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Just another day of worrying about cancers. This time though, I have been having gerd the past few weeks. It’s achy, dull, burning pain in my stomach at night when laying down. I’m staying away from spicy foods, I have been elevating my head when sleeping lately. I’ve already done the 14 day omeprazole. The other day I took tums got this really bitter taste in my throat it was so gross. My stool and bowel movement seems fine. My last routine cbc was done in February and all is clear. I feel like I’m always battling health anxiety but the symptoms are clearly there with the burning stomach. Earlier this year I thought I had MS, was always making dr appointment, even went into PT, did MRI, acupuncture, etc. Now I have this issue where my gerd has just been acting up daily the past few weeks. I’ve been googling they said it could be just bad severe gerd, h pylori, or ekkkk cancer. I’m gonna schedule an appointment soon but I’m just so nervous and afraid. I just don’t know how long I’ve had gerd, I’m 34 yo female. I used to get reflux here and there but never this bad.
Anyone else has been through this? How bad was your gerd? Was it also daily? What worked for you?
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I've dealt with GERD for several years. 37 year old male. My dad had severe GERD, and had to take several medications over the years. Yes, mine got to the point where it was daily, and I couldn't eat or drink much of anything without severe reflux. I started taking Omeprazole daily and I rarely have issues anymore. When I do, I take Tums.

If Omeprazole worked well for you, you can ask your doctor if they recommend taking it daily. They could try something else as well, if that one didn't work very well.

Do you have any risk factors for GERD? Smoking, drinking, poor diet, overweight, lack of exercise, immediate family history? Those things all play a role, they say. I quit smoking over two years ago, I drink only moderately, I exercise regularly, and my diet is pretty good - but none of that has made a difference for me. I think my main problem is that it runs in the family.
 

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I've been dealing with chronic physical symptoms for 2 years. The symptom will last 8-16weeks everyday then one day it will disappear only to be replaced in roughly 3 months with something else.

I've been through gerd twice. I actually don't think it was "proper" gerd I think it was an anxiety flare up. Tums or omeprazole helped but didn't get rid of it, like it would if it was actual heartburn/indigestion. What stopped my last flare up was stopping eating wheat. I think it was probably psychological but it worked.
 

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I've dealt with GERD for several years. 37 year old male. My dad had severe GERD, and had to take several medications over the years. Yes, mine got to the point where it was daily, and I couldn't eat or drink much of anything without severe reflux. I started taking Omeprazole daily and I rarely have issues anymore. When I do, I take Tums.

If Omeprazole worked well for you, you can ask your doctor if they recommend taking it daily. They could try something else as well, if that one didn't work very well.

Do you have any risk factors for GERD? Smoking, drinking, poor diet, overweight, lack of exercise, immediate family history? Those things all play a role, they say. I quit smoking over two years ago, I drink only moderately, I exercise regularly, and my diet is pretty good - but none of that has made a difference for me. I think my main problem is that it runs in the family.
Thanks for sharing, this makes me feel better. Hate this feeling!
I've been dealing with chronic physical symptoms for 2 years. The symptom will last 8-16weeks everyday then one day it will disappear only to be replaced in roughly 3 months with something else.

I've been through gerd twice. I actually don't think it was "proper" gerd I think it was an anxiety flare up. Tums or omeprazole helped but didn't get rid of it, like it would if it was actual heartburn/indigestion. What stopped my last flare up was stopping eating wheat. I think it was probably psychological but it worked.
Wow crazy! But then again it’s exactly what I’m going through now. This makes me feel so much better.
 

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I've dealt with GERD for several years. 37 year old male. My dad had severe GERD, and had to take several medications over the years. Yes, mine got to the point where it was daily, and I couldn't eat or drink much of anything without severe reflux. I started taking Omeprazole daily and I rarely have issues anymore. When I do, I take Tums.

If Omeprazole worked well for you, you can ask your doctor if they recommend taking it daily. They could try something else as well, if that one didn't work very well.

Do you have any risk factors for GERD? Smoking, drinking, poor diet, overweight, lack of exercise, immediate family history? Those things all play a role, they say. I quit smoking over two years ago, I drink only moderately, I exercise regularly, and my diet is pretty good - but none of that has made a difference for me. I think my main problem is that it runs in the family.
No smoking or drinking. Not overweight but I don’t exercise, I told myself I’m going to start making that change and do walks/jog 30 min a day. My sister has gerd as well but I don’t think hers is as severe as mine.
 

