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Old 08-17-2010, 07:07 AM
 
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Since August 9th I have been dealing with discomfort in my chest.. when I drink cokes it burns when it goes down. and I can feel it go down. when I eat I get full quickly and the discomfort is around my stomach right below my chest.

I went to the doctor he thinks it maight be acid reflux and I got zantac which dosent work. I went yesterday again to another DR. and he gave me a blood test which will be due back thursday. he prescribed me Nexium and still dosent feel any better. they ran heart test and it came back normal. Im 24 years old. I know anything can happen to anyone. but im praying about it.
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Old 08-17-2010, 07:12 AM
 
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If you have reflux you have to really very carefully watch what you eat and drink.

Carbonated beverages have to go I am afraid. Did hte doctor give you a list of things to do and not eat?

Nexium is a powerful drug with alot of long term negative side effects. If you can manage the reflux NOW by making lifestyle changes you will be better of than taking it. Nexium is also VERY expensive.
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Old 08-17-2010, 07:18 AM
 
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what do you mean negative long term side effects? Just quit eating fatty food and cut out cokes. can you tell me the side effects that are permanent?
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Old 08-17-2010, 07:27 AM
 
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Do PPIs have long-term side effects?

The biggest concerns right now are bone loss and that has been ongoing but
Rebound Reflux is major - these drugs are designed so that when you do try to go off of them it feelis ten times worse than anything you EVER experienced before you went on them.

It just seems it is better to give lifestyle changes a chance before resorting to these drugs. It is probably the lesser of evils tha to have corrosive issues and the cancer that long term heartburn can cause.....

Are you cutting

Coffee
Fatty foods
Sodas
Acid foods like tomatoes, peppers, etc
spicy foods

Loosing weight?
Drinking lots of water?
Elevating the head of the bed by 6 inches ( or at least using a wedge)
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Old 08-17-2010, 07:30 AM
 
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Im trying to lose alot of weight. I didnt know heartburn could cause cancer... will I always have Acid Reflux? I heard Apple cider Vinegar works but havent really tried it. Im a little scared for my health.
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Old 08-17-2010, 07:40 AM
 
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The problem with long term heartburn (over years) is it injures the lining of hte esophagous and can set you up for cancer so it is serious stuff. At your age is a great time to tackle it, particularly since you also have a weight issue.

ACV is a folk cure that does not have a lot of science behind it -some swear by it - I think you best bet is changing up lifestyle and there a lot of sound web based approaches for that. Your doctor should give you papers on things to do.

This is a free guide that has lots of helpful advice


Heartburn-GERD: Treatment & Care

But get diagnosed for sure first and stay away from anything that causes you pain. It can be very scary. But a lot of people have it and it can be managed.
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Old 08-17-2010, 07:41 PM
 
Location: Casa Grande, AZ
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You said the Coke causes the symptoms? Stop the Coke and see what happens....keep a food/drink diary....
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Old 08-17-2010, 08:00 PM
 
Location: Cartersville, GA
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Im trying to lose alot of weight. I didnt know heartburn could cause cancer... will I always have Acid Reflux? I heard Apple cider Vinegar works but havent really tried it. Im a little scared for my health.
Weight loss was the first recommendation my doctor gave me when I complained of reflux. He virtually guaranteed it would go away if I lost about 20 pounds.
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Old 08-18-2010, 02:04 AM
 
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Carbonated drinks aggrevate acid reflux. Stop drinking the coke and don't drink any other types of sodas.

I once had similar discomfort. I had struggled with abdominal pain for a few months, but it got unbearable when the pain moved to the upper region like the OP describes.
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It was so bad I went to the emergency room. They gave me a GI Cocktail. GI cocktail - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

I left that hospital feeling so good (in more ways than one!) The GI cocktail fixed it instantly and the symptoms never returned.
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Old 08-18-2010, 06:33 AM
 
Location: Raleigh
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I was diagnosed with a haital hernia 30 years ago. I controlled it with diet and antacids for years. The antacids bound me up. I am now on Nexium and drink a couple of ounces of concentrated aloe juice each day. The kind the drugstore sells is too weak, you need someone local to provide "Ultimate Aloe" from Market America.
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