Tummy bloating and heartburn

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Hi, I was diagnosed with Hyperthyroidism a few weeks ago, and have recently had my medication upped to 30mg propranolol 4 times a day, and 30mg carbimazole once a day.   I am still waiting to see the specialist which isn't for a couple of weeks yet - so still under my doctor.

Not enjoying how I am feeling at the moment, and didn't know if this is side effects to the tablets or it is to do with the thyroid or comletely something different.

Over the last week I have been having terrible tummy bloating and heartburn.  My tummy is so bloated it looks like i'm pregnant, and the pain in my upper tummy right in the middle just below my boobs is so painful.   This is keeping me awake at night now, and seems to be getting worse as the days are going on.  

I have been taking indigestion tablets, but these don;t seem to help with the pain, they just make me burb all the time.

Has anyone had or known of anything like this with the tablets?

Hope someone can help.

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    Hi molis, I can't tell you what is causing the stomach problems. When I was hyperthyroid I did not have such symptoms. But many hyper patients (including myself) have abnormal liver values and that may affect the digestive system. You could check with your GP. Maybe your initial blood test already includes liver values. 

    Most (anti-acid) indigestion tablets release carbon dioxide on contact with the acid in the stomach, hence the burping. 

    The only thing I can suggest (if you did not try it already) is Gaviscon Double Action solution. It is different from normal indigestion tablets in that it creates an anti-acid plug in the upper area of the stomach preventing a reflux of acid into your gullet. You can find more informaton on acid reflux here:

    http://patient.info/health/acid-reflux-and-oesophagitis

    Just remember, your have to take Gaviscon after having your meals and/or liquids. 

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      Hello danR

      Thank you so much for your reply.

      i'm not really sure what my initial blood tests were.  I am seeing the specialist in a couple of weeks now, so hopefully will know a lot more then on what's going on.

      I actually went out and bought the Gaviscon Double Action today.  I was unsure whether to buy the normal one or the double one - so really pleased I did get the double one.

      Thank you again.   Hopefully once I have seen the specialist things might come to light a bit more.   And yes, if this carries on, then I will definitely be going back to the doctor.

      Best wishes to you.

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    I haven't had that experience but the dosages of both meds you are on is quite high.  You tend to get more side effects at higher dosages.  It would be helpful if you could get a copy of your lab tests and post your values on this Board along with the ranges for normal for your lab.  I found it was empowering to always get and keep a copy of all lab reports and learn what the tests mean.  

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      Hello linda187

      Thank you for your reply.   I was on a lower dosage until about 3 weeks ago, but started with all the shaking and heartbeat going through the roof, so the doctor decided to up my dosage until I see the specialist. 

      I have seen others say to always get the lab tests.    Once I see the specialist, I will definitely try to remember to get these.

      Thank you again.

      Take care

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      You might want to ask your GP to check you for H.Pylori stomach infection.  I was diagnosed with this and treated.
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    I'd just like to add: Since your stomach problems have been there for some time now, I think it would be best to make an appointment with your GP. He may want to prescribe a proton pump inhibitor type drug, like Omeprazole, that will lower the amount of acid your stomach is producing. 

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