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Let me start off by saying that I am a 21 year old healthy male that is slightly overweight. I have a long history of having an iron gut. Throughout my life I have been able to eat habanero peppers without a single incident of heartburn and large meals with no problems at all. However, on June 6th 2008 (more than a month ago) I ingested a large amount of gin (about half a bottle). Instantly after drinking this gin I started having acid reflux symptoms.

I am not an alcoholic, nor did I have a history of alcohol abuse. I had just turned 21 and had been drinking on and off throughout those recent months. I had interactions with many hard liquors such as whiskey and vodka, but experienced no problems. I had never had gin though, and after the first drink I began experiencing acid reflux-esque symptoms.

My lower throat became irritated and I started coughing. I began burping a lot, having trouble swallowing, experiencing minor shortness of breath, and getting worse morning breath. This all happened suddenly, I could probably count the seconds after drinking the gin.

I visited a GP who ran an EKG, chest x-ray, barium swallow, and many pulmonary tests. All came back fine. Even the Barium Swallow (Upper GI) showed no reflux at all or hernias. However, a gastroenterologist ordered an endoscopy and said he found a 'very small hiatal hernia'. They did not give me the specifics of the cm's or where it was. I was referred to the gastro via hospital and the report is still not in (after 2 weeks). They aren't telling me much aside from pushing antacids on me.

I've tried Protonix, Nexium, Prevacid, Aciphex, Zegerid, Prilosec, PepcidAC, Zantanc, and Tagamet. None of these have helped at all aside from giving me gas and bloating.

Again, I have never, ever, had a single episode of heartburn in my entire life, save for the night that I drank gin for the first time, it was instant. They can't explain how the hernia could be causing these symptoms if it was so instant. They said it could've 'irritated the hernia', but they can't explain how the habanero sauce and other spicy foods I had eaten in the past did nothing to 'irritate it'.

I don't know if my symptoms are due to this small hernia (as I hear many people have them with no symptoms at all) or something else. I am 21 and do not want to feel like this or take pills for my entire adult life, so I want to opt for surgery if the hernia is indeed the culprit, but they don't recommend it and would rather have me become a life-long antacid customer, something I don't plan on embarking on.

I find it extremely hard to believe that I could go from having an iron gut to developing GERD in an acute, sudden, and instant fashion, merely after trying some new liquor. I am very in tune with my body and would have felt the slightest symptom had this ever been a problem before.

I am extremely skeptical about antacids, and going through an antacid trial without any relief has made me even more discouraged.

I stopped drinking completely and started up some home remedies for indigestion that have greatly helped, but it has not eliminated the symptoms completely. My mother has a hiatal hernia from pregnancy, and her brother has one as well. But both of theirs are large and show up on a barium swallow. They also cause chest pain for them and other symptoms I don't have. Likewise, they don't get the throat burning like I do and they've had theirs their whole lives, so I don't know if genetics is a factor or not. When I lie down, my symptoms get better, and what I eat is not a huge influence as I have it 24/7 around the clock.

I would really like an opinion on how a healthy 21 year old male could suddenly and instantly develop chronic 24/7 round the clock reflux-like out of the blue, with no inflammation or problems shown in an endoscopy aside from a very minor and small hiatal hernia that cannot even be directly linked to the symptoms (so they say thus far).

I am searching for a homeopathic cure as the antacids, h2 blockers, and PPI's have done nothing to help my situation.

  John2008 on 2008-07-24
This is an internet forum. Assume posts are not from medical professionals.
The first medicine you should try is nux.vomica.

Procure in 200c potency. Take 4 pills as a dose, three doses per day for two days and report back.

gavinimurthy last decade

Alright, I plan on purchasing and trying this. However, may I ask before doing so, is it a heartburn cure? Or does it cure my specific problem? I'm just curious as to what you think I may have.
John2008 last decade

Nux.vomica clears many problems that arise as a consequence of consuming liquor.

It can cure heartburn.

gavinimurthy last decade

Thanks, I'll try it out. I am heading to buy it right now.

I also had another question real quick. The doctors found a small sliding 3-4 cm hiatal hernia during the endoscopy. They say most of them don't cause any symptoms, so I'm not sure if that is the cause of my problems either. Can those resolve themselves without surgery? Again, not sure if mine is causing my symptoms, just wondering if they can go away.
John2008 last decade

I was only able to buy 30X from the health food store. How many do I take?
John2008 last decade

Take 4 globules at a time.

gavinimurthy last decade

Update: I took 4 globules tonight. I already feel more relaxed and it has helped me a bit psychologically, I feel less anxious. The stomach symptoms have remained pretty much the same (the persistent burning in throat), but I'll wait to see how it goes over the next few days.

By the way, I forgot to give you my height/weight. I am around 238 pounds and am 6'1.
John2008 last decade

While trying out with 30X, procure 200c also through any online shop. This site too sells them.

You will need it.

gavinimurthy last decade

Took the Nux Vomica 30X to start with then tried to 200c as well. It did relax me psychologically but it did not cure the constant irritation I am feeling at the pit of my throat.

The feeling is as if one were to run a long distance and feel that irritation you get when you try to take a deep breath after running for a long time. It is constant and 24/7, and worse at night. There is no 'burning' in the stomach or chest at all.

It is the same symptom I've had, has not improved.
John2008 last decade

Posting again to see if you're reading my posts. I have taken the potency as described, and have no relief. I did notice that the Nux Vomica is relaxing, but it did not resolve my symptoms.

Do I continue on the 200c potency or switch to something else? Again, my symptoms are a constant irritation in the pit of the throat as if one was having throat tightness from running too much and couldn't take a deep breath, coughing, and burping a lot.

Doctors keep saying 'GERD' but the endoscopy showed no irritation or inflammation. They found a 3-4 cm sliding hiatal hernia that they say is too small to be symptomatic and that the hernia is not consistent with my symptoms that came on suddenly and have continued from June 6th (about a month ago) and have continued to this day.
John2008 last decade

Third post, sorry to insist so much but I am very much in need of a response.
John2008 last decade

I was out of station and just returned. Give me a few hours time. I will come back.

gavinimurthy last decade

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