Vinegar, Licorice, Extra Water? Anything worth a try?

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marthamae
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   Posted 1/21/2008 8:53 AM (GMT -6)   
My symptoms are tummy gas, mucus in throat, slight cough, diarrhea (probably from excess Mylanta), some nausea, and some stomach pain. I know anxiety and stress are factors for me. All of my symptoms started about a month ago after a dilation of my esophagus for a stricture. I take pepcid and Protonix daily.
 
Would any of these "natural" things be worth a try?
 
Thanks.

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   Posted 1/21/2008 2:42 PM (GMT -6)   
Hey marthamae!

In my opinion, anything natural is worth a try. If you can find relief in natural things, or in changing your lifestyle, in my opinion, that is great.

If stress is playing a role in what you are feeling, which it very well could be, as stress is a huge factor in a lot of illnesses, you need to find ways to destress.

Read a book, take a bath, take a walk...if weather permits...there are plenty of things you can do to rid stress. Make sure to take some time to just YOU everyday.

Please, read old posts, as there are plenty of suggestions on how to minimize GERD issues...

I will pull some up for you later if I get the time. I have been away for like 3 days, so I have a lot to catch up on here.

Wishing you the best.
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marthamae
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   Posted 1/21/2008 3:59 PM (GMT -6)   
Well, ok, I gave the apple cider vinegar a try today. I was having quite a bit of stomach pain as I had just eaten lunch not too long before so I was desperate. I was a little nervous but I figured vinegar couldn't exactly kill me, right?

I swallowed a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar (just plain generic from a grocery store) and flushed it down with a bottle of water. It tasted sort of bizarre going down...like I had swallowed too much Italian salad dressing but it went down. Almost immediately I could feel it doing something...almost like when you take Mylanta. This was about an hour ago and my stomach pain has gone away and things seem settled in there pain wise.

I have noticed a LOT of rumbling going on in both my tummy and my intestines. Also, I've had no belching (which is unusual) but gas coming out the other way (which is also unusual). (I hope that wasn't too gross.)

I'll keep you posted. We'll see how this goes.

Anyone else use the vinegar or the licorice? At least the vinegar is cheap.

marthamae
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   Posted 1/21/2008 6:18 PM (GMT -6)   
This is sort of a personal journal thread I guess. A few hours later and my stomach is feeling really good. No pain and no grinding or growling. I had a few small burps but the gas from the other end has ended. Eliminating the nausea and stomach pain just for a short time feels really good. I have no idea if this is the vinegar or just psychological or what. I'll be eating dinner here soon and plan to do another tablespoon of vinegar with water tonight sometime either right after dinner if I have pain or before bed if I keep feeling good.

I also had to get some dental work done so I did have some stress this afternoon. The dentist probably wondered what the heck I had been drinking.

No cough, no mucus, no feeling of anything in throat.

I'm trying to figure out how to take vinegar to work without spilling it or having people smell it. I'm a substitute teacher so I move around a lot. If I had my own classroom I'd just keep it in the cupboard. It's good cause it's not dangerous around kids.

Hope this isn't boring anyone. I'm interested to see if this works. I have been incredibly miserable. Any relief would be welcome.

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   Posted 1/21/2008 7:04 PM (GMT -6)   
martha...first of all, don't worry about sounding too gross! You gotta say what's going on with you...and that is part of it, and part of life. No worries!

I am glad to hear that so far you are feeling better with your natural at home treatment, and I do hope it continues to work. It could be truly working, or it really could be psychalogical...either way though, if it's working, it's working! Go with it!!!

Why is spilling the vinegar an issue for you? That is confusing me.

Anyway, I do wish you all the best, and by no means are you boring...I look forward to your update!
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marthamae
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   Posted 1/21/2008 7:24 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks, Tammy. Just had dinner and things are feeling slightly painful. Not terrible pain...just lightly painful. I plan to hit the vinegar if things get worse. Or for sure tonight in any case.

Tammy, vinegar comes in a big bottle. I'm trying to figure out how to take a couple of tablespoonfuls in my bag with me to work.... then I can take some after lunch.....I don't think I have a container that small. I wouldn't want to spill vinegar in my bag cause it would really smell and make a mess.

Still no burping or mucus or cough. I like that.

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   Posted 1/21/2008 8:54 PM (GMT -6)   
Marthamae:  What people prefer to use is the Bragg's Apple Cider Vinegar with the "Mother."  You can purchase this in any health food store and you mix about 8 oz of water with a teaspoon of Braggs ACV and also a teaspoon of honey.  If you drink the apple cider vinegar straight without diluting it with water the acid may damage your teeth.  You will find a wealth of information on Braggs Apple Cider Vinegar on the internet.  I hope this helps and good luck.  Barbara..

marthamae
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   Posted 1/21/2008 9:47 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks a lot for the information Barbara. I'll try to get to a health food store soon. I like the idea of adding some honey to the whole thing.

