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Acid reflux caused due to drinking excessive alcohol - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 13-Jan-2012
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Doctor :   Hi
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How can i help you
User :   Hi, I suffer from acid reflux and take nexium. This morning after a night of drinking alcohol the acid was really bad and to try and eleviate some of it I threw up. Now I have this paid in my esophogus on the left side.
Doctor :  
please proceed with your queru
Doctor :  
ok
Doctor :   alcohol will worsen the acid reflux
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and it will damage the esophagus
User :   I know ... but this pain is very worrying.
it's mainly when i burp and eat. Located middle of chest on left side.
Doctor :  
ok
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Use mucaine gel
User :   Mucaine gel?
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10 ml, 3 times a day
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for next 3 days
Doctor :   this will reduce the pain and also the reflux
User :   Could i have done any damage when i threw up?
Doctor :  
yes chances are there
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following alcohol consumption, retching
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and forced vomiting can result in damage to esophagus

User :   What kind of damage? Should I look out for something?
Doctor :   Hi are you back
User :   Yeah I had to pay!
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I will guide in this
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Can i ask few questions
User :   Yes sure.
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do you have any burning sensation in the chest
User :   Not really burning so much now, but when i burp etc I do ...where the pain is.
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did you have vomiting ?
User :   I vomited this morning so relieve the acid.
Doctor :   does the vomitus contain blood or bile
User :   It looked like just bile. I haven't vomited since then though when I got the pain etc.
Doctor :   was it a forceful vomiting ?
User :   Yes.
Doctor :   Ok
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Ok
User :   I have also suffered bulimia over last 5 years.
Doctor :  
Ok
User :   I am much better now ... last time was 4 weeks ago and before that was 6 weeks
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did you do any endoscopy before ?
User :   I had one 2 years ago, which is when i was put on nexium for the acid.
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Ok
Doctor :   Ok
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as per your symptoms
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there is no blood in the vomitus
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but the vomitus was force ful
User :   Yep.
Doctor :  
so this can cause some damage to esophagus
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now you should concentrate more on the repair and treatment part now
User :   Should I try and find an after hours DR to go see? I am worried about the pain and what damage i may have done!
Doctor :  
I will give you few medical tips to over come your problem
Doctor :   if the symptoms and pain reduces with these measures there is no need to visit a doctor
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on emergency basis
User :   ok.
Doctor :  
if the symptoms worsens then there is a need to visit the doctor soon
Doctor :   how many times do you take neksium
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is it 40 mg
User :   I take it when i need it ... and yep they are 40's
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1. Now take 40mg one in morning and one in nite
Doctor :   thats 2 times a day, 1/2 before food
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for next 2 days
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2. Use Mucaine syrup, 10 ml, three times a day for next 3 days
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3. Not to consume alcohol, need to quit it completely
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4. avoid spicy and oily foods
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including carbonated drinks like pepsi and coke
Doctor :   Not to take stress and tension
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be relaxed
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take plenty of fluids in the form of water and fruit juices
User :   Ok! I have been trying to drink heaps of water today to flush the acid.
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with these measures your pain and reflux has to come down
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that good
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warning symptoms :
Doctor :   Blood in the vomitius
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severe and profuse vomiting
Doctor :   worsening chest pain
User :   Okay.
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these warning symptoms may suggest some damage to esophagus
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Is that fine
User :   That's fine. Thanks.
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Is there any thing else i can help u with
User :   I think that's all.
Doctor :   Be relaxed
User :   Thank you.
User :   Will try and relax :-)
Doctor :  
you will get well soon
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wish yu healthy life
User :   Cheers.
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