The heartburn... Oh the heartburn...

Keeper

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wooooaaah....feel bad for you guys - iv'e like NEVER had heartburn - i might have had it ONCE in my life I THINK....

what causes it - too much digestive acids?
 

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Gaviscon is the only thing I use now, but since you say it doesn't work thats a problem.

My dad swears by Zantac 75, which he takes when ever he has bad heartburn. He takes 2 effervescent tablets and doesn't take again for about a week.

Last year March I went to see a specialist and he gave me tablets which I had to take once a day for 6 months. It was a tiny litty thing and I never had heartburn for the entire time. It was called Topzole and loved the stuff.

Problem with both of these options is a Doctors prescription required. But I would recommend both depending on what your doctor says
 

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get some altosec/pantoloc/lansoloc/omez/losec/nexiam/lanzor/pariet/topzole/whatever generic available. they're all PPIs (proton pump inhibitors) and block acid secretion in your stomach. you CAN get a few over the counter without a script or seeing your gp.
ranitidine (ranihexal) /cimetidine is not that effective.

Get a gastroscopy if the symptoms persist or you develop terrible pain on your tummy (i think you should go get the scope anyway).

AVOID smoking, alcohol, almost all anti inflammatory pain killers (GRANDPA/DISPRIN etc.) caffeine (coffee/coke), chilli/spicy food, tomatoes/whitebread/anything worsening the symptoms.
 

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AVOID smoking, alcohol, almost all anti inflammatory pain killers (GRANDPA/DISPRIN etc.) caffeine (coffee/coke), chilli/spicy food, tomatoes/whitebread/anything worsening the symptoms.
If I cut all of that out.. I will starve.. you just put down my daily food staple
 

APoc184

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LOL :D
you do the crime, you do the time.

Strange thing is. I dont do any of the above crimes except maybe for white bread once in a while. But I still do the time, over and over again.

Will be trying the altosec etc etc....
And also going for a gastroscopy. Will my GP do it in his office?
 

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Strange thing is. I dont do any of the above crimes except maybe for white bread once in a while. But I still do the time, over and over again.

Will be trying the altosec etc etc....
And also going for a gastroscopy. Will my GP do it in his office?

I did it at a specialist (gastroentorologist), he put me to sleepy land. I heard its much better that way...
 

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I also suffer badly, probably a result of stress, but it comes in waves.
Live off rennies but will need a stronger type soon.
I have been recommended a remedy called Relief - apparently it works like a charm, cleans you out, the indigestion is a result of bad diet etc and few other things...
Ive had to stop eating spicy food to prevent heartburn.
check this site, given to me by the women who runs it, shes one of my clients...

www.mywinwebpage.com/marisatheron

Product = Relief (there is even a money back garantee if it doesnt work), ive spoken to 3 people using it, and they swear by it. Helps with IBS/spastic colon etc..

I initially thought mine was a result of some foods i eat, but then i get it when i don't eat. Mine also comes in waves, but rennies helps for me though.
 

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Strange thing is. I dont do any of the above crimes except maybe for white bread once in a while. But I still do the time, over and over again.

Will be trying the altosec etc etc....
And also going for a gastroscopy. Will my GP do it in his office?
First one I had 10 years ago was in a tiny clinic, They just doped me up on Morphine and did the gastroscopy. Last year they put me under.

Funny thing with the white bread. Some times I get terrible cramps which is usually followed by heartburn, The only thing that takes the cramps away though, that is non medical.. is a slice of white bread :confused:
 
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Take my advice and ask your GP to prescribe ULTAK 300. It's the generic of Zantac.
I use it for my acid reflux and it really works.
 

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My girlfriend got tired of all the meds and eventually had a operation (Nissan)where they put a ring around your valve that goes into your stomach and her problem has been solved. I have found Lansoloc to be pretty good.
 

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Strange thing is. I dont do any of the above crimes except maybe for white bread once in a while. But I still do the time, over and over again.

Will be trying the altosec etc etc....
And also going for a gastroscopy. Will my GP do it in his office?

nope. you need to see a specialist (general surgeon or gastroenterologist).

(i can pm you a few suggestions for specialists in pta if you like - dont want to throw names around over 'the internets' ;) )

PS zantac is ultak is ranihexal is ranitidine - an old H2 receptor blocker (an anti histamine) and not as effective as a PPI.

[EDIT:] you could also try taking maxolon (metoclopramide) for the time being. its actually for nausea but also pushes the food/acidic mix quicker through your stomach, to prevent that pooling in your tummy, which just easily then pushes up your esophagus. also look out for hoarseness of your voice and a chronic cough which could also be signs of reflux - but i'm fairly sure we got the diagnosis pinned in your case.
 
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Oh yes, another thing I remember was to raise the head of your bed slightly and dont sleep on your right hand side if you can help it.
 

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Ok there are a lot of posts here, and i am not keen on reading them all. I had a major heart burn problem (used to have a pack of those gaviscon tablets every week) so i saw a gastro specialist. He put me on a course of nexium followed by a course of altozac (i dont know if that is spelt correctly). I also cut down on a lot of things. First, if you are a smoker, you should quit. It relaxes the muscle holding down the acid allowing it to come up easily. Second, no fizzy drinks. Third, no chocolate. Four, cut down on tomatoes. Five, and i think most importantly, is to try and eat your last meal of the day as early as possible. I try to have supper by latest 6 o clock and it really does help. I feel if i eat anything after 7 and go to be by 11, i feel very sick... By the way, i havent had gaviscon for a year now...
 

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+100 Exactly what happens to me. Sometimes I wake up at night struggling to breath and only after standing up and drinking some water I catch my breath again. By then the burning is so bad in my throat and mouth that I dont fall asleep again.

I used to get this and its really bad... i found an awesome cure... 1 spoon of icecream soothes your throat enough to stop that burning... i know waking up and eating ice cream sounds mad, but really, if it happens to you in the afternoon try it out, its surprisingly good.
 

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Treat the cause not the symptom. It sounds like stress or an ulcer.
 

APoc184

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I used to get this and its really bad... i found an awesome cure... 1 spoon of icecream soothes your throat enough to stop that burning... i know waking up and eating ice cream sounds mad, but really, if it happens to you in the afternoon try it out, its surprisingly good.

That doesnt sound mad at all. It sounds about right. There is no wrong time for ice cream... :D

Treat the cause not the symptom. It sounds like stress or an ulcer.

I don't stress all that much. Might be a ulcer then.
 

APoc184

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nope. you need to see a specialist (general surgeon or gastroenterologist).

(i can pm you a few suggestions for specialists in pta if you like - dont want to throw names around over 'the internets' ;) )

PS zantac is ultak is ranihexal is ranitidine - an old H2 receptor blocker (an anti histamine) and not as effective as a PPI.

[EDIT:] you could also try taking maxolon (metoclopramide) for the time being. its actually for nausea but also pushes the food/acidic mix quicker through your stomach, to prevent that pooling in your tummy, which just easily then pushes up your esophagus. also look out for hoarseness of your voice and a chronic cough which could also be signs of reflux - but i'm fairly sure we got the diagnosis pinned in your case.

Yes, please PM me the names.

Thanks for all the advice and descriptions of your problems. It really helped my diagnose that my heartburn is not in anyway normal and that going the specialist way is the only way for me.

Last thing. Because of the reflux I always have this slimy snot in the back of my throat. I believe its my body trying to protect my throat from the acid. But damn it is irritating and when lying down at night it makes me extremely nauseous. :sick:
If I can just get a decent weeks worth of sleep.
 
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