptoms and was also on omperazole for a number of years which eventually stopped working. Have you ever been diagnosed properly? Also, acid reflux is a progressive disease which will get worse as the years go on, that's why recently I had an op to correct mine. You may want to look into it too? If you have any questions feel free to ask.

    :-)

    Ben

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      Hi Ben. Thanks for your response.  I have been diagnosed as having GERD, but by my GP.  And this was a long time ago.  I still see the same GP.  I’m thinking it’s time to go see a GI doctor for a scope to see what’s going on.  How did your surgery go?
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    Replying to both of you...

    I had a hiatus hernia repair and nissen fundoplication. It was the best thing I've ever done. I've had no heart burn or regurgitation at all. I'm 3 weeks post op today and I feel great. It's hard to get used to eating a little differently, you have to slow down and chew your food alot ! I went privately through my medical insurance and chose a surgeon that's been carrying out the procedure for 18 years so i knew I'd be just fine! And I was.. I has a 24 hr ph test and manometry that showed my swallowing was weak so he did a 'floppy wrap' which has worked great with no issues. Things do get stuck now and again but it's only for a few seconds and passes, it's not as bad as people say. Any more questions, hit me up :-)

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      That honestly sounds awesome . :D are you able to eat what you want? Or do you still have to follow a strict diet? 
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      Hi KimieJo,

      I followed a strict vegan diet before I had the op. This was just for health reasons and to try and help my heartburn symptoms. Since the surgery I have let myself off a bit and eaten the following: (I'm only 3 weeks post op)

      Fish and chips

      Curry

      McDonald's veggie meal

      Veggie burgers

      Salmon and eggs

      I even managed a glass of wine last week. Even though I don't usually drink wine but fancied it, I'm usually a beer man but hope you eventually be able to drink guiness at least!

      Any other questions hit me up!

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      To ben74049, 

      How long did you have the hiatal hernia until you got surgery? I’m still trying to get my doctor to refer me to a gastroenterologist. Also, did you know how you got the hiatal hernia?  

      And I haven’t had fish and chips or curry in a while. That sounds so good. 😭

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      Haha! Yeah that was good!

      I'm guessing the hiatal hernia was always the issue. No one knows how they're caused but I'm guessing all the digging I've done over the years. I'm also a bodybuilder so that probably doesn't help!

      Have you had an endoscopy to rule things out?

      Are you in the US?

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    Hello! Just wondering, have you ever tried weaning off Omeprazole? I was taking Omeprazole for 2-3 months straight but the side effects were really horrible on me. I experienced extreme fatigue and dizziness. I literally had to stay in bed and couldn't work for the 7 months that followed. 

    Anyways, I am very familiar with the pressure behind breastbone area. You could try having a super strict bland diet – no onions, garlic, oil so everything is soup-based or steamed. I also added anti-inflammatory vegetables and herbs into my diet (turmeric, ginger, rosemary, cinnamon, etc).

    Also another point worth mentioning, mine suddenly hurt to press now and wasn't really triggered by food so my GP later diagnosed me with Costochondritis. Took Naproxen Sodium with Famotidine (to protect the stomach) only when the pain got unbearable. Got my relief and tried to alter posture too. 

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