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First of all, thank you to everyone who has written on this forum. The information I have picked up from it has been so informative and helpful.

Secondly, the question! I believe I am suffering from GERD (GP suspects gastric reflux - prescribed gaviscon). Having more tests next week. GP has told me not to lie down when it starts, but in all honesty, it's the only thing that clears it! I understand the whole gravity thing is important where GERD is concerned, but I get almost instant relief when I do (or maybe it just calms me down when I feel I can't breathe properly!!)

Does anyone else get relief from lying down, or am I just making it worse in the long term?

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    The problem with lying down is that the acid might go up your esophagus, stay there too long and damage its lining. I honestly don't feel comfortable lying down when I have reflux as I had lesions in my esophagus before. If you can relax at a 45 degree angle or at least on a wedge, this is much better. I would avoid lying completely flat.
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    For me, when I go to bed at night and lie down, I start coughing, sometimes more than during the day, although there's no obvious pattern to my symptoms.
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    Hi

    I have to sleep almost sat upright - I have read somewhere that you shouldn't be bent in the middle as that aggravates the sphincter. Either that or pace around all night lol

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    I do think lying down is a comfort thing for me, rather than actually relieving the pain! I take gaviscon before going to bed and have my evening meal earlier than I use to. Luckily I don't suffer from pain during the night.

    I will however, elevate a bit to stop the acid just sitting there! Thanks for your thoughts everyone!

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    For me lying down makes me breath much better. I read where gerd is worse when you lie down and LPR is better when you lie down
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    Oh gosh, that puts new light on the subject! What exactly is LPR?

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    suzeq1972 Laryngopharyngeal Reflux Disease (LPR) This condition develops when stomach acid travels up into your throat. Although you may experience "heartburn" or "indigestion", many people do not have these complaints. Some of the more common symptoms are

    sensation of drainage down the back of the throat or excessive mucus

    feeling of something caught in the throat (sometimes a tickling or burning sensation)

    throat clearing

    chronic cough

    post-nasal drip

    sore throat

    hoarseness

    difficulty swallowing

    for me my main symptom is having a difficult time breathing

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    Suzeq1972. Laying down would definitely make it worse. You may be suffering from indigestion but can I ask do you suffer from anxiety at all?? With indigestion some people do suffer anxiety.
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    Thanks Debra27175. Is there a secret to controlling your breathing? After a bit of coughing and splattering, I find trying to breathing in through my nose and out through my mouth calms things down a bit. I've had my lungs checked so happy there aren't any major problems with them.

    Debbieuk. I've never suffered from anxiety but then again, I've never suffered from digestive problems before!!!! I get a bit jittery when the breathing and coughing starts though, but it disappears when it's back on track!

    I must admit, however, that it's starting to affect my lifestyle. I've noticed I don't want to leave the house as much and I'm not exercising. Scary how these things can creep up on you without noticing! :-(

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    Hi Suzeq1972

    You're right about it affecting your life. Some days I struggle to get out of bed. It's so wrong that we should all be suffering like this. I am definately thinking about the Linx surgery as I cannot live like this anymore - I have lost 18 months of my life which I won't get back.

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    So sorry to hear that moonbuggy, it really isn't fair. Not knowing your history, but the fact you've had this 18 months, I guess you've tried everything possible. Have you been tested for food allergies as well?

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    Hi suzeq1972

    I really feel I am going mad as no-one is listening. My consultant doesn't believe I have reflux as it didn't show on the barium swallow (must have been a good day). I could handle the 24 hr pH test (I think I may need to try again). Got diagnosed with a small HH which they say won't be causing me a problem - ha. Ended up in hospital last year for a week only to be told it was my HH - go home. So why won't anyone help - no-one seems to get how much this affects our lives. I think a witch doctor is in order now lol. The problem I have - is that I am in a bad place mentally now as it has gone on too long. I can't remember what it was like to wake up and feel well. I need to clear my head and persevere with the home remedies for a while

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    I hear what you're saying! I know it won't necessarily solve the problem, but I've tried a couple of things that have kept me sane! I read Good Gut Healing by Kathryn Marsden. She can be quite graphic about the workings of the gut, but it helped in me to visualise and understand what is happening in my body when I get a pain or feel something. Not to be read if you are squeamish about medical stuff.

    Secondly, youtube do guided healing meditations. Some may think it's a bit hippyish but it has certainly worked for me on a number of occasions!

    I always think that if I can't control the symptons, I' m going to do everything within my power not to think about them! ;-)

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