Posted , 6 users are following.
I have lately been having a really tough time with reflux.
Here is my story - I am 30 years old. 5 years ago I was getting constant indigestion and heartburn (though absolutely no reflux at that time) the pain was terrible so after a gastroscopy, it was determined that I had gastritis and a simple 15mg dose of lansoprazole would keep this at baywhich is fine.
4 years on, the lansoprazole continued to work it's magic preventing the indigestion and heartburn but last year, towards the end, I started developing the reflux. I noticed that I would sometimes wake up choking with acid or could feel it just as I was waking up wrecking havoc at the back of my throat so I went back to the doctors ad advised me to take 15mg lansoprazole in the morning and then 15mg lasoprazole at night but it didn't really do much for the reflux. I started getting the dreaded sore throats when i would wake up in the morning. I only tend to get issues at night when I sleep, during the day , I am fine but the symptoms from the night last troughout the day.
The doctor then prescribed me nexium 20mg once daily which i took for 3 days. It seemed to help the reflux at night (though didn't get enough time to test this) but in the day, the terrible indigestion was there and was almost intolerable so I stopped taking this and now on 30mg lansprazole in the morning and 30mg lansoprazole at night which doesn't appear to dint the reflux at all (but stops the daily indigestion)
The past few days, the sore throats have been really painful and I feel soreness when I breathe in as well as when i eat food, my voice has become raspy and for the past month, I constantly find myself clearing my throat.
I have tried dietry change as much as possible, I am only 10 stone (5 foot 11) so quite slim and not in need to lose weight, I don't drink alcohol, I don't smoke and only drink water. I have tried eating foods hours before bedtime, I have tried sleeping on inclines, with books below the bed and mattress, I have tried sleeping solely on the left hand side as recommended - I suppose it's slightly better if I do sleep on the left but not by much. I have also noticed whenever I lie down on my left hand side, I get constant throat gurgles and throat burps! which is irritating to say the least. I do not get this on my right side when I lie down however.
I am at a loss as to what to do. I am going back to the doctors again on a review of the increased dosage .After some research, I may ask to get a h2 blocker in addition to my current lansoprazole to see if this has any impact. I may also try other PPI medications to see if any show improvements. The Nexium I could try again but I would need to definitely take another dose in the morning rather than just 1 dose as I got the indigestion during the day when I took this at night. My doctor did discuss surgery to strengthen the LES valve but I hate the thought of this and is an absolute LAST resort!
Currently I am feeling sorry for myself with a sore throat, a cough and a fear of going to sleep at night with the reflux, does anybody have any thoughts to share and add to this with their own experiences or suggestions in medications etc that might help if you have seen a similar thing happen to you.
1 like, 5 replies