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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  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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?
  • 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...
  • viewson

    Foods that you can eat

    I am having a hard time knowing what to eat and not what to eat and am thinking other people with gerd are facing the same problem. In the past six months I lost 30 pounds. Is it okay to have food with sugar in it or should sugar be completely avoided. I stay away from pastries and deserts because they have high fat levels. What about cinnamon.  Another one is margarine. Is it okay to have baked...
  • 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...
  • viewson

    What causes acid reflux

    I was talking to a naturopath doctor recently and she was of the opinion that gerd is caused by stress. I was a little surprised to hear this. Her explanation was that when we are tense are stomachs cannot produce the acids needed to digest food. The food just sits in our stomachs and backs up into our esophagus more easily. Apparently most people don't have a problem with eating before they...
  • viewson

    Esophagel cancer

    I read about many people who are very distressed about their acid reflux problem. My concern is developing cancer of the esophagus. But I have done some research and found that most people will not develop barretts esophagus which is a precancerous stage and that not many people with barretts esophagus will develop esophagul cancer. I know how painful aced reflux is but do most people over react...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • TheWolverineX

    HELP !!! Stomach Flu or gastritis

    Early hours of Wednesday morning I woke up in pain in my stomach, centre above the belly button, if I lay flat it hurt more than having my knees pulled up. The pain was a constant stabbing pain. I kept sleeping a little then waking up most of the night. The pan was a stabbing pain like I had pulled something or I wanted the toilet to relief it but couldnt go, I put this down to having mac n...
  • cgrimaldi7

    GERD problems please help

    Hello I am suffering from anxiety disorder but I was diagnosed with GERD before. I had my first panic attack due to experiencing acid reflux for the first time that lead me to having anxiety disorder soon after. My anxiety was more bad than my GERD so I completely lost focus on my GERD. So 5 weeks ago I had a sinus fever or something. I've had post nasal dripping since I was about 14, I'm 18 now....
  • papelle

    Throat issues - raw, feels like allergic reaction

    Hello,  this is my first post.  I am at my wits end with GERD...honestly don't know what to do anymore.  Nothing works.  Anyway, one of my main issues for the last month is throat irritation.  My throat feels bumpy, like I have little sores or a coating on it...spreads to the sides of my tongue too.  Also a fair amount of phlegm.  And is often itchy.  Does anyone else have these...
  • 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...
  • 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...