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    Old 01-22-2009, 07:42 PM   #1
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    Acid Reflux Possibly Something else?

    Hello.

    I just joined the board but I have read through posts many times in the past. I registered to ask a few questions and see if anyone has any ideas or input. My girlfriend has had acid reflux for about 3 years now. She started off taking Zantac OTC and it worked for a while. When it no longer helped she saw her doctor and got a prescription for Nexium. That seemed to work well but she switched insurances and the cost went up considerably. So her doctor gave her a prescription for omeprazole 20mg which is basically Prilosec but the prescription was cheaper. About 2-3 months ago this stopped working and she has been developing new symptoms. She constantly has to burp all day and they are small burps and sometimes it leads to her vomiting. She vomits almost every night in her sleep. She can not sleep laying down because the burping/vomiting becomes more frequent. So she sleeps sitting up. Her Dr. prescribed her 40mg of omeprazole but her insurance wouldnt cover it so she was taking double doses of 20mg. Her Dr. also told her to see a gastroenterologist and he gave her Aciphex. He also scheduled her for an endoscopy. 2 weeks ago she wouldnt vomit every single night in her sleep it was every few days so her symptoms are getting worse. In addition she still does have Acid Reflux. Sometimes the vomit is black which I read is an indication of blood or bile. She had blood tests to show there was no blood in her stomach so Im assuming its bile. Does anyone have any suggestions of what she can do while she waits to get her endoscopy? And how long does it take to get the results from that if anyone knows?

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    Old 01-22-2009, 11:09 PM   #2
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    I had an endo too. The results are immediate in terms of knowing if there is something there or not. If they see something they could do a biopsy and those results would be a few days typically.

    I would suggest she get a ct scan or ultra sound of her stomach. I dont think it would be normal for one w GERD to bring up bile, vomit yes, but not bile. I am sure her gastro may say the same.

    Bile would be due to her liver not working I believe, or pancreas. She needs to get this checked out right away.

    Any other symptoms, back pain,gas, bowel issues, loss of appetite, etc?

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    Old 01-23-2009, 12:31 AM   #3
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    Re: Acid Reflux Possibly Something else?

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    I had an endo too. The results are immediate in terms of knowing if there is something there or not. If they see something they could do a biopsy and those results would be a few days typically.

    I would suggest she get a ct scan or ultra sound of her stomach. I dont think it would be normal for one w GERD to bring up bile, vomit yes, but not bile. I am sure her gastro may say the same.

    Bile would be due to her liver not working I believe, or pancreas. She needs to get this checked out right away.

    Any other symptoms, back pain,gas, bowel issues, loss of appetite, etc?
    Well Im not completely certain that it is bile. And no back pain the only gas would be the constant burping. No bowel issues either and appetite sometimes but not too often. Her gastro didnt mention to do anything other than the endoscopy for now he did say he planned on taking a biopsy of her stomach.

     
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    Well good luck and pls keep us posted! In the meantime she should try aloe juice at night before bed, that helped me when I got reflux but it takes about a wk to work

     
    Old 01-23-2009, 11:02 AM   #5
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    The burping and the vomiting sounds like something wrong with her gallbladder, does she have pain in her lower right side below her ribs? She should ask her doctor about that. I also have bad acid reflux and I take apple cider vinegar, that helps me quite a bit.

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