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This may be a little long, but please read, this explains my whole story. In need of help, and very curious if anyone else in this world is experiencing these problems that I am having.

For the past five years, I have been going through the worst heartburn/indigestion/gas issues of my life. The medication that I take pretty much takes care of the heartburn part, but I never seem to escape the billion pounds of gas in my stomach that can never been relieved (even with hundreds of burps)!! Most of the time it feels like I cant’ breath, like someone has there hands around my throat, which makes everything in life hard. I have seen numerous doctors and specialists, and have gone through almost every possible procedure to try to render a concrete diagnosis that has not been found. I have also tried EVERY over the counter medication there is known to man (sometimes in dangerously excessive amounts)!! It all started out with (of course) the heartburn and the bloating; I went to see my family doctor who in turn prescribed Nexium. At first it worked really well, no problems; but after about a few months, I seemed to become immune on the drug, and it didn’t work anymore. I went back to the family doctor who ordered me to get an upper GI barium test. This of course did prove I have acid reflux disease, but no other apparent problems. I continued on the Nexium for a little longer and still no improvement. Again, went back to the family doctor, practically begging, and telling him that this isn’t working. Needless to say, we tried about 3 other types of prescriptions (Previcid, Acifex, etc., etc.).

After much frustration, I ended up switching doctors. Told my new doctor everything that I went through and he ordered and upper GI endoscopy. I went back on the Nexium since that was the only medication that gave me little relief. The upper endoscopy showed nothing, and the specialist, pretty much shoved me out the door, and prescribed me with an IBS medication, when I do not have many symptoms of IBS. I probably would have stayed on the Nexium, but my (so wonderful) insurance company decided to deny my prescription (due to the lack of notes with my family doctor). The insurance company wants you to try every possible other prescription before Nexium because the cost is so high, about $400.00 a month without insurance.

Again, much more frustration, I tried more alternatives, changed more in my diet, tried not to stress out. Nothing seemed to work. Went to see my family doctor again, he sent me to see another specialist. This time, it was one that concentrates more on the lower GI tract. At this time, but doctors believes that a bacteria must be causing this, if nothing else is working. He did not believe that it is due to swallowed air because that tends to be more in patients with asthma or respiratory problems.

So, I went to see this doctor (latest one). He ordered me to do a stool sample, and a genetics test for Celtic disease. I did get some results back, according to the results of my stool sample, I have a bad bacteria (Pseudomonas Aeruginosa), which the doctor told me could only be contracted from hospitals or nursing homes (and I have never been hospitalized, but I have visited nursing homes before). He also indicated that I have no GOOD bacteria whatsoever in my stool. The Celtic disease results only indicated that I have only few of the indications to suggest the disease, but it could not be specifically determined.

He gave me some natural supplements to remove the bad bacteria from my system, and replace the good. 2 months later, no improvement. The specialist told me the only step left, if the supplements didn’t work), was to try the diet for Celtic disease. This means I have to cut a lot of food items out of my life. But I have realized over the 5 years, that it really doesn’t matter what I eat, I still always feel the same way. Of course some things will make it a little worse (i.e., tomatoes, tomato sauce), but it always stays constant.

I feel like I am at a dead end here, with no where to go, and sometimes I just want to crawl in a hole and die. And it feels to me that there is no real urgency in the science of gastroenterology. I always get the sense (anytime I see a doctor), that they feel I am making it up, or it is not serious, but it is serious to me!!

Please provide me with any feedback you might have, you any experiences. I would greatly appreciate it.

Thank You, and Have a Great Day.

Christina.
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replied February 11th, 2009
Me too
I can not be of too much help because I have the same thing and no one knows what it is. You may want to try to go Gluten-free for 1 month. My tests came back negative for Celiac, but the Dr.s told me they think that's what it is and the tests are unreliable. I thought they had ruled out Celiac 4 yrs ago. I am still trying to go gluten-free (it is hard). I could never corelate to any food because there is a delay.

I have the tomato, tomato sauce thing also. Try Ragu - it is the only one I can tolerate and I don't think it has gluten. It is something you need to rule out, because it will start causing damage to organs and Drs will just yank them out - without figuring out what caused it.

