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Excessive diet coke consumption, have severe acid reflux and heartburn, sharp stomach pain, breathing difficulty. What should be done?

I have been a heavy diet coke drinker (caffeine and caffeine-free) for many years. The past few months, I have been having bad acid reflux and heartburn that was excruciating, unlike anything I have ever experienced (including the reflux and hb during my past pregnancies.) I would have a sharp pain in my stomach area that would make if feel difficult to breath. GasX and Tums would eventually dull the symptoms. Two weeks ago, I was in so much pain after eating bland foods that the only culprit I could figure was the soda , so I stopped drinking it all together. Today, I had a few of sips of my husband s soda at lunch. My esophagus immediately didn t feel well. It is now a few hours later and I feel very gassy, chest hurts, and difficult to breathe. I do not have any chronic or serious health problems, 37 years, and healthy weight. Any advice would be appreciated
Asked On : Mon, 27 Aug 2012
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It seems from your symptoms you are suffering from gastric esophageal reflux disease.
The causes related to you may be having excessive carbonated drinks apart from this cigarette smoking, having spicy food, having exceesive meal before bedtime. Lying down flat as soon as having food.
GERD causes burning sensation, heartburn, severe pain which worsens on bending or lying down,
Tightness in chest causing difficulty in breathing.
Usually this symptoms are relived by antacids.
Now for treatment you need to take proton pump inhibitors like Pantaprazoles etc atleast for 6- 8 weeks daily.
Avoid those precipitating factors mentioned above.
Answered: Tue, 28 Aug 2012
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