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Acid Reflux / GERD Message Board

Acid Reflux / GERD Board Index

Hey guys, I was diagnosed with acid reflux around 6 or 7 months ago after a pretty bad month long case of the flu that must have triggered something in my stomach or throat. My symptoms manifest themselves as a soreness of the throat, a lump-like feeling that makes it hard to swallow in the throat, large amounts of mucus in the throat, and burping or belching that leave a bile-like taste in my throat/mouth. The pain from the throat is pretty much constant, but it gets worse after a big meal or certain foods. I've tried omeprazole and pantaprazole and they don't seem to do much, so I've stopped taking them. Apple cider vinegar doesn't seem to do much either. I also went in and had an endoscopy done and the doctor said that there doesn't seem to be any ulcers, sores or anything out of the ordinary, just very minor inflammation (although it certainly doesn't feel minor to me.)

Has anyone here tried alkaline water or baking soda with any degree of success? I've been reading up on alkaline water lately and a lot of studies seem to say that it works due to the fact that the high ph of 8.8 breaks up and denatures pepsin and acid when it comes into contact with it in the throat/mouth/stomach, and that drinking a glass of it upon waking up or after eating could temporarily fix the issue. Has anyone tried this? Would baking soda mixed with water (ph of 8-9) do the same, or does alkaline water have some sort of property that makes it different?

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