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Old 04-09-2007, 05:19 AM   #1
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Hypothyroid and acid reflux (any relation)?

I started having hypothyroid symptoms about 1yr and half ago, I went a long time without doctors knowing what was wrong with me until this past Sept. I was told I had acid reflux and so treatment started. I tried Nexium for 3 mos to no avail and then Prilosec for 2-3mos and then finally Protonix. The Protonix helped alot-it stopped the metallic taste and lessened the horrible smell and heartburn I dealt with on a daily basis, but I didn't get fully better. I decided to go to another doctor and to get another opinion. This doctor started from scratch, all new blood test and etc. I got my results back and found I had high cholesterol and that my TSH level was high as well. I've only been on treatment for two weeks now but already I feel so much better. I have been able to eat things I had to stay clear of, I still can't drink soda but otherthan that I have noticed an improvement. I searched the net to see whether there is a connection between Hypothyroid and acid reflux and everything says "no".

Has anyone else had to deal with this?

 
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Re: Hypothyroid and acid reflux (any relation)?

Hypothyroidism can weaken muscles. It can affect any muscle, including the sphincter that keeps the stomach contents in place. That's one way it contributes to acid reflux.

Another way is by slowing gastric motility; the stomach stays filled with partially digested food/acid slurry longer, making it more likely to back up into the esophagus at some point instead of moving on down to the intestines the way it should.

HypoT can cause weight gain or abdominal fluid retention, a frequent cause of reflux.

And lastly, hypoT can decrease stomach acid production, making digestion much more difficult. It sounds odd to say that decreased stomach acid can cause heartburn/reflux/indigestion, but it's fact that it can.

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Old 04-09-2007, 08:34 AM   #3
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Re: Hypothyroid and acid reflux (any relation)?

Your right about that Midwest1 - I learned about that a year ago. It does sound contradictory but it's true. I also attribute that to why I now get canker sores from tomatos - which I never had problems with until I became hypoT. What do they call that - a paradox??? lol

No tomatos because they have too much acid and I don't have enough acid in my intestine. I could have handled this confusion much better when I was younger and cared less - I don't need it now lol

 
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Re: Hypothyroid and acid reflux (any relation)?

I can add that I did not have problems with acid reflux until I became hypo. I have found relieve with Aciphex.

 
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Re: Hypothyroid and acid reflux (any relation)?

i also didn't get acid reflux until i became hypo, and that was on top of eating far healthier and milder foods. drinking makes it a LOT worse.

 
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Re: Hypothyroid and acid reflux (any relation)?

I was dx'd with acid reflex two years ago. Protonix seems to keep it in check, along with quitting smoking and decreasing my coffee intake.

Interesting info. Will have to bring this up with the endo when I see her on the 18th.

 
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Re: Hypothyroid and acid reflux (any relation)?

Thanks for the response guys. Has the acid reflux stopped or become easier to deal with since you've been receiving treatment for Hypo. I keep thinking that I will feel better once I bring my TSH level down (currently its at 4.7).

 
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Thanks for the response guys. Has the acid reflux stopped or become easier to deal with since you've been receiving treatment for Hypo. I keep thinking that I will feel better once I bring my TSH level down (currently its at 4.7).

 
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Re: Hypothyroid and acid reflux (any relation)?

I've had acid reflux for years!!! It is a bit worse after being dxed hypot. I take protonix. Though it does not help much

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Hi..

I've had acid reflux issues starting around 2.5 months AFTER I started taking thyroid meds. (Levothroid)... and it didn't seem to matter what med I was on, Levothroid, Synthoid, Armour, and now Levothroid & Cytomel. Some days it still can make my life totally miserable, as it can get to be severe. (from my front, straight through to my back) (I just had an endoscopy test, which tests for damage from AR, ulcers, hiatal hernia ect., and fortunatley, there was NO damage to my esophogas...thank God!...and had none of that other stuff.)

mominky...how may Protonix do you take per day? I am taking Prilosec, [OTC] right now, and it helps for the most part.... IF I get it in me before I eat or drink coffee. (I only drink 1 to 2 cups of coffee per day, and I now drink that "Simply Smooth" coffee [Folger's], as it has less acid....it's a little lighter.

