I have had acid reflux for about 6 years now, though I was only diagnosed about 2 years ago (the first time I actually went for help). You asked on your site about painkillers; i used to take ibuprophin a lot for dental pain and things. I now only take it when I REALLY need it (1-2 times a month) and my reflux has not improved, even with adding ACV and Baking Soda. I'm also on Prevacid 2x a day, if that matters.
I would like to comment on the theory that Ibuprofen causes acid reflux. well my husband never used ibuprofen or aspirin but he has Barrets espho. from years of Chocolate, peppermint and soft drink (with caffeine) and acidity and spicy foods like (tomatoes and hot peppers and things like that just mild foods) he has to stay away from and if you research you will find that all of these things break down the elasticity in your espho. and cause the acid to come back up into the espho. I know because he has surgery to repair an and the flap on his ephos. was gone from the acid from his stomach, ulcers from the years as a teen just drinking soft drinks and hardly no water. never smoked or used alcohol.
re: ibuprufen and gerd -- In my case the connection is 100%. Never had heartburn. after 14 days with Naproxene 500 mG x2 Had 1st attack. ER misdiagnosed as suffering from Chest Pain Pleuritic and gave me 2400 mG as Ibuprufen dayly!! Now the gerd does not go away even with 20 mG x2 a day!!!
I ruptured my right deltiod in August of 2005. I took 2x200mg tablets of ibuprofen daily for 12 weeks. I got esophagitis along with LPR.
You asked if anyone else regularly took pain relievers and I have been a very regular Tylenol PM user (1-2 tabs, 3-4x/week for 4 years for sleeplessness. My doctor recommended I cut out cafeine which, duh, helped with the sleeplessness and so havent taken any Tylenol pm for a few weeks now. I am going to try the yogurt and other other remedies I've read about here. This has been expensive!
I have only ever taken Ibuprofen (Advil or generic). I may take it once per week. I am 32. Last year around December, I had a horrible bout of pain in my chest on the right side (first time ever). It radiated to my shoulder and my throat became parched. I immediately drove myself to the ER where they did multiple tests, EKG's and X-Rays and found nothing. It was determined that I had acid reflux.
I took Aciphex for 3 months and it seemed to work but I also modified my diet somewhat. I no longer take Aciphex as I don't want to have to depend on it. I still get minor episodes but not like that day. Maybe it is the ibuprofen, not sure but I will try the ACV for sure and switch to a different pain medication
I, too, have always been able to eat about anything without even heartburn! So what was I doing getting reflux all time and keeping me up during the night? The connection to ibuprofen makes sense for me. I started taking it for tense muscles after stressful work days; as well as anxiety about the stressful job so I could sleep. It worked for that wonderfully; but have had reflux problems since then. The ACV already has helped my syptoms. I have recently changed jobs, as well as started to excercise to relieve the daily stresses which should make it easier to eliminate the ibuprofen use. (and its side effects).
I have had heartburn from time to time over the years. Then I married a man who was always positive that his health was far better than mine - or anyone else's. In fact he talked as if I had one foot in the grave at the age of 32. He was always trying one obscure allopathic drug, remedy, herb, etc. He had read about a juice that according to a magazine of case studies that was produced by a company that sold the juice, it was such a miraculous health elixir that it could even cure cancer if taken in large amounts. All he talked about for a year was that juice and how I needed to try it. It was expensive and that was my excuse for a while. Finally I decided to humor him and drink the juice. If it didn't improve anything then at least I would hear no more talk of it. If it did improve my health overall then I would be a believer. The dosage of this juice was 1 - 2 ounces per day, but my husband insisted that I drink 16 ounces per day - because I was in such bad health (which was not true). I drank the awful juice and immediately had fire-breathing dragon heartburn. It was extremely painful but my husband insisted that it was the toxins coming out of my body - I should just stay with it and the heartburn would subside and my general health problems will disappear. The juice tasted like dilled blueberries but was supposedly made from some rare fruit on an island called noni fruit. I humored my husband at the expensive of my own personal discomfort of dealing with continual - non ending, severe heartburn day and night. After 4 cases of the juice had been consumed and there were no health benefits shown, but one new health problem (severe heartburn) I told my husband enough is enough - I will not drink that fire-breathing dragon juice ever again and I don't want to hear a single word about it ever again. I stopped drinking the juice but the severe heartburn did not go away. I gave it some time - to get it out of my system. Still had it - though not fire-breathing, scorching hot as before, but still severe. I began drinking baking soda mixed with water to ease the pain, but this only lasted a few hours at best - same with antacids. My doctor prescribed Previcid and that helped. It was great to live without heartburn but then I stopped taking the prescription because I do not want to take a pill every day for the rest of my life - that surely would damage my liver over time and cause a serious health problem. It has now been years since my last sip of the noni fruit juice and I sit here at 4 AM telling you my story because I went online in search of a home remedy for acid reflux that is longer lasting than baking soda and a better alternative than pills but instead found this site - saw you were looking for answers on why there is an increase in the cases of GERD over the last 30 years and thought I'd offer my personal experience of how an abundance of a juice making fantastic claims changed my life by giving me a permanent health issue - GERD. I believe if we expose ourselves to the wrong foods/drinks/ingredients over an extended period of time, we can cause a great variety of harm to out digestive system. What is wrong for one person may not be wrong for another. We are all different and I think we have come to assume through the practice of medicine and self medication from the readily available plethora of over the counter medications, we have begun to ignore the natural signals our bodies use to alert us to problems. After the first 1 - 2 days of fire-breathing dragon heartburn that began immediately after drinking the juice until it later became constant, I should have listened to my body - not my husband and stopped drinking it. There was obviously an ingredient in that juice that was reacting with my normal PH levels or something else within my stomach and/or esophogus in a very bad way.
