i don't have the burning problem, but there are a few things that could help. chewing fennel seeds (don't exceed 1 1/2tsp a day) and drinking aloe vera, if you don't already. i've also read slippery elm is good for soothing and healing - i am going to try those in the near future. the fennel seeds you can get in the spice isle, it turns your stomach alkaline, and i highly recommend it for sour stomach/burps, or general upset or burning tummy.. i swear by the stuff. the very few times i've gotten heartburn it took the heartburn away pretty much right away.
i've also found a low carb diet takes my reflux completely away. i can't do low carb, cuz it makes me weak and faint. but it worked for the week or so that i could handle it.
I too have the same issues. I've had an endoscopy and they are pretty expensive. You might have the bactoria that can cause acid reflux - and that can be determined with a simple blood test. If you don't have that - then you can spend the extra and get the scope done. But I'll tell you that there is no better medicine than a good diet and exercise (which after all that that's what my doctor told me). Find out what your trigger foods are and stay away from them. I'm not allowed to have chocolate, coffee or fatty foods. And I can tell a big difference when I have them from the time I do not. My doc also upped my dosage of prilosec to twice a day. So you could try that too. If you have ulcers (which I do) the prilosec will help heal them. Although ulcers never fully heal.
It's possible you could have other issues though and a doctor will be the only one to help determine it.
Beware of even a tiny amount of pepper, especially black pepper. this makes easting out less fun but it is worth the trouble to avoid the results. I also had an ulcer on my esophagus as well as a ring which was later dilated. If your dr. does not suggest endoscopy perhaps you should ask why not and possibly consider a gastroenterologist. Also I have to reduce to tiny portions and am on two meds, Aciphex once a day and sucralfate before each meal and at bedtime. I was resistant to taking these meds in a totally compliant way once I started feeling better and went trial and error with the food. This was one of the most foolish things I ever did. Please do not take this lightly. My mom died of esophageal cancer and several of her siblings also died of some type of cancer of the digestive tract. I don't mean to alarm you but if that is what it takes to get you to seek good medical help. Be afraid.
My husband also had that problem, he could hardly eat anything at all. Had an endoscopy done and discovered he had ulcers on his esophagus. He was given medicine and now is fine, except he still has acid reflux. But not that horrible burning. So a vsit to the doctor would be in order I would think. I am no expert at all and just sharing an experience.
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