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I'm not sure I've been GERD free in the last year. I've been pain free a lot, but of course PPIs only turn off acid production, not reflux. A lot has been written about the lower esophageal sphincter (LES) and how foods and other things relax it and allow reflux of gastric contents (caffeine, high fat, smoking, etc.), but the focus is shifting away from the LES to the gastric valve and other possible causes (food sensitivities, infection, altered motility, etc.) Turning off acid production should, and does, protect the lining of the esophagus from the acid when reflux occurs, but does not do anything to stop reflux. It's like a bandaid - makes it feel better, but doesn't address the real problem - why is food going backward in the first place? And what about the purpose of the acid in the first place (to aid in digestion). The potential problems include nutritional deficiencies and changes in the lining and flora of the intestinal tract. BUT it's really hard to study the flora of the intestinal tract and average doctors no very little about nutrition aside from "eat a balanced diet and exercise regularly." I don't mean this disrespectfully, they just don't get much nutritional education and tend to ignore all but glaring issues.
SOOOO, I chose to go off PPIs and work on finding out how to stop my reflux rather than to mask it and accumulate potential risks of medication. My body, my choice. I know the risks of chronic reflux are great, so I wouldn't do this if I wasn't pretty certain I could get rid of the problem through diligence and hard work.
Best of luck to all who try and take back their health.
[QUOTE=drofjustice;3419080]I'm not sure I've been GERD free in the last year. I've been pain free a lot, but of course PPIs only turn off acid production, not reflux. A lot has been written about the lower esophageal sphincter (LES) and how foods and other things relax it and allow reflux of gastric contents (caffeine, high fat, smoking, etc.), but the focus is shifting away from the LES to the gastric valve and other possible causes (food sensitivities, infection, altered motility, etc.) Turning off acid production should, and does, protect the lining of the esophagus from the acid when reflux occurs, but does not do anything to stop reflux. It's like a bandaid - makes it feel better, but doesn't address the real problem - why is food going backward in the first place? And what about the purpose of the acid in the first place (to aid in digestion). The potential problems include nutritional deficiencies and changes in the lining and flora of the intestinal tract. BUT it's really hard to study the flora of the intestinal tract and average doctors no very little about nutrition aside from "eat a balanced diet and exercise regularly." I don't mean this disrespectfully, they just don't get much nutritional education and tend to ignore all but glaring issues.
SOOOO, I chose to go off PPIs and work on finding out how to stop my reflux rather than to mask it and accumulate potential risks of medication. My body, my choice. I know the risks of chronic reflux are great, so I wouldn't do this if I wasn't pretty certain I could get rid of the problem through diligence and hard work.
Best of luck to all who try and take back their health.[/QUOTE]

Thanks for your posts-they have given me hope!
I went off nexium 40mg 1x day almost 2 weeks ago. After a week I started having terrible rebound. I have been taking zantac and tums. :( I do not want to go back on nexium.

I agree with your thinking, nexium is a bandaid, watch the foods, etc...

Anyway is there any tips you can give me to get over the hump? Also, what supplements are you using?

Thanks for your help :)
Deb





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