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Acid Reflux / GERD Message Board


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[QUOTE=RosalitaNYC;4833945]I have been struggling with really bad reflux for the past two years. I was getting a little better then my symptoms got worse and I had to go to the ER two times in one week. I had been taking Nexium 40 mg once a day, carafate before meals, Maalox and/or Pepcid as needed. I went back to my GI specialist last week and he told me to continue with the Nexium but to take 20 mg Pepcid at bedtime every night and to come back and see him in 2 months. Well, he is on vacation until after labor day (it seems everyone but me is on vacation but that's another story). This morning at 4 AM the heartburn woke me up. I guess the meds need to be increased but I can't call him or ask anyone what to do now. I am just so miserable and tired of this. The heartburn really bothered me this afternoon too. I am being so careful about what I eat. The people I work with talk about going to the beach, barbeques, picnics, nightclubs every weekend, and what do I do on the weekend? If I'm not in the ER I'm in church praying for an end to my suffering, or I am in bed reading a book trying to feel better, or I am sitting on the couch alone watching TV. I have no money because I have used up all my sick days and vacation time and didn't get paid for two weeks. I am going to have to leave my apt and look for a room to rent. I have no family near by that I can stay with. This is crazy, my life is going downhill. I was going to a therapist but I don't always feel well enough to keep appointments.
So here I am. I just don't feel things are getting any better and I am really discouraged. I don't want to be in this pain and discomfort for the rest of my life. How much medication does a person need to not feel this awful pain and does it ever get better? My diet now is really bland and restricted. I went gluten-free, dairy-free and soy-free, in addition to avoiding every thing they tell you to avoid. But still no relief.:dizzy:[/QUOTE]

So sorry to hear of your desperate but not hopeless situation. Medication, in most cases is never the answer.

Diet is the answer, but it is not as simple as eat more of x or giving up y.

Your diet will need to be balanced... low carb and contain many vegetables Steamed not boiled) with some fruit.
I suggest you research a diet from a Naturopath. Remember this problem has been years in the making and so will take time but if you follow the correct eating plan for life you will gain in every area and banish the problem through you own bodies defences in effect you will heal yourself.
If you need more help and more specifics please ask.

My very best regards

Jeffrey





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