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Need Help - Acidity in the Night

Hi I need help badly. I am getting acidity/heartburn in the middle of the night after 12AM & is gone by 5AM. I constantly wake up with heartburn all night. If I drink something, water or cold milk I can go back to sleep but wake up again in 2 hrs. In the night my chest with heartburn hurts and feels as if there is a wound.

I also sometimes get acid reflux & the acid goes in my lungs and causes me to cough & feel yuk for a long time. I have not been able to find out what triggers this acidity but I have it every night. I am completely OK in the day as far as acidity is concerned but makes me very tired during the day due to improper sleep in the night. I have not slept properly for last 3-4 days.

I have tried Nux Vom 30 for 2 days, no change. I took Natrum Phos last night twice and also took it the previous night no change.

Please help, I don't want to take Nexium which the allopathic doctors want me to take.

Thanks for all your help & advise.
  RajanTX on 2007-03-15
This is just a forum. Assume posts are not from medical professionals.
Dear RajanTX:
Perhaps you should change your food habits, and sure you'd feel better.
If you need help, please give us more information about your symptoms: food habits, sensations with your acidity, other symptoms of your organism, etc...
Best regards
andres last decade
Dear Andres,

Thanks for your reply. With regards to food habits I generally eat a well balanced home cooked healthy diet (not spicy), don't smoke, once a day light small cup coffee. So I believe food is not an issue. I do eat much early, 2-3 hrs before sleeping. I am not very active, in the sense don't exercise frequently..this is my weakness.

Although, I am not constipated, I am generally bloated heavily. Bloatedness, gas is a major problem with me...chronic type.

I am not sure how to answer sensations with acidity. It just feels burning in the middle of the chest, sometimes can feel the acid coming up and it burns. If I liedown in an upright position it helps a little bit. No acidity problem in the day.

Gastric problems are not new to me, used to be highly constipated as a child with gassy abdomen. I do get frequent headaches, once a month or so with pain on the right side of the head or on the back side in the neck.

I also have very strong/loud snoring problem. I can feel something blocking in my neck as soon as I fall asleep making me snore heavily and exhale from my mouth. I am fatigued quite a bit /lack of energy.

Anyway, let me know if you have any further questions.
Appreciate your help.

RajanTX last decade
Dear Rajan:
Please, take Robinia 9CH, three pellets, 30 minutes before dinner.
After three days, please, report.
Best regards
andres last decade
Dear Andres,

Although, I have a quite a collection of homeopathic remedies at home, I do not have Robina & it is not available locally. I will have to order it and it may take 7 to 10 days to arrive.

I do have China 30C at home and I did take a dose yesterday. But in the night the heartburn was very severe so had to take Pepcid AC (allopathic remedy to acidity etc.). I know this is not the right way to treat but right now I have very strong acutes.

The problem is that twice before if I am able to control it, it comes back in a few weeks, so need to cure it.

Should I take Robina once it arrives even if the symptoms have temporarily subsided or in that case do you want me to take something else.

Yesterday, I had very bad headache also, first on the right side, then on the neck and then back again on the right. Today also same thing...all I have done is taken Advil & Tylenol to control the pain. May be this is all related to my digestive system.

If you suggest any additional remedies to order, I can do that too.

I wanted to let you know an additional symptom of mine, I do have minor sinus allergies, 12 months a year which sometimes flare up once or twice a year in March/April or Sep/OCt.. typical allergy season locally. I am 45yrs old male and live in Texas, US.

Thanks & Best Regards,
RajanTX last decade
Dear Rajan:
China doesn't act with this ailment. Wait as you can to get ROBINIA. If your sympthoms are relieved by allopathic medicines, but remaining,then you can use ROBINIA. If your sympthoms dissapear, then you need take the case again and analyze the sympthoms to select the best remedy.
ROBINIA is very useful in cases whe the acidity is the principal sympthoms. It covers too headache and another sympthoms.
If you have stational allergy, that's indicating your miasmatic predisposition, and later, when you overcome your ailment, then we can treat your miasmatic terrain.
But step to step. First, ROBINIA. Later more.
I am to your disposition. Don't be in a hurry. Relax, please.
Very best wishes
andres last decade
Dear Andres,

I was able to get Robinia 6C and not 9C. But I took it yesterday as directed for 9c. In the night again, around 2AM had very severe heartburn. The difference I felt was that the chest did not feel that it had a wound type feeling. Anyway since the heartburn was very strong, I took 'TUMS' allopathic over the counter medicine, which is Sodium Carbonate, hoping it will not interfere with Robinia. But within 40mins I woke up again with very severe heartburn/acidity but did not take anything else, just slept in half upright position and managed it.

