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onewithnopowers
09-17-2013, 11:45 PM
Okay so when I google stuff I'm always directed here so I thought I'd give this a try...

Okay so for as long as I can remember I have suffered acid reflux, heartburn and my symptoms are similar to that of IBS. This runs in the family. But now it's gotten to point where it's all that I think about and I definitely suffer from stress and anxiety too.
I have been to my doctor about my acid reflux cause I get it everyday. She prescribed me omeprazole (I think that's its name) but that made me feel worse and it didn't help that I was on holiday with my family which was like double-stressful...
I have changed things to help my IBS such as eating habits, drinking peppermint/fennel tea and yoga, which do help but I can never escape from it long enough... I feel nauseous almost all the time and I get spasms anywhere in my lower abdomen and I wake from sleep but that could be cause of my acid reflux cause my throat always burns... I take gaviscon regularly but it only works temporarily...
It's been like 6 months since I last visited my doctor and I'm too disheartened to go back cause all she ever does is prescribe pills and never really explains what my symptoms mean... I always leave knowing that pills won't help and that I want some tests made...

Also I'm on a contraceptive pill (microgynon) which I've been on for over a year and a half now...

STLouisgal
09-18-2013, 09:29 AM
Have you been checked for Celiac Disease? Typically, it doesn't cause acid reflux but the symptoms can become more widespread and severe the longer you ingest gluten when you have Celiac. Gluten insensitivity can cause some of the same symptoms as Celiac but I don't think there's any test for that. You just have to go on a gluten free diet to see if symptoms improve/resolve. If you're going to have the blood test for Celiac, you cannot be on a gluten free diet or it won't show up in your blood. Also, I don't think the blood test is 100% accurate.

flipfleury
10-04-2013, 10:28 PM
Okay so when I google stuff I'm always directed here so I thought I'd give this a try...

Okay so for as long as I can remember I have suffered acid reflux, heartburn and my symptoms are similar to that of IBS. This runs in the family. But now it's gotten to point where it's all that I think about and I definitely suffer from stress and anxiety too.
I have been to my doctor about my acid reflux cause I get it everyday. She prescribed me omeprazole (I think that's its name) but that made me feel worse and it didn't help that I was on holiday with my family which was like double-stressful...
I have changed things to help my IBS such as eating habits, drinking peppermint/fennel tea and yoga, which do help but I can never escape from it long enough... I feel nauseous almost all the time and I get spasms anywhere in my lower abdomen and I wake from sleep but that could be cause of my acid reflux cause my throat always burns... I take gaviscon regularly but it only works temporarily...
It's been like 6 months since I last visited my doctor and I'm too disheartened to go back cause all she ever does is prescribe pills and never really explains what my symptoms mean... I always leave knowing that pills won't help and that I want some tests made...

Also I'm on a contraceptive pill (microgynon) which I've been on for over a year and a half now...

I also have acid reflux and IBS. This is what I have found to help ease both my acid reflux and IBS. Every day I take Citrucel, acidophilus, a digestive enzyme, Bentyl(prescription for IBS that is anti spasmodic) and Prilosec( in the morning and at night) I have put the head of my bed up on bed risers to help keep the acid coming up into my throat when I am sleeping or you can use a pillow wedge. Do not lie down for at least 2 hours after eating, try not to eat late night dinners after 7 or 8pm. stay away from acidic, gassy, greasy, and spicy foods.
You didn't say whether you tend to be constipated, or have diarrhea, or alternate between being constipated and having bouts of diarrhea. For me, the more stress and anxiety I have, the more I have bouts of explosive diarrhea with the severe abdominal cramps and when I am already constipated and it's during my period, the constipation gets worse. I have learned to do slow deep breathing exercises which helps calm and relax me. and when I am very constipated , I do the slow deep breathing exercises to help me move my bowels without excessively straining and forcing myself to push the BM out. I can tell you, it's a lot less painful this way. I have learned the hard way that I have to make sure I move my bowels at the least every 48 hours or it's extremely painful to go after that and the suppository takes twice as long to work, or if at all. I hope these suggestions will help you relieve some of your symptoms.

abby20
10-06-2013, 11:17 PM
You would not happen to have Fibromyalgia would you? Or take meds that have GI side effects. The Meds get me every time, they over ride the 80 mg of Nexium I take daily, and cause my bowel to shut down to the point of impacting if I don't OD on a strong laxative after the 4th day of no bowel movement. Only had one drug go the opposite direction with puking and diahrea.

flipfleury
10-07-2013, 05:17 PM
Because I have chronic constipation problems and IBS. I have had to learn the hard way that going 3 days without having a BM, the suppository and enema don't usually work very well. If I wait the three days then I end up having to push, strain excessively, and force the BM to the point of my face turning red and tears streaming down my face from the pain it causes to force the very hard BM out. I now use the suppository if I haven't moved my bowels within the last 48 hours of my last BM. It helps soften the stool in my rectum and it makes it easier to go and works within 1 hour. I hope this is helpful.

abby20
10-08-2013, 02:50 AM
I didn't start having any IBS or GERD issues until I woke up from my Hystrectomy, seems I'm the queen of drug side effects. And that is bad because I have multiple health issues ranging from FMS to both Osteo A & P, Vertigo, Meneires, and all the meds cause constipation. Never had the constant bowel issues until I took a very hard belly flop fall, then it's been constant pain. Does not matter if the bowel is empty the pain is still there. I also had a backward fall into the tub about 2 weeks later, got my torn rotator cuff, head, right ribs, hip, and the compression fracture the PT had just popped out of position the week before. That seemed to make it worse. Because of my DEXXA score they won't touch me to repair one thing. After 2 trips to the hospital for the falls and pain the last one they gave me Bentyl and I had an terrible bad reaction right in front of the nurse, they had to carry me to the bath room.

