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Heartburn -- done to death, I'm sure, but HELP!

(59 Posts)
TobyLerone Fri 27-Sep-13 09:07:32

Gaviscon makes me boak, even the tablets.

I don't drink milk, but only because it's disgusting, not because I'm intolerant or anything.

Standard Rennies are the only thing which doesn't make me heave, and they do take the edge off for a few minutes. I'm waking up in the night with basically a mouthful of acid. My GP won't give me omeprazole or ranitidine.

What can I do?! I have googled and every site which promises 'remedies' actually gives 'ways to stop getting heartburn' instead. I know not to eat big meals late at night, not to bend over/lie down, to avoid spicy food/citrus/greasy stuff etc. But REMEDIES are what I need!

What's your secret? Ice cream? Apples? Sacrificing the cat by a full moon?

TobyLerone Sat 28-Sep-13 06:51:24

Thank you, fish. You're so right!

Ginnytonic82 Sat 28-Sep-13 08:14:29

I find chewing gum helps during the day, especially peppermint flavour. Also my mum told me to try eating porridge, it's weird but it does seem to keep it in check!

TobyLerone Sat 28-Sep-13 08:18:19

Will add chewing gum to the list. And I always have porridge oats in, do will give that a try smile

TobyLerone Sat 28-Sep-13 08:18:28


wickedwitchNE Sat 28-Sep-13 09:55:14

Hey I know you have a super long list anyway, but my friend cant stand milk or gaviscon - she highly recommends mint choc chip ice cream!

Anything with peppermint in can help stave it off, the tea is good straight after eating as hot water helps too apparently, and then when it comes on she uses natural yoghurt or ice cream to soothe it. As a last resort I have sat and sucked on ice though it is obviously very temporary.

Hope you find something which works for you!

TobyLerone Sat 28-Sep-13 10:23:53

I'm happy to anything which might help to the list. So mint choc chip it is!

When I was suffering with gastritis before I got pregnant, peppermint tea actually made it worse. But that was more indigestion pain, rather than heartburn. I haven't tried recently, so it won't hurt to give it a go.

Thanks smile

BummyMummy77 Sat 28-Sep-13 13:43:46

I thought peppermint was one of the top things to avoid? It's awful for me and a couple of friends it know that much.

brettgirl2 Sat 28-Sep-13 15:48:16

You can buy Omeprazole otc so I suppose potentially dh could say it was for him.

The Lanprazole/ panprozole etc they prefer not to prescribe because they are newer so there is less evidence re safety in pregnancy.

Your dr is just being an arse, they are meant to agree treatment with you.

I have hiatus hernia by the way so I took omeprazole throughout both of my pregnancies. Lots of people take Omeprazole so there is lots of evidence its safe.

The USA 'evidence' is a load of bollocks, basically they have a load of pregnant rats about 20x the normal dose. It seemed in baby rats to cause heart defects in the study. But we are human beings not rats and if you fed them 20x the normal dose of 'safe' paracetamol it would kill all of the rats. hmm

It's sad but I researched it a lot.

BummyMummy77 Sat 28-Sep-13 16:42:04

brettgirl it's not sad. When you've spent evenings not sleeping puking up acid going to the moon and back makes sense lol.

Weird that they'll use the new ones in the states and not opramazole. Wish I'd known that, I waited for ages to get a prescription and could have just used my good old opramazole!

Can you have the op for the hernia? I'm getting it done as soon as baby is out.

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