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Peregrine Took Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jun-08-09 05:44 PM
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A personal question...why does drinking water cause acid reflux?
Especially on an empty stomach.

Thanks for any help on this. I've searched around and can't really find anything like an answer and its very irritating.

Thanks very much.
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DesertFlower Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jun-08-09 05:46 PM
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1. i don't know.
it's never caused acid reflux with me.
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pkdu Donating Member (621 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jun-08-09 05:50 PM
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2. Its not the water...its ANYTHING you put in your stomach
when its got a lot of acid in it ...some of the acid is pushed up ...thats according to yahoo.answers FWIW.

Cheers
P
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thecrow Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jun-08-09 05:57 PM
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3. The valve at the top of the stomach doesn't close properly
or there's a hiatal hernia involved.... or both.
Get yourself to a surgeon.
Stomach tissue may have migrated to the esophagus.
Also, the tissue can adhere to itself causing a blockage to your stomach
This is called Barret's Syndrome and is very bad. Can kill you!
This is a dangerous medical problem.
I know, because I had it... couldn't drink anything;
had to sleep sitting up. Even then, I would wake up in the night with
a mouthful of soapy tasting stuff. Not good!

I had the Nissen fundoplication and I can eat anything now.
Downside is I can't burp or vomit.
This makes it more serious if you get a stomach flu or food poisoning.
You'll be sick longer. So I have to careful what and where I eat.
But I am so glad this was available to me because it literally saved my life!
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Shagbark Hickory Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jun-08-09 06:46 PM
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4. Drink only liquor and see if the problem goes away. n/t
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WillYourVoteBCounted Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jun-08-09 08:47 PM
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5. Take care of that, it can erode you esophagus
I take prilosec, a generic form. There are other things, but I couldn't fend it
off by taking tums all day.

Losing weight can help some people.

I haven't found a natural remedy.
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conscious evolution Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jun-09-09 12:32 PM
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9. spicy foods
They trick the stomach into producing less acid.
The first couple of weeks will be hell until your stomach gets the message,though.
(For anyone about to scream 'WOOO!!Not allowed!' this tip was given to me by a regular MD who specializes in digestive system disorders.)
Cutting down on alcohol and fatie foods also helps.

A couple of people upthread mentioned esophageal damage from the acid.Its definitely something to be concerned about and you should have a doctor check for damage.
Hiatal hernia's can also play a part.Unfortunately,back when I was suffering from acid reflux,insurance would not cover the surgery unless severe damage had already occurred from the reflux.Tell me that don't suck big time.Hopefully thats changed.

One thing that has aroused my curiosity.It seems that in the last decade more and more people seem to be suffering from acid reflux.Is this a relatively new thing or is it something that has been around for a while?
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mopinko Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jun-08-09 08:53 PM
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6. good luck with that.
just at the beginning of this road myself. i was traveling recently, and all the sitting, sitting, sitting made it so bad i thought my teeth would melt.
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Lex Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jun-08-09 11:26 PM
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7. This might just be me, but this is what worked for me.
Edited on Mon Jun-08-09 11:27 PM by Lex
I went on a low-ish carb diet (no white rice, no pasta, no refined carbs like cake and cookies, no white sugar) to lose a few pounds and my very, very bad acid reflux went away completely.

I too would get acid reflux when eating or drinking almost anything, including water. Not anymore.

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supernova Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jun-09-09 12:01 PM
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8. Yes, he could be eating things
that make him produce excess acid in the first place.

I had that problem when I was at my heaviest. I would get reflux after eating breads, pastas, as so on, also milk products: milk, ice cream, cheese.

I would look at that as well as the stomach valve not functioning properly.

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