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Measures to avoid bitterness and burning of tongue due to acid reflux - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 21-Feb-2012
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User :   2 months ago i was diagnosed with mild chronic gastritis. burping, heart burn stopped. but somehow bitter taste in mouth n burning tongue is not going away. i tried carafate, ranitidine, omeprazole, lanoprazole yet the bitterness n burning of tongue is still there all day long.
ultrasound done to rule out gall stones, endoscopy done to rule out hiatal hernia, ulcer, pylori infection.
pls help me i dont understand y this bitterness n burning of tongue is there.
Doctor :   Hi
Doctor :   Let me read it
Doctor :   May I ask you few questions to know about you?
User :   yes
Doctor :   Please give your Age, Gender, Location, Occupation, Marital status, Height, Weight and Waist circumference.
User :   31 yo XXX, XXX, married, 5.1 height, weight 128 lbs, waist- 29 inches
Doctor :   Do you smoke or chew tobacco/drink alcohol/Any illicit drugs. If yes how much/how often and how long you have?
User :   no.
Doctor :   Have you taken/taking any medicines ?
Doctor :   Other than
Doctor :   what you have mentioned?
User :   levothyroxine 50mcg, multivitamin on /off, vitamin D 2000 IU a day.
Doctor :   Have they evaluated you for reflux gastritis?
User :   endoscopy was done n final result was mild chronic gastritis n acid reflux
Doctor :   OK
Doctor :   so you do have acid reflux
Doctor :   ok, so that explains the persistence
User :   yes
User :   but i dont understand y none of medications are working on it
User :   i tried carafate, ranitidine, aciphex, omeprazole, lanoprazle
Doctor :   Have you taken these for 2 months?
User :   yes
Doctor :   Did you follow the instructions that he
Doctor :   or she must have given you
User :   yes. even food wise my food is very bland n boiled
Doctor :   regarding the ways to decrease this
User :   do you feel i may have vit b 12 deficiency, gluten allergy, ibs or something called anxious stomach
User :   i am also taking psyllium husk for fiber supplement
Doctor :   bitter taste can also be due to other reasons like heavy metal poisoning
User :   n burning tongue. they go together with me
Doctor :   I hope you are not exposed to anything?
User :   no no
Doctor :   good
User :   i drink filtered water, mostly eat at home
Doctor :   ok, the reflux takes much longer to disappear
User :   what do you think of vit b 12 deficiency, gluten allergy, ibs or something called anxious stomach
Doctor :   Have they done Blood lests?
Doctor :   Vit B12 deficiency can be diagnosed if yoy
Doctor :   have anemia
User :   just did them today. my doctor didnt want to do it before
User :   how long will acid reflux take to heal as per your experience
Doctor :   If the acidity in the stomach is fully controlled
Doctor :   then only will it come down, this takes
Doctor :   longer to disappear
Doctor :   compared to other
Doctor :   symptoms
User :   i kept asking for blood test but they said no need, finally another doctor did it today for anemia, liver function test, folate, vit b 12
Doctor :   If the other symptoms take a month
Doctor :   to disappear, acid reflux may take a month more
User :   well this burning n bitter taste means its not controlled properly right
Doctor :   Yes, its not controlled fully
User :   i have no other problems only bitterness in mouth, and tongue burning.
User :   i dont understand how to control it further. whats your suggestion
Doctor :   Sleep after atleast an hour after dinner
User :   i sleep 3 hrs after dinner
Doctor :   Take a walk after dinner
User :   i do take a walk
Doctor :   lots of water & fruits after dinner
Doctor :   Hope you have added Curds for every meal
User :   i drink 13 cups a day, eat 3 fruits a day, have boiled moong , beans, n green veg for dinner, and curd 1/2 cup
Doctor :   Exercise regularly
User :   that i stopped after a while out of depression
Doctor :   Exercise is the Magic health pill, if you are off it, then you are at risk of getting some or the other medical problem
User :   i will start, but lets talk of anemia, vit b12 def and ibs, gluten allergy. these are new things this new doctor suggested i may have
Doctor :   Eat at regular intervals, don't keep your stomach empty for long
User :   yes i follow that
Doctor :   For IBS, you must have other Gastrointestinal symptoms
Doctor :   like diarrhoea or
Doctor :   constipation,abdominal pain
Doctor :   For Vit B12, anemia
Doctor :   Gluten allergy, you will have reactions on consuming
Doctor :   Wheat, Barley, Rye & Oats
Doctor :   All these are rare possibilities in your case
User :   i have never had reactions to wheat n all my entire life . would i suddenly get these?
Doctor :   You are on a good lifestyle, continue it, also continue the Tablets
User :   also i dont have anemia symptoms like fatigue n breathlessness, all.
User :   also only thing i have is burning tongue which makes her feel vit b 12 deficiency. i have no other symptoms of def
Doctor :   Yes one can acquire glutten sensitivity
Doctor :   as it is an autoimmune disease
Doctor :   sometimes it is Idiopathic
User :   what reactions will i have to gluten sensitivity
User :   what about anxious stomach?
Doctor :   gluten sensitivity usually is a part of another disease
Doctor :   either peripheral neuropathy or autoimmune diseases
User :   ok so you dont feel i have it?
Doctor :   You could have symptoms like dermatitis
Doctor :   difficulty breathing during exercise
Doctor :   If your only symptoms are bitterness & tongue burning sennsation
Doctor :   then it is unlikely to be any of these diseases
User :   well i do have seborric dermatitis since 2 years but see that was reaction to one of the acne medications
Doctor :   That has no link, if it was indeed due to acne med
User :   ok
User :   seborric dermatitis on scalp n face only
Doctor :   anxious stomach, yes, this is nothing but stress or anxiety causing
User :   but listen when we exercise we all get breathless.
User :   do you feel i could have that
User :   anxious stomach thing
Doctor :   increased acid production
Doctor :   anxious stomach, yes, this is nothing but stress or anxiety causing increased acid production
Doctor :   due to which one could get reflux
User :   but this thing is there all day long. stress or happiness
User :   what medication do you suggest
Doctor :   Yes it is possible, you know better, whether you have stress or anxiety
Doctor :   The same medications that you have been taking
Doctor :   for 2 months, continue it till the
Doctor :   bitterness disappears
Doctor :   Yes exercise does increase the breath rate, but doesnt cause breathlessness as such
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