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No smoking or drinking. Not overweight but I don’t exercise, I told myself I’m going to start making that change and do walks/jog 30 min a day. My sister has gerd as well but I don’t think hers is as severe as mine.
Okay, just curious. I'm not a doctor so I'm obviously not trying to diagnose anything, just curious based on my own experience and knowledge. Have you ever tried to identify specific foods that seem to trigger GERD pretty much every time? There are common trigger foods, but everyone is different. For example, even without the Omeprazole I could handle spicy foods very well, but a glass of orange juice would almost always set it off. Chocolate is a common trigger that I do have, it'll set it off if I'm not taking the PPI.
 

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Has your doctor considered gastritis? I get that occasionally. It’s more of a burning stomach and less stomach acid burning my esophagus. When I get it, I eat seriously bland for several weeks then add back normal things. I try to stay away from trigger foods all of the time.
 
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Okay, just curious. I'm not a doctor so I'm obviously not trying to diagnose anything, just curious based on my own experience and knowledge. Have you ever tried to identify specific foods that seem to trigger GERD pretty much every time? There are common trigger foods, but everyone is different. For example, even without the Omeprazole I could handle spicy foods very well, but a glass of orange juice would almost always set it off. Chocolate is a common trigger that I do have, it'll set it off if I'm not taking the PPI.
No I get it on the diagnosis, this is actually really helpful. I really haven’t figured out my trigger foods, seems like they’re random but definitely spicy foods is a trigger for me. Chocolate is a hit or miss… I think tomato might be a trigger but I had spaghetti today and no gerd at night. Rice makes me feel better. I notice that when I’m hungry or have empty stomach it triggers it like in the morning. So interesting.
Has your doctor considered gastritis? I get that occasionally. It’s more of a burning stomach and less stomach acid burning my esophagus. When I get it, I eat seriously bland for several weeks then add back normal things. I try to stay away from trigger foods all of the time.
I don’t get to see dr until End of month, they are just so booked. But you sparked a thought for me, because it is mostly just burning stomach, not really on my esophagus or throat . The esophagus burning for me happened earlier this month, but now it’s just feels like in my stomach. What bland foods do you eat? Just like rice and chicken ? I might just have to do that …
 

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No I get it on the diagnosis, this is actually really helpful. I really haven’t figured out my trigger foods, seems like they’re random but definitely spicy foods is a trigger for me. Chocolate is a hit or miss… I think tomato might be a trigger but I had spaghetti today and no gerd at night. Rice makes me feel better. I notice that when I’m hungry or have empty stomach it triggers it like in the morning. So interesting.

I don’t get to see dr until End of month, they are just so booked. But you sparked a thought for me, because it is mostly just burning stomach, not really on my esophagus or throat . The esophagus burning for me happened earlier this month, but now it’s just feels like in my stomach. What bland foods do you eat? Just like rice and chicken ? I might just have to do that …
Yes rice, broth, applesauce, etc.
There is a subreddit for gastritis that is really helpful. Best of luck!
 

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No I get it on the diagnosis, this is actually really helpful. I really haven’t figured out my trigger foods, seems like they’re random but definitely spicy foods is a trigger for me. Chocolate is a hit or miss… I think tomato might be a trigger but I had spaghetti today and no gerd at night. Rice makes me feel better. I notice that when I’m hungry or have empty stomach it triggers it like in the morning. So interesting.

I don’t get to see dr until End of month, they are just so booked. But you sparked a thought for me, because it is mostly just burning stomach, not really on my esophagus or throat . The esophagus burning for me happened earlier this month, but now it’s just feels like in my stomach. What bland foods do you eat? Just like rice and chicken ? I might just have to do that …
Yep, I understand. Tomato is likely because it's acidic. The same is true for oranges and other acidic fruits and vegetables. I have to watch how much I eat those as well. I don't think having an empty stomach affects mine, but I've never really thought about it. Spaghetti is a severe trigger for me, every single time.

Burning stomach is a symptom of GERD. It doesn't have to be felt in the esophagus. But gastritis is surely another possibility. It sucks you have to wait so long to see the doctor, especially because solving this should be pretty quick IMO, but that's how it is sometimes.

