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stomach acid issues- thoughts please....

So back in september Istarted having a change in my voice-where it sounded as if it was changing octaves while I was speaking. It happened occasionally.

In December I went to an ear nose and throat doctor and he looked in my throat and saw that my layrynx was swollen-- he thought from stomach acid moving up my throat vs. Where it should  stay in my stomach . So he prescribed omeprazole. And said to come back in 3 months.

 

Since december I have had various unpleasant side effects like more nausea- more acidy stomach feel- not knowing what to eat or not.

I have tried omeprazole-nexium 24 (up to two perday per doctor) and now generic nexium.

 

Have any of you had this health issue? I dont know wether to go back to ent doc sooner or try to schedule a gastroenterologist appt for an endoscopy.

 

I am getting increasingly anxious about why I cant feel better.

 

 

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I haven't had this happen to me but if it were me I would schedule the endoscopy to hopefully get to the root of the problem. 

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You should notify the doctor about your side effects.

 

Get a 2ND OPINION!!!!!!!

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You need to see a gastroenterologist and have a scope done. I've had more than one and there is no pain involved. A stomach doctor is better qualified to help you with medications and diet. Sometimes it takes time to get these type of issues resolved. Try not to anxious and stay positive. Easier said than done I know. But don't hesitate to make an appointment so you can start feeling better and have some peace of mind. HTH and good luck!

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Yes, it's called GERD, and it runs in my family, four generations that we know of.

 

I am very well versed in this problem and have some tips for you.  GERD can get serious and you need to act on the problem.  I take Omeprazole, also.

 

JUST AS IMPORTANT:

 

Do not lay down in bed until at least three hours after you have eaten.  Stay upright, that way the stomach acid doesn't flow up into your throat.

 

Cut out acidic and/or spicy foods.  That includes peppers and most Mexican and Indian food.  This is a must.

 

If you smoke, STOP, it also damages your throat.

 

Don't drink coffee until you have healed somewhat. 

 

If you are overweight, even the loss of 30 pounds will help.  The weight puts pressure on your stomach which forces the acid up.

 

No alcohol.  You can try a little later, again once you get a handle on the problem.

 

There are more tips I'm sure I am not remembering at the moment, but there is a lot of information online.

 

Again, GERD is very serious, I hope you are able to make the changes, they aren't easy but life will be better for you Smiley Happy

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I had swollen vocal cords back in the day and couldn't speak right either.  But mine was due to allergies not stomach acid.  They put me on steroids very briefly but there was really nothing to do other than control the allergy the way you normally would.

 

I have had what was probabIy ulcers from time to time back in the day and I will tell you I did better not eating or eating very little since eating made my stomach hurt worse and gave me all kinds of issues.  I ate very bland foods and absolutely nothing several hours before bedtime.  They also tell you to prop your head while sleeping so the acid doesn't roll up.  I took the same OTC medicine as you and I will tell you it took several weeks but I eventually did get rid of it.  It's horrible!   

 

Obviously check with your doctor but you may want to try allergy medicine just to see if maybe it's not stomach acid and instead it's nasal drip like mine was.  It may be coming from the other end which is why the acid medicine isn't helping.  I hope you find the cause soon and feel better!  Heart        

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Your LES valve is leaking.  Many things like the list above are the usual culperates that make this worse.  Chocolate, citrus, onions and tomatoes are mine.  Medication can also cause the valve not to stay closed.  Sleeping on your left side can help .  Look at how your insides are built, right side and a leaky LES valve are a problem.   If you stay off the offending foods things can go back to normal.  Mine have.

 

 

Hope This article helps.

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Specific physical activities also have been known to weaken the LES. To strengthen the LES watch your movements to get relief for your acid reflux. Bending at the waist, lifting heavy objects, straining during bowel movements, and coughing increase the pressure within the stomach. Anytime there is increased stomach pressure it can cause the LES valve to open. Also, lying down after eating increases the likelihood of food flowing back into the esophagus putting pressure on the LES to open. Avoid eating right before bedtime; rather eat dinner 3 hours before bed.
Home remedies for acid reflux correct problems, which weaken the LES. By resolving these problems, you reduce the pressure on the LES valve, keeping it strong to cure acid reflux. Applying one or all of these remedies for acid reflux will greatly reduce the frequency of your symptoms

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 Sleeping on your left side can help .  Look at how your insides are built, right side and a leaky LES valve are a problem.   If you stay off the offending foods things can go back to normal.  Mine have.

 

 

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Try a different medication.  Nexium may not work for you but perhaps Prevacid or prilosec will.  I can take Prevacid but Nexium not only doesn't work, it has unpleasant side effects for me.

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@lynbeechwood wrote:

 to go back to ent doc sooner or try to schedule a gastroenterologist appt for an endoscopy. I am getting increasingly anxious about why I cant feel better.

 

 

 


 

I think you should get an Endoscopy scheduled, either by the ENT or your PCP. Very simple procedure with virtually no prep, and also is painless, unless you have a problem with a needle.

 

 

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