I was wondering, since Robinia is only 6C (what I have) should I increase the number of doses in a day?

Please advise & like always appreciate all your help.

RajanTX last decade
Dear RajanTX:
Please, I would like you make a proving.
Tonight, don't take your Sodium Bicarbonate nor TUMS, and only take ROBINIA 6C (please, only in the night).
Wait -if you can, of course- two hours to go to bed, and write all you feel. If your acidity is only in your tommy, or is going from up to down (from mouth to stomach); if it's more o less severe, in what position you get relieve.
With your answer about these sensations and modalities, we can select better the dosis and the remedy.
Indeed, if you feel better with Robinia, you'll be able to take before each lunch, but if not, we need more symptoms and study the totallity of your symptoms.
Let's wait tomorrow and we can have more information.
Best wishes
andres last decade
Dear Andres,

I don't want to take TUMS or anything else, the heartburn is so severe that it forces me to take something to stop it/control it. I keep getting sensations of heartburn in the middle of the chest and as if there is a wound. The sensations do not travel up or down or I am not able to feel them travelling. But since sometimes the acid comes in my mouth while sleeping so I know that the acid travels up from stomach to mouth.

Today, I am feeling heartburn on & off in the day time too. My stomach is currently very heavily bloated and distended and rumbling noise occurs once in a while. BLOATEDNESS IS VERY STRONG/ want releif badly. Even though I am passing gas my stomach is not light, feeling tight pressure. I did have a good bowel movement, so again I am not constipated. No headache today so far.

One thing more if I don't do anything about heartburn in the night, the intensity keeps on increasing. I even start strong hiccoughs which hurt in the chest heartburn area. Elevated position helps but if I turn sides it hurts more then settles down to the original level.

RajanTX last decade
Dr. Adndres, opinion for Robina is correct but I suggest to take it in 30C potency.
Only One dose of psoranium-200 at night before using this will be more beneficial to the patient.

Dr. Mahfooz
Mahfoozurrehman last decade
Buy some nice sweet apples like Royal Gala.

You'll only need about half one half an hour before bed and i'd be surprised if you don't sleep well.
HamishC last decade
Dear RajanTX:
Please, take Robinia 30c, three pellets before each lunch, and specially before dinner.
Report in two days. Try no intake allopathic medicines.
If there is no improve, and you feel burning from mouth to stomach when you are lying, then perhaps you need IRIS VERSICOLOR, but we can wait to your feed back.
Best wishes
andres last decade
Dear Dr. Andres, Dr. Mahfooz & Hamish,

Thanks for your replies.

Dr. Andres, yesterday night, the heartburn intensity was much lower & was in a position to manage it without TUMS etc. I was passing a lot of gas in the night & abdomen today in the day is a little lighter than yesterday day time.

Anyway, I will order Robina 30C, it may take a week to arrive. In the meanwhile, I will take Robina 6C, twice daily (lunch & dinner time as directed).

Will keep you posted.

Thanks for all your help.

RajanTX last decade
Dear RajanTX:
I'm glad for your light improving. Please, take Robinia 6c while you need. When you get Robinia 30C, you can use it in the same way. If you improve and no feel heartburn or some of the complaints, please, reduce the intake, and only take once a day, before dinner.
But, as we said, report in two days.
Best wishes
andres last decade
Dear Andres,

I just woke up, I had a tough night, very bad heartburn last night. The only difference was that last night I ate dinner few hours before sleeping. Not only did I have heartburn but acid came in my mouth twice while sleeping.

It is very hard to work in the day when I have a night like this as I am sleepy all day with aching legs.

Amyway, just wanted to update you.

