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Mine is intermittent, and when another round starts I will go back on a course of omeprazole for 14 days. My doc said it is not a good idea to take omeprzole on a sustained basis.
I have had the chest pain symptoms with a cruching pressure right under my sternum, butny heart checks out. If I can sip a fluid --water, a Coke -- for a few minutes it will subside. The joker in this picture is the hiatal hermia, which I understand is and is not related. Two foods that will tie me up are cold chicken and pulled pork, if eaten too quickly. if I consciously take smaller bites and chew the food longer, I can avoid a lot of this. If food gets tuck at the herina site, it can even lead to vomiting. Sorry.
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Well it disturbed my sleep last night. Wife brought home dinner from Mexican from food cart. Really spicy, greasy things I've never eaten before, dunno what they were called. Really good, then half a chicken Burrito + 2 large beers and other chips and munchies with hot sauce(s). Didn't take the Pepcid, just popped a couple Tums.
 

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Well it disturbed my sleep last night. Wife brought home dinner from Mexican from food cart. Really spicy, greasy things I've never eaten before, dunno what they were called. Really good, then half a chicken Burrito + 2 large beers and other chips and munchies with hot sauce(s). Didn't take the Pepcid, just popped a couple Tums.
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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 this Nissen Fundoplication surgery done back in 2000, I love the results to this day, have no regrets, and would do it all over again in a heartbeat if needed. A side effect no one can figure out was it also cured 90% of my migraine headaches, I can accept those side effects as well.
 

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I had this Nissen Fundoplication surgery done back in 2000, I love the results to this day, have no regrets, and would do it all over again in a heartbeat if needed. A side effect no one can figure out was it also cured 90% of my migraine headaches, I can accept those side effects as well.
Thank you for replying! You give me hope. After the surgery what are the do's and don'ts. I will be having the dreaded manometry test....did they do that on you? Insert a catheter via nose and throat to all the way to sternum in orsophagus. I am not expecting 100 % normalcy or I can eat everything..but if it is even 90% closer, I'll be super thankful

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Prilosec Prilosec Prilosec

Generic at Costco "omeprazole"

Ask your doctor perhaps.
I'm taking omeprazole 40 mg twice and its useless. I got sucrofalate going from tomorrow till my other tests are done.

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Thank you for replying! You give me hope. After the surgery what are the do's and don'ts. I will be having the dreaded manometry test....did they do that on you? Insert a catheter via nose and throat to all the way to sternum in orsophagus. I am not expecting 100 % normalcy or I can eat everything..but if it is even 90% closer, I'll be super thankful

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You will do fine with the test Piscean. Sounds like its pretty close to the testing I had done on my lungs when they went in and got tissue samples. Had it done a couple times. Although it wasnt fun I was really numbed up and it wasnt painful or too uncomfortable.
 

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I was having a couple of months of GERD a few years back and working with a gastro specialist. We tried all sorts of prescription drugs, none really worked and the side effects weren’t pleasant. I was having to sleep slightly upright, eat very little and selective.

My final cure ended up being anti-anxiety medication. Not sure if that is a common treatment but it worked for me.
 

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Thank you for replying! You give me hope. After the surgery what are the do's and don'ts. I will be having the dreaded manometry test....did they do that on you? Insert a catheter via nose and throat to all the way to sternum in orsophagus. I am not expecting 100 % normalcy or I can eat everything..but if it is even 90% closer, I'll be super thankful

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Actually, I do not remember much of the does and don'ts, except for the do not vomit issue. Still can not vomit or belch. But you have to remember that anything you eat will only have one way out so those spicey foods that are good on the way down will have you regretting it later on, as will everyone around you. I have also changed my diet quite a bit, and I have changed employers, which helped a lot as well with less stress. Dropping 60-70 pounds seems to have helped as well. I guess what I am saying is to do the testing and have the surgery if called for and get back to me in a year and let me know how it is going, as I said, for myself (and the wife agrees) I would do it again in a heartbeat if needed.
 
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you all ignored the guy who said about the apple cider vinegar. or just real apple juice not the apple drink stuff.
start off small and slowly build up to get your acids in balance.
or keep going to the doctors and taking the medicine which doesnt cure you.
 

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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 take Omeprazole before I go to bed. Also, I found that avoiding any combination of beer/bread/sweets in the evening helps a ton. It sounds like yours is more severe than mine.
 

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I don't eat anything after 7 anymore and yes I noticed that too. I stopped beer quite a while ago ...before any of this started. I shared a chocolate bar with my better half one day recently around 8:30 and all hell broke loose. And just few days before that I had one and nothing happened. But now I keep food journal. I eat lot better. Lost weight...about good 20 lbs and walks couple times a day.

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Pantoprazole is a different PPI that you could try. It releases slower, more evenly and more consistent. It’s worth a try. I had chronic GERD until I took pantoprazole
 

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Nothing spicy, nothing bubbly and no alcohol. A small glass of milk with my nighttime meds. Cannot burp until being on the left side and horizontal. Wish you the best to find out what is causing the discomfort. Missed ya at the old fishing hole this past winter.
 
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Nothing spicy, nothing bubbly and no alcohol. A small glass of milk with my nighttime meds. Cannot burp until being on the left side and horizontal. Wish you the best to find out what is causing the discomfort. Missed ya at the old fishing hole this past winter.
Hopefully will catch ya this season Judy! Out of nowhere things started hitting me left and right. I guess numbers catching up on me.

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My heart goes out to you, this all sounds horrible. I have had some of your trouble in the past but never on the scale you are suffering. I hope you are feeling better soon. I was inspired by some of the replies to add my own. Not that I am suggesting these are cures, but they certainly have helped me. The comments about diet have been a proven truth in my past. As has exercise and weight loss. But the reality is that these are more difficult for many of us, especially as we age or are living excessively busy lifestyles. The stress and anxiety comments I have also found were true for me. Again, not something I’ve always been good at controlling. Also, getting enough sleep helps me, a lot. And avoiding sugar, especially late at night, has probably been one of the biggest helps for me.
Those are all just plain common sense things that definitely helped me over the years. But here’s a couple that I have used when I have failed at maintaining a healthier lifestyle. Several years ago, I had to stop eating pizza. Not only was it making my life miserable because of the severe indigestion, but it also would almost instantly turn me into an immobile blob. For some reason, even a single slice of pizza would have me sitting down, barely able to do anything more than just staying awake. Weird, I know. A coworker of mine suggested that I try chia seeds. I believed he was a lunatic, but I thought I would try it anyway since I had nothing to lose. And it actually worked for me. Not just once but every time. I found it to relieve both the indigestion and the the extreme sluggishness.
Sometimes I have been caught without my chia seeds and so another friend of mine suggested taking a spoon full of mustard. I tried it and it worked WAY better than any antacids I had ever tried. And it actually helped my food digestion rather than stopping it like an antacid would. Apple cider vinegar has the same effect for me as mustard does but mustard is usually much more readily available. Both work excellently for me.
I’m not suggesting any of these things I have mentioned are cures by any means. Especially for such a severe case as you have. These are just things that have worked incredibly well for me. I remember how horrible I used to feel when that acid reflux would hit me. And now I just no longer seem to experience it because of the things I use to counter it. If someone wants to try any of these things and it works for them, then great. If not, then that’s okay too. I know they might sound far fetched, but they have helped me when it seemed that nothing else would. All the best to you all. Happy fishing, happy eating, and hopefully, happy digestion.
 
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