GERD & Heartburn Support Group

Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD) is defined as chronic symptoms or mucosal damage produced by the abnormal reflux of gastric contents into the esophagus. This is commonly due to transient or permanent changes in the barrier between the esophagus and the stomach. If you are afflicted with GERD or heartburn, join the group and find support.

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  • blackrabbit


    I was told I have dyspepsia by my GI doctor. GI doc gave me 40mg Prilosec that I've been on for a month now. I also take Pepcid AC 20mg often, mostly once in the evening if I have burning. I have been eating pretty bland since my GI doc didn't help with any diet questions, he just said "no spicy or acidic foods." ... thanks, doc!! Anyway, I have been eating lots of carbs :/ ie: plain bagel/toast...
  • I think I've been suffering from GERD since I was either in elementary school or high school not quite sure because I've only figured out why I've been suffering and having stomach pain whenever I ate and it's gotten to a point where I would vomit and have bad breath. I've only been diagnosed when I was around 16 and now I'm going to turn 24 in a few weeks. I've been prescribed pantoprazole and...
  • viewson

    Hiatus hernia and gerd

    I recently had a gastroscopy done and found out that I have a hiatus hernia increasing my chances of getting esophagus cancer. There were no signs of barretts esophagus but I am still concerned about a progression towards BE. I worry about this and am thinking that I would like to have fundoplication surgery. They say that this is usually done as a last resort. Do I need a Doctors referral to...
  • deleted_user

    Ibuprofen causing acid reflux?

    I've been a GERD sufferer for about 10 years, having been on different treatment plans, and I'm managing, but only recently (within the past year, maybe less) I've found that I can't take ibuprofen without getting a flare up? Has anyone else had this problem? This has been extremely unfortunate for me (I'm a dancer, so I'm constantly plagued with aches and injuries and used to take ibuprofen all...
  • Amychan

    GORD symptoms are a nightmare!

    Hey, a bit of a long post so apologies in advance. I developed GORD 5 years ago after taking NSAIDs for backpain. Symptoms have flared up in the past but only lasted around 4 weeks, and I've been on every med under the sun (omeprazole, rabeprazole, lansoprasole, domperidone, metoclopramide...etc)2 months ago my symptoms were triggered by taking Peppermint oil tablets for IBS, and ever since have...
  • papelle

    can't stand the pain anymore

    I can't stand the pain anymore.  I have done all that I am supposed to do with diet and medication and nothing helped and am in constant discomfort and pain.  I don't know how to get from one minute to the next.  I don't know what to do.  I don't know why I am posting this except that I am so tired.  I can barely sleep or eat and my next specialist appointment isn't for a month.  I don't...
  • sapphirose

    Newbie here

    Hi everyoneam new to this group was diagnosed with gerd 5 years ago am currently taking lansoprazole and gavisconHate this condition I go so long with the symptoms under control and then bang the acid is back and makes me miserable really wish there was a cure for this not simply treating the symptoms Has anyone experienced the feeling of something in there throat sat her with what feels like a...
  • 707

    My doctor told me he thinks i have gerd

    The doctor gave me some pills called omeprazole. When I asked him what I should stay away from he didn't really give me a specific answer. Just no fried foods.I don't know much about it and I'm looking for some help on how to control it or get rid of it if possible.It used to give me many anxiety/panic attacks during like the entire month of May. I went to the hospital at least six times because...
  • KatProblems


    I was put on atenolol about seven months ago because when I did the treadmill test my blood pressure went way up.My reflux has gotten worse lately. I read reviews about atenolol and read I wasn't alone. I am having hiatal hernia pain I never had before.i can't even eat yogurt now or anything without acid mouth I am going to get off of it. Headed to dr this afternoon will ask if I need to wean...
  • beatle

    Burning pain

    I just drank some hot miso soup and my upper abdomen is burning really bad. Been suffering from post infectious ibs for 6 weeks which gave me diverticulitis. Had to take strong antibiotics that started this burning and gave me thrush. Did colo/endo and doc said I have a lot of acid. Duh! This is a nightmare! I just want to wake up already. Cant barely eat, sleep or poop! Just took mom. He wants...
  • rossvic

    Metallic taste

    I was doing super good with my diet, I eliminated sugar, dairy and wheat for about 40 day + but thinking I could have them again because I was feeling well, I started eating again, these foods.  Since, then I started to have this terrible sour/metalic taste in my mouth, I think it my be related with this change, I just need to know some feedback if this could be related me falling off the wagon?...
  • jazzncats

    Need heartburn relief

    Wow! I have had gastritis and esophagitis off and on for a long time as well as IBS,  but this is the worst heartburn I can remember having. I think what I have is acid reflux that's turned into heartburn. Even water feels like it burns. I've been on meds for years and for the past few pantoprazole. What medication have some of you been taking?
  • jazzncats

    Nexium OTC vs. generic esomeprazole.

    I have been taking pantoprazole for acid reflux for a long time and I feel it hasn't been doing anything in the past few months. My doc wanted to switch me to Nexium (esomeprazole) 40mg. It is astromically expensive especially since I don't have prescription insurance. Do you think I can take the Nexium OTC 20 mg. twice in the AM to equal the Nexium 40mg. prescription. Prescription medication is...
  • jazzncats

    Does dexilant have a generic alternative?

    My primary prescribed dexilant as an alternative to pantoprazole which has been doing nothing  for me. Is there a less expensive generic alternative to Dexilant It is quite costly.
  • Sotonowl

    Hi everyone

    I hope those people with the later posts on here are feeling better now. What a depressing condition this is. I've only just joined the forum so I can maybe pick a few pointers up from other people.The person at 104 lbs must be so distraught. I think most people on here probably live in the US, would that be a fair assumption? I live in the UK so maybe, if we share a few things we might be able...