My heartburn is really starting to get me emotionally. UGH!

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  1. Peachyness

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    I broke down and started crying last night. For this past week, my heartburn has been pretty intense and last night, I couldn't take it anymore. My chest hurts so bad it feels like someones sitting on it, stabing it with sharp pins.

    I'm just venting.

    But, if you have heartburn and know of something that helps you, could you share?

    I don't know what's causing it, by the way. I'm a vegan and eat tons of fruits and veggies. Occasionally, I'll eat a prepared frozen meal. I had one last Friday night. It was this gyoza thing from Trader Joes. I think that was what caused my heartburn. But, I still get it way too often. So, I don't know.
     
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    Have you gone to the doctor?
     
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    I had the same thing last year, they tested me for ulcers and gave me some hardcore anti-heartburn meds to take each morning before breakfast. After a while it went away. Make sure you aren't taking too much aspirin or advil as those can cause issues too.
     
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    Sorry you're hurting so badly! Prilosec works great for me! But my daughter (age 30) has to use a prescription.
     
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    Prilosec is very effective, but you should see a doctor for sure. Heartburn can do damage to your system, seriously.

    Tomatoes can be a real culprit. Also coffee, peanut butter, acid fruits, coke, wine, and chocolate. Don't eat these things within about 4 hours of bed.

    Sleep with your head of the bed elevated. You can elevate the head of the matress just by putting a couple pillows under the mattress, for an emergency situation.

    Also, it helps if you don't eat or drink within 2 hours of bed.

    Hope this helps. I would def. see a doctor because the pain could be something else, such as gallbladder, which is triggered by different things.

    Oh, and when I feel the pressure starting to build or the pain starting, I immediately take a Gas-X and that has helped soooo much.
     
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    I had that sort of pain once, like to the point where I couldn't breath because my entire core hurt so bad. I ended up in the ER and on a morphine drip. It turned out that I had an ulcer.

    I suggest going to the doctor if you haven't already. Pain like you've described isn't normal.
     
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    I am so sorry. If it is really bad, then I would check with my doctor.
     
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    gall bladder?
     
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    Ive had such bad heartburn that I've thrown up regularly from it. I had an ulcer, as well. It helped me to take prilosec in the morning and pepsid at night. I had major struggles with my insurance because they wouldn't pay for any medicine until I tried the prilosec and pepsid. It also helped to lose weight and as of this week I've lost 70 pounds! Woohoo!
     
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    I take Prilosec.
     
  12. Ima Teacher

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    I take prescription medication, avoid eating several hours before bedtime, and sleep almost sitting up by using a special wedge pillow.

    Some foods make mine worse. Tonight's culprit is fetuccini alfredo and a garlic breadstick from Fazolis. But, I can also get heartburn from drinking plain water or having NOTHING in my stomach.

    Eating multiple small meals helps some. Having my gall bladder removed helped with some of the pain, but the actual acid reflux itself is worse.

    See a doctor!
     
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    My DH had a bout of severe heartburn several years ago. He actually felt so sick he would go to the ER and they would give him some sort of med there to drink that would help. He was diagnosed with a hiatal hernia, and when he took steps to help that, he began feeling better. He uses an OTC med now- rantidine? It really works, but he needs to use it regularly.
     
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    Unfortanltely, I don't have health insurance. Just to see the doctor costs quite a bit.

    But, I think I will have to break down and just go and see the doctor. I watched an episode on the Dr. Oz show where he showed what an esophagus looked like with a person with heart burn. That esophagus came from a person who died from cancer, which was caused by heartburn. So, I know I need to do something.

    I used to have bad heartburn when I lived at home. My dad cooked a lot of the meals and something he put n there always caused me heartburn (my mom too). We moved into our own house in December and I've been fine until last week. Friday and Saturday I ate a lot of food, healthy and unhealthy because my brother came up to visit from college.

    I now think it was all of the garlic I had. We made pizza and pesto and soup with tons of garlic.

    So, I've been taking tons of tums, which are really helping, and it's not as bad as it's been. I think it's starting to calm down. I still feel achy in my back and shoulders, and chest though.

    Thanks all for your tips. I will definitely try some of these things out.
     
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    Oh, my brother was also having real bad heartburn, in addition to anxiety attacks. The doctors diagnosed my brother with ulcer. I don't know what he's taking for his ulcer, though. I wonder now if that's what I have. My dad also suffers from ulcers.
     
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    Garlic is one of my WORST things.

    I keep liquid Maalox on hand. My doctor recommended it over the chewable tablets of any kinds. I keep it in the fridge because it's not as gross when it's cold.
     
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    Ima, I'll have to look that up. I like my tums, but maybe that'll be better for me.
     
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    Peachy,

    I know how you feel. I'm on omeprazole for my heartburn. This is available over the counter, but I'm not sure if there is a difference in dosage. My heartburn was so bad my esophagus was swelling closed and stopping food and water from passing easily into my stomach. I'm on a watch for Barrett's disease, which means I'm more likely to get esophageal cancer...nice.

    I'd try the OTC omeprazole for 2 weeks to see if it helps. If not, I'd see a doctor.
     
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    I didn't have insurance for quite some time. I discovered a medical clinic (not quite in the bad section of town, but on the way). They charged $85 for a checkup and diagnosis. And, I've gone back! They are clean, with no appt. necessary, good doctors, etc. It was a real find. If you look around, you may be able to locate something like this near you.

    The longer you wait, the worse your esophagus will get, requiring more expensive treatment.

    Then, if you need a prescription, you can go to Walmart or Costco for the cheapest deals. I think you don't have to be a member of Costco to use the pharmacy - you could call to find out.
     