RajanTX last decade
Dear RajanTX:
Please, try one day more and report.
If you have no amelioration, we need more information about you.
Please answer the following questions in a descriptive manner after careful analysis and recollection of previous experiences and happenings.

Patient ID:
Nature of work: Habits:

1. Describe your main suffering?

2. What other physical sufferings do you have in your body?

3. What mental sufferings / feelings do you have associated with your physical sufferings?

4. What exactly do you feel when you are at your worst? Describe the sensation in your own words.

5. When did it all start? Can you connect it to any past event or disease?

6. Which time of the day you are worst?

7. What are the things which aggravate your suffering and which are those which ameliorate the same? Example- time, temperature, pressure, rubbing, washing, eating, tight clothing etc.

8. Do your think your sufferings have relation to any external stimuli (like, change of place) or any internal biological changes in the body, like, menses (in females)?

9. When do you feel better, during hot weather or cold weather, humid or dry weather?

10. Describe your general mental set up? Are you Moody, Arrogant, Mild, Agreeable Changeable, Nervous, Suspicious, Easily offended, Quiet, Arguing, Irritating, Lazy etc.

- How do you feel before or during a thunderstorm?

- Do you like being consoled during your tough times?
- Are you sensitive to external stimuli like smell, noise, light etc?

- Do you have any typical habit or gesture like nail biting, causeless
Weeping, talking to one self etc?

- How do you feel about your friends, family, your children and especially your husband / wife?

11. What are your fears and do you dream of any situation repeatedly?

12. What do you crave for in food items and what are your aversions?

13. How is your thirst: Less, Normal or Excessive?

14. How if your hunger: Less, Normal or Excessive?

15. Is there any kind of food which your body can’t stand?

16. Is your sweat normal or less or more? Where does it sweat more: Head, Trunk or Limbs?

17. How is your bowel movement and stool type?

18. How well do you sleep? Do you have a particular posture of sleeping?

19. Do you think you are able to satisfy your sexual desires in general?

20. Do you have any strange, peculiar or unusual symptom or feelings? How are you different from others?

21. What medications have been taken earlier by you to treat the diseases and do you have any particular symptom surfacing after the medication?

22. What major diseases are running in your family?

23. Describe, how do you look like? Describe your overall appearance.
(For Females)
24. If your menstrual cycles are not normal, please describe the irregularities, like pains, moods, flow type, clots etc.

25. Have you had another illnesses in you life? What and when (from past to present)
Best regards
andres last decade
Dear Andres,

I would like to open the same discussion again. Sorry I dropped this one before as I got into some other health issues.

My acidity problem has come back and I would like to re-open my treatment, if you are willing to continue to help me.

Please repond & I will send/post my complete medical history to you & answer your questionnaire.

RajanTX last decade
dear rajan,

please fill the questionaire of dr. andres, you will be responded. By the way lastly what medicine get you relief please quote.

dr. mahfooz
Mahfoozurrehman last decade
'Bloatedness, gas is a major problem with ...chronic type. '

You took correct remedy i.e. Robinia

It may be repeated but in higher potency or an inter-current remedy be given.

D. Mahfoozurrehman & Dr. andres have asked for the questionire. Pl. complete the same. It will help.
Rajendra last decade
Dear RajanTX:
Sorry for the delay in the answer, but lately I have not too much time to collaborate in this forum. Thank you for your confidence. Please, answer our questionnaire and we try to do the best. If I can't answer, sure Dr. Mahfooz, Dr. Rajendra or Dr. Rishimba will be able to help you better than me.
We are waiting for your explanations and then we begin to work.
andres last decade
OK, I am adding my case history and trying to capture all the points in the questionnaire alongwith the specific ailment. I am sure you will have questions, I appreciate all the help.

