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[QUOTE=bree1387;4806690]Hi all, I was recently diagnosed with acid reflux when symptoms showed up suddenly 6 weeks ago. I had all the classic ulcer symptoms and went for an Upper GI which showed no ulcer, just reflux. I have been researching this condition until I go cross-eyed from staring at the computer screen and I've still got a few questions.

For my whole life (I'm only 26), I don't remember ever having heartburn. I know sometimes after a big meal, especially if I laid down too soon after, I could feel food coming back up, but never any pain. Then 6 weeks ago, out of the blue, I had severe reflux show up. The acid was burning all the way up to my throat and I could taste it. My throat was so sore I thought I was getting a cold and my voice went hoarse. Not even antacids helped. It was all day long for multiple days before I saw the doctor and he put me on Protonix, which helped. Is it normal for severe reflux symptoms to just show up like that with no previous problems?

Also, I know coffee is a common trigger and I've been bad a few times since this started and had a cup every few days. I didn't have a problem until yesterday. Can foods that commonly cause acid-related issues only cause problems some of the time? I thought that bad foods like coffee and spicy stuff would cause problems every time.:confused:

Is a total loss of appetite normal? My appetite went when the reflux started and hasn't come back. Even when my stomach is empty, it doesn't growl. The only time it makes noise is when I'm having an episode of nausea and burning, at which point it gurgles. My doc is looking in to a gallbladder problem but I'm doubtful the ultrasound will show anything. He keeps saying gastritis is likely. My stomach always feels full.

Any info is greatly appreciated! :)[/QUOTE]

I have acid reflux and what helps keep it under control in addition to the Prilosec is: L-glutamine powder, acid ease, digestive enzymes, and acidophillus.I put the head of my bed on bed risers. Don't lie down for 2-3 hours after eating,don't eat after 8 pm, keep away from spicy,gassy,acidic,carbonated drinks,caffeine, greasy fried foods. If you have any other digestive problems like IBS or constipation problems it's a good idea to add Citrucel or Metamucil to your daily supplements.

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