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Old 05-18-2008, 07:40 PM   #1
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Unhappy Acid reflux/bile reflux or allergies?

I have been suffering for the past 4 years. Started with a bad cough which lasted for 3 months. Eventually went away after taking Prilosec for a month. After 9 months developed bad cough again and was sent to an allergist. She started to treat me for asthma. It helped but it took me 3 months to get rid of the cough and since then I have mucus in my throat which feels like post nasal drip. This gets so bad sometimes that my voice gets hoarse and I have a hard time speaking. Also, I developed sleeping problems and was on Ambien for 2 years. I am able to sleep without Ambien now but for the last year I have been to three (3) gastroenterologist, one (1) ENT specialist and Two (2) allergist. Two years back I started to develop buring in my stomach and had chest pain too. I went through an endoscopy and had mild gastritis and mild esophigitis for which I took Nexium for 3 months after which I started to get side effects and stopped taking it. I also was taking inhalers since my allergist was not sure if my symptoms were due to reflux or allergies or both. I have been through 2 endoscopies, had a pH study done and also went through a colonoscopy. All came out normal. Now for the past month my mucus in the throat has increased. I feel tightness in my chest after eating. Feels like something is stuck in my throat. Have a burning feeling in my throat and ears. And my ears continue to pop all the time. I was referred to an ENT doctor who took a look at my larynx through a scope and said it was inflammed due to reflux. He put me on two prevacid's. I have been on one prevacid since January and I don't know how I could be having reflux. I am so frustrated b/c my sympotms don't get any better. I am confused as to what I have? acid reflux? bile reflux? allergies? or something else? all my blood tests come out okay. I really need help as I feel the doctors are driving me crazy. Also, one of the doctor put me on Klonipan thinking that I had anxiety too! Ofcourse I am getting anxious b/c I am suffering every day! Can anyone help me? I really need to know what I have?

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Old 05-19-2008, 06:41 AM   #2
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Re: Acid reflux/bile reflux or allergies?

Special 1: Ouch! I know all of that is rough because I go through some of what you described!

Unfortunately, it is hard to tell what you do have, being that so many of those symptoms can mean all of the conditions you described (or some...or none too!) I wish I knew. I also wish I (and it sounds like you could benefit from one, too) had a pharmacist I knew well and trusted like a family friend that wasn't just trying to make money so I could ask if it was due to side effects of drugs or drugs making your problems worse. I wish I had answers but I'll just say I too am being treated for both allergies/asthma AND acid reflux. My NP wanted me to try the nexium since it prevents and relieves the reflux-but she told me it could take a good while to start working. So, in the meantime, I eat meals and sometimes its so bad I cough and gag until I'm red in the face and stuff keeps coming up, too. My "cough" is rarely if ever a "dry one". But then mucinex helps relieve it some too so some of it iS "phlem" but then Pepcid also helps a LOT too! Oh, I don't know if you do this but maybe its worth a try....I take pepcid with the Nexium not always together but say if I'm about to eat, I will take the pepcid too. I think you are only supposed to take it twice a day so I do sometimes and find that I gag less when I do...but then the asthma meds are so nasty tasting that that makes me gag too!!



If you take Advair (what I started on and drs seem to just love) , I found that made me gag wayyy more than the inhaler kind w/out the dry powders. I am on Symbicort now and its better. Although I can still taste it and its gross but it does not make me feel that gagging sensation nearly as often as Advair did. I still wonder if Advair started some of this for me as I always felt worse on it!
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Re: Acid reflux/bile reflux or allergies?

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I have been suffering for the past 4 years. Started with a bad cough which lasted for 3 months. Eventually went away after taking Prilosec for a month. After 9 months developed bad cough again and was sent to an allergist. She started to treat me for asthma. It helped but it took me 3 months to get rid of the cough and since then I have mucus in my throat which feels like post nasal drip. This gets so bad sometimes that my voice gets hoarse and I have a hard time speaking. Also, I developed sleeping problems and was on Ambien for 2 years. I am able to sleep without Ambien now but for the last year I have been to three (3) gastroenterologist, one (1) ENT specialist and Two (2) allergist. Two years back I started to develop buring in my stomach and had chest pain too. I went through an endoscopy and had mild gastritis and mild esophigitis for which I took Nexium for 3 months after which I started to get side effects and stopped taking it. I also was taking inhalers since my allergist was not sure if my symptoms were due to reflux or allergies or both. I have been through 2 endoscopies, had a pH study done and also went through a colonoscopy. All came out normal. Now for the past month my mucus in the throat has increased. I feel tightness in my chest after eating. Feels like something is stuck in my throat. Have a burning feeling in my throat and ears. And my ears continue to pop all the time. I was referred to an ENT doctor who took a look at my larynx through a scope and said it was inflammed due to reflux. He put me on two prevacid's. I have been on one prevacid since January and I don't know how I could be having reflux. I am so frustrated b/c my sympotms don't get any better. I am confused as to what I have? acid reflux? bile reflux? allergies? or something else? all my blood tests come out okay. I really need help as I feel the doctors are driving me crazy. Also, one of the doctor put me on Klonipan thinking that I had anxiety too! Ofcourse I am getting anxious b/c I am suffering every day! Can anyone help me? I really need to know what I have?

Thanks!
I have acid and bile reflux. I have had acid reflux for years along with Barrett's esophagus for 15 years and i was taking Losec, but now on Pariet.
I had the scope 1 year ago and it was not bad.

Four months ago i started having severe heartburn,mucus,coughing and they would not do a scope as it was 10 months since my last one and it was not bad.
I also had breast cancer so i was at my onco each month and she said someone has to get the scope done again as you are suffering.
Had the scope again and my stomach had a LOTS of bile in it.

I now take Domperidone and my Pariet one half hour before i eat.
Have breakfast then wait and take Questran one hour later. I take it 3 times a day and my life has changed. I pray anyone suffering from this gets help as my quality of life was horrible.
My acid/bile reflus is 90 percent better.
Could anyone on Questran tell me if you can mix your dose ahead so if i am in town it would be easier?
Also the 4 hours between does can i have a snack?
I do have a little snack before bed.
thank you jinky

 
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