My doctor told me I have acid reflux and put me on Nexium once a day. I take the Nexium around 5:00 pm and eat supper around 6:00 pm so there is plenty of time before I go to bed. My question is this : Does anyone know if drinking water after supper and before bedtime would ease my acid reflux or make it worse. I was thinking maybe the water would dilute the stomach acids to where
they wouldn't do much damage. Or would the water just make the acid stay in your stomach longer and give it more time to do damage ?
A good reply from jane and I agree with what she says.
Water or herbal-tea has no adverse effect on me. The only thing I avoid is Alcohol and for me it's a no-no as I have had ulcers.
I also avoid carbonated drinks they give me terrible hiccups but that could be to do with my Hiatal-Hernia.
Do you suffer from nighttime reflux? If not, I would think the water would be okay. I agree with the other posts that you shouldn't drink too much. Water makes me burp (as does just about everything I eat or drink), but I often have an 8 oz glass before bed and it doesn't seem to cause any problems. That said, I do not have nighttime reflux.
Thanks for the reply KitKat. I have LPR or silent reflux so I'm not sure if I have nighttime reflux. I've never felt any heartburn so I'm not sure when I have the reflux. Since I'm standing or sitting upright all day I'm assuming it must be nighttime reflux. My doctor said I have esophagitis and gastritis caused by acid reflux.
I've read that most people with LPR or silent reflux tend to have it during the day rather than at night. I don't experience heartburn either, so it's a little hard to tell when I have the reflux (and hard to stay away from triggers). The reason I doubt I have relfux at night is because it does not wake me up, and I know a lot of people with nighttime reflux complain of being unable to sleep through the night.
How would I have acid reflux during the day if I'm standing or sitting upright all day ? Is it done when I'm doing physical activities like cutting grass or exercising. I did notice the other day the middle of my chest felt tight and had a very slight burn when I cut grass as soon as I finished supper. Maybe that was reflux. Do you think I should wait a couple hours after I eat before I do physical activities. Like you, I've never been awakened at night by reflux.