Acid Reflux/Heartburn; symptoms and remedies? (long)
Hi, all. I'm a frequenter of other forums but not this one. I need some advice after last night.
For over a year, periodically I've been getting a backache in the center of my back that continually gets worse. Then its followed immediately by (or at the same time) a severe pain in the center of my chest that goes down the center of my breastbone to just under my ribcage. These pains are not shooting pains but like a severe bruising. It makes me just want to press hard on it to relieve it but it doesn't. Sometimes I double-up on the floor it hurts so bad. Can't get to sleep. It can last a couple of hours. It doesn't matter if I'm standing, sitting, lying down, sleeping, awake; doesn't seem to matter what I eat. The only thing that eventually alleviates it is throwing up - like 6-10 times. (Last night I vomited many times, and it never got better - thought my face was going to explode). I took a pain pill to put me to sleep and that worked but today I still have slight back pain and still the pain down the front.)
I went to a doctor (a stand in for my regular dr) about a year ago and he said, just by my symptoms, it definitely was Acid reflux/GERD and prescribed Ranitidine 150mg. He said it would repair any damage done to the stomach and would keep the symptoms from recurring. Well, for the most part it did. But my prescription ran out this month and they won't renew without a visit to the doctor and I don't have time (I'm building a house and its in the last 2-weeks stage.) So instead I started taking 2 75mg Zantacs. Nothing seems to help and now its happening at least 3 times a week. It wakes me up at 3 a.m. or 4 a.m. and is excruciating.
Most people describe their heartburn as a burning sensation in their chest. Mine is not. And I don't have throat problems.
I've taken Alka Selzer lemon-lime, Zantac, Gavascon, Pepcid AC, Pepcid Complete - nothing helps. Does this sound familiar to anybody here, have you experienced it and have you found a solution?