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Old 04-30-2016, 11:04 AM
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I never have heartburn. My only symptom is constant burping and sometimes an acid feeling in my throat. I'm currently trying to change things in my diet to fix this issue.

Since I have these 2 GERD symptoms, I'm wondering if these could be related to the way I sleep. Often, I either wake up once/multiple times during the night and/or wake up too early. When I wake up, I don't cough or have heartburn. I may burp a little when I get out of bed, but not when I'm in bed. So I'm wondering if the way I sleep has to do with my burping or if it's related to another issue. What do you guys think?
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Old 04-30-2016, 11:23 AM
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So glad I found DGL, a stomach ulcer years ago makes me very very aware of my stomach.. I don't deal with gerd, reflux or heartburn but want to protect my stomach.

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Old 04-30-2016, 12:02 PM
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When I first started experiencing reflux, I was griping about it to a friend, and he suggested I stop eating dairy. It worked.

Apparently it's a reasonably common for dairy to be a trigger. You're right that reflux isn't always accompanied by heartburn. And your resting position is definitely a factor.

Also, bedtime snacks - of just about anything - will bring it on, so that's something I avoid. If I break down and indulge, then I'm careful to remain at least semi-upright, falling asleep in that position if I can, otherwise I'm almost certain to pay.

No after meal siestas, either.

A couple pillows under your head won't work. Your entire upper body must be on a slant. Try it with several pillows, and if you find it makes a difference, you can buy special pillows, and even props that will put your bed on a slant.
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Old 05-01-2016, 09:17 PM
Location: Brawndo-Thirst-Mutilator-Nation
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Sounds like reflux.....get screened for H. Pylori and Hiatal-hernia, the 2 most common causes.
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Old 05-02-2016, 10:20 AM
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One of the best ways to avoid GERD symptoms (yes, when you lay down it is worse, as you don't have gravity to hold things down in your esophagus, so use two pillows, and as mentioned use one to sorta slide under your upper torso) is to go to a plant based diet that is very alkaline and low mucus. Meats, wheat, gluten, coffee, sugar, cooking oils, fried food, dairy, white rice, white potatoes (but not sweet potatoes or yams) all processed foods (especially fast food), nearly all cereal grains, most beans (but not all) etc are all very acidic. It's easy to find acid/alkaline lists on the web. Ours are on the fridge door, although we know them by heart now. Some wild caught salmon now and then is fine, or occasional shrimp, although I will only buy fresh Atlantic or Gulf shrimp because everything else is terribly contaminated.

There's lots of alkaline foods that you can add to your diet over time like avocados, grapefruit, almost all vegs and fruits except dried, coconut milk, pineapple, apples, almonds and almond milk, quinoa, wild rice, millet, sweet potatoes, raw unfiltered honey, unfiltered apple cider, lemon, etc. None of these will aggravate GERD, and I don't have issues w/ late night snacks if they're reasonably small. Even garlic and onions are fine if they're cooked. This diet enabled me to stop taking Prilosec, which I took for years because my diet was so acidic and I didn't realize that was aggravating things. I still have one cup of coffee a day, but w/ just a tiny bit of sugar, almond milk, and always w/ something alkaline like a grapefruit. You don't have to be a fanatic, but there's ways to slowly transition to this. I found the normal GERD diet to be impossible to stay on as it eliminated too many foods that I liked and were spicy. On an alkaline diet, you can eats lots of spicy things like cayenne, peppers, etc w/ no problems and live a normal life w/o symptoms. The big culprits are wheat, meat, gluten, fried and processed foods, and dairy. Try to buy organic too. Your normal American diet is proven to not only aggravate GERD, but to highly increase your chances of getting cancer, heart disease and diabetes.

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Old 05-17-2016, 03:36 PM
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Mind if I jump in for a sec? Have you been tested for other things? Not to cause panic but please be sure...after my third heart attack they finally agreed it wasn't GERD. Eyeroll. ( fyi- F, 40, fit, no prev. Heart history, normal EKG) Just be careful.
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Old 06-02-2016, 08:09 AM
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A couple pillows under your head won't work. Your entire upper body must be on a slant. Try it with several pillows, and if you find it makes a difference, you can buy special pillows, and even props that will put your bed on a slant.

Yes, special props, and not just the upper body but the whole body must be slanted. The medicos we consulted advised against pillows and wedges.

My late wife had frequent heartburn after surgeons performed a Whipple removing part of her stomach and the valve that blocked reflux and regurgitation was gone too. GI doc said that pillows and wedges can exacerbate the condition. He directed her to have the top of the bed lifted, and suggested using books, each 6-8" in height place under the two casters at the top. Rather than books, I bought wooden bed lifts made specifically for that purpose. Her symptoms disappeared immediately.

Now I've been having similar symptoms while supine. Just yesterday I removed the blocks from under her bed and put them under mine. With no one to help me -- and because I'm a feeble old fart -- I used an automobile jack to lift the beds involved.

Had a good night last night. Incidentally, GI doc said that if a person has frequent heartburn during the day when in a standing or sitting position, elevating the bed won't help much. I guess that seems obvious.
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