GERD: Can certain medications increase severity?

Often esophageal GER symptoms are not present in patients with extraesophageal manifestations of GER. These investigators examined 5- to 10-year follow-up of the European Community Respiratory Health Survey involving 16,191 participants from five northern European countries. Asthma and nocturnal GER symptoms increased in prevalence along with body mass index (BMI).

Sometime the skin burns. I do have fibromyalgia and assume costochondritis is part of it. I have pain in all my lymph nodes. Tired of pain 24/7.

I was diagnosed with costochondritis in August 2008 and still have it. My doctor told me in 2008 that it would be gone after six months and how I wish that were true! I have no idea what brings it on.

Reflux disease can be acid or non-acidic. For Acidic reflux, it is broken down into GERD and LPR. Classic GERD symptoms include heartburn. LPR symptoms are more likely throat clearing, a lump in the throat sensation, and hoarseness. In patients with GERD the LES becomes weakened and allows some of the stomach’s contents and acid to seep back into the esophagus.

And now almost 1 year later it is back. I have suffered with this costochondritis for more than six months.

On top of everything else, the body becomes dependent on the acid-blocking drug. When the reflux medication is discontinued, elevated levels of the stomach hormone, gastrin, trigger a massive production of acid in the stomach, and reflux symptoms tend to flare up. Considering the epidemic rates of osteoporosis in our country today, this well-documented side effect from long-term use of acid-blocking medication is extremely troubling.

I have been diagnosed with costochondritis for two years now but have been suffering from it for about ten years. Mine is a trauma induced from an auto accident in my youth. The only solution I have found which provided measurable sustained relief is this strange and stupid sounding treatment my chiropractor does. Using her knuckles, she presses down hard on each rib and run the knuckles from the center chest out along the rib. It hurts awfully, but in a few moments, the pain is gone and I can resume normal physical activity.

Then, I noticed weeks after, pain in my left breastbone chest, lower left ribs. I went to the emergency room and was told everything normal. Now 6 months later, pain is still there, and now every time I move, my sternum pops, chest hurts and back hurts. But every time my sternum pops on its own, it gets inflamed. I think it is costochondritis.

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