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    Old 05-16-2016, 08:11 AM   #1
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    Gerd and Influenza

    Back in Feb. I had a horrible respiratory flu. In bed for almost a week and a cough that took over a month to get rid of. I started noticing having occasional heartburn quite a bit right after the initial first week of coming down with it. Now it's getting so I have to take antacid tablet almost every night. I've stopped eating anything after dinner (around 7ish) at night and its helped quite a bit. Just wondering if anyone else has had this problem. I took NO antibiotics at all. Just Flonase nasal spray and Robitussin DM for cough..Thinking maybe I should start taking a probiotic. TIA for any suggestions

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    Old 05-16-2016, 11:13 AM   #2
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    Back in Feb. I had a horrible repiratory fly. In bed for almost a week and a cough that took over a month to get rid of. I started noticing having occassional heartburn quite a bit right after the initial first week of coming down with it. Now it's getting so I have to take antacid tablet almost every night. I've stopped eating anything after dinner (around & 7ish) at night and its helped quite a bit. Just wondering if anyone else has had this problem. I took NO antibiotics at all. Just Flonase nasal spray and Robitussin DM for cough..Thinking maybe I should start taking a probiotic. TIA for any suggestions
    It is likely that the meds you took have irritated the mucous membranes. Antibiotics mess up the microflora in which case it is a good idea to replace the good bacteria with a probiotic, but in your case as you didn't take antibiotics the cause is most likely the mucous drugs that you took. They do not limit themselves to the respiratory system but also effect the mucous lining of the stomach and oesophagus, hence why they can cause digestive problems. without sufficient mucous coating the digestive tract you can get heartburn.

    You need to allow time for it to heal and remake the mucous. Stay away from anything that may burn the irritated digestive tract - alcohol is a big irritant, and eat healthy anti-inflammatory foods for a couple of months.

     
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    Old 05-16-2016, 11:34 AM   #3
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    Re: Gerd and Influenza

    That is strange as I had a similar experience. My doctor says she knows of no possible connection between colds and acid reflux. Before my first bad attack, I had started coughing badly the day before. My husband and I both had a chest cold. We took no antibiotics, probably just took panadol.

    Mind you even after the cold went away, I have had more attacks and I dread them. Generally I just get this heaviness in my chest and upper back. My gastroscopy last week showed no problems at all.

    I also have started taking probiotics.

     
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    My reflux is always worse when I have mucous from colds/flu. My sinus problems are tied in too
    Probiotics are good

     
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    Old 05-16-2016, 06:31 PM   #5
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    Re: Gerd and Influenza

    Thanks so much for the suggestions, Kacyc! That makes sense now. No wonder. I have been staying away from alcohol and have stopped eating anything spicy or acidy. I was thinking about using apple cider vinegar, but maybe that would cause more of a problem. I'll follow up in a few weeks and let you know how it's going. Thanks again

     
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    Old 05-16-2016, 06:36 PM   #6
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    Re: Gerd and Influenza

    Nassauone, I think it may very well be connected like Kacyc said. I have not been eating after 6:30 for the past 3 nights and haven't needed to take any antiacid, so hoping it helps. During the day though, off and on, I get like you. Just like something "in there" and don't have much of an appetite, so make myself eat something. Sticking to bland things right now and hoping it heals. I'm going to look into taking some probiotics too I'm sure it won't hurt. Hope you feel better soon too! Thanks! BTW I'm going to make a dr's apptmt and see what she thinks.

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    Old 05-19-2016, 10:27 AM   #7
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    Thanks so much for the suggestions, Kacyc! That makes sense now. No wonder. I have been staying away from alcohol and have stopped eating anything spicy or acidy. I was thinking about using apple cider vinegar, but maybe that would cause more of a problem. I'll follow up in a few weeks and let you know how it's going. Thanks again
    Apple cider vinegar can be helpful for acid reflux, but it is not appropriate for cases such as yours where the membrane of the digestive tract is probably sore, if not raw. You are wise to avoid alcohol and spicy foods.

    Of course go to your doctor, but do keep in mind that they usually deny things are caused by side effects of other drugs. They may want to give you proton pump inhibitors, to help heal any damage, but do your research, firstly they have no healing properties, they just suppress acid to allow your body to heal itself, and second they can be very damaging.

    Listen to your doctor, but do your own research before you take any more drugs. Let us know how you get on.

     
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    Old 05-20-2016, 03:07 PM   #8
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    Re: Gerd and Influenza

    Just a quick update. Have a drs apptmt next week. BUT I am happy to say, that in the past 4 days, I have not been eating anything after dinner every nite-by 6-7pm and I no longer am having the discomfort! Guess my body was trying to tell me something. And I also have been trying the apple cider vinegar in water a few times a day. So I'm assuming all is well, but will still go to dr to talk with her about it. Thanks

     
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    Re: Gerd and Influenza

    That is good to hear! I cannot seem to find any connection between my discomfort/ pain and particular foods. Still getting a slight pain between shoulder blades some days and the occasional stomach spasm/ back and chest pain. A hot water bottle helps! I am not taking any medication at the moment but as this has happened today I may take a Rinitidine tonight. My 'attack' today came after feeling a bit nauseous this morning and a bad coughing fit early afternoon. I am trying to make sense if all if this!

    Let us know what your doctor says.

     
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    Old 05-26-2016, 11:49 AM   #10
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    Re: Gerd and Influenza

    I had a bad flu sometime last year. It was not the easy one with cough and cold, it was the bad one with fever and nausea. It was one of the hardest things I've had to endure in quite a while, because you're already nauseous from the flu, and the reflux makes it much worse. I remember not eating/drinking anything because that was the only way to make myself not throw up, but that was a big mistake, as I almost passed out from dehydration.

    If anyone is reading this in the future, if you're going through something like this, you cannot stop drinking water/gatorade...Even if you throw it up, just keep drinking, as your body will always retain some of the liquids, no matter how much you're throwing up.

     
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    Old 05-26-2016, 08:23 PM   #11
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    Re: Gerd and Influenza

    That sounds awful, Leo. Guess it's true to drink plenty of fluids when we're sick, even if it means feeling nauseous, at least we're getting some kind of hydration. My son was in college years ago and ended up in the ER from dehydration from being sick. Needless to say, he is always drinking water or Gatorade.

     
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