Be careful with the antacids and antispasmodics - they can blur your eyesight (another thing Drs don't tell you.) If you get a solid answer - please let me know.
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replied October 19th, 2011
Acidophilus
try taking Acidophilus, its magic, i swear by it. google it for yourself.
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replied September 24th, 2012
heartburn, IBS, acid reflux
Hi there, I don't know whether it's still helpful, but read more on connection between psyche and gut - it could be a TMS theory by Dr Sarno (really helped me with my 3 months of terrible back pain, IBS and heartburn) or IBS (even if you think you don't have it) and brain - especially if you're a woman - I read this book and it made a perfect sense (although it's a bit scientific)
Believe me, in order to understand why your body is responding this way - either read these books or go to a good psychotherapist.

When you read these books, it will get better,trust me, I was there - I know, but you'll have to return to reading them again when under stress - just to remind yourself of what it really is.

Find the reasons behind our psyche, our culture. Then find a thing in life that really interests you and Feel better
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replied June 10th, 2009
I've been dealing with chronic acid issues since I was 15, they told me I had ulcers, which they didn't look for until I was 25. I found out I never had ulcers. The last year or so it's been so much worse. Acid indigestion, gas, heartburn... those are uncomfortable, annoying, get in the way of sleep and hinder your life, especially if they're on a constant basis. Lately, I've been dealing with pain like someone is sitting on my chest. My stomache bloats and tries to eat itself. I do have gallstones, but everyone says my gallbladder itself is healthy. First step, the specialist says, is to remove my gallbladder, but they gave me a new antacid that removed the symptoms for months... until I started to become immune to it, again... They're removing my organ and still have no answers...
Am I the only one that thinks healthcare sucks?
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replied July 7th, 2009
Has anyone figure this out yet? I have the same exact symtoms and have had for over 2 years. The doctors don't know and I am very frustrated. Just wondering if anyone has figured this out yet.
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replied October 3rd, 2009
gastro
I agree, I have all the same symptoms and been to the doc several times and they just want to give more meds. I was diagnosed with SIBO but there is no real cure for it. I have been an two rounds of Xifaxin and see some improvement whil on it and then it slowly comes back. I can get so bloated I look 3 months pregnant. The cramping and gas can be so bad it can be hard to walk. Then I crave carbs. Not sure if that is from the stress of it all or related. I may have to see a specialistin NY b/c in Florida I am not getting any answers. it is effecting the quality of my life.
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replied September 13th, 2011
Hi
Seems such a common condition my mum has also suffered greatly with this.

Whilst everyone here is stating their symptoms and mentioning various diets, no one has said what they actually eat everyday.

It is impossible to cure such problems if your diet is not right and forgive me but I have never met anyone who says that their diet is wrong...yet most peoples diets in the west are wrong.
It has taken me many years to discover what we should eat and get to the stage where I am doing the right thing.
It is significant that the medical profession think of drugs drugs drugs... In many ways they are inept.

Consult a Naturopath as they CURE disease (they do not try to mask symptoms) using everything that is natural. If your pain is great enough and you wish to move away from it, into excellent health you will take the steps necessary...

Good luck

Jeffrey
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replied November 28th, 2011
Stomach problems gi problems pain
Craving carbs? Stomach pain? Has anyone been checked for yeast infection in your stomach and intestines? It causes a lot of problems and it thrives on sugar. Need a oral medication for this. They can find e it by looking with an Egd in stomach. If not treated it can be serious. Also adhesion s can cause a lot of stomach problems it is scar tissue and can adhere to intestines causing problems they don't show up on test, sharp pain specially after eating. When bowels move stool through it pulls the intestines and usually makes stomach noises can be felt and heard in the area. Need a scope surgery to find them.
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replied October 5th, 2009
Try Yoga
Have any of you tried yoga? The stretching and twisting you do in yoga will definitely help your digestive system. I have been away from yoga now for 8 months and have noticed that gradually i'm finding more acid reflux, bloating, etc. I'm going back to yoga. I believe its due to the stretching and stress relief why yoga really helps. If you haven't tried yoga before believe me it will help. Research it, join a beginners class and it won't take long before you start to feel alot better.
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replied October 6th, 2009
heartburn and gas problems
I had the same symptoms (heartburn, indigestion, gas) sometimes so bad I thought I was having a heart attack. Antacids and acid blockers (Nexium) seemed to help a little, but never for long. Finally someone suggested that it wasn't too much acid in my stomach, but too little -- apparently if there's not enough stomach acid, the valve that keeps stomach contents from burping back up into the throat doesn't stay shut, especially when you lie down. Also low stomach acid means food doesn't digest properly, causing fermentation (aka indigestion and gas). I started taking acid pills at meals, and the relief was amazing. No more reflux, indigestion, or gas. Later I read a book called "Your Stomach: What is Really Making You Miserable and What to Do About It" by Jonathan Wright, which confirmed what I had heard before. According to that book, low levels of stomach acid can cause all sorts of medical problems. Did you see that recent article on a study where healthy people took heartburn medication and ended up with digestive problems? Anyway, you might check with a more alternative doctor who is familiar with this issue.
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replied November 21st, 2011
Hi

