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Anybody who is on level 10 of this thing and what you have done in past or doing now and if it has helped. I have to sleep in upright sitting position and very selective food. My Dr is going for Nissen Fundoplication, a process to tie up stomach to tighten the sphincter so the acid doesn't go up oesophagus. I am just trying to see how ppl are managing it. Thanks.

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I'm so sorry you are suffering with this. I've had it in the past and I know how miserable it is.

There's a chance you have food sensitivities. Some common culprits are wheat, dairy and eggs, but it could be anything. For me ice cream is the worst, followed by wheat. If I eat those foods, especially before bed, it's like clockwork - I'll get that awful gurgly acid tummy. But if I stay away from those things, I'm golden.

Might you have a food sensitivity or two? Identifying my trigger foods completely relieved my symptoms. If you haven't explored this yet, a naturopath can help sort it out.

I wish you the very best.
 

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I have to deal with it upon occasion but it isn't chronic. I think it may be the root of my sinus problems over the years according to my Dr. Yes, it can go all the way to your head.

Things that contribute are smoking weed, drinking alcohol and eating dinner late/going to bed with food in your stomach. The food thing is the tricky part and when to pop a Pepcid. If you take it before eating, you'll shut down acid production that is required for digestion. This caused food to remain in the stomach much longer than it should. If you take the stuff, wait a half hour or so after you eat before taking. Acid reflux isn't just acid, it's whatever is in the stomach when it occurs. I take a half a Tums before lying down for the night. Eating a large quantity of meat at dinner isn't a good idea. When you do eat meat, eat it first, salad/veggies last. It might be good to pop half a Tums at times during the day or at happy hour.
 

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Prilosec in the morning. Every morning. Been taking reflux meds for decades, Prilosec is the latest. Took it as prescription before it went OTC. Like Charles said, find foods that trigger tough nights. A lot of stuff I don't eat anymore that I used to love. There's a bottle of Tums knockoff tablets on the night stand for those times I splurge.
 

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I dont drink, don't smoke (occasionaly..and not cigs..have not smokef cigs in last 10 yrs). Its so bad that I sleep sitting upright. I take omeprazole 40 mg at the start of day and thought it was working but nope. Fluids are upto my clavical bone..basically just a tad bit below shoulders. Barium xray confirmed it. I have given up all dairy products..no fast food, no red meat. Its draining me out mentally and workwise....besides physically.

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I take an omeprizol every morning, and try to avoid eating my trigger foods too late in the day. The best solution I've found for unexpected reflux, eating a trigger food, or late at night, is Pepcid Complete. That stuff is magic. The generic WallyWorld version works ok, too.
 
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Sorry you're suffering from this affliction, @piscean. I have occasional issues if I eat late dinner, or certain types of foods. I just eat a bunch of tums and drink milk when it happens, then I prop up my adjustable base bed to sleep slightly upright. Start a food journal of what you ate, when you ate, and how bad the reflux was. This will let you know what foods to avoid. If I am eating pizza for dinner, it can't be late. I wish you luck, my friend!
 
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Anybody who is on level 10 of this thing and what you have done in past or doing now and if it has helped. I have to sleep in upright sitting position and very selective food. My Dr is going for Nissen Fundoplication, a process to tie up stomach to tighten the sphincter so the acid doesn't go up oesophagus. I am just trying to see how ppl are managing it. Thanks.

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I had a Nissen done18 years ago. It held well for a long period of time, and no issues till this year. I was told when they did they had no data for someone my age (18 years old) and said it would only last maybe 15-20 years.

They haven't sorted what caused all my issues. They believe Covid was part to blame but they found 5 bleeding ulcers this Feb and one nicked an artery. They ran more tests and basically have said I am now on a proton pump inhibitor again probably for the rest of my life.

The recovery for the nissen wasn't a walk in the park. When I did it was 30 days of soft or liquid food such as soups and Jello and moving around for awhile was an issue.
 

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Sorry to hear. I'm trying to figure if I'm suffering from something similar. Had had a sore throat for 3 months, doc thinks its "silent reflux." Tried omaprazole for a couple weeks but didn't seem to help much, back in for more testing soon. My understanding is that for reflux, avoid trigger foods like (as mentioned) alcohol, caffeine, chocolate, carbonated beverages, spicy foods, fried foods etc. Sleep with head slightly elevated, lose weight if applicable, don't smoke etc. None of this has helped me so far so maybe dealing with something else, but since you've confirmed with X ray, may these things can help you. Best of luck.
 

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Been there, friend. Had that problem for a while...not exactly sure what caused it. Some days would be so bad that the next morning I would have a sore esophagus...drinking water would slightly hurt...

