I know alot of you have GERD to include myself, thought i post some thoughts on it. I remember as far back as middle school i would have bad heartburn, but it wasnt until years later in the begining of the military where it got so bad tumms did nothing and food was coming back up with acid burps. They diagnosed me with GERD and started me on aciphex. The drug helped tremendously but then along came the first signs of what is now UC. So i switched to prevacid for medical troubleshooting, and now i take nexium.
Anyways through all my reading and research of late, I learned that your stomach acid plays a great role in maintinaing proper bacteria levels in your stomach and intestines, if it is reduced or blocked for a long period of time this will allow bad bacteria to over populate. After learing this like months ago i decided to try lower my Nexium dosage amount from 40mg daily to 20mg. It has been working fine so far, but my goal is to completely be independent from any PPI or acid reducers. I have been feeling really good since i started eating right and taking probiotics, so today i decided to skip the nexium, so far so good but i know it takes like a day or so for it to catch up with you. I may alternate days and slowly work into, but either way i hope it works because i believe it plays a role with the UC.
Has anyone else ever tried making dietary changes and stop their GERD medicine with sucess? Or given the matter any thought?
26y old male medically disharged USAF veteran.Diagnosed with UC (lower proctitis) in 2004.
Current daily treatment: Probiotics & supplements:
2400mg oral asacol Digestive enzymes
5mg prednisone tapering 50 Billion CFU's acidopholis&Bifidobacterium daily
75mg azathioprine folic acid & calcuim with V-D
20mg Nexum VSL#3 450billion bacteria packets
Diet:Little/no sugars, fats, carbs, caffine,yeast,breads. Stay natural as possible.
Results:1 Bowel movement in the morning no blood! Remission since 08Sept08