I just want my stomach to work right again.
November 18, 2011 8:54 AM Subscribe
Help me manage my GERD (reflux). Snowflakiness inside.
I’ve always had a sensitive stomach, but this is new. I’ve been having pretty classic GERD symptoms for a few weeks: Bloating and gas, along with some stomach and abdominal cramping; an odd (not exactly painful; never had true ‘heartburn’) burning sensation under the breastbone; feeling like my throat is painfully tight; general nausea and feeling like my gastric system isn’t moving food along properly. My doctor wasn’t available so I saw a nurse practitioner, who prescribed generic Zantac. After a few days of no improvement, I woke up in the middle of the night and [warning: gross] dry-heaved until I produced some vomit which seemed to be very low in acid and full of undigested food. (I hadn’t eaten in 6-8 hours by that point). I stopped the drug, and I’m now on a PPI generic (omeprazole). It’s only been two days but I still feel like I’m being choked, and that whatever I swallow is just hanging out in my throat. I am following all of the dietary rules, I don’t eat 2-3 hours before bed, I sleep propped up, I am not overweight (almost underweight, actually), I’m not pregnant. I am quite stressed but I can’t really fix that (I’m taking care of my mental health in the usual ways, but my life circumstances are unavoidably stressful at the moment).
My problem: I don’t have any real hope that this drug will help me, and that’s causing me distress. I hate the idea of being on it for a long time, and I feel it’s only treating a symptom and not the disease. And, I’m not convinced it will solve my problem; don’t I need stomach acid to digest my food properly? Should I be taking some sort of probiotic or digestive enzymes? I just feel so crappy, and I don’t see how I’ll ever feel better. And knowing that unsolved GERD can lead to cancer isn’t helping my stress any. Any words of experience would be very welcome. Thanks.