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Acid Reflux / GERD Message Board

Acid Reflux / GERD Board Index

I was diagnosed with GERD about 6 years ago. I have burning sensations in my upper abdomen area especially after I eat in the evening. It's very, very painful and it can get worse over time if not treated. I sometimes have to take a hot bath to make it go away, but it does work.

I get pains in my stomach, and it goes up to my shoulders and neck. What happens is that the LES (the little sphinkter that separates the stomach from the esophagus) is shrunk. This allows acid to get into your asophagus, causeing painful heartburn.

Whatever you do, don't lay down when you are having these pains because it will make it worse. Drink as much water as you can, and try some over the counter medications like Zantac 150 or Prilosec OTC. These have worked well for me. You can also try putting some books under the headboard of your bed, so you can sleep on an incline. Try to avoid acidic foods....oranges, lemons, tomatoes, greasy foods, chocolate, caffiene, etc.

I'm not a doctor, but I have lived with this for a long time, and it sucks! I hope that I have been of some help to you.

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