Please advise on heartburn and what provokes it...

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Walker
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Please advise on heartburn and what provokes it...

Hello!

i struggle with acidity or heartburn very often, specially at night. I take salts to make it better but im not sure they are healthy on the long run. What do u recommend?

What causes it on you? i want to ttry to find out the reason, i have found red wine to be one but still when i dont drink i feel it often.

Im not BP anymore but this makes it harder cause i feel like vomiting so often. This past month it happened twice that i was taking a nap and i woke up jumping cause i felt the vomit coming up my throat! (gross, im sorry!).

can you help, please?

Walker

LeaLea
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This is more of oesophageal

This is more of oesophageal reflux, than heartburn. Heartburn is that feeling of discomfort and sometime nasty pain that acid causes, reflux is then that acid flowing backwards up the oesophagus and sometimes all the way into the mouth. Normal, non ED people get it, too, but with bulimia we weaken the valve that stops relaxing of acid up from the stomach and it's more common.

Since you are being woken by it as it reflexes to your mouth, I would advise a trip to the doctor as something more effective, such as a long term acid control medication called an H2 proton pump inhibitor, such as pantoprazole or similar, might be more appropriate for you. They might give you a short course of antibiotics, too, depending on severity.
He may also suggest an investigation to check your insides, called an endoscopy. This will determine the route of your problems if the above isn't effective first off, but it's more likely they'll see if the meds copan control it first as they know it's likely caused by the long term effects of bulimia.

I hope this helps. Pm me if you want to discuss anything privately as I'm quite happy to help.

Lea

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LeaLea
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Refluxes, not reflexes!

Refluxes, not reflexes! Stupid auto correct!

Lea

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And in the short term, you

And in the short term, you can help prevent it at night by going to sleep with your back slightly elevated on pillows, so sort of semi reclined instead of flat to help gravity. If the valve is weak as soon as you lie flat the acid can flow both ways thus causing the vomit in the mouth at night. Tell this to your doctor as it's very important he knows you get this while sleeping.

Having a fe sips of milk after you eat can help by causing a little bit of barrier for the acid, but if it's severe it may not be effective for you. Try eating lower acidity foods at night and definitely skip the wine as alcohol will relax the valve even further making reflux worse at night.

Lea

Rose16841
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Hey :) reflux for me is an

Hey :) reflux for me is an intermittent problem and one that has caused me to relapse in the past. And just like you Red Wine is a massive trigger for my reflux (which sucks because I love red wine lol!) Its something I take medication for occasionally when its really bad or if I know I'm heading out for drinks and its likely to trigger my reflux. I take omerazole which has been good for me. There are lots of different medications you can take so definitely talk to your doctor about it :)
also, be aware that certain foods will likely make it worse, so try to keep an eye on this and see if you can work out the pattern. Mine is also made worse as a result of stress or eating too close to going to sleep. Hope that helps!

Rose

Angel333
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Hello :) I suffered from

Hello :)
I suffered from massive 'Heartburn' or 'Acid Relux' whatever you want to call it. Eveytime I had a binge/purge episode, it would literally keep me awake in agony....this has been an on going issue for me for years...I have been b/p free for 4 months now and im noticing a huge difference.
Alcohol and takeaways and acid fruits def contribute to this, Even if I had gone weeks without eating something acidic I would still get heartburn constantly....4 months later and im now realising that its been a few weeks since my last burning sensation in my stomach. My problem is that im too impatient, 4 months sounds like a lot of time to go through in order to finally prevent my pain, but when I consider its been 14 yrs of Bulimia then 4 mnths is nothing.
Stop the bingeing and Purging and eventually your body will rebalance itself to how it was always supposed to be.
Patience is a virtue x

'We are each of us angels with only one wing, so we can only fly by embracing each other'

Walker
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Thank you all! this all

Thank you all! this all helps...

do you think that a weak valve will strenght again if i no longer purge??

Walker

LeaLea
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It's something that should

It's something that should recover. Think of it like a muscle- if you keep working it it gets bigger and better and more strength. With a valve that constantly challenged and forced open when it's not supposed to be, it sort of forgets the job it was intended to do. By letting it relearn that food goes down and stays down, it will eventually get better at doing that job again. It could take a few months for you to see results though, so you might have to be patient and take some meds in the meantime to help control the side effects of acid reflux.

Lea

Walker
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Hello! I just wanted to

Hello! I just wanted to report a quick update in this post.

I completely avoided red wine these days and it really helped. Im having white wine with dinner, 1 or 2 glasses only and always at least 2 hours before bed so it hasnt been bad.

I have confirmed that coffee after dinner is not a good idea, still im in italy these days and I just keep having it so when I get home I take a herbal infusion for digestion and the reflux doesnt come up. Still im getting mentally ready to quit night coffee after I go home next week.

I must say Lea's comment on how our valves can heal with time has really helped me, I keep thinking of my valve getting stronger and its one more reason to ignore any purging thought the minute it pops on my mind.

Peace!

Walker

LeaLea
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I'm glad it helps! I am

I'm glad it helps! I am trying to think in terms of healing my body, rather than feeding it. It helps to think I am doing good to myself, not just going through the motions because that's what normal is. Hopefully you can keep up the good work and you'll see positive things come out of it!

Lea

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