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Old 05-15-2012, 02:16 AM   #1
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Do I have acid reflux? Fear of the doctor.

I have a sore throat after I eat, swallowing is hard, it feels like there's a lump in my throat, my stomach is bloated after I eat - so much so that pants fit me better when I don't eat, even if all I eat is a cup of yoghurt. It feels like food doesn't want to go down, and it feels like big mouthfuls/pills get stuck in the food pipe. After eating I have a cough and an irritated, scratchy throat and my voice is raspy. Often I get this sort of hiccup-thing where food comes painfully back up, but not so far up as to throw up. Also I have heartburn at random. I haven't discovered any connection between what I eat and heartburn, I can eat peppery food, fine and then the next day I have vegetable soup and it burns.

I went to my GP and she discovered some strep bacteria in my throat and told me to spray iodine spray into my throat, which I did, but the throat thing hasn't gone away.

I don't know what this might be. Just chronic indigestion/lazy stomach? Is there such a thing? Or is it really acid reflux?

If I go to check it out again, do they have to shove that awful camera tube down my throat to make a diagnosis? Because that frightens me. I have an insane gag reflex. I just know I'm going to be in a lot of pain, throw up, almost choke, and they probably won't succeed getting it down there. Would there be another way? Or even if I do have it, should I just live with it, or would that have some bad consequences down the road?

 
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Old 05-15-2012, 05:10 AM   #2
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Re: Do I have acid reflux? Fear of the doctor.

I was scared of endoscopy too and had it done twice. It wasn't as bad as I thought it would be at all. First of all there is no pain. Just gag reflex and it only happens when it passes through one part of the throat. It took really a minute to finish the diagnosis.
This test is the only way to make sure if you have reflux or h-pylory bacteria problems.

 
Old 05-15-2012, 07:37 AM   #3
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Re: Do I have acid reflux? Fear of the doctor.

I was put to sleep when I had the endoscopy last year. I didn't feel a thing until i woke up. My throat was a little sore. Are you in the U.S.?

 
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Re: Do I have acid reflux? Fear of the doctor.

Yup, had my endoscopy under sedation, didn't notice a thing. Go see a GI specialist, call today and make an appointment as soon as possible.

I'm hearing three different sets of symptoms: Heartburn, sore throat and trouble swallowing.

The heartburn and sore throat are probably both from acid reflux. The trouble swallowing/food getting stuck in your chest thing could be from esophageal strictures (esophagus physically tight) or from a muscle problem in your esophagus.

If it's strictures, the doctor can actually stretch them out. You'll be sedated, then he puts a tube down your throat. If it's a muscle problem, some medications can help. (Yes, there is such a thing as a lazy stomach!)

If you don't get it treated, the swallowing trouble could get worse. Severe acid reflux that goes untreated for a long time can lead to a damaged esophagus.

 
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Re: Do I have acid reflux? Fear of the doctor.

Go get your endoscopy done. It is no big deal (I have gone it twice) and the peace of mind or information you can derive from it are invaluable.

I was sedated twice and the entire procedure took about twenty minutes from beginning to end. No adverse side effects or problems that day or the next day.

You wont feel or remember anything.


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Old 05-23-2012, 09:36 PM   #6
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A cure to my symptoms of chronic acid stomach

i have chronic acid stomach. i found a oldy but goody....BAKING SODA...Works like a champ...
just about 1/2 teaspoon with a 1/2 cup of warm water .... followed by a 8 oz. glass of cool water.
the warm water diesels the baking soda also gets it in quickly... then the 8oz glass of cool water not only helps it work better it get rid of the taste.

Hope this helps,
Laurie

 
Old 05-24-2012, 08:57 AM   #7
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Re: A cure to my symptoms of chronic acid stomach

Baking soda is bicarbonate of soda which is used in a lot of stomach aids like alka seltzer, it is used in gaviscon tablets. Very alkaline so it reduces acid, however when the chemical reaction occurs in your stomach it creates a salt by product. It can also produce gas as a result. As long as you shouldn't be on a sodium reduced diet it's ok in moderation.

 
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