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Acid Reflux / GERD Message Board

Acid Reflux / GERD Board Index

I am sorry that you are dealing with so many symptoms. You do not say how you were diagnosed with gerd based on any testing and I am not sure what you are doing for the gerd. I can only suggest what helped me with my gerd, LPR and thrush.

I got thrush from using steroid nose spray. I got it in my mouth and all the way down my esophagus. I got medication for that and I started taking probiotics. Also, thrush likes sugar and breads and I limited my diet of those products. I also limited dairy products.

For the LPR and gerd, I elevated my headboard about 6 inches with blocks of wood because my worst reflux was at night. If you are more bothered during the day, I found chewing sugarless gum to help because swallowing helped keep me from refluxing. I used a gum without sorbitol from Whole Foods..... and no mint flavor since mint aggravates reflux.

I do not know what medicines you are using for gerd. I used Protonix (prescription) and Zantac (ranitidine) at night. If you want to avoid the strong meds, try tsking DGL Licorice before meals. Also, aloe vera juice (no citrus) helped. The prescription drugs can cause rebound symptoms when you go off of them, but some people need to take those meds for a short period of time to let tissues heal.

I ate a very restrictive diet to reduce reflux. I avoided chocolate, fatty and fried foods, caffeine including coffee, tea and soft drinks; citrus fruits and any foods with tomatoes or tomato sauce, no spicy foods. I ate oatmeal, baked chicken, fish, most cooked vegetables like carrots, squash and jasmine rice and vety little bread. I ate this daily for 2-3 weeks to get everything to heal. Even though apples and bananas are low acid foods, I could not eat them because they caused reflux. I also drank alkaline water with a ph of 8.8 since it neutralizes pepsin from acid reflux. Pepsin is what usually causes the tissue damage and regular water just has a ph of 7. I used a saline nose spray bottle and put alkaline water in it and sprayed it up my nose to make my sinuses and throat feel better. I would reflux up to my sinuses at night and my elevatef headboard helped. I also took carafate suspension (prescription) 4 times a day to help my esophagus, stomach and intestines heal.

Lastly, my ENT thought I had developed some neuropathy in my throat which was causing the pain and he prescribed a mild antidepressant called Elavil. I only took 10 mg. per day because a highet dose made me sleepy and have a dry mouth, but it did help for the 6 weeks that I took it.

I would suggest that you slso stop smoking pot since it is not filtered snd can cause burning of already sensitive tissues. I do know that these symptoms cause a lot of anxiety, but if you will take steps each day to get better, you will start to improve. I found that when I took charge and stopped being the victim of the symptoms that I got better. If you do not improve in a few weeks, you may want to get additional testing such as a barium swallow test and endoscopy with ph monitoring to see how much you are refluxing. Please know that I care.

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