Case History for Homeopathic Treatment

Sex: Male
Age: 47years
Marital Status: Married with 2 kids
General Appearance: Fair Complexion, 5’6”, 174lbs (79kg)
Habits: Non Smoker, coffee drinker (1/2 cup twice a day), social (alcohol) drinker in very moderate quantities.
Exercise: On & off, but not regularly.
Glasses/Specs: No

Present Complaints:
The following is a list of main problems:

1. Pain in the back of the neck
2. Sinus / Allergy / Snoring Problems / Breathing Concerns
3. Abdominal Issues
4. Skin Ailments

1. Pain in the back of the Neck (w/ Stomach issues).

I have been getting pain in the back of the neck for quite a long time, may be since early youth. This usually happens when I wake up in the morning. I wake up with a throbbing pain at the back of my neck. This later sometimes extends to the right side of my head. If I rest, apply heat, massage my neck & head and drink coke it helps. I get a desire to drink canned coke during headaches/neck pain. Usually, I need something strong medicine immediately at the onset to control the pain otherwise it becomes stronger and takes much more effort (by taking more medicines like Advil/Ibuprofen) to control the pain. I do get nauseatic feeling when the pain is strong & coke helps here. Sometimes I have been getting pain on the right side of the head too. I have ended up taking Advil which messes up my homeopathic treatment. These back of the neck pains I am getting mostly about every two weeks and sometimes once a week; has been varying lately. These used to be periodic but can’t say for sure now. Sometimes when I control the pain in the back of the neck, the pain goes to the right side of the head. When I try to control the right side and the pain goes to the back of the neck on the right side. It takes almost the whole day to recover; even if the pain subsides I feel weak and uneasy inside till I receover completely by the end of the day. Usually, few days before the onset of the pain, I am low in energy/fatigued both mentally and physically. When the pain starts subsiding, I usually have frequent bathroom visits (urination) which gives me an indication that I am recovering from pain. For the back of the head/neck pain I have tried Gels & Glon 30 to control the pain & has not helped.

In general, I do have lots of gas problem, this is an ancient problem but much-much better compared to my childhood days. Sometimes the gas passed has offensive smell. I am not constipated but used to be as a child. I have noticed that if I take any homeopathic or allopathic remedy, which dries of my sinuses, I go get a bad throbbing pain in the back of my neck.

I first got these throbbing pains at about the age of 15. One homeopath in India treated me for a month & the problem was cured, but came back later in my early 20’s if I remember correctly.

I do have bulging disc on my neck at C5 & C6 (I believe the location is correct but can be confirmed if important). The fact that I do not have the pain all the time, I don’t know if the pain is due to this herniated disc or may have some contribution from it. I have some kind of knot in the middle of the back side of the neck which becomes stronger to feel during these headaches/neck pain & kind of subsides after the pain attack.

I have noticed that if I encounter stress due to work or any other problem, my neck muscles feel stiff & sometimes end up with pain in the back of the neck. I DO NEED A REMEDY TO CONTROL THIS PAIN DURING MY HOMEOPATHIC TREATMENT, ELSE I CANNOT CONTROL THE PAIN & END UP TAKING ALLOPATHIC PAINKILLERS which messes up the treatment.

2. Sinus / Allergies & Snoring Problem / Breathing Issues

Allergies are also a problem since my childhood though better since. I USED to have twelve months a year nasal discharge. Now, I hardly have any sinus discharge but there are times when it ggravates. The weather here is very hot & muggy (humid). Allergies are a very common problem here. During Spring & Fall, months of March-April & Sept – Oct. here, there is usually a bad allergy season where lots of people are sick/flu & sinus infections. I used to get fever or sinus infections frequently but have not had it for about 2 years. I hope I did not suppress them over time with homeopathic remedies. I do sometimes get post nasal discharge.

I don’t know if this is because of previous bad sinus allergies, I have a bad snoring problem. The snoring is extremely loud and can be heard upstairs on a 2-storey house. I usually snore the whole night. As soon as I am falling sleep, I feel something getting stuck in my throat & makes me snore. I have felt this happening as I fall asleep or wake up by my own snoring.

Another thing I have felt and others have noticed is that during my sleep, I inhale through my nose but exhale through my mouth. Sometime I inhale & stop breathing for a second and then exhale strongly through my mouth. I am concerned for this condition. I do not wake up fresh in the morning and keep lying down for about ½ hour to wake myself up, even after an 8-hour sleep.