I haved this problem for a long time. Going for my 2nd endoscopy soon, but what you have said makes a great deal of sense. Thank you

Stacey
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replied November 16th, 2009
I.ve had this same problem for 30 yrs plus. sometimes it's months or even yrs before it re-occurs. But when it does it can last for up to 5-6 weeks, constant heartburn, gas, my sotmach feels like its rumbing 24/7. I've been throuhg every ttest imaginable over the yrs, never anything concrete for answer. I think stress causes alot of mine, but I know food does also. I havent eaten red meat in over 20 yrs, I don't eat dairy products, eat a lot of fish and vegs, and a few scotches a day also, byt the funny thing is I can go for months or sometime yrs without a symptom.
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replied December 24th, 2009
I am so amazed and glad that there are other people who are a mystery to their drs. I have had a problem for the past couple of years. It goes on for days and then I get a day or 2 break. I get pain in my chest, right between the breasts. A lot of time it radiates to my back. Almost always it is at night. It will start about 8 or 9 pm, BEFORE I go to bed. Lying down seems to make it worse. I have had endescopy, endescopy with bravo (a capsule attached to my esphogus), ct scan, barium swallow, cardiac work up and they cannot find anything. I want to know if gas and acid are the same. The gastro dr says I do not have acid. but i think there is gas there. Last night I took Beano before dinner and did not have a problem. I am at my wits end. I am tired from not sleeping at night.
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replied January 17th, 2010
Hello pscally.. I am going through the same mess, my started with really bad bloating/indigestion Nov 2009, then in Dec 2009 it was buring stomach, not hungry, lost 20lbs, stomach always upset, then Jan 2010 stomach felt better but now constant gas problems(pain in the back, chest, throat closing, etc.. Feel free to contact me via email to chat..
thanks
don
dax0007 at hotmail com
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replied November 13th, 2011
hi i have the same but i lose my voice as well for a couple. of days every month this is been going on for a year. it is geting me down i went to the doc and he gave me pills to take be for dinner and if it dont work i will have to have a camra down my throught to see what is happening
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replied November 13th, 2011
hi i have the same but i lose my voice as well for a couple. of days every month this is been going on for a year. it is geting me down i went to the doc and he gave me pills to take be for dinner and if it dont work i will have to have a camra down my throught to see what is happening
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replied March 16th, 2010
yeah. i have had the same...had constant chest pain between breasts for 6 months..tried everything from anti acid pillls, omezaprazole to periet etc, and had endoscopy and they found nothing....i am not imaging this constant pain and burning in chest and sick of it as ruining my life. Doctors want to give me more shitty medicines taht dont work so whats the point...want something natural but dont know what to try...anyone got any ideas as i havent worked for montsh due to the pain and it is getting me really down...want a solution that will help...or else my life is over!

PLEASE HELP>>>>>DESPERATE!!
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replied November 3rd, 2012
i thought i was alone in this. i keep going back to my doctor because it seems to be getting worse and i feel terrible, like i am dying and its very scary. she says i have very bad anxiety,which i know i do and that causes the acid to flare up and go into my chest and thats why it feels like my heart is pounding and my chest is trembling.i have also had endoscopys gastroscopy,its all fine they say, taking all the meds but its not really doing any good. i feel worse now than i ever did.it really is getting me down,i am so depressed and feel that life has abandoned me.
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replied March 16th, 2010
Hello Juju66..
Well for some crazy reason mine issues(same as yours) which ben going o for 3-4 monthshave suddenly calm down.. I will say i did do the Gluten free diet for about 3 weeks and maybe it is just coincidence but i felt better after about 2 weeks.. I am not gonna say perfect, but Much BETTER.. Anyhow if u want to chat feel free to contact me dax0007 at hot mail
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replied March 20th, 2010
I'm having the same problem, practically anything I eat gives me intense gas, I'm left clutching my chest in pain every night.
I feel like I've bruised my oesophagus from tensing all night, seems like it could be an ulcer.

