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July 5, 2011 at 2:51 PMComments: 4 Faves: 0

I am a Severe GERD(Also Known as ACID Reflux or Heartburn )Sufferer


My Name is Channing I am a 39 years old female I suffer from a VERY SEVERE case of GERD (Also Known as ACID Reflux or GERD) With My GERD I am Suffering from Vomiting Every Night and Very Severe Belching. I am on protonix and this is not helping. I have tried Gaviscon, Zantac, Prilosec, Omeprazole and this did not help at all. If you have any ideas to help me with my Vomiting because my throat feels irritated from vomiting please let me know.


  • Hey Channing!

    I don't have GERD myself, though I do occasionally suffer from digestive upset - especially when I'm feeling stressed out I've noticed. My personal favorite remedy for a sour upset stomach is ginger tea. I'm telling you - the stuff is AWESOME. I use a blend with tulsi or "holy basil" in it as well, because tulsi is meant to help relieve stress.

    Peppermint - or any mint, in fact - should also help relieve your upset stomach and the menthol that is naturally found in peppermint should soothe your throat as well! I've had good results with peppermint tea, but even peppermint gum helps in a pinch, so I always carry some with me.

    ALSO - the benefits of either the ginger or peppermint tea can be enhanced by the addition of honey which has natural demulcent (breaks up mucus)antioxidant and anti-bacterial properties. For this, ordinary clover honey will work, but buckwheat honey is even better.

    Hope this helps! :)

  • Hi Channing:)

    A lot of teas that are meant to sooth an irritated throat contain licorice. While I am not a fan of the taste, I've noticed that it can be very soothing, since it sort of coats the throat.

    Have you spoken with your doctor about the nightly vomiting? Is it linked to the GERD, or due to another underlying cause? Please be sure to drink plenty of water (when it is most comfortable for you to do so) so that you don't become dehydrated. As Erin said, ginger can be great for an upset stomach.

    It might be a good idea to look into a low-acid/high-alkaline diet. Lowering the overall acidity in your body may help with the acid reflux in your esophagus. Fortunately, an alkaline diet is easy to observe is you eat healthfully. Maybe try looking around the internet for lists of low-acid/high-alkaline foods to see if this can work for you:)

    All the best!

  • Channing,

    I am highly concerned with your symptoms. Your frequent vomiting may be creating a severe nutrient deficiency and of more concern is your risk of an ulcer. I would consult a GI expert immediately as both the acid reflux and vomiting may be contributing to a worsening scenario. They will be able to complete an endoscopy and a biopsy to identify the issue.

    I would also suggest getting tested for Celiac Disease as some of the symptoms are quite similar to GERD - including vomiting.

    Please keep us posted as to how you are doing!


  • A fellow dietitian had a few other points to consider:

    1. Do you lie down shortly after eating? It helps to eat an earlier dinner so that you can remain upright for at least 3-4 hours after eating.
    2. Do you race through your meals or eat slow and steady? By slowing down, you may recognize you are full much faster and therefore place less strain on your GI system.
    3. Are your meals large with higher amounts of fat, spices, or grease? It may be helpful to move your largest meal to lunch.

    - Jessica

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