Reflux hell

Posted , 10 users are following.

This discussion has been locked due to a period of inactivity. Start a new discussion

My pain is so bad and non stop that I can't relate it to food. Ranitidine no longer working and rebeprazole only worked for a while. Can't sleep at night, have to sit up on sofa. Not overweight, never smoked, was very fit and healthy until this started. Asked Consultant about surgery and he said not at my age!!! I am so depressed that I can't cope and really can't go on any more. Do painkillers help?

1 like, 23 replies


23 Replies

  • Posted

    Yes painkillers help but not Advil Aspirin or

    aleve u need like Vicodin something with

    Acetaminophen (which is Tylenol and hydrocodone) Things like Celebrex have

    aspirin in them. Try the baking soda and

    warm water occasionally. Chewing gum really works (sugar free)

  • Posted

    I don't know how many apples ur eating

    but if it a lot cut back on them. They can

    be tough on your digestion. Try apple sauce instead. The skin of am apple

    is where most of the fiber is but will cause

    reflux hell at night

  • Posted

    I put up with reflux for years, sitting up most of the nights.

    in the end I had surgery in February this year, NO More reflux, wonderful just cross with myself and doctors that I didn't have it done sooner.

    hope you find a answer soon.


    • Posted

      Thanks can I ask how you found the

      Surgery and how long it took u to

      Recover. I have been told to consider this surgery but the surgeon said u

      Can not burp or be sick so I'm

      Not sure if it would be the best

      Decision? I would really appreciate

      Your experience

  • Posted

    Hi Hilary I have suffered from acid reflux since last year I have had scans chest X-Rays all came back normal been on different meds for this Dr give me lanzopopal then took this for about 4 weeks no change so Dr give ranitidine and reberprazol still no change I take gavaison as well I have put blocks under my bed this helps some nights more than others I was told by my dr to element some foods like all tomato base foods cititurs foods like oranges peppermint chocolate greased foods like chips and fired foods so I did this started to eat plain foods like fish baked in oven jacket potato salads but no tomatoes you can still peaches apples pears and I eat all veg I eat quite a bit off chicken but hold the off the sauces I eat rice I eat about 2 to 3 hours before bed and now I still have problems with Curtine foods can't eat greasy foods or chocolate but each week innerjuice one food back in your diet and it may help you hope this has helped
    • Posted

      Julie does the rice bother you. I can't eat rice because it can get stuck

      some of the rice either doesn't

      get soft enough after cooking.

      Sometimes I have to force myself

      to throw up cause it gets stuck

      in my throat.

  • Posted

    I don't want to be too simplistic, and my problem is nowhere near as severe as yours, but... in the odd case where I get pain, I have (on and off for many years) prepared a glass of dilute baking soda (sodium bicarbonate) solution in cool water and drunk it slowly (ie over a period of 5 minutes).  My wife has done the same. I find it almost always works with just one glass; it works when things like Tums are useless. If it works, or not, please advise, good luck. 

    Reg H

    • Posted

      Great advice I told her to do that yesterday. Upu have to be careful not drink 2 much baking soda and actually warm water works great but baking soda has a lot if salt so u have to be careful not to do this very often but it is great to relieve instant burning in the chest from acid reflux

      just don't do any carbonated drinks that is why warm water is best with baking soda.

    • Posted

      I tried this and it made things worse! I don't think Ranitidine or rabepresole are working. I have been eating only veg, fish and chicken , no dairy, no wheat, then yesterday a banana set it off again and now nothing I do will stop it. Also feel exhausted from all the medication. Going to a dietician this afternoon, to see if she can help.
    • Posted

      Hilary call your dr. If u saw a GI physician then he or she needs

      to know how bad you are feeling

      That u can't stand it. Have you done

      the other stuff head up on blocks


    • Posted


      If it gets that bad and you can not

      get into your physician then go

      to the emergency room. You might

      need something for the pain.

    • Posted

      Scared to try the things people suggest, after the baking soda fiasco! Haven't put bed on blocks because so far I have been ok at night. I saw a GI Consultant and he put me back on Ranitidine and then I saw the GP last week, broke down in tears so she has put me on Rabepresole. Both work for a while then stop so I am trying the diet method. Seeing dietician this afternoon and a counsellor on Thursday for the panic attacks and depression I am now experiencing. Don't know what more I can do. Supposed to go back to doc. In a week.
    • Posted

      If you go to the emergency room and TELL them you are having chest

      pain that the GI meds do not help and it is severe they will probably see you immediately. Telll them the pain

      is a 10 on a scale from 1 to 10 or if worse say 12. I am sorry ur in so

      much discomfort

    • Posted

      Did u. get an endoscopy (EGD).

      What did it show.? If u don't want to

      go to the emergency room then

      call the dr again and tell him

      it is unbearable. Ask him to do

      something tell him what you have

      tried to do.?I suggested the emergency room because if ur

      having chest pain. they have. to treat u immediately to make sure it isn't

      your heart. If it is your nerves then

      u have to. do. breathing exercises

      meditation someway to relax. If the pain travels down your arm then it could be cardiac but. call the dr there are some meds they can give you to coat the esophagus like Carafate. I would calm


Join this discussion or start a new one?

New discussion

Report as inappropriate

Thanks for your help!

We want the forums to be a useful resource for our users but it is important to remember that the forums are not moderated or reviewed by doctors and so you should not rely on opinions or advice given by other users in respect of any healthcare matters. Always speak to your doctor before acting and in cases of emergency seek appropriate medical assistance immediately. Use of the forums is subject to our Terms of Use and Privacy Policy and steps will be taken to remove posts identified as being in breach of those terms.

newnav-down newnav-up