Kristie, maybe you just need to take the Protonix 2 x a day in order for it to work? You'll see many people on the AR boards, who have a heck of a time with the reflux, but only feel better when they start taking their PPI 2 x a day....I know I did. I hate having to take them even 2 x a day, but I seem to have no other choice, as I can't breath well if it's not under control....and that's the case if I only take 1 a day. (I've even seen a few people on the Acid Reflux boards, [here at healthboards] who have stated that they take 4 [PPI'S] a day! I can't imagine...as I hate to take them even 2times a day. (I can't imagine it being even worse than I have it...those poor people!)

I'm about to go see my Dr. and ask if I can try Protonix, 2 x a daily, and see if it will help.....as I just found a bottle [Protonix] a few weeks ago in my med box, .... which didn't work [whatsoever] while taking only one. I had just [recently] found the left over bottle which had 5 days worth in it, and I took 2 a day, and actually felt great! .....so I need to ask if they'll give me a script for taking that TWICE a day.

Hope you feel better soon!
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Deda, I take 2 aday. One inthe morning, and one in the evening. I have been scoped from both ends and there is nothing more they can do for mine. For some reason, I am not a candidate for the surgery. I just do the best I can.

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Wow, I had no idea how all of these things were interlinked. I went to a pulmonary specialist yesterday because of some ct scan results. The first ct scan was of my neck and they found a cyst on my thyroid. The radiologist also noticed some nodules on my lungs and recommended a chest ct. That came back with multiple nodules in upper right lobe, one in lower left, some scarring and minimal pleural effusion.

Anyway, the Pulmonogist was really concerned with my acid reflux because he said the acids can do some damage to the esophogus and agitate, maybe even cause bronchitis. Bronchitis and Pneumonia, may be the cause for the spots in my lungs...He decided to do some blood work to check on my thyroid because he said the cyst on my thyroid and the nodules in my lungs may be related.

I've experienced some significant weight gain in the last year, but my food intake has not increased significantly. In fact, it's so frustrating, because I feel like I watch other people eat and gain weight from that!

 
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Re: Hypothyroid and acid reflux (any relation)?

It's very important to remember that not every symptom that can be caused by thyroid will definitely be caused by it.

At first, I believed that my frequent heartburn was probably a thyroid symptom. But, for me, it's one that hasn't been relieved by optimal thyroid treatment. So I've had to conclude that one or more of the other causes of it is the culprit in my case. I definitely have much more digestive trouble when my weight is over about 160. Right now, I'm regretably at 173 , and I'm having heartburn constantly... whether I have food in my stomach or it's empty, and no matter what I eat. Overweight and tight clothes are a very common cause of heartburn/reflux.

I'm fortunate that Tums or similar OTC antacid is working for me. I have taken Nexium in the past, and it worked quite well. Now that I've learned the PPI drugs prevent the absorption of calcium from food and supplements, I would never consider going back on it for anything in the world. The lawsuits are just beginning to fly over hip fractures caused by PPI-induced osteoporosis.

Another thing that helps a lot in prevention is taking digestive enzymes before meals. The main drawback is the price. Taking them 3 times a day gets cost prohibitive.

 
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Midwest1, I understand. I guess the whole process of diagnosis is aleviating things step by step. The Pulmonologist put me on Aciphex and referred me to a GI. He may do a CT scan on my sinuses at a later date. I went to the lab today for my thyroid blood tests. My appointment with the Doctor isn't for another 5 weeks, so I asked the lab tech to send the results to me also. Hopefully, I can get some more resolution from the test.

I went to my GP around 4 years ago complaining of fatigue, depression, and long and frequent menstrual cycles. He ran a thyroid blood test, and his nurse called to tell me that it was normal. I didn't know enough at that time to ask for the numbers. My menstrual cycles got the best of me. I was having more time per month on my cycle than off, and it was heavy. I had a couple hysteroscopies for uterine poplyps, but still, I had problems. My GYN gave me two options, taking my uteris out, or an endometrial hydrothermal ablation. I went for the ablation, but still experience fatigue quite a bit, as I know it would be the timing of my normal cycle. All these procedures were performed with the last 2 1/2 years, without testing my thyroid. Now...I wonder. I guess I'll have some answers soon.

 
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