In the meantime, it wouldn't hurt to take another round of Omeprazole, if you're comfortable doing so. A 14 day supply will get you through close to the end of the month. I hope you do get it resolved soon once and for all. Feel better soon! :)
 

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Yep, I understand. Tomato is likely because it's acidic. The same is true for oranges and other acidic fruits and vegetables. I have to watch how much I eat those as well. I don't think having an empty stomach affects mine, but I've never really thought about it. Spaghetti is a severe trigger for me, every single time.

Burning stomach is a symptom of GERD. It doesn't have to be felt in the esophagus. But gastritis is surely another possibility. It sucks you have to wait so long to see the doctor, especially because solving this should be pretty quick IMO, but that's how it is sometimes.

In the meantime, it wouldn't hurt to take another round of Omeprazole, if you're comfortable doing so. A 14 day supply will get you through close to the end of the month. I hope you do get it resolved soon once and for all. Feel better soon! :)
I was just thinking of starting another omeprazole but says to wait another few months, although My doctor used to prescribe omeprazole for a whole month so I’m definitely doing that. This way it’ll help me go through the next month before my appointment. Bland foods grocery shopping here I come, ugh. Thanks for the suggestions!
 

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I was just thinking of starting another omeprazole but says to wait another few months, although My doctor used to prescribe omeprazole for a whole month so I’m definitely doing that. This way it’ll help me go through the next month before my appointment. Bland foods grocery shopping here I come, ugh. Thanks for the suggestions!
There are some potential adverse effects of long term PPI use, but generally it's safe to take it regularly for a short time, such as a month. I've been taking it every day for a few years and my doctor is not really concerned. It's a case by case basis, and it's perfectly acceptable in the long term if your doctor agrees.

Glad to help!
 

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I'm pretty sure I have Gerd! I also have ibs and acid reflux. But all these stomach symptoms I've been having I sure it's Gerd. My stomach is always making noise and rumbling, lots of gas I my stomach and chest which makes it feel like palpitations. Burning is really bad in my stomach with certain foods! I'm a 35 yo female. Lol but i feel 95!
 

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I'm pretty sure I have Gerd! I also have ibs and acid reflux. But all these stomach symptoms I've been having I sure it's Gerd. My stomach is always making noise and rumbling, lots of gas I my stomach and chest which makes it feel like palpitations. Burning is really bad in my stomach with certain foods! I'm a 35 yo female. Lol but i feel 95!
Lol same. This stomach burning sucks. I don’t want to go to bed at night because I know that’s when it starts.
 

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Just another day of worrying about cancers. This time though, I have been having gerd the past few weeks. It’s achy, dull, burning pain in my stomach at night when laying down. I’m staying away from spicy foods, I have been elevating my head when sleeping lately. I’ve already done the 14 day omeprazole. The other day I took tums got this really bitter taste in my throat it was so gross. My stool and bowel movement seems fine. My last routine cbc was done in February and all is clear. I feel like I’m always battling health anxiety but the symptoms are clearly there with the burning stomach. Earlier this year I thought I had MS, was always making dr appointment, even went into PT, did MRI, acupuncture, etc. Now I have this issue where my gerd has just been acting up daily the past few weeks. I’ve been googling they said it could be just bad severe gerd, h pylori, or ekkkk cancer. I’m gonna schedule an appointment soon but I’m just so nervous and afraid. I just don’t know how long I’ve had gerd, I’m 34 yo female. I used to get reflux here and there but never this bad.
Anyone else has been through this? How bad was your gerd? Was it also daily? What worked for you?
Thanks all.
Hi, I have been suffering really bad with what I think is acid reflux, I feel constantly bloated, really full quickly after eating and sick like the food just sits in my stomach, had the burning and sour taste too in my mouth. Doctor prescribed Omoprezole and it seemed to help after about a week but then comes back when I stop taking it. What is Tums? Iv never heard of this. Hope you feel better :)
 

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Hi, I have been suffering really bad with what I think is acid reflux, I feel constantly bloated, really full quickly after eating and sick like the food just sits in my stomach, had the burning and sour taste too in my mouth. Doctor prescribed Omoprezole and it seemed to help after about a week but then comes back when I stop taking it. What is Tums? Iv never heard of this. Hope you feel better :)
It‘s a chewable antacid that works quickly. It’s over the counter, and has a pleasant taste. No side effects that I know of. This assumes you are in North America. No idea if it’s in the UK or other countries.
 
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