One thing that may have helped me is being more active and losing a little weight...Now it happens maybe a couple times a month...I drink beer and eat all the things...non smoker. I will say, though, the biggest food culprit for me was anything with a tomato base...spaghetti, pizza sauce, tomato soup...guaranteed to give me heartburn/reflux every time.

Prilosec daily, omeprezole, Zantac was a god send when I needed saving in a pinch...until they banned it lol. Water helped calm things sometimes...Vinegar or soda balanced things.
 

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Dealing with this can be incredibly frustrating because there are so many things that can trigger it and most doctors just kind of shrug their shoulders and suggest just popping prilosec for the rest of your life without any kind of plan to wean you off. Aside from foods, stress can also a big trigger. I would say I generally have it under control, and the few real "flareups" I've had over the last few years were during stressful times (work, family members visiting, etc.). I can still eat spicy foods, I just need to avoid tomato based stuff. I also avoid fatty foods before exercise or sleep. I do take prilosec, but I take a pill every other day or two. It's hard to quit because your stomach compensates for the "turned off" pumps by making more, so when you stop taking prilosec, the acid production goes way up. For me, I also think getting a new job helped. I work from home most of the time, so I no longer have to get up early and do a long commute that I absolutely hated. That is not always easy for people, but if you have a job or boss that you don't like, try and come up with an exit strategy.

Things that helped for me:
-Get regular exercise every day.
-Dial the food way back to simple stuff like oatmeal and toast, and gradually introduce new foods and see what happens. You'll come up with a list of foods that cause you problems. Acidic foods is a big culprit for many.
-Look at where you have stress in your life, and see if you can eliminate or at least decrease it. I think a lot of people just accept stress in their life as something that is supposed to be there.
 

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I dont want to gross anyone out but trying to see ...my stools are black...as in just scary black. Blood is seeping up in my oesophagus and cones all the wsy and while going down till it reaches to exit point, collect all iron and brlly fluids thus turning it complete black. Been happeninh for past 2 days. This is a new development. I have appointment tomorrow after my provider sent referral to digestive health center at ohsu. Will be seeing a specialist tomorrow. Have upper endoscopy done about 2 weeks ago. Couple years ago I got colonoscopy done for unrelated issue ...at that time. I'm very scared ..to be honest. My breathing is heavy..short breath...always feel like something stuck at back of my throat. My chest feels wierd all the time. I stopped eatinh anything after 6 pm. Sleep with 4 or 5 pillow if I get lucky to sleep in my bed. This is all new to me and besides physically..mentally I'm all shaken. I never had any ailment ...nothing..fit as horse until out of nowhere just in last lil.over couple months this started happening.

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I had one of the worst heartburn and reflux episodes of my life last week when I picked up C-19. The Tums didn't touch it. My wife gave me some famotadine (Pepsid) 20 mg. And it made it a little more tolerable. Took it for the next few days to keep it in check. It went away when the other symptoms of C-19 cleared up.

Have you been tested for H-pylori?
 

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I had one of the worst heartburn and reflux episodes of my life last week when I picked up C-19. The Tums didn't touch it. My wife gave me some famotadine (Pepsid) 20 mg. And it made it a little more tolerable. Took it for the next few days to keep it in check. It went away when the other symptoms of C-19 cleared up.

Have you been tested for H-pylori?
Yes..was tested positive for H- pylori... that was when they did colonoscopy to see if anything else is aggravating it. I did the 15 day or 2 week antibiotic course as prescribed. Everything was fine and suddenly this thing in past 3 months.

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Another thing to try, yet is hard to do at times, is eat your big dinner meal around noon and eat light stuff for dinner.
 
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Sleep on your left side. Multiple research studies have found that being on your left side is the best sleeping position for people with GERD. Sleeping with your left side down reduces reflux episodes and exposure of the esophagus to stomach acid.
 

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Anybody who is on level 10 of this thing and what you have done in past or doing now and if it has helped. I have to sleep in upright sitting position and very selective food. My Dr is going for Nissen Fundoplication, a process to tie up stomach to tighten the sphincter so the acid doesn't go up oesophagus. I am just trying to see how ppl are managing it. Thanks.

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I used to have the same problem. I ended up with a bleeding sarcophagus. My doctor prescribed Omeprazole 20 MG. I take 1 pill every morning. (19 years now). I never had the problem again.
 

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I used to have the same problem. I ended up with a bleeding sarcophagus. My doctor prescribed Omeprazole 20 MG. I take 1 pill every morning. (19 years now). I never had the problem again.
A bleeding sarcophagus is the second-to-the-last thing I would ever want.
 
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