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reflux symptoms

Some of my symptoms are:
Food coming back up my throat.
My food isn’t being broke down enough and it causes pain in my stomach.
And I have inflammation in my throat throughout the day.

^^^That’s my biggest one!

What are some day to day routines I could do to eliminate these symptoms?

A: Don’t drink soda, eat fried or greasy foods, no caffiene. Sleep with an extra pillow or two under your head. Don’t eat anything 3 hours prior to going to bed.

Also, don’t smoke. No acidy fruits..Orange and apple juice are biggies for me. No ketchup either. Chocolate is a big one too. It has caffiene in it.

It sounds like you might have an ulcer though. Which could have been caused by the stress

Q: Could my sons untreated Reflux be triggering SVT episodes?
My son (6weeks old) was born with SVT. He has been on several medications to try to regulate his heartbeat, none of them have been successful yet. He was in the hospital and his cardiologist had mentioned that it seemed as if he was showing symptoms of reflux. The cardiologist notified his primary care pediatrician, and so far nothing has been done to resolve the reflux issue. I know there are certain conditions that can trigger SVT spells, does anyone know if Reflux is one of those conditions that could be triggering his SVT?

A: Most cardiologists would not recognize reflux-induced SVT but let’s face it, anything is possible. At any rate, your baby can easily be treated for the reflux with a H2-blocker or more desirably a PPI like Prilosec. If the reflux is treated and the Supraventricular tachycardia continues, then at least you know this is not the cause.

Having to go through this with your newborn must be agony. I hope the doctors find something soon to regulate your son’s heart rate.
My thoughts and prayers are with you.


*If medication is needed, treatment will often start with a class of medications called H2-blockers, also called H2-receptor agonists. These drugs help keep acid from backing up into the esophagus. H2-blockers are often used to treat children with GER because they come in liquid form. H2-blockers include

* cimetidine (Tagamet)
* ranitidine (Zantac)
* famotidine (Pepcid)
* nizatidine (Axid)

A second class of medications often used to reduce stomach acid is proton-pump inhibitors (PPIs), which block the production of stomach acid. PPIs include

* esomeprazole (Nexium)
* omeprazole (Prilosec)
* lansoprazole (Prevacid)
* rabeprazole (Aciphex)
* pantoprazole (Protonix)

* The authors of this fact sheet do not specifically endorse the use of drugs for children that have not been tested in children (“off label” use). Such a determination can only be made under the recommendation of the treating health care provider.
Specific Instructions for Infants with GER


If you feed your baby with a bottle, add up to 1 tablespoon of rice cereal to 2 ounces of infant milk. You can add cereal to expressed milk if you are breastfeeding. If the mixture is too thick for your baby you can change the nipple size or cut a little “x” in the nipple.

Burp your baby after he’s consumed 1 or 2 ounces of formula. For breast-fed infants, burp after feeding on each side.

Do not overfeed. Talk with your infant’s doctor or nurse about the amount of formula or breast milk that your baby is consuming.

When possible, hold your infant upright in your arms for 30 minutes after feedings.

Infants with GER should usually sleep on their backs, as is suggested for all infants. Rarely, a physician may suggest alternative sleep positions.

Points to Remember

* GER occurs when stomach contents back up into the esophagus.
* GER is common in infants but most grow out of it.
* In infants, GER may cause spitting up, vomiting, coughing, poor feeding, or blood in the stools.
* Treatment depends on the infant’s symptoms and age and may include changes in eating and sleeping habits. Medication may also be an option. Only rarely and in severe cases is surgery required.


Q: Bad reflux and symptoms relieved??
Anyone had SUCH bad reflux that took many months but finally felt “cured” after a few months? I know that people have written that the drugs worked after a month or so. But it is taking longer for me. I am looking for hope…I want to know if it took anyone more than 3 months with the medications but they finally got better…

A: The reflux will not go away. Medicines that tame this problem will wear out in time. The best thing is to steer clear of acidity in food and liquids.

Q: Are these symptoms of infant reflux?
My son is 2 weeks old. He just started with these symptoms a couple of days ago. He spits up pretty much every feeding. Sometimes a lot. About a tablespoon. When we burp him, he sometimes spits up with that. I pump my breast milk so he is bottle fed, sometimes by breast. His spit up seems kinda curd like. Not just milky. He is now making weird faces, like disgust, when I try to give him his bottle or pacifier. He also hiccups a lot. After feedings sometimes or out of no where.He just started this cause we tried to up his feeding cause he was always sucking on things after a 2-3oz feeding. Maybe were just over feeding him but I thought they stop when they’re full. Imjust so nervous cause I hate seeing him spit up or puke like that. Is this just normal baby behavior or is it infant acid reflux?
No formula and no whinning. Only when he wants more to eat he throws a tantrum, kinda. No gasping for air or anything. Yawning though. The hiccups seem to kinda bother him. He has wet diapers but yesturday and today so far has had about 2-3 poopy diapers. That seems unusual.
*no whinning when eating. He does seem like he is trying to poop. Maybe his tummy bothering him from reflux or constipation?

