Friday, May 6, 2011

The Dreaded Acid Reflux

So I'm 99% sure that I'm suddenly experiencing acid reflux at night.

This has been happening for about a week now. I wasn't sure at first, because the first symptom was really a sore throat and since I've been sick and coughing, it was hard to tell. But, it's a different kind of sore throat-- it feels more localized? I don't know. Along with that I've had some mild heartburn after dinner for at least 3 days during the week, and I found myself waking up in the night with coughing (could be cold related) and just to swallow (that isn't cold related).

I have no bile taste, and I haven't hacked anything from my stomach up, but this just feels strange.

I have an appt with my regular doc on Monday to rule out things like allergies and strep throat (because I am dealing with allergies too). Then if she thinks it's GERD, I'll call my surgeon.

I don't know what to think. I am terrified of having some kind of complication. But I am not tight at all. I still have no restrictions on the "what" of eating, and I've never gotten stuck or had to get rid of food (no PB'ing, sliming, or vomiting). Other than coughing related to my recent cold, I can't imagine how I might have slipped my band and I certainly am not having trouble with eating. Maybe I'm just anxious and making the most of symptoms that could be explained away with something else. But, better safe than sorry-- I certainly don't want to wait too long and end up damaging my esophagus.


  1. Thinking of you! Try not to worry to much! I know that that is a hard thing to do! But keep us up to date!

  2. Hope it is nothing too serious, and just side effects of recent illness. Hope the doctor goes well and you are better soon :)

  3. I've had a cold/allergies for a week or two. I think I have had a lot of similar symptoms. All that mucus, with a smaller banded outlet can come back up easier. Maybe it's just that, and not heartburn on it's own. Good luck though--and keep us posted!

  4. I’ve tried all sorts of coughing syrups, believe me, but none of them helps. Even though Nin Jiom Pei Pa Koa does not eliminates the cough I like to stick to this chinese syrup I’ve been taking since I was a kid: Nin Jiom Pei Pa Koa. My grandfather is chinese, so I guess my mom got the advice from him. I was really surprised when I found that chinese market selling it here in Belgium. It does have a refreshing, soothing, sweetening effect…as long as it lasts…then back to coughing mode.