3. Abdominal Problems

3A. Constipation / Gas: In general, I do have lots of gas problem, this is an ancient problem but much-much better compared to my childhood days. Sometimes the gas passed has offensive smell but used to be a common problem as a child. I am not constipated but used to be as a child. I do feel that though I am not constipated, the stool quantity is small and sometimes have a bowel movement twice a day. Before the onset of the headaches, about two days before the onset of neck pain/headache I feel a lot more gas than normal and stool quantity reduced even though I feel clean and not constipated. To have an early morning bowel movement, I drink a glass of water before even going to the bathroom/urination. If I don’t do this my bowel movement gets delayed for the later part of the day. This methodology I had read about a long time ago to handle constipation and I have been doing this; drinking water first thing in the morning.

3B. Acidity / Heartburn / Acid Reflux: Frequently, on & off I am getting heartburn in the middle of the night. I wake up in the night sometimes 2 to 3 times with severe heartburn. Usually I take antacid (Tums) and drink water to relieve the heartburn. Sometimes even if there is no acidity, I sometimes get acid reflexes & wake up in the middle of the night with choking/coughing. Stomach fluids come in my mouth and go in the wind pipe. It takes me quite some time (20 to 30mins) to recover & I am able to go back to sleep after that.

3C. Diverticulosis / Colon Problem: About 4 years ago, I had been extremely stressed out at work and got sharp pains one evening, coming and going in the left side of my abdomen. The intensity kept on increasing and whatever my allopathic doctor recommended did not work. I was asked to go to the hospital emergency room. It was found that I had diverticulitis. This is the inflammation/infection in colon. In general, diverticulosis is a condition where some part of the colon may have very small pockets developed. Diverticulitis is the condition when infection develops in the colon in these pockets. People can have diverticulosis all there life and never have any infection or diverticulitis. This disease or medical condition is more common in western countries people in whom the diet is mostly meat and lack of fiber. I am of Indian origin and rarely eat meat and that too lean meat like chicken & fish. So about twice a year I do get diverticulitis. One time a homeopath online suggested me to take Arsenicum Album & now this remdy in 200 potency cures my colon infection or diverticulitis every time I get it. The allopathic doctor has suggested me to avoid eating things like berries / popcorn which can get stuck in those pockets and cause infection. I try to avoid taking berries type fruits which can have small hard seeds type even if properly chewed.

4. Skin Ailments / Eczema(?):

Leg Area: I have eczema type condition on my left leg, below the knees and above the ankles. There is brkoen layer/ patches of brownish scalp which feels dry and itches and feels dry. On itching sometimes a white powder (skin flakes) peel off and sometimes blood oozes out. Before the eczema type condition developed it started as a mild itch, which would convert to strong desire to scratch harder. The skin used to bleeding at various places. The bleeding was also like pencil tip size cuts. The area used to be red. Itching happens

Feet/Toes: I get some kind of colorless eruptions on the sides of the feet or under the feet. These happen once in a while. These are itchy & are about 2mm size. There is no redness in the area. If I burst these eruptions, some colorless fluids come out. It hurts for few hours in the local area if I burst these & take a long time to heal. Sometimes if I burst some of these eruptions when they are still popping up, few more show up in the surrounding area & the skin becomes rough.

General Information

My tongue is coated white. I have a cut/fissure type look in the middle of my tongue & goes from front to back and is about an inch long. I have a little distended stomach, which feels better when I have no gas. My thirst is usually on the low side but keep drinking even if I am not thirsty. My hunger is OK/normal. I used to like sweets as a child but now enjoy sweets as well as salty stuff equally. My energy level is generally low. My job is mostly sitting in front of the computer and as such I am not very active. I am trying to go for exercise but when my energy level is low I don’t feel like exercising. There is a slight swelling (may be due to sinus problems) on my face in the upper cheek area below the eyes.

In general on my mentals/ emotional level, I feel I am an extrovert, caring person. I joke around & easy going. I do have a mild temper (rarely…LOL), I am very patient, but I do hold my grudge. I do not get mad easily, but if somebody gets on my wrong side I don’t forgive easily. I am afraid of height’s & very nervous while climbing up open areas or looking down from heights. I do get little/mild off balance while rushing down the stairs.

One thing I have noticed lately is that I get disoriented in a place where I have been hundreds of time. For example, I am coming out of a store which is next to my house, I have no idea where I am and it takes me few minutes to get my orientation back. Sometimes I get confused on my owm house address numbers which comes back after a minute or so. In general my memory is OK but don’t know why this has started to happen.

