Hi John...the best advice ne one can give is to see a gastro dr.....see exactly what is going on.
U may have a hiatial hernia....IBS....who knows.....sometimes a gall bladder issue will present as gerd and gerd related.
Please see a gastro dr and let us know how u make out.
let me share my experience as well. I have been suffering from the same for a very long time.
I have been to a number of gastroenterologists and cardiologists. My heart is fine(but any number of times i thought that i was having a heart attack). But the irony is that a few of my friends died( in all the cases, the Docs thought that these people were having acidity problem and did not check out for other symptoms).
Most important thing:
- Mind and the stomach are very much interlinked. You think too much and worry, it leads to bad sleep.
-You have a bad sleep, it leads to acidity and it further leads to bad sleep ..its a cycle. BREAK it(even if it calls for a mild sedative, like Aleprozolam etc.
- Gastroenterologist is the best guy. Have an endoscopy done. it will tell you how is the inside lining.
- There could be H Pylori, the bacteria which causes acidity. have a sample taken and check out. If it is there, they use a combination of antibiotics. It is supposed to kill. It may reoccur a couple of months or years later, it depends.
-There was a time i kept worrying about it and started eating bland diets. I lost weight , but nothing happend. One of the gastro guys told me, (till date has worked for me extrenmely well for last 12 years) ....stop worrying , have your drink or two, have a cigerrete or two (which has been my habbit) and in case the problem is bad, .take Gentac or Omeprozole on a case to case basis.
If in case the gas is choking you, put a finger in your mouth and try to vomit it out....its the gas that comes out. or try using some soda.
Beleive you me....i had a bad time. now i can eat red peppers..or anything spicy but not too spicy. Coffe doesnt suit me..gives me acidity. Know your body. It helps a great deal.
Start with the Gastro..its very important.
Take care , best wishes
wow! its like reading my own life story lol!!!
i too take omeprazole on a case to case basis, been doing so for ten years now since i had my endoscopy - it turns out that because i was bulimic (for 2 years prior to my diagnosis), i destroyed the muscle that keeps the stomach from shooting acid up into the oesophagus, so unless i watch what i eat or drink, it gets really bad!! i found that drinking half a glass of milk before an "acid-inducing" meal really helps.
however lately the pills don't work as effectively as before and the burning sensation is even stronger - i'm so scared that my lining is being eaten away by the acid!
i guess another trip to the gastro dr is in order
it's actually always wise to keep track of such a condition as i read somewhere in another forum that constant erosion of the oesophagus can lead to nasty complications such as cancer!
so whoever has gerd should regularly keep track of it too....
i have gerd to do any of ya have the air in chest where you burp a lot and chest hurts from it .
be careful withthat erosion they may get in the esphogus it causes barrets which are precancerous cells, my husband is going thru that now..