Needless to say I now have to take stool softeners twice some times 3 times a day. That crap Mira Lax does not work for me it is undependable. I was use to going 2-3 times a day, and I don't like on this laxative roller coaster it effects my life style. Ug up early this morning, have a facet block scheduled for first patient of the morning. Hoping it will bring some back pain relief, but do not have high hopes, 5 nerve blocks have failed. and again no surgeon will touch me to relieve any of the pain, not even the rotator cuff. Yet they are sure quick to want me in every 3 months and take my money.

TEdds83
11-18-2013, 04:28 PM
I can completely relate to your post and all that everyone is saying. I suffer from acid reflux and IBS. It is VERY frustrating. I have bouts of it every few weeks. Sometimes it is more constant. I wonder if it is from hormonal changes as I am going through perimenopause. I am 49 and its been going on since my early 40's. I get a hemmorhoid that flares up all the time and brings me to tears. I have had things looks at and even had an endoscopy and luckily no damage yet. But I am finding it hard to keep my body at an even keel. I think the things that helps the most is to take digestive enzymes and probiotics. Somehow the key to a lot of this is keeping the stomach neutral. I don't know. I am sensitive to a lot of different foods that I never used to be. Again I think that is the hormonal thing. I feel like I am the only one going through this but apparently not. I do hope you are feeling better. Maybe we can give each other suggestions. I could sure use some on treating acid reflux and a nagging hemm. It is ruining my life that is for sure. All the best!

abby20
11-19-2013, 06:16 AM
I have what is termed Drug Induced GERD and IBS, the only drug I have found that works on the GERD is Nexium. For the colon pain I was prescribed the generic Levsin S/L 125 mg. It stops the colon spams. Using Benefiber to add additional fiber to my diet. Some times I think our doctors do not even look at your side effect history nor do they look it up for the drugs they prescribe. I'm in the hospital after a very hard abdominal fall on a concrete floor with the entire ab wall and ribs bruised, what does he prescribe, CYTOTEC, a known early stage ABORTION drug. Just what as person with abdominal pain needed a drug to cause more ab pain.

I had to tell my now former PCP that I could not take Cypro or Kelflex yet ever time an infection came up that is what he'd prescribe. Now I'm not stupid, I give him a computer generated print out of all the drugs I have had bad reactions to each time I went in. So he had no excuse not to know what I could not take.

Take a very serious look at any drugs you are taking as most of them cause either GERD, muscle or vision issues, and that is not just because of the sue happy lawyers either. Fosamax has over 2,000 lawsuits because of bone degeneration in the jaw and femors. Forteo another Osteo P drug, comes in a pen like diabetics use. It is an 18 month treatment plan. Promising up to 9% bone regowth, the dirty little secret that you are not told is that it also caused drug induced GERD, and the promised bone regrowth, goes away once you stop the program and go back on to one of the other OP treatments. And they all come with a GERD warning. Which will over ride the max dose of 80 mg of Nexium you happen to be taking.

STLouisgal
11-19-2013, 07:57 AM
abby - What an awful fall you must have taken and how frustrating that they can't find the cause of the abdominal pain. Although it started or flared after the fall, could it be the return of endometriosis? Or is it a different kind of pain?

I'm with you on the Fosamax and other osteoporosis drugs. I take estrogen since my doctor needlessly removed my organs (hysterectomy and oophorectomy) and hope it's protecting my bones as well as providing other health benefits even though it hasn't restored me to my former self.

I hope you get some answers soon and a doctor who is willing to treat you. You're right - they're quick to take our money but sometimes do more harm than good. I've lost trust in most of them.

abby20
11-19-2013, 01:57 PM
OH my Gastro has now decided since I've fallen on the L 4/5 Compression fracture 4 TIMES, and the last PT idiot Popped it out of place, you can actually feel the curve that is there now, that it may be pinching a spinal nerve, as the Lumbar is the source of the nerve bundles that effect both your bowel and bladder. And with a DX score that is bad, no one wants to fix the compression fracture. All I'm offered by various orthos, and I've seen quite a few in the quest to stop the lumbar pain, All I am offered is a Nerve block, 5 of the later, the last being the last straw a Facet Block, ALL FAILED. Then came the PT, well that did more damage to other areas of my back. Pain Management for a year, failed. And being very drug sensitive the only drug they have found I can take is a 10 use drug called Toredol. The rest of the Osteo drugs give me GERD and IBS. And Lore tabs IBS.

