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Date : 21-Feb-2012
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User :   after i eat I get breathless, my arm and shoulder muscles ache as if I've eaten a turkey dinner and run a mile afterward. Stomach burns, sometimes I get the shakes so bad I can't move. Better if I can belch or have a bowel movement. Have to clear my throat alot. So bad righ tnow I have to move very slowly or I gasp for breath. I sleep ok and when I first get up it's not so bad. lots of medical allergies so I haven't gone to the Dr. Have had this for maybe 20 years off and on. Afriad to try any of the GERD meds. Any ideas what this is?
Doctor :   Hello
Doctor :   give me a min please
Doctor :   let me read your query
Doctor :   may i know your age and gender please ?
User :   female 72
Doctor :   Ok well i have to tell you this that the signs and symptoms you have told me do point out strongly to GERD
Doctor :   Do you have any other medical conditions ?
User :   can i try something over the counter? I have thyroid but lavoxyl has started bothering my stomach and giving me bad reactions. Thats all, except that I have a slow heart always have had.
Doctor :   Ok
User :   also have had my gall bladder removed and still get pain like I had before.
Doctor :   I see
Doctor :   well ok let me tell you few things you can do
Doctor :   to begin with
Doctor :   1)Foods that give rise to acid reflux are milk, chocolate, coffee, alcohol and some vegetables such as onions, cabbage, spinach and many more. Fruits such as oranges and tomatoes also cause such conditions.
Doctor :   so please do avoid or cut down their consumption
Doctor :   2) A wrong posture can increase the reflux in the stomach and make things much worse. Raising the head of the bed is very helpful in this situation. The raised head will provide extreme comfort while sleeping and also reverses the acid reflux condition.
Doctor :   3) Drinking water all throughout the day very effective
User :   right now Im living on mashed potatoes, a tsp of broccoli, yogurt soda crackers. only a few tablespoons at a time.
Doctor :   4) Add 1 teaspoon of apple cider vinegar to 1/2 glass of water.
Sip this glass of water while eating your dinner.
Doctor :   your diet is good
Doctor :   Purchase ginger root capsules from a natural health food or nutritional store.
Regularly take one capsule immediately after dinner.
User :   Ok. i'll up my water intake how aboaut mylanta? I drink the stuff
Doctor :   ok now i will tell you what you can get over the counter for your relief
Doctor :   you can go to your local pharmacy and then ask for PRLOSEC 20MG
Doctor :   PRILOSEC 20 MG **
Doctor :   you need to buy 14 and take one each in the after noon for 2 weeks
Doctor :   You will find relief
User :   ok. I wondered about natural stuff so good to hear about ginger. ok thanks.
Doctor :   Your most welcome
Doctor :   also
Doctor :   Eating smaller meals will reduce your chances of suffering from acid reflux. If you eat your meals at least 3-4 hours before going to sleep, as well as avoiding bedtime snacks, you will be able to thwart the symptoms of acid reflux.
Doctor :   and try wearing loose belts and clothing to eliminate unnecessary stomach pressure
User :   how do you feel about probiotics
Doctor :   well if you are eating healthy good food... trust me you don't need the probiotics
User :   ok. And since I don't do antibiotics cause they cause me probs. I hear they wipe out the good bacteria
User :   Thanks again.
Doctor :   Do follow what i have advised you and i am sure you will find relief
Doctor :   I am glad i was able to guide you
Doctor :   Is there anything else i can help you with
Doctor :   take care
Doctor :   BYE
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