A: When my son was newborn he had reflux and he had those faces as well. The one symptom that distinguished the reflux was him gasping for breath for apparently no reason.

Q: what type of symptoms and or pain do you have associated with acid reflux?

A: heartburn, chest pain, burning stomach, sore throat

Q: Does anxiety cause acid reflux and what are the symptoms?

A: I have this myself anxiety can be related to acid reflux some studies have shown , although anxiety is not the cause of the reflux and is more of something that will spark the condition off, Also be aware that Heartburn and stomach pains can be physical symptoms of anxiety. Both Anxiety and acid reflux can and should be treated with therapy and acid blockers or possible anti anxiety medication Regards.

Q: I have acid reflux, its really severe, other interesting symptoms have occured. thanks?
The burning is not only in my stomache, causing muscle cramps making my ribs feel like they hurt, but its up to my chest, near the breastbone. Ive taken mallox, and pepcid, no help there. I started taking 15mg of prevacid 2 days ago, no help just yet. Its causing my heart to palpultate, more than it has before, dizzy, really tired, and my heart feels like its burning out of my chest. Any advice? Thanks friends.

A: I am not a doctor, so either way you will want to talk to them, but this is what I have to say as a long time sufferer of Acid Reflux (G.E.R.D.)!

Three part answer: information, what not to do, and what to do!

I have a very severe case of Acid Reflux (G.E.R.D.). I have had to go to the hospital for some of the heartburn that I have had because the pain can become overwhelming or your breathing can be effected. It can be caused by Smoking, Drinking Beverages with caffeine (My case with hereditary), Drinking Beverages with Alcohol, Stress, Anxiety or can be Hereditary

The good thing about G.E.R.D. is that it can be a temporary thing and can be cured. It is never a permit thing even if you end up with it for the rest of your life it has the ability to be cured.

G.E.R.D. is caused by too much acid being created in your stomach. This can lead to or cause ulcers, esophagus damage, heartburn and/or damage in the mouth. . Other symptoms that can be found in a few cases are dizziness, tingling in limbs, numbness of Limbs, Chest/Back pain focused on the left side (in most cases), and shortness/difficulty breathing.

WHAT NOT TO DO!!!!!!!!
In most cases, stress is a factor to the reflux if you watch what you eat and reduce some of the stress it will help. If you watch what you eat for about a week you should find relief, if you do not then that is when you definitely what to listen to the doctor. Things to watch for are as follows:

Fatty Foods
Citrus Foods
Oranges (Juice and fruit)
Lemon (Juice and fruit)
Foods That Contain Grease
Fried Foods
Potatoes (Starch)
Buffalo wings
Chocolate (including any Coco)
Tomato Based Products
Sour Cream
Cottage Cheese
High amounts of Carbohydrates
Roughage (Berries and Nuts)

The two foods that I recommend is Black strap Molasses and Raw honey. The apple is better for night time reflux while these will work for just about all of it. What you will do is take about a tsp. of whatever one you chose. Molasses being the better because of strength and nutrition, but must be use to the taste. What the substance will do is stick to the sides of the esophagus and do two things, one is heal and the other is protect.
On the healing end, both substances have a healing property in them, and as they sit on the walls of the esophagus they will heal it. This is also helpful if you have a sore throat in the morning from refluxing.
On the protection end, both substances are high in sugar and when acid that is refluxed comes up to that the sugar will neutralize it and it will not longer be a problem at that point.

I would also look to putting Cinnamon and Ginger in you diet, they have been know to help with digestion and will help you reduce the amount of acid needed to brake down food, therefore causing you to reflux less.

Im a 28/female ..Okay so today i went to my doctor again for shortness of breath and my throat burning and alittle bit fo a burning pain in my chest..and after seeing my doctor a few times for this they finally told me that its probably reflux…im just curiouse if anyone reading this has reflux and what are your symptoms? I have gone to different websites but i also like to hear from people who ACTUALLY have had reflux or know someone with it…So any info helps…what are your symptoms? And are they any at home remedies that can help ease the reflux?
the tightness in my chest is almost constant

A: Acid reflux and heartburn are much the same thing and give you a burning pain in your throat and a burning pain in your chest. They are both caused by digestion problems.

Yogurt is supposed to help.

Q: what are the symptoms of reflux?? my baby dont spit up but screams with his bottles?? could this be it??

A: Spitting up is only one of the symptoms of reflux, and in fact isn’t present in all cases of reflux (look up “silent reflux”).

Other symptoms: arching his back while he eats, wide eyes during feeds, consistent piercing screams during and after feeds, eating smaller amounts more frequently….

Suggestions: Try bouncing your baby on its left side in your arms, that should help if your baby has reflux. Also, keep him elevated for at least 30 minutes after eating, and consider elevating his crib. Absolutely discuss all this with your pediatrician, but most will not prescribe medicine if the baby is gaining weight well.

