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1 27th August 09:29
big time
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Default Why do I throw up when I get heartburn?


Usually I'm ok if I remember to take Nexium but sometimes I don't take
it early enough in the morning. When I get the usual heartburn, I
throw up and am ok when I've emptied the contents of my stomach. What
causes this and is it normal for a person with GERD? It can be very
embarrassing depending upon when the heartburn strikes. I've had it
happen to me while I'm driving and have had to pull over to throw up.
I've tried to control the urge to throw up but can't. Thanks.

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2 27th August 09:29
tim j.
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Think about it for a second. GERD is a condition where stomach
contents (acid) flow upward into the esophagus. So, what's the big
deal with it going up a bit further? Your lower esophageal sphincter
probably doesn't have enough muscle tone to retain the contents in
your stomach, so taking the path of least resistance, up it comes.
And on the way up, it can irritate your throat, and you could possibly
aspirate a bit of acid. Either situation could cause additional
******* and vomiting.

Vomiting is a frequent symptom of GERD patients. If you elect to have
a fundoplication, the procedure will not only improve your reflux, it
will likely make it much harder for you to vomit. Win, win, in my
book.
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3 27th August 09:29
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Thanks for the response. I suppose it makes sense that the acid would
trigger the vomit response however, it doesn't occur every time I get
heartburn just most times. My sister hat the fundoplication done but
she still gets heartburn occasionally albeit less frequently than
before the procedure. She still needs to take medicine (I'm not sure
what kind) to prevent the heartburn. Therefore, I am somewhat
reluctant to have the procedure done.


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