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Kari85

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As I’ve posted on here various times already, I have been experiencing the most heinous acid reflux for almost a month now. I can’t eat much of anything and I feel like I have something lodged in my throat, which sends me into a panic attack several times a day. Doctors aren’t allowed to do invasive testing right now so who knows how long I will have to wait for an upper endoscopy. My doctor prescribed Omeprazole twice a day for 2 months. I’ve only taken it for 3 days but I’m not having any improvement. Do any of you have something that works well? Doctor said I could switch if I wasn’t feeling better.
 

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I suffer with this too. It's really bad.

You might need a stronger dose from it. How many mgs did he prescribe. I think doctors are sometimes overly cautious as they don't want to give you too high of dose because of side effects and serious complications that could occur later on.

Breathing exercises and self calming techniques and thinking happy thoughts all help my acid reflux sometimes. I understand its a daily struggle. It can come on suddenly. Is it a type of thing where sometimes you feel fine/okay but then you don't. etc. Also try some gentle exercises if u can, 30 mins a day. Try not to be stressed out about anything.

Try breathing in through your mouth for 5 seconds, and then exhaling the air and breathing out for 15 seconds while saying OMMMMM. Don't think about anything , just do the techinque. As much as u can/want until you calm down and start to feel better. This also can help.

There are other meds that work stronger than Omeprazole he could prescribe u. I forgot the name of them, but you could try that. I had to take that for while when it was really bad. Now I'm back on the Omeprazole.

Understand your trigger foods. This is a little more tricky.... but I personally need to stay away from onions and processed junk food. Make ur meals small and light. Its okay to not eat for awhile. Small healthy and light meals are better anyway.

Try not to lie down after 30 mins of eating or drinking. Easier said than done but it really helps. Force yourself to at least sit up and not lie down.

I like coffee but it also seems to trigger it really bad in the mornings. ITs hard cuz I love the taste and smell of it- but it seems to be a trigger for me. Slowly eat and sip, its better for u anyway. Sleep with an elevated pillow if u aren't already. Join a program to lose dangerous belly fat around the middle, which could be pushing organs up in bad places and causing bad chest discomfort. Keep a food journal to keep ur weight/health in check and to pay attention to trigger foods. Acting too carefree with it and not fight directly against it- it can creep up on you again.

Don't do bad habits again when you start to feel better and ur body heals. This hard for me as if i feel good- i think I can do something bad for it because 'it can take it' but its stupid thinking. just stay on track with the plan.

I know how much of a struggle this can be. I have the exact same issue so I tell this to myself as much as u. I care about u and want us both to succeed! Have a good day.
 

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Not everyone finds success with every medication. I took a low dose Omeprazole several years ago, for 30 days. I eventually felt a little relief, but not much. Then I'm 2016 I started Pantoprazole (generic Protonix) 40mg and doctor had me stop it last year. It worked wonders for me. Since I stopped it, I only have reflux if I've not done well with controlling what I eat and things like that. Maybe it'd work for you, too?
 

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I suffer with this too. It's really bad.

You might need a stronger dose from it. How many mgs did he prescribe. I think doctors are sometimes overly cautious as they don't want to give you too high of dose because of side effects and serious complications that could occur later on.

Breathing exercises and self calming techniques and thinking happy thoughts all help my acid reflux sometimes. I understand its a daily struggle. It can come on suddenly. Is it a type of thing where sometimes you feel fine/okay but then you don't. etc. Also try some gentle exercises if u can, 30 mins a day. Try not to be stressed out about anything.

Try breathing in through your mouth for 5 seconds, and then exhaling the air and breathing out for 15 seconds while saying OMMMMM. Don't think about anything , just do the techinque. As much as u can/want until you calm down and start to feel better. This also can help.

There are other meds that work stronger than Omeprazole he could prescribe u. I forgot the name of them, but you could try that. I had to take that for while when it was really bad. Now I'm back on the Omeprazole.

Understand your trigger foods. This is a little more tricky.... but I personally need to stay away from onions and processed junk food. Make ur meals small and light. Its okay to not eat for awhile. Small healthy and light meals are better anyway.

Try not to lie down after 30 mins of eating or drinking. Easier said than done but it really helps. Force yourself to at least sit up and not lie down.

I like coffee but it also seems to trigger it really bad in the mornings. ITs hard cuz I love the taste and smell of it- but it seems to be a trigger for me. Slowly eat and sip, its better for u anyway. Sleep with an elevated pillow if u aren't already. Join a program to lose dangerous belly fat around the middle, which could be pushing organs up in bad places and causing bad chest discomfort. Keep a food journal to keep ur weight/health in check and to pay attention to trigger foods. Acting too carefree with it and not fight directly against it- it can creep up on you again.

Don't do bad habits again when you start to feel better and ur body heals. This hard for me as if i feel good- i think I can do something bad for it because 'it can take it' but its stupid thinking. just stay on track with the plan.

I know how much of a struggle this can be. I have the exact same issue so I tell this to myself as much as u. I care about u and want us both to succeed! Have a good day.
Wow! Thank you so much for this fantastic response!! Great suggestions!
Not everyone finds success with every medication. I took a low dose Omeprazole several years ago, for 30 days. I eventually felt a little relief, but not much. Then I'm 2016 I started Pantoprazole (generic Protonix) 40mg and doctor had me stop it last year. It worked wonders for me. Since I stopped it, I only have reflux if I've not done well with controlling what I eat and things like that. Maybe it'd work for you, too?
Thank you! I might have to ask for something stronger. The reflux is so bad I haven’t been able to work.
 

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Acid reflux is burning your stomach and throat. Omeprazole is just a proactive antacid basically. You wouldn’t see improvement in 3 days. Your body needs to heal while the medication is proactively working. Trust me. I have had the worst stomach issues for 4 years. Just the way of the world with it!
 

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Acid reflux is burning your stomach and throat. Omeprazole is just a proactive antacid basically. You wouldn’t see improvement in 3 days. Your body needs to heal while the medication is proactively working. Trust me. I have had the worst stomach issues for 4 years. Just the way of the world with it!
Thanks! Unfortunately patience is not a strong quality of mine.
 

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I have also been on Protonix off and on for a few years, depending how good I’m being, and have gotten good results with little to no side effects. However I do notice that if I go through a spurt where I’m super anxious, drink coffee everyday, and eat bad and late at night no medicine in the world can stop it.
 

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I have also been on Protonix off and on for a few years, depending how good I’m being, and have gotten good results with little to no side effects. However I do notice that if I go through a spurt where I’m super anxious, drink coffee everyday, and eat bad and late at night no medicine in the world can stop it.
My anxiety is off the charts!! The fact that I can’t get any tests done for at least 2 months is just adding fuel to the fire.
 

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How long do you guys think I should give the Omprezole to work before requesting something else?
 

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Talk to your doctor or pharmacist, they can advise. I'd say at least 30 days though.
Oh wow. That’s long! This is all new for me and I’m feeling like I’ll never be able to eat normally again. Guess I’ll really need to work on my patience. Thanks for replying!
 
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