Q: Is it really just symptoms of reflux?
I’m on prevacid 2 x daily, maalox 2-3 x daily, carafate once daily, and tums as needed yet I still get severe heartburn always followed by vomiting everything out of my stomach, sometimes with blood. I get heartburn at least a few times a week, vomit nearly every time, and even have an ng tube because it’s so difficult to get food in me! I see a gi doc and regular doc every week and they just call it reflux and just give me OTC meds and I’m stuck dealing. It’s ruining my life! Does this sound like just reflux?

A: To be honest, I think there could be something more going on. I won’t speculate on what that might be because that’s ALL it would be, speculation. In severe cases of GERD, symptoms can include regurgitation but not as often or severe and with the other complications you are describing, especially once you’re on medication(s.)

If I were you, I would get another professional opinion. That can be a real hassle I know, but I think it’s relevant and important in your case. You shouldn’t be suffering to this extent.

Just like you, I had been using OTC medications which weren’t helping and why my physician prescribed Nexium, it began to relieve/lessen my symptoms within a week. This is another reason I believe you need a second opinion, there are more effective medications you could be taking at this point.

Q: Is this GERD / acid reflux Symptoms?
Hello, i wonder if burping all the time and a warm full feeling in the back of your throat when burping could be acid reflux? I am pregnant and have had a sore throat for a while and excessive mucus in my throat, and contstant throat clearing. been to the docs and he says its Acid reflux but i dont get heartburn so i am confused


A: eat slowly, don’t drink anything whilst eating, avoid fuzzy drinks. is normal to have these symptoms in pregnancy.

Q: what are the symptoms of acid reflux?

A: These are what are listed in WebMD and Mayo
- A burning pain in the chest that usually occurs after eating and may occur at night
- Pain that worsens when lying down or bending over
-Burning in the throat — or hot, sour, acidic or salty-tasting fluid at the back of the throat.
-Feeling of food “sticking” in the middle of the chest or throat.

but it depends on the person some people feel like they keep clearing their throat, some people get a gasy feeling in their stomach, and some get a burning fluid going up and down their esophagus and may feel like throwing up. Hope this helps..

Q: what are the symptoms of acid reflux?

A: heartburn
burning feeling i tou stomach and throat
try pepcid ac if you have these symptoms
then seek dr help

Q: Has anyone’s baby had SILENT REFLUX and if so, what symptoms did they have?
My grandson has periods of irritability and is always very, very gassy. He spits up on occasion, but not very often. He’s on a third type of formula now and the gas doesn’t seem nearly as bad, as atleast he is finally able to get some sleep without constantly having to wake himself up while grunting a lot and then passing gas.

He’s a grunter and get hiccups, although the hiccups don’t seem near as bad with this new formula either.

Anyway, I’m not really sure what silent reflux is, or what the symptoms are. Anyone out there know about it?

A: My daughter had silent reflux from when she was 2 weeks old to just before she turned 3 months old. she had the following symptoms (which are pretty much all the symptoms):
Frequent spitting up or vomiting
Irritability when feeding
Refusing food or eating only small amounts
Sudden or constant crying
Arching the back while feeding
“Wet” burps
Frequent hiccups (more then twice a day)
Frequent coughing
Poor sleep habits with frequent waking

If your grandson does have reflux switching his formula will not help. He needs to be diagnosed with it and then be put on meds and possibly switched to Enfamil AR. My daughter was first on Zantac but that didn’t help for more then a week. She was then on prevacid but that didn’t really help either. What really helped was a chiropractor. If you have any other questions my email is

Q: How do you know a 13 mos old really has reflux when he only has some of the symptoms??
My 13 mos old is a very happy, healthy baby. He is off the charts is height and weight. However, as an infant he had severe reflux (still was happy and healthy). As the spit up stopped, he began to have episodes of throwing up for no reason. He usually will cough or gag like he is choking. This happens sometimes when eating, others from running around, or even just randomly. It is a lot of throw up. It is not from being sick. After he is done, he goes back to whatever he was doing like nothing ever happened. He sleeps fine, but will cough in his sleep at times. Sometimes he will wake up and throw up, sometimes not. When eating, there is usallly coughing and sometimes gagging. He does not throw up at every meal. Like I said, it is random. The doctor says reflux. He takes previced daily. It works somewhat. From what i read about reflux, my baby has some symptoms, but not all. Is there something we are missing?? We go back to the gastro soon for more tests. Is this just reflux?

A: Not all reflux babies have all of the symptoms. In fact, few do. My son is also ahead on height and weight, and has severe reflux. He has never been a spitter – he has silent reflux, which means that he swallows it back down when it comes up. He is also on Prevacid solutabs, 15mg 2 times daily. Until he was treated, he was a very unhappy, uncomfortable guy, but even then he was big for his age and gained weight without issue. But now, he is a happy, healthy AND big baby.

Your son has some of the classic symptoms of reflux – I would wait to see what the next tests show, but his diagnosis sounds right on the money.

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