The doctor prescribed me an acid suppressant called Omeprazole, which so far doesn't seem to have made much difference.

I've read that the Helicobacter pylor bacteria can cause these symptoms of constant heartburn and gas, and apparently it's the cause of most of the populations stomach ulcer's.

Doctor's don't seem to be helping the situation that's for sure!

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replied April 23rd, 2010
ACV "cure"
Recently, after experiencing what all of you have been experiencing for 30 years, I said there has to be a better way. I am still looking for perfection, but I have found sustained relief. It is known as ACV, Apple Cider Vinegar. It has to be the unfiltered organic variety "with the mother". 2 tablespoons in 8 ounces of water with one teaspoon of baking soda around every meal. It works very well. I am off Prilosec after taking it or similar things for 30 years. Just check it out on the internet which I know you know how to use for more details.
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replied November 24th, 2011
All my troubles started when I used to take Apple cider vinegar every morning!! It caused me gastritis - I also have terrible pain sometimes just like a heart attack with pain from front to back as if a red hot pole has been stuck thru me and the pain extends to my jaws and teeth. The only thing that helps is lying flat on my back - I cant even stand a pillow. My endoscopy did show that I have a hernia and some other annoying stuff
But the worst thing of all is a feeling of phlegm just above my throat which I cannot clear - I try so much to swallow it that I get a sore dry throat and it just drives me crazy - I had all my sinuses checked and had fleuroscopy to check my swallowing abilty and a balloon inserted in my throat and all sorts of tortures and all the doctors can say is that the phlegm is from the stomach and not from the nose - but they don't help me get rid of it. I have taken all the medicines and nasal sprays that have been invented and nothing happens - and this is ruining my life.
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replied May 5th, 2010
ACV apple cider vinegar definitely works, non prescriptive and no side effects ..unless you leave the vinegar bit off then you go from reflux to a dam good time to a banging headache in the morning!

Great post henderly.
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replied August 7th, 2010
HLewis3 - what are you talking about at meal times - acid pills?? Please advise.

I've been experiencing lots of symptoms as you all describe for about 20 years - I'm going to be 43. Only answers that I receive from docs are GERD or hiatal hernia - lose weight and take the meds. I've been taking the meds and it's just getting worse and worse.

I really feel that I have a digestion issue - It feels that someone is sitting on my chest constantly no matter what I eat, from a simple lowfat meal to something nice and greasy. I've been to my cardiologist several times over the years and they find nothing.. If I exercise after a meal - omg!! heart attack feeling. I'm up most nights feeling icky ... vomitting, etc. I do take ACV everyday, sometimes it relieves the symptoms sometimes it doesn't, but more times not not, it doesn't. It just gives me diarrhea the following day!

