Re: Back pain and reflux or ulcer?
Bit late to the party, but I hate it when threads leave no resolution.
In the end, it took a diet change and a change to my eating habits to fix the problem. It was quite painful for a while there. Things I learned?
I like having a bit of chocolate, maybe an adult beverage in the evening. I also like mint tea, so I might have a mug of that before bed. Maybe some cheese and crackers for a late snack.
ALL of these things are bad.
The tea, chocolate and alcohol all worsen stomach acid and/or relax the muscle that keeps food from heading back up the esophagus. Add to that mix a habit of indulging in a late snack of some sort (you know, drink a beer or have a glass of wine and you get the munchies) and I was setting myself up for repeated torture of my stomach and esophagus.
I rarely eat after 6PM now. Booze/beer/wine I don't have after 7. I do make exceptions when I'm out, I just make sure to take an antacid and drink plenty of water to reduce the liklihood of damage. No mint tea or chocolate in the evenings.
I also fought it with prilosec, zantac, mylanta and tums. Prilosec began to make me feel ill after a while, so I switched to zantac. Worked great. Initially I started with Mylanta to kill the worst of the hurt, that did a great job, but it gives you diarrhea. After things got better, I would just take a couple tums with water after a meal. Now, I don't need to take anything at all. Just watch what I'm doing and drink plenty of water.
Edit: Is suppose I should say that this took several months to clear up ( about 2.5, if I remember right), and I also went to a gastroenterologist and got scoped. Nothing wrong inside, so it was all up to me to fix.
Last edited by Prezactly; 09-01-2013 at 08:30 PM.
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