Just wondering, once you've had a bout of acid reflux - where the acid came into your throat, chest, etc. - and you still have chest pain and sore throat, is this something that can take a fair amount of time to heal? I know it varies by person, extent of damage, etc. but theoretically could you be on the road to recovery even if you still have some discomfort? It's not as bad as it was and have changed my diet significantly but still not 100%. But hopefully on the road to recovery...
Many people get a onetime bad bout of acid reflux, and it can indeed take several weeks to fully resolve. Keep doing whatever seems to be helping, and give it time. If a month passes and you are still having significant symptoms, see a doctor.
I am now at the 3.5 month mark since having my first really bad reflux symptom from taking a strong dose of antibiotics, and I do believe that I am healing, but slowly. I had been to 2 GI specialists and done all the tests besides the 24Hr Impedence test, which all came back normal aside from a loose LES. I have taken a month of Nexium and 1.5 months of domperidone. The second GI told me that my reflux (when it was very bad, liquid is coming right up to my mouth) is very likely caused by constipation so I made lifestyle changes to keep things moving (haha sorry), and things have improved a lot.
You have to find out the root cause of your reflux and treat the cause.
I know it is very very hard to believe, but right now I am on NO medication for a month now, and while I still feel stuff coming up and a lump in the throat from time to time, it is a LOT less severe, and there had been a few days when there were no symptoms. Right now it is a bit off and on, but I am thankful that it hasn't gone back to how I originally felt 3.5 months ago.
So please hang in there, it WILL get better
But I know I will go back for another endoscopy in a few months just for a check for any damages just to be safe. You can always speak to your GI about your concerns. I have a follow up appointment with my GI in about a month and will also ask him that too.
it's interesting that constipation might be the cause - i had/have a fissure and having going issues and was taking miralax to smooth things out. when my reflux was the worst i had been taking miralax for a few weeks straight and actually was starting to find it very hard to swallow and heaviness in the chest. it also coincided with a bad anxiety attack from smoking pot which sent me to the hospital has been bad ever since, about 2 1/2 months ago. it also coincided with my edoscopy which i felt might have irritated my throat....
i am still having going issues, prob. due to much less fiber intake since i cut out a lot of carbs/starches and grains - they made my throat bad - the last couple weeks, though working them back in since i lost quite a bit of weight since all this started. BUT my reflux has been much much better lately. prob. due to better diet... i had a bad day yesterday with coffee and a mini snickers, but still so so so much better.
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Jab300: Basically eat lots of fiber, drink lots of water, and milk helps a lot since it is a mild laxative. I also take normacol (natural fiber supplement) from time to time, as well as Maalox since it has magnesium as the GI prescribed. When it was at the worst I would go every 2 weeks, but now I am having one BM each day.
Jzinc: Well I don't get the lump all the time now, but when I do sometimes I feel like my chest is stuffed and gas is going up and down, sometimes just a little "air bubble" is at the back of the throat, which goes away quickly.
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Some people say that acid reflux is hard to get rid of once you have had it. I have changed my diet and have increased my fiber and water intake. I will do what I have to do to make it less uncomfortable. I have had this since January and I am much better before this began. I feel I have more control now and am still trying out new ideas. I will be happy if i can just take H2 blockers for now instead of the pump prohibitors.
I began with acid reflux in January this year. It have been 3 months and I am much better. I am not sure if I have too little acid rather than too much. I am weaning myself off the medications and watching my eating habits and lifestyle. I have made a lot of changes and given up a lot of the things I really like. That's O.K. Better than the pain I had 3 months ago. You are moving forward if you are feeling better even if it isn't perfect. It took several months or years to get to this point so I can't expect it to be solved in 3 months.
Gerdie: I also started my bad reflux episode in January after taking lots of cold meds and antibiotics the month before. How severe were your symptoms then, and what are your symptoms now? It is reassuring to hear that if the symptoms are improving I am getting better. Overall I am no longer like when the reflux first started (it was terrible back then), but I still have the occasional bad days.
I ended up in the ER twice in a month. I couldn't breathe and I felt like being sick to my stomach but could not vomit. I was 142 lbs. and I am now 125. I ended up having an endoscopy and colonoscopy, two sonograms, several blood tests and they said it was a mild inflammation of the esophagus. I was put on PPI's which actually made the situation worse, then I switched down to H2 blockers. I managed to stay on the PPI's for two weeks because they said it would heal the esophagus. The things that did help me was Benefiber taken twice a day, Aloe Vera Juice twice a day and lots of ginger herbal tea and ginger chews. I also took probiotics that seemed to get me back on course. I'm not sure I believe my symptoms are too much acid. I am wondering if I have too little acid. There is a test called Heidelberg that measures the acid. I am seeing a doctor this week about this. I have not taken my zantac today (75 mg.) but instead have just tried eating sauerkraut (hate it) but they say cabbage will help with digestion. I may be back on the Zantac tonight. I am no where as bad as I was in January but I am convinced that all the antiobotics I took last summer compromised my system and created a mess on my insides. I continue to drink 64 ozs of water a day and that has also helped. I sure miss food. I eat a lot of apples, tapioca pudding and arrowroot baby cookies. Oh Well, it's better than the pain I was having in January. Good luck to you also.