I was just wondering how many of you can actually feel and hear your reflux events. I have in the past after eating a bunch of Mex food and salsa had what I would call classic heartburn symptoms. Waking in the middle of the night and could actually feel and hear the reflux as it happened. I have probably only had that happen 8 or 10 times in my life and it was usually an event that would persist for a day may two. I have been somewhat reluctent to agree with my Dr that what I'm currently experiencing is actually reflux because I'm not having so called classic symptoms. I do have some pain that could very well be related to GERDS but the Dr has not done any testing to confirm this is the case. So I wondered how many of you experience so called classic symtoms and how many of you have reflux but are not actually aware of the event? Thanks......Red
Well it seems that the only way to know for sure is to have some testing done. Hopefully I'll find a new Primary Care Dr. that will do something to confirm one way or the other. At this time I'm very disapointed in my current Dr. I just had a hernia surgery last Friday, turned out there was no hernia just a mass of fat. I guess thats a really a good thing but you would think they could determine what it was without opening you up. Thanks to everyone for their responses............Red.
I am VERY aware, or at least I'm convinced: my "reflux" is what I called "throat burps" or "silent burps".
These aren't normal burps (I've almost NEVER normal-burped in my life - would be too much like barfing). They are essentially silent (unless there's a major 1 in my chest), never causing me to open my mouth and let out alot of gas. Often I will feel something fibrillate down at my sternum as the "urp" sound comes, and most of the time the throat fibrillates too. I figure these are the lower and upper sphincters opening.
I'm positive this is my reflux event, because
a) it's NEVER happened nearly on this scale before I had a horrible episode that "started it all" 1.5 years ago. I always only "silent-burped" in my life, but never every single day, multiple times/day.
b) the more I "burp", the worse I feel, both stomach and throat. Fiery irritation results.
So I would say yes, I am very aware of when I reflux!
Ol'Line Rebel, I think what you are describing is much like what I was refuring to as the so called Classic reflux event. I could both hear it and feel it. I have a difficult time describing it but I would picture it like a small water leak with a fine spray. I would not have any type of forceful belch or burp but you could feel pressure being released thru a very tight passage for a couple of seconds at a time and then you could feel the pain shortly afterward. If reflux is whats causing me the discomfort now I don't seem to actually notice the event when it happens and I don't seem to be bothered by it when I sleep.