During my first pregnancy strange symptoms began that made me miserable enough to lose all interest in food, requiring quite a bit of testing and trial and error to discover two words that became a part of every day life. Acid reflux. The doctor said it should go away after giving birth but 10 years later I am still waiting for that to happen. Thankfully this sponsored post for Collective Bias® came right when I needed urgent relief and Walgreens was there to help.
After 10 years of living with acid reflux, better known as GERD, I am pretty good at preventing flare ups and knowing what will trigger it, but one delicious meal out with my father-in-law unexpectedly led me to a Mexican restaurant where I ended up in trouble. The food was amazing but I didn’t think of what the after effect would be since I did not take any preventative medicine before hand.
I wanted to ask a pharmacist what he or she would recommend for immediate relief of the discomfort but the majority of the pharmacies closed early on Sunday evening. Maybe I am the only one but there is a tendency to have something flare up or an odd symptom develop just a few minutes after everything closes. Thankfully there is a Walgreens Pharmacy 24/7 chat feature on the Walgreens website where I was able to chat with a pharmacist online and get his recommendation. It is even accessible from your smartphone if you are out and about, like I was.
We stopped by our local Walgreens store and I was happy to find brochures about common health issues such as sleep, pain management, diabetes care, and more. Each brochure was filled with information and money saving coupons. While the brochures could never replace talking with your own physician about your healthcare, they are a great starting point for conversations, resources for further reading, and I love they are easy to pick up and give to others if needed. We even found a brochure for my husband who is learning more about his own recently diagnosed health condition.
Thankfully I discovered Answers at Walgreens had a brochure about digestive health hanging on the aisle next to the antacids.
Although I believed the brochure would only discuss heartburn, it also included the fun topics of fiber, probiotics, gas, constipation, diarrhea, and hemorrhoids. As a mom of boys, gas is a topic we talk about more often than I would like but the rest are included in the topics to avoid discussing at the dinner table.
The brochure also included an important warning that reminded me heartburn and heart attack symptoms can be similar.
After the online chat with the pharmacist and reading the brochure, the antacid tablets that provide short-term relief seemed to be my best choice to provide immediate help with my acid reflux. I chose Tums and picked the container that included calcium rich tablets. I just might be leaving this bottle in the car in case this happens to me again. I also followed up two hours later with Omeprazole. Both products were on sale this week and gave me extra points on my balance rewards card.
Although it took time for the symptoms to slowly subside, I was able to finally get some rest and avoid a miserable night of pain. Even though it has been more than 10 years since my baby was born, I have a feeling heartburn is not going to go away anytime soon. Good thing I have a long term solution in place and found an immediate solution when heartburn comes unexpectedly my way.
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