My son had to sit me ip let me catch my breath, and then when he tried to pick me up by reaching down with his hand I had to tell him to get behind me and pick me up under my arms. I knew I did not break any thing, so just put my rib brace on, from the broken rib the year before. Then took 34 extra strength tylenol.

I have had one PT tell me not to Waste my Rationed Medicare PT treatments, as I was untreatable due to the FMS. You see you cannot fix muscles that won't hold reconditioning. :-)

abby20
11-19-2013, 06:05 PM
But do not forget to check the side effects of any drug your are given, even when a dr says they are only a few mild ones, and you fall for it, and you are in the hospital with a infected colon, you come home and look up the supposedly mild side effect drug, because you had some side effects he did not mention, Zoysin you find NINE pages of side effects. And it makes you wonder that during the 3.5 days you are in the hospital you are having trouble reading a book, can't see the TV well enough to watch it, or even use your cell phone, and then you can blow up the computer screen and read that one of the side effects of Zoysin is vision issues including temporary blindness. After the nap you take when you get home you notice you have no vision in one eye and the other is very blurry and the effects take about 2 weeks to clear up. You don't have to be a medical person to know you were having a side effect from a supposedly side effect free drug. The burning urine you had while on the drug was reported to the nurse, the STUPID male doctor who refused to speak to you because you are a woman and it is against his religious beliefs, because of his ethnic ME background, could not tell the difference between the need for Peridum for a UT, vs a RX for Monistat for a vaginal infection. He would only speak with my husband. Who did not have the full picture of what was happening. CHECK ALL DRUGS OUT before you fill them, because the RX he sent me home with had the same side effects. I turned the drug down because of the side effects. And I did not need to continue taking a antibiotic that only works in the intestines, and had side effects that effected my vision which is poor from astigmatism but is correctable with glasses any way. I was unable to drive for 2 weeks until my vision cleared up.

STLouisgal
11-20-2013, 06:12 AM
I'm sorry for all your suffering and abysmal medical care! I agree that we have to do our research when it comes to any medical treatment, drugs included. I have little faith in the medical profession after my over-treatment and harm experience.

abby20
11-21-2013, 05:48 AM
If you are taking any drugs for these conditions, I'd check the side effects. OA and OP drugs both induce GERD and IBS.

I sailed through peri, and surgical menopause like a breeze, except the bad reaction to the estrogen, which started the drug induced GERD roller coaster ride. 98% of all my GERD issues have been RX Drug caused, as has the IBS. Since I eat low fat, low spice, and as healthy as my budget allows and my now over sensitive digestive system I have learned to avoid certain foods. Especially those that cause gas in the colon. Even the ginger chews they give for Chemo patients (I bought my DIL some as she is going through Chemo, second round today) so I tried one, to spicy for me, I was hoping for a natural way to stop the nausea that is caused by to high a pain level.

Then you have to keep a track of all your records. I recommend you get a copy of all reports. When my arthritis doc retired, all my records disappeared. So now I insist on a copy of any test report and keep my own files. I also direct the specialist doctor like my ENDO to send my PCP a copy of any test, so he does not have to repeat them. This last PCP visit he ran a thyroid panel, not needed as I see a ENDO for the hypothyroid issue. But it came back with some high readings, that were not present on the ENDO's. It could have been the Vit/Mins I took that morning that caused the difference. As I have to get off all of them except the Calcium and D when I go to the ENDO, because they effect the testing. Hubby has the same thing with the Saw Palmelto that runs his PSA up artificially.

Strange how our bodies even react to vits and mins. I tried Wild Yam cream Mine were mild, and it took only about 6 months before they stopped. Now Fibrocustic Breast in another issue, I've had it since I was 12, and it is NOT hormone driven as most peoples are. It may go with the FMS for all I know, I had stiff muscles even in my teen's, and I was active most of the day when not in school.

abby20
11-26-2013, 05:42 AM
If you think the belly flop fall was bad,the one 2 weeks later, while sitting on the tub edge to remove my socks, next thing I know I have hit the right side of my head, shoulder with the rotator tear, ribs, hip and lumbar compression fracture, my husband had to haul me out of the tub as I could not get out on my own. Since our house is 45+ yrs old it was a cast iron tub. I ended up with only a mild concussion. with a large bruise on the back of my head. and a few bruises else where. Have had 1 other of these type falls and 2 smaller ones, All on the compression fracture.

onewithnopowers
02-07-2014, 09:22 AM
I don't think I have celiac disease because when I eat bread I feel so much better especially when I have a lot of acid reflux cause it soaks up all the acid.
I mean recently I have cut out dairy for almost a month now and I have noticed some massive changes. I no longer have the nausea and my acid reflux has calmed down drastically... But I am still getting stomach cramps...
But seriously you guys cutting out dairy has given me so much energy I am able to do the normal things I struggled to do before like the housework.
Btw another question I have a BM once every other day is that classed as constipation? Sometimes it's even once every 2 days but normally every other day.