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raccoon Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon May-28-07 01:03 PM
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GERD Attack--what to do?

I had a GERD attack on Saturday.

I was in a public library, and I dashed to the water fountain. A few ounces of water made the GERD subside.

I take Prilosec every morning, and ordinarily drink lots of water. That morning, I hadnt.

But I thoughtwhat if I hadnt had access to water? What then?

What would you DUers do, if that happened?
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yewberry Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon May-28-07 01:08 PM
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1. Ouch, that sucks.
Water doesn't help me. I keep some Tums in my bag just in case I need them. I also take meds every morning, avoid tight clothes, and avoid mint-flavored stuff (I don't know why, but that makes things worse for me.)

Next step for me: a small amount of some starchy, bland food.
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hyphenate Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon May-28-07 01:10 PM
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2. A few suggestions
Some practical in a public place, others not so much

Find a vending machine with soda in it. Opt for 7-up. Sierra Mist or Sprite. Even better, if there is ginger ale.

Keep a roll of Rolaids with you. I've had to do that. And Rolaids seem to taste better than Tums.

If home, take an Alka-Seltzer or baking soda in water. Either should kill the acid reflux. For the longest time, the only thing that worked for me was the baking soda. And that was even while I was on my medicine.

Good luck--I know how that feels.

And on another note...if one of these doesn't work, I suggest a trip to your doctor. You might need a higher dose or a different medicine.
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raccoon Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon May-28-07 01:45 PM
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3. I thought soda like 7-up, etc., was supposed to be bad for reflux.

BUt I'll make sure to carry around some tums/rolaids.
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trackfan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon May-28-07 01:56 PM
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4. For years I didn't go anywhere without a roll of antacid tablets
of one sort or another in my pocket.
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