I like to be covered with heavy sheets/comforter on my legs even if it is warm weather. I usually sweat heavily around my neck while sleeping in the night even in cooler weather. I prefer cooler weather over hot weather as I cannot handle heat very well. I sweat a lot in general even if the activity is mild. If I eat hot spicy food, I start sweating in my head and feel a pricking feeling on the scalp sometimes. I usually do not sweat in the head like this, it is only if I eat spicy/chilly food.
RajanTX last decade
Thanks for all the help. I just posted my case history, need a lot of tuning in my body, need your help to achieve this. Please let me know if I can answer any further questions.

Thanks & Best Regards,
RajanTX last decade
Take Nux Vom 30 (2 pills three times a day for three days.

Afer thAT IF YOU DO NOT IMPROVE , Pl. get your Stool test done and report.
Rajendra last decade
Hello Dr. Rajendra,

I have gotten stool test done in the past & everything was OK.

I have taken Nux Vom (6, 30 & 200 potency) before but has not helped in my chronic overall condition. The homeopathic remedies taken in the past and not in any order are: Nux, Puls, Lyco, Silica, Carbo Veg...

RajanTX last decade
Very dear Rajan TX:

Thank you for your confidence and for your very good complain history.

In my experience (as osteopath) if you have problem with C5 - C6, usually you can have problem of headache and nauseas and 'digestive' sensations. The better solution to this ailment is the visitation to an osteopath or therapeutic massage. I don't know any way to make dissapear this disturbs.

About your digestive complaints, I have no good news. When you have problems in the bed because the fluid come back from your stomach to your mouth, this is a symptom of a bad function of your stomach sfinter (cardias), and may be a symptom of GERD (esophagic reflux) with bad pronostic.

About your colon ailments, in my opinion you have a problem with your nutrition habits. You should take more fiber and less sweet and salts.

Resuming, the best remedy I find to fight with your ailments is ARSENICUM ALBUM.
This remedy cover your digestive problems, your stools symptoms, your 'past' allergy and coryza and your eczema (dry and furfuraceous).
But you have to change your dietetic habits: less fats, sweets, spices, meat, and take more vegetables, fruits, integral foods, no alcohol,...

If you are agree, please, follow this prescription:
- ARSENICUM ALBUM 30C, three pellets at time to go to bed. Take only for three days and report.
- Drink at less 2 liters of water (but no half an hour before eating or two hours after eating).
- Take a suplement of alimentaire fiber (better if it contains probiotics), at less three times every day, 1/2 hour before each meal.

Best regards
andres last decade
Dear Andres,

Thanks for your detailed reply. My comments are as follows:

1. I could be wrong but I feel my herniated disc is not the cause of my neck and head pains. This is because I used to get them as a child, then got fixed by a homeopath and then came back. These used to be very strong but over time self treating (not a good idea) the intensity is reduced. The fact that I get these periodically & not all the time also indicates some other underlying problem. My digestive problems started before my neck pains and headache, so the herniated disc is probably not causing digestive problems.

I have taken therapy for my herniated disc, although I improved, it did not cure my headaches.

2. Regarding my diet, I am of Indian origin, and there is a lot of fiber in our diet. This is what surprises me, I hardly eat any meat. Diverticulosis in not common in asian people. I had asked the same question to my allopathic doctor and his answer was some athletes who are active all their lives get heart attacks. So I feel there is some systemic problem in my digestive system. Also, like I had mentioned, I did have digestive system problems as a child. So I feel over the years this has gotten worse and given me more problems.

3. I took Ars Alb 200C, two doses, about three weeks ago when I felt I am building up infection in my large intestine; colon. It takes care of my diverticulitis issue. I have taken Ars Alb before for headaches & sinus problems before I had diverticulosis & it never helped me in that area.

So coming back again, I took Ars Alb 200 for my diverticulitis, it care of that acute but my chronic condition/symptoms did not change.

I will add fiber supplements. I have been paying attention to drinking fluids even if I am not thirsty.

Please advise further.

Thanks & Best Regards,
RajanTX last decade

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