Request for information on successfully reducing acid reflux coughing fits at night – online acid reflux information scanty
Acid Reflux Information Request Specifics:
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Also please note: Since posting this original request, my Mom’s coughing has stopped. We think it was due to Advair. Please read comments for that update.
My mom has acid reflux and the worst part about it for her is that she can’t get good sleep at night because of coughing fits when she lays down. She sleeps a little better when she can stay on her back and elevated but the body isn’t designed to lay in one position all night and naturally turns from side to side during sleep.
The horrible coughing is really taking a toll on her health because she can’t get good sleep.
I’ve been researching online but aside from some dietary suggestions that I already knew about….eat smaller meals, don’t eat late at night, eat more fresh fruits and veggies, stay away from alcohol, etc…..and the ever-present suggestion to sleep in an elevated position, there doesn’t seem to be a lot out there.
Big Caution on Prescription Drug Side Effects:
I’ve been so frustrated at trying to suggest anything natural at all for her acid reflux, amidst all the prescription drugs and their side effects.
Mom takes Nexium and a lot of other prescription drugs for her heart and cholesterol so I’m wary of suggesting even the most simple natural health idea, like drinking apple cider vinegar in water (for example, if she’s taking something to reduce acid, what happens when she takes something designed to introduce more natural stomach acids?)
I swore I was giving up on the idea of suggesting anything natural that might be added to her health regimen after I tried suggesting a blend of liquid nutritionals that included mangosteen juice and goji juice, not realizing that goji juice may interfere with some blood thinners (mom is on plavix, which was not named as a blood thinner affected by goji juice. However, her blood pressure shot to stroke level within 2 days and I was concerned that the goji juice might be reducing the effectiveness of the plavix so I told mom to stop drinking the juices).
I also didn’t that potassium content could be an issue with anyone taking potassium-sparing diuretics. Some of the liquid nutritionals on the market now are naturally very high in potassium so this became yet another concern.
I read that hiatal hernia can make acid reflux worse, and mom has that too. Also read that it’s better to sleep on right side of body. I’m not sure why that is.
Surgical Procedures for Acid Reflux
I’m definitely not a big fan of surgery as a form of healing, unless it is the only option left. For some who have suffered with acid reflex, surgical procedures addressing it may feel like the only option they have left so I’m including some info I found online about such a procedure.
Even though this procedure is considered minimally invasive, it is still surgery and the risks vs potential benefit should be carefully weighed and discussed with your doctor. If you don’t have a doctor who will take the time to answer all your questions about this procedure which, by the way, has the ridiculously impossible name of Laparoscopic nissen fundoplication, then my advice would be find a doctor who will take the time to fully and completely address all your questions and concerns.
Hey here’s a mental agility exercise…… Try Laparoscopic nissen fundoplication five times fast….wonder if we can just call it LNF for short?
As a foot reflexologist, I wondered if reflexology might help. Apparently, it can be very useful for stopping coughs from colds or flu.
I picked up a tip from my massage therapist for coughing in general and wondered if it might help acid reflux cough. It involves working the reflex points between the big toe and second toe in a sort of milking motion.
This foot reflexology work did stop mom’s coughing when I tried it on her but who wants to wake up in a coughing fit and have to do that to stop it every night?
I have read that digestive enzymes can be helpful for acid reflux but, to be honest, I’m even nervous about suggesting those with all the other drugs she is taking. They might digest something (like fat if high in lipase) a little too quickly or too good….who knows except a pharmacist who is also a doctor and a nutritionist?
Hey, maybe someone with those credentials will read this post…..hope so. Anyone who has new information on stopping the acid reflux cough, I’d love to hear about it.
ps. I’m also curious about those wedge pillows that are designed for sleeping at an elevated angle. They are touted as excellent for people with reflux but I’d love to hear from someone actually using them, instead of the company, so if you have one that works well for you, please let me know. For now, we just put some blocks under mom’s mattress and that seemed to help a lot but I wonder if it will damage the mattress over time.