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    MY hubby has a Costco card so getting meds should be fine.

    Well, last night I started taking about 1 tablespoon of rice vinegar (it was the only vinegar we had, but at least it tastes sweet and yummy). I took another this morning. I think it really helped! My plan is to take a spoonful before each meal until this thing finally dies down. :)
     
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    I also chowed down on Tums but that is only temporarily masking the problem. You will probably feel so much better if you start taking prilosec regularly. Also, make sure you dilute the vinegar with water. Taking it undiluted is very bad for the enamel on your teeth. I hope you feel better. I know how miserable the feeling is.
     
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    Oh, I'm so glad you told me this. I've just been taking it right out of the bottle! Thanks for the heads up.

    I'll look into prilosec. Is it over the counter?
     
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    Yes, you can now get it over the counter.

    Also Peachy, when you do go to the doctor you need to be very assertive. Go with your symptoms and questions written down. If he suggests a bunch of tests, tell him you have no insurance, and could he try treating you for acid reflux or hiatal hernia and see if that helps, and if not, you will consider the tests??

    I've recently had to visit my doc several times, and one visit cost me $150 (after insurance payment!) for a 10 minute "visit" with no outcome!! So I had to follow up with my hugely assertive appointment, and then I got some action. But if you do not have insurance, you don't want to waste your time and money for no answers or suggestions!

    So be strong and go get 'em! I agree with everyone, you really need to consult the doctor because it could be something other than heartburn. Oh, and onions are my big trigger!
     
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    I don't think onions are my trigger. I think it's too much garlic, now that I've been thinking about it.

    I agree about being super assertive. My hubby spent a lot of money going to the doctor, but since he wasn't assertive the first time, he didn't get the answers or the help he needed. SO, he had to go back and spend more money.
     
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    Yes! I tend to have great ideas, then when the doctor walks into the room I become this passive person who can't think! If I write it down, give a list of questions to the nurse to put in my chart (need to be super assertive here!), and then have my own copy and tell the doctor "This is what I need to address" then I get better care.

    Doctors are just too busy. You need to be your own advocate!
     
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    When I didn't have insurance, I found out there was more cheap or free help in the city than I ever thought possible. I called one of the government offices to get a list of these places. I forget who I called but you could probably call the local health department, the welfare office, etc. They have a list of resources for people who can't afford medical care. I found all kinds of nice and affordable places like this. Do not let not having insurance stop you.
     
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    That's a good idea about calling the health department. I'll start looking into this. :) It's sad that as a person who has a BS degree, a job, and yet, I don't have health insurance.

    Oh, I better get off of my box. I SO do not want to start anything political. :rolleyes:
     
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    I'm sorry this is happening to you! :( I've never had heartburn, so I have no idea how to remedy it. You seem to have good eating habits overall. I know they say spicy foods are many times the culprit, but have you ever once written down all the foods you've eaten that have caused you to have heartburn to see if you can see a connection? (I might also bring the list in when you see the dr just in case.)

    I hope you can get help quickly!
     
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    Well, what I think I might do is go on a super simple diet. I'm skinny, but i need to figure out what is my trigger. I plan to eat just a handful of food for a while. Then, I'll slowly add food back into my diet and see if any of those triggers it. I plan to keep a journal and track the foods I am eating. Today, I pretty much had the burning and pain all day long. We hung out with my hubby's family because it was his brother in laws birthday. I noticed that when I unbuttoned my top jean pants, a lot of the pain went away. Right now, we just got back from eating out at a Thai restaurant. I felt the pain coming back, unbuttoned my pants, and it slowly went away. Soooo, no clue on what's going on there. I still have slight pain in my chest area, but it's definitely not as bad anymore. And no, it's not gas. Trust me, I'm trying EVERYTHING!
     
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    The last time I had a really horrible multi-day heartburn event, my chiropractor was able to make it stop.

    I went to an adjustment for a slipped disc, and that night my heartburn disappeared! It had been awful for several days. At my next appointment (two days later) I mentioned that my back was some better, but my heartburn was gone. He said that heartburn is one of the easiest things he treats. I'm still skeptical, but whatever works!
     
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    It's funny you should mention that. My hubby's in laws said the SAME thing. That maybe it's my back. I thought they were just being crazy though.

    And what's interesting is that I've been having bad neck problems lately. Maybe there is a correlation....

    Hubby has a friend who does massages. She said that she can fit me in on Fridays. Maybe she can work some miracles??
     
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    I don't know if this has been said but it has worked for me in the past. A small dose of vinegar or pickle juice. Yes, it's more acid but the theory is, you trick whatever ph mechanism is out of whack into resetting. So by adding a bit more acid, you are telling your body it's too acid so it stops producing the excess that's causing the problem.

    Hope you get to feeling better.
     
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    Yes, I've been doing the vinegar. It worked two nights ago, but last nigh, oh boy, it sure didn't.

    BTW: I noticed that when I laid on my right side, it got real bad, but when I turned to sleep on my left, it stopped hurting. I wonder what that is all about?
     
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    I was just about to write this when I saw your post!! Sleeping on your left side is a great way to control your hearburn at night. It has to do with the shape of the esophagus, and when you are on your left side it prevents acid from coming up.

    Now, on to the Prilosec stuff. It is a pretty costly medicine, and you have to take it every day for it to work. I think it works at preventing acid, not just covering it up. You could also buy the generic version. I'm not sure if it works for everyone but it sure helped me. My doctor also advised me not to drink cold water first thing in the morning. I also would drink some milk to neutralize the acid, but there is some debate in the medical community of the effectiveness of milk.
     

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