Re: Acid Reflux. Honey helped. Not cured as yet. My thoughts are that last year I went through several rounds of steroid treatments. This is what kicked my reflux off but it also included a lot of ibuprofen due to biceptual tendonitis. So far I haven't tried the apple cidar vinegar because I've been so full of H2blockers. I'll definitely try after reading this.
You know. I am sitting here trying to find a cure for the intolerable acid reflux I've been suffering with for the past 2 days. Never in my life have I ever experienced it this bad. I was involved in an auto accident this past Saturday and the doc at the hospital told me to take Ibuprofen for pain up to 600 mg at a time. Well, we didn't have any ibuprofen, so I grabbed the naproxen sodium instead. I have been taking 2 of these once a day since Saturday with a meal, though I haven't taken any since Monday. The symptoms started Tuesday and woke me out of a dead sleep Wednesday morning. I have tried chewable antacids, OTC rx strength antacids, and even milk. Nothing has helped. Is there evidence that naproxen sodium does the same thing as ibuprofen when it comes to acid reflux? I've take both medications at various points in my life for pain, but never with this result. Could it be another underlying condition that has caused it? The acid has caused painful sores in my mouth as well.
Hi. I became a skate skiing junkie last winter and was taking quite a bit of ibuprofen for aches and pains as I was getting in shape. One night I woke up with the most horrible burning pain in my chest. Because my mom has Acid Reflux I knew what it was. I thought it was just my age (41) and that I had inherited it. But, after finding your site, I realized it must have been from the Ibuprofen. I began taking two tablespoons of ACV with 1/4 teaspoon of Baking Soda and a little bit of water to dilute it enough to make it palatable, 3 x a day. It worked GREAT! I've been on the regime for a about a month and a half, taking a couple days off once a week. I haven't had any of the really bad chest pain in three weeks but I can tell that I'm not totally healed yet because, often my upper chest feels "full" like there is pressure in my upper lungs, especially toward the end of the two-day break from the ACV. In the last couple of weeks I also quit alcohol of any kind and about a month ago I started chewing my food really, really well. I'm thrilled that the regime is working so well and that I haven't had that horrific burning, pain in so long. Thanks!
I do feel that Ibuprofen can cause acid reflux. I have not yet gone to the doctor for diagnosis, but it is 3:30am in the morning and I am investigating the severe discomfort I am going thru on the internet. I have taken Ibuprofen occasionally in the past for minor aches and pains, but recently I suffered an injury to my foot for which I have been taking Ibuprofen regularly for nearly two weeks. Up to this point in my life I have never had an issue with heartburn or any other digestive issues. The last two nights I have been going thru extreme acidic discomfort. Since there have been no other changes in my diet or lifestyle I can only come to the conclusion that the Ibuprofen has played a role in my recent bout with acid reflux.
i have had a/r now for over two years and i have been taking nexium and this has not completely eliminated the problem. i do take ibuprofen as needed for headaches and with the job i have that is quite regularly (2x wk), thanks for the information on this drug interaction.
I'm completely floored about the info on ibuprofen causing reflux. I was using ib. several times a day because of back injuries from a car accident when my reflux started. I use it from time to time still but was put on Protonix (a proton pump inhibitor)for my reflux, and am figuring out that it is RUINING my health. I diddn't know that PPI's inhibit absorption of calcium, minerals, B-12, healthy digestion, etc. I gained 15lbs within the first 9 mos. of starting it --and i don't gain weight like that. Since then, I've had 2 babies & the weight doesn't come off; I only lost 10lbs after the last one in the 5 mos after birth --that is not normal. I'm almost positive my thyroid is off and I'm estrogen dominant --I have to take progesterone. I've tried getting off this PPI 5 times, and no luck --each time I fail the PPI becomes less effective and now I have breakthru reflux even though i'm taking the PPI. Has anyone had luck weaning themselves off of a PPI????
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I just read your site today on acid reflux. My reflux developed when I started using an advair inhaler for my asthma. The reflux reduced quickly when I was switched to singular pills, but now I have to put up with a little more asthma. I tried the red wine vinegar and baking soda this morning, because that is what I had on hand. I added an artificial sweetener for taste. It is too soon to say, but it is soothing.