I hope someone can shed light on this - and experiencing the same as me! Smile good luck!
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replied June 12th, 2011
Acid Reflux
My name is Paul just found this forum how is your Acid Reflux, I have the same syptoms
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replied August 10th, 2010
Indigestion..Bloating
I am age 52 yrs....usually healthy female individual...play sport etc............suffering indigestion, bloating and waves of pain upper abdomen which radiates in my back.....also wake up with a feeling of nausea, I am wondering if this could be symptoms of the menopause ...any other women experiencing the same symptoms.Have experieced these symptoms on and off for the last 6mths..I know that i am definately in the menopause...hot flushes etc last 18mths. Anyone able to relate to this.....Oh this site has helped me this morning as was feeling quite panicky as was woken up with a feeling of nausea 4.30hrs..Thanks
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replied October 23rd, 2012
Hormonal?
I am wondering the same thing...I have always managed my GERD with 1 Protonix per day , two per day on a couple of occasions when it burned my throat. But I just went through menopause (last period one year ago) and along with daily hot flashes came HORRIBLE stomach burning, indigestion, sore throat and reflux. I will be ok for a couple of days , then in hell the next. My doctor tested me for H. Pylori, it was negative. I had my last endoscopy 3 years ago, it was normal but for a bit of mild stomach inflammation. This has been going on for 6 weeks now and NOTHING works. Doubled the Protonix for a month, tried taking Protonix in AM and Ranitidine at night, severe diet restrictions, you name it. No nausea, vomiting, diarrhea or bleeding from anywhere. Just unbearable reflux, raw throat and indigestion. Could this be hormonal?
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replied May 2nd, 2013
Yes--hope you're feeling better by now. Try as low of a dose estrogen as you can and you will have fewer gi symptoms with a patch vs oral estrogen.
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replied September 27th, 2013
I am also a 52 year old woman starting into hot flashes, etc. The stomach issues are not related to that as I have had issues including the upper stomach pain that radiated around to my back for many years. I was told I have both a Hiatal hernia and Gallstones the symptoms are similar so I was given nothing and told I could have my Gallbladder removed to see if that helped. I did not do that. In the past few years I started having to deal with gas, bloating and pain lasting all day so I decided to try a Naturopath. I took a test for food allergies and found I had quite a few. I had to cut out all those foods for 2 weeks then re-introduce one food at a time back into my diet to see what I could tolerate. This worked really well for awhile but I started getting symptoms again so I saw a second Naturopath. This time I was put on a strict Paleo diet ( lean meat mostly chicken or fish, eggs, lots of veggies, some fruit, nuts and seeds ) wasn't easy but by the end of the 2 weeks I felt great, not just my stomach issues but I had energy and was sleeping great. Apparently I am sensitive to Carbs and was told a lot of people are but just don't realize it. After 2 weeks you continue about 80-90 % Paleo diet which I did but ended up going off it and guess what all the symtoms came back. So I have now realized what a major affect the food we eat has on our health and how we feel and am making the decision to make the lifestyle change of eating Paleo from now on because I felt so damn good when I first started on it and I want to feel like that all the time. The Naturopath said to stick with it around 85% so that you can cheat a little and not feel so deprived and after much research I have a large collection of Paleo recipes that I really enjoy
Along with the stomach issues, heartburn , sleeping issues, lack of energy all clearing up I also lost some weight, and small issues were helped as well.
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replied August 22nd, 2010
Can GERD caused difficulty breathing all day? (especially when not having a good quality of sleep) Does anyone ever experience that? I got lots of gas too, my heart usually race after a meal, especially fatty, salty, sweet food thats why im avoiding that and cut down on meat. I went to the gastroenterologis and the doctor just gave me drugs.
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replied August 24th, 2010
i really cant understand whether i have gerd or acid reflux plzz help me

http://ehealthforum.com/health/antral-gast ritis-plzz-see-the-topic-t244358.html
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replied September 6th, 2010
Recently I was diagnosed with celiac disease. It had wiped out my intestinal mucosa and thus my immune system and had affected my adrenal, thyroid and pancreatic function. I started going to see a clinical nutritionist right away and he got me on an aggressive regimen. First of all, off all gluten and on a strict diet of proteins (meats , fish and nuts), vegetables (raw and cooked), rice and fruits with little sugar. No coffee, chocolates, sugar or stimulants of any kind. Secondly, he had me start taking NuMedica Gluten Intolerance dose packs, NuMedica PRP Balance Spray (colostrum), NADH (to rebuild and heal cells), Transformation Protease (enzymes to digest foods and aid in nutrient assimulation) Future Formulations Adrenal Rebuilder, Omega 3, 6, and 9 fish oil, acetyl glutathione (to detox), kelp, Vitamin D3 (10,000 IU’s a day), a daily multi vit/min and VSL #3 (a great priobiotic). I started feeling better, but not totally well. Still had burning gut all the time, so I took a fecal test and determined I had morganella morganii and e coli bacteria in my GI tract as well as a bad yeast infection. The nutritioninst got me on Allergy Research Group Tricycline, a natural antiobiotic. I took 4 a day and after 1 bottle, got rid of the bad stuff. Took another fecal test and found that pseudomonas aeruginosa had taken up home in my GI tract. Took another round of Tricycline and the pseudomonas has gone away. During all this time, my gut was burning up and with acid reflux. Finally figured out to take apple cider vinegar with water and that really changed things around. Now that I’m rid of all the bacteria and yeast as of last week, my gut is almost better and my energy levels are getting back to normal. All of this in less than 3 months. My suggestion for everyone. Find a good clinical nutritionist. Mine is also a doctor of pharmacy and has a masters degree in microbiology. He is worth his weight in gold. I found a way somehow to pay for all this stuff, but it has totally changed my health!
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replied June 16th, 2011
So you don't take citrusy fruits? Because it will burn you? Did you ever take it before all this problems started? I am curious.
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