Based on your Heidelberg test results, what was your prescribed treatment? And, did you follow it, test again, and confirm your stomach acid returned to normal?
Similar to you, my Heidelberg test purported to show low stomach acid. It was suggested I take an HCl with Pepsin
supplement with meals and increase the dose by one capsule every other day until I begin to feel a warm sensation in my stomach. Then, once I do, reduce the dose by one capsule and remain at this dose until the warm sensation returns. Then, again, reduce the dose by one capsule and keep repeating the process until I'm no longer need any capsules.
In my case, I got up to four or five capsules per meal and never felt the warm sensation. I was concerned about
taking more capsules or even remaining at that dose, for fear of causing damage to my stomach lining. Years later, I tried the experiment again and got to three or four capsules per meal -- even meals with low protein -- and never felt any warm sensation. By this time, I was working with a different doctor and he suggested I stop taking the HCL with Pepsin capsules, citing the same concern.
I've had acid reflux in the past (approximately 15 years ago) and took acid blockers for a short while. It was about
a decade later that I read what often feels like too much stomach acid might actually be too little stomach acid. This is when I had the Heidelberg test. I've had suboptimal digestion and bowel function for years, but have never been able to figure out what to do. My nails grow fast, but they have ridges and are brittle. They tend to tear horizontally across the ends quite easily. I also continue to have fatigue and a major, unrelenting feature, as well as slow wound healing and a constellation of other, secondary issues.
Anyway, I'm just thinking aloud and perhaps you or someone else might have some thoughts or suggestions.
My apologies, running wild, for eating up a lot of space in your thread.