Sudden onset of Acid Reflux

Discussion in 'Fibromyalgia and ME & Chronic Fatigue Syndrome' started by kaymac, Nov 15, 2006.

  1. kaymac

    kaymac New Member

    Can anyone tell me thier experience with sudden onset of acid reflux.

    I developed heartburn and burning clear up into my throat 24/7. It came on suddenly, been going on now 2 wks non stop. Waking up at night with regurgitation in my throat. I've lost some weight, cause everything hurts to eat or not eat. Trouble swallowing some. Belching all the time.

    I started OTC prilocec and zantac. I just went to heart specialist for rapid heart rate and was placed on Toprol.

    I'm hesitate about going back to doctor again, so started treating myself with Prilosec. I'm just wondering if other's with this suddenly came on with no other complications?

    kaymac
  2. caroleye

    caroleye New Member

    This is a really common happening, and it can be a buildup from overly acidic food intake, acidic drugs, and then when your body takes that last acidic trigger, it'll hit you.

    My body runs overacidic, and I have to watch everything I put in my mouth, which is difficult, since almost everything we eat is acidic (exceptions being most fruit & vegetables).

    There are some natural remedies you might try from the health food store after you go on an "alkaline" diet.

    Boiron's Acidil, Enzymedica Acid Soothe, Aloe Ver Juice, etc.

    Most people go to an acidic RX or an over the counter one that is a temporary solution.

    I'm sure a "search" on this board would offer other solutions.

    LIGHT**************carole
  3. Pianowoman

    Pianowoman New Member

    This can happen if you have been under a lot of stress, even accumulated stress. Another thing that can help is DGL, the licorice lozenges.

    Kathy
  4. zenouchy

    zenouchy Member

    Hi Kaymac,

    Sorry to hear about your symptoms. Sometimes acid reflux can be severe and can be indicative of something called Barrett's esophagus. I'm not diagnosing you, but the symptoms you are talking about are not basic acid reflux. Weight loss, having burning into your throat, and trouble swallowing need to be checked out now.

    I really don't want to alarm you, tell you what to do, or give you an online diagnosis, but I do want to encourage you to see a gastroenterologist pronto. I've had acid reflux for years, and my doc told me if I ever got symptoms like the ones you are having to see a specialist immediately. He said the acid reflux meds are kind of a bandaid. Please keep us posted. (see below for info.) Hope this helps. Sincerely, Erika

    I got this info on Barrett's esophagus from mayoclinic.com:

    The signs and symptoms that may suggest a complication of GERD or Barrett's esophagus, including the development of esophageal cancer, include:

    Trouble swallowing. Often, a narrowing of the esophagus (esophageal stricture) leads to difficulty swallowing (dysphagia).

    Bleeding. You may vomit red blood or blood that looks like coffee grounds, or your stools may be black, tarry or bloody.

    Weight loss and loss of appetite. You may experience an unexpected drop in weight.
  5. PVLady

    PVLady New Member

    It may sound strange but I also has a sudden onset of reflux type problems. After two years of digestive problems they discovered the problem was gallstones.

    My surgeon said it happens often that people think they have gastric reflux and it goes away after the bad gallbladder is removed.

    I had my gallbladder removed over a week ago. I no longer have to take Nexium or antacids. My appetite is fine now. I was also on a drug called Carafate that coats your stomach, and used Pepto Bismol.

    I never had severe pains or other signs of gallstones, but I did have indigestion, poor appetite, nausea, constipation, insomnia, anxiety, etc.

    Two months ago I had a simple test called a ultrasound that showed many gallstones. As soon as I woke from surgery I knew I would be better.

    I would ask to have the gallbladder checked. If you have gallstones that may be the problem.
  6. caroleye

    caroleye New Member

    Curious if there's another way to treat these stones.

    Had mine removed many years ago (before I was educated about inflammatory diseases), and my digestion has been worse ever since.

    When I read the findings of what they found, I did not need it removed if I knew what I do today.

    Beware.

    LIGHT************carole
  7. balletdancer74

    balletdancer74 New Member

    As the others have said, if it started pretty suddenly, it could be recent increased stress and/or foods you've been eating or meds you've been taking.

    If the Zantac and/or Prilosec don't help, go back to your gastorenterologist and get checked for GERD (gastroesophagul reflux disease) which is very common especially for those on medications or illnesses, etc. Perhaps you need something stronger than Prilosec like Nexium or Protonix which seems to be more popular than even Nexium as Nexium takes a good week to kick in.

    Also, make sure to be checked for an ulcer and have your gall bladder checked as was already suggested.

    Aloe vera is helpful for me...soothes the stomach as does all natural black licorice...tea, root, etc. Certain enzymes like chewable papaya ones can be helpful as well, but until you know exactly what is going on, be careful not to try so many things. Oh, and while papaya chewable enzymes helped tremendously with my stomach and regurgitation, I eventually found out that I'm allergic to the actual enzyme of a papaya. I became very lethargic and weak. Go figure! You wins some, you lose some! lol I have to laugh or I'll cry over so many experiences in life. :)

    Keep us posted. Hope you find the answer (s) and relief soon!

    Hugs,
    LB32 (Leeza)
  8. u34rb

    u34rb New Member

    kaymac,

    Heartburn and acid reflux are not necessarily the same thing. You really do need to have this checked out. Don’t be scared about your doctor even though you will almost certainly need an endoscopy.

    OTC remedies can only help occasionally. The reason is that they reduce the amount of acid in the stomach. And the result of this is that the stomach realises there is not enough, and so it increases the production of acid, just when you want to reduce it. So if you use these remedies for several weeks you will be making the problem very much worse!!!

    It may be that all that you need is a medication to reduce the production of acid by the stomach, (which is something different), and as far as I know you need a prescription for these. But they are very good, so you need to see a doctor ASAP. Good luck. I’m sure that you will be eating again normally very soon.