Can anyone help me with this? I can't find info on it anywhere,,,I can feel it starting and will wake me out of a dead sleep...it starts where your breastbone is and the pain gets worse and worse goes all the way thru to my back,,,The only thing that stops it is if I drink water and try to bear down and burp or try to burp real hard,,most of the time when I have a empy stomach,,no gerd,heartburn or sour stomach,,I have been on pain meds for years...any ideas?
My diet couldn't get more modified,,,I had a total thyroectomy in 2010 in the last year everything smells funny and food taste wierd,,so I only have 2 smoothees a day of fresh fiber berries and protein powder ,,So to me it's not my diet,,but I do take opiates for spinal cord disease so maybe the opiates are damaging my esophagus?
Prescription medication. Certain medications can directly or indirectly lead to GERD. For example, anticholinergic agents (such as those used for IBS and chronic diarrhea) can slow the muscular waves of digestion and reduce the pressure gradient in the esophagus. Similarly, codeine and other opiates slow down the action of smooth muscle tissue and affect LES tone. Tricyclic antidepressants have also been linked with GERD, most likely because the neurotransmitters they work on in the brain are the same as those in the gut. And for women in perimenopause and menopause, it’s important to note that hormone replacement therapy has also been found to be strongly associated with gastroesophageal reflux. Studies suggest that elevated levels of estrogen and progesterone, whether they’re the body’s own hormones or coming from sources outside the body, such as supplemental HRT or SERM’s (selective estrogen receptor modulators), can increase GERD symptoms.
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