The heartburn... Oh the heartburn...

APoc184

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I only saw now that this thread has been revived. So I might as well give an update.

One word: Gaviscon

When you had the heartburn that I had. You empty a big Gaviscon bottle in a day.
Madman88's post below explains my situation perfectly.

None of those will make a difference if you suffer from GORD : Gastro-Oesophageal Reflux Disorder.

Its when your lower oesophageal sphincter does not close properly, allowing the acid in your stomach to rise up into your esophagus. Prolonged exposure can lead to Oesophageal cancer as the cells in your esophagus try to mutate into stomach cells to deal with the acid.
There are basically only two ways to deal with this, Gaviscon and Rennies will give instant relief but only last 10 minuets or so before its back (and usually worse):
Surgery, they sow the sphincter half closed to prevent the acid from rising, or
Chronic medication like Rani-Hexal or Zantac will reduce the amount of acid in the stomach for up to 12 hours without any major negative effects.

Since the surgery is not covered by medical aid (its considered cosmetic for some bizarre reason) I basically take a Rani-Hexal a day with my multi vits...

That was me until last year. I had the operation.
Gaviscon and Rennie's does not work.
My weight was never an issue. And I play squash weekly, so exercise was also not an issue.
The only thing that worked for me was Rani-Hexel. I later found generic ones called Ultak. Cost half the price and worked just as good. But low and behold if you miss one. Felt like dying and that is why I had the operation.

And leaving it unattended can be very dangerous. There is a great chance of getting cancer because of all the acid pushing up into the throat.
 

Alan

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Heartburn or Sooibrand(afrikaans)

Been really struggling with heartburn the last couple of years.
It's so bad at times that I can't breath when sleeping. It really takes my breath away(and not in a good way).

My mother suffered from sever heartburn for years. Or so the doctors claimed it was heartburn, turned out to be her heart. Perhaps you should see a specialist or two.
 

copacetic

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My father has reflux, he changed his diet and now it is basically gone. Do not eat wheat.
 

FuNkEr

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One word: Nexiam. Words like a bomb. Think you need a prescription though. It's also quite expensive!
 

Celine

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oh my there are so many different answers here which one to follow. my advise is to go see the doctor and follow HIS advise. everyone is different and things work differently for each individual.
me - on the other hand can't give you any advise i have to eat as much as possible when i possibly can. i have lost so much weight in the past year that it's not funny anymore. my bones are now sticking out. i have been through all the tests and it's all clear. it's now been put down to this refelx sympathetic disorder that i have. so i stuff my face with all the unhealthy stuff and good stuff to try and gain some weight.
 

Hosehead

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NO medicine works like sodium bicarbonate and a glass of water. That is a powerful alkalinzer and the secret that drug companies don't want you to know. It was pointed out already on the first answer to the OP.
If you have Heartburn move to an alkaline diet or at least cut out acids and Grease and Fats (vegetable fat in your ice cream!!!) and cooking Oils.
Acid reflux usually occurs when people sleep too soon after eating .
 

jphegers

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Ranit or Histak are excellent pills and are also given to people who have stomach ulcers.
 

CREZANNE

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CREZ

YES NEXIUM IS VERY EXPENSIVE BUT DID YOU KNOW IT HAVE SIDE AFACTS, LIKE VOMITING ENS.
IF YOU HAVE A LIVER PROBLEM PLEASE DONT USE IT.
 

ArsenalPoker

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isn't heartburn a signal from the body that something is not quite right? diet etc etc, so eating pills will only relieve the symptom. maybe its best to research underlying causes and attending to those issues than popping a pill once or twice a day for the rest of your life :)
 

Mars

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isn't heartburn a signal from the body that something is not quite right? diet etc etc, so eating pills will only relieve the symptom. maybe its best to research underlying causes and attending to those issues than popping a pill once or twice a day for the rest of your life :)

I know the underlying problem. Its GORD. There are two ways... Beh, see my previous post.
 
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