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Last night in the middle of the night I coughed and up came

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Last night in the middle of the night I coughed and up came the worst stomach acid. It was strong and unlike any "normal" acid I have ever had before. Not to sound gross, but it was almost feces tasting. It really scared me and still is. What could it
be? I am a 46 year old female.
Hi there,
I am Mysticdoc, experienced Internal Medicine Specialist.
I am here to help you with your concerns.
Acid reflux disease can sometimes produce this type of symptoms.
The undigested food material is acted upon by the intestinal bacteria.
Sometimes, this can come upto the stomach especially at night time.
And during reflux (relaxed lower esophageal sphincter), this can be experienced like yours.
Another possibility can be H pylori infection of the stomach.
THis bacteria is often associated with peptic ulcer disease.
Hence, you should see your doctor for a H pylori stool antigen test.
This infection is treatable with antibiotics if present.
Omeprazole which is over the counter can be used 20 mg daily before bedtime to treat the acid reflux.
Acidic food items like alcohol, citrus fruits, caffeine, high fat food should be avoided.
Best wishes,
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Customer: replied 3 years ago.

I was realy hoping you would tell me that because I've been assuming the worst...or worse than that. It happened out of the clear blue, but I have been burping a bit more lately. I will buy the Omeprazole and go from there.

Since this is recent, this is not concerning.
Sometimes, change in diet, or mild viral illness can cause that.
Please watch hour diet.
Omeprazole will help.
Best wishes