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DHG should be DGL - deglycyrrhizinated licorice

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I was diagnosed with GERD after a rush to a hospital with the shooting chest pains and severe stomach/abdominal cramps. I had no idea what was happening and it was scary. Turned out to be GERD and Gaviscon was recommended as well as avoid or eliminate caffeine, chocolate and wine. I became a tea drinker as caffeine was always a major cause of my GERD. Chocolate and wine were easier to reduce and manage but caffeine was a sad loss. Any time I'd try a cup of coffee, GERD was sure to follow.
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I recently read the book "Wheat Belly". The wheat we eat is very different from the wheat 100 years ago. Not all the genetic modifications have been beneficial. From the book I read about 2 items that people that have some sensitivity to wheat (regardless of whole wheat or bleached white flour), and they are: 1) acid reflux, and 2) dry skin patches. I suffer both. I've stopped eating wheat products for 2.5 weeks and my skin is clear, and my acid reflux is minimal now. I can just take 1 Zantac a day or none at all sometimes. There are other grains out there, like spelt that you can use for your daily bread/muffin fix. Give it a try and post your results. Thanks. Here is the blog by the author of Wheat Belly. http://www.wheatbellyblog.com/

i cured it within a month with grapefruit juice (not from concentrate), one cup in morn and one in evening, now it's all gone completely, the heartburn I get now is just normal occasional heartburn

I've fractured my right foot and the ortho prescribed calcium and vitamin supplements to be taken after meals. The calcium invariably produces acidity. His solution? Anti-acid. Is this common? Can I instead increase vegetables or fruits or dairy that will help. I eat a balanced vegetarian meal of mostly salads and nuts.

Digestive enzymes

gmattel
My Acid Reflux was with me for years. I would wake up with a hoarse throat many times and the doctors could not figure it out. My son had asthma and started having acid reflux and that is when i figured out i had it too. I used Zantac for a couple of years and then it wasnt effective. Then i went on Acyphex. This was really effective but i had to take it frequently. Last year on a lark, i decided to stop eating all meat except seafood. I ate a normal diet otherwise. My Acid Reflux practically stopped the entire year with rare exceptions. THis year i went back to meat, but not as much. The reflux is back more often. I am gradually planning to wean myself away from meat.

raise your bed at head. don't eat for 2 hours before retiring at night Don't eat to many carbs.

6 mg of melatonin just before bedtime has practically eliminated my GERD. I used to take Prevacid but no longer need it.

http://www.denvernaturopathic.com/MelatoninandGERD.htm

I have had reflux problems for years, and had a bad bout of it for months, waking up in the night in pain, developed gastritis cramps, etc. I'd previously only taken omeprazole for the recommended two weeks, and it helped but it eventually came back. This time I took it for 4 weeks straight. Amazingly enough, I haven't had ANY reflux in the months since I stopped taking it. I stockpiled a bunch for future use, but I haven't needed it yet. It's bizarre.

Re: swallow air bubble - OMG I'm not the only person who does this? I don't even really know why I do it when my stomach is upset. It doesn't seem to help, or not much, but it's hard to stop myself.

Re: Avoid overeating - I have trouble if I eat too much OR too little. A very empty stomach can be as much trouble as a full one. I try for a balance will small frequent meals and something sensible in the evening, but it's tough.

Re: omeprazole - effective but I worry about osteoporosis from long-term use. Also had trouble with loose stools and anemia (related to med?)

lincolnn
Re: Belching — irregular burping

Re: Avoid overeating — my doctor prescribed Gastrocrom, I have had amazing results.

Re: Nexium (esomeprazole) — I do not see much more effectiveness above omeprazole, but I have been on it for several years now. I have no idea whether that is doing good or bad. i take 40 mg in the morning, and after 30-45 minutes, I start feeling hungry, and that is the sign I need to have my breakfast.

Re: Chest pains — It was so bad that it obstructed my breathing and I had to be admitted to the er.

Re: Laryngospasm — about 5 times a year after a particularly long coughing bout.

Re: Hoarseness — goes with the territory

Re: Post nasal drip — consistently

Re: Throat clearing — constantly

Re: Coughing — My first and most consistent symptom going back 20 years!!

Re: Burning in throat or back of mouth — occasionally after a big meal

Re: Damaged singing voice — coughing for so many years has caused so much irritation that it's impossible to sing anymore

Re: "Sour stomach" — newish symptom after 20 years with gurd especially after drinking wine

Re: Protonix/Protium (pantoprazole) — I stopped taking Protonix because my feet began to tingle. I did this after eliminating both diabetes and vascular blockage as possible causes. After stopping Protonix I returned to Aciphex and will soon begin trying Omeprazole since it is over the counter. This journey began because of pressure by the insurance company to stop taking brand name drugs.

Magwich
Re: EFT — What is EFT?

burninghampsters
Re: Alcohol — My doctor said I was drinking too much and I thought this was a generic answer from her as an excuse to get me to drink less, but if I don't drink for a solid week I see a VAST improvement! Now I drink light beer and stay away from sugar or acidic type drinks. If I DO decide to order a mixed drink, the acid is back the next day in full force!

twomack33
Re: Protonix/Protium (pantoprazole) — Nexium stopped helping. Protonix twice a day has helped out a bunch.

staje
Re: Eating late at night / too close to bedtime — I generally don't eat after 6:00 p.m. and frankly, the earlier the better.

skylark
Re: Fried foods — French fries and potato chips are a no-no

skylark
Re: Prevacid (lansoprazole) — I've used this many times and found it to be very effective, but without health insurance it is very expensive at US$5 per pill. It's been prescribed for me at one pill twice a day, but my doctor said it was safe to take two at a time once a day.

skylark
Re: Prilosec/Losec/Zegerid (omeprazole) — I tried it a few times, but I could never be sure if it was helping since you have to take it for a few days before you see any results. Plus, it's one of those things you're not supposed to take continuously.

Ste
Re: Prilosec/Losec/Zegerid (omeprazole) — Now i'll start an omeopatic therapy , and i'll keep ypu posted on the progress

Ste
Re: Prilosec/Losec/Zegerid (omeprazole) — Ome is good afetr two days , taking one pill ones a day, to control the pain

baj
Re: Prilosec/Losec/Zegerid (omeprazole) — I tried it and after about a month I noticed significant improvement. I used to have the feeling of choking after swallowing almost at every meal, now I don't notice the choking sensation at all.

zallers
Re: Alkaline diet — I noticed fried foods, cheese, and some other dairy products, as well as bananas on occasion get my heartburn going.

zallers
Re: Prilosec/Losec/Zegerid (omeprazole) — I couldn't tell if it worked, so I would have to say no. My gastrointestoligist put me on prilosec for a month or two to help with what he thought could be over-acid production (not really heartburn or too painful). The acid was believed to be causing ulcers and leaky gut into IBS type symptoms.