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Just thought I'd share my experiences of the dreaded reflux. I've been having problems since the birth of my twins 8 years ago. Up until Christmas 2006 I would have short bouts every 6 months or so - small potatoes compared to some of you I know. The symptoms were usually the same - a feeling of trapped wind, a burning sensation in my chest and sometimes a pain in my back. However, a month or so on 20mg of omeprazole usually did the trick. Occasionally the reflux would linger and I was tested for h pylori - negative- and it was also suggested that maybe I had a hiatus hernia. Since Christmas, however, I have been really suffering. Terrible burning in my chest, a feeling of acid washing up and down my throat, bloating even after a small meal, a pulling sensation and sometimes backache. 20 mg of omeprazole initially helped but then had little effect. After a really bad night I went back to my GP who poked my tummy for a bit then changed my meds to 150mg Ranitidine twice a day. These have kind of helped even though I've read they're not as good as omeprazole. My GP seemed reluctant to up the dose of omprazole I don't know why. I'm supposed to go back to the GP in about a week but am going back sooner to be asked to be referred to a specialist as I can't stand living like this any more. I eat tiny meals usually consisting of something on toast - EVERYTHING seems to aggrevate my poor old tum and as a result have lost some weight (I wasn't overweight to begin with). It's become so bad that I'm back on a low dose anti-depressent to help me cope with the anxiety (I'm worried I've got stomach cancer - my GP poh-pohed this) and yes I know these can cause indigestion. I'm so desperate that I'll probably pay to see the specialist just to speed things up. Can anyone offer any comfort or positive thoughts?
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