I did take another round of vinegar tonight after dinner. Once again it settled my stomach. No pain, gas, or nausea so far. No coughing, mucus, or anything stuck in throat or chest. No lump. A little gurgling. I also have not taken any GasX or Mylanta tonight which is a first for me.

My husband found a small plastic bottle of mouthwash we got from a hotel we stayed at a while ago. I rinsed out the mouthwash and filled the small bottle with vinegar. I think this will work to carry with me to school so I can take a dose at lunch.

Will see how I sleep and how it goes tomorrow.

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   Posted 1/22/2008 3:55 PM (GMT -6)   
marthamae...

The small plastic mouthwash bottle is a great idea. Check that out, and see how it goes!

Seems like the vinegar is working for you! Keep us updated on how you are feeling, and how it is working for you.

wishing you the best always!
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marthamae
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   Posted 1/22/2008 6:49 PM (GMT -6)   
Here's the big update for the two or three of you still following this exciting saga...heh!

I slept well last night and got up with a good stomach --no pain. Did have some gurgling and a small burp or two. Had breakfast--cereal and skim milk. Then did tablespoon of vinegar in a small glass of water. Also took my meds in applesauce. Stomach still good but I felt waterlogged from the milk and water all at once. Got to my job of substitute teaching and noticed some stomach pain. I know this is from the stress of meeting a new school office, new kids, and trying to figure out new lesson plans each day.

The class was well behaved. Had a few small burps and swigged some Mylanta about 9:30 to ease stomach pain. Pain lessened by lunch at 11:45. Ate lunch and did two teaspoons of vinegar followed by a bottle of water. (The mouthwash bottle worked fine. However, I hoped no one came in while I was pouring the spoonfuls out-- I think the vinegar sorta looks like booze! Imagine a teacher swigging a bit out of a small booze bottle on her lunch hour!) Anyhow the stomach pain eased--not sure if it was the food or the vinegar.

Summing it up so far.....I am rid of acid backing up, the cough, the mucus, the nausea, the lump in throat, the feeling of something being stuck down there, and the gas you can't seem to belch up (super uncomfortable). I am left with the complaint of stomach pain...most of which I blame on anxiety. The vinegar seems to be working really well for me. I'm going to keep going on it. I plan to get the health food kind and the honey, but the store kind is working also. I throw the spoonfuls back down my throat a little so they don't hit my teeth in case it does bother your tooth enamel.

marthamae
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   Posted 1/23/2008 4:12 PM (GMT -6)   
Very little stomach pain today. A tiny bit of reflux and a few burps. Still did the vinegar at breakfast and lunch. Either I am crazy (very possible) or this vinegar is definitely helping.

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   Posted 1/25/2008 4:46 PM (GMT -6)   
I am tempted to try this as I have heard of it before but dang, if your system is too acidic now I can't figure out how this would work to control acid. I sure don't want to get worse. I would think you need a neutralizer like bicarbonate.

marthamae
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   Posted 1/25/2008 7:23 PM (GMT -6)   
Canyonbabe, I hear ya. I thought the vinegar would be too acidic also. But I was really desperate and thought I'd try it. It has really improved things for ME. I do feel much better. But I am sure everyone is different and of course it may not work for you or might even make you feel worse. I just don't know.

The reflux has totally stopped. I still have some burping. I have caught a cold, so have a sore throat. The cough is a lot better. The vinegar settles my stomach and I have cut way down on the Mylanta and GasX. The vinegar also gets rid of that "lump" feeling.

The good news is it's really cheap to try and I don't think a little vinegar is dangerous or would cause too many side effects.

Has anyone tried the licorice? What about that?

marthamae
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   Posted 1/28/2008 1:03 PM (GMT -6)   
Sort of an update. I now am drinking the Bragg's Vinegar as a warm/hot drink. I have it a couple times a day in a mug to replace coffee/ tea. I mix a tablespoon of the vinegar with a squirt of plain store honey with a mug full of water. This tastes sort of like hot apple juice.

Yesterday, I had a perfect stomach day. No symptoms at all. I am seriously watching what I eat, but it is not a hardship. I have lost a LOT of weight and am continuing to lose which is a good thing for me.

My remaining symptom is stomach gas...I got a severe attack of this the other day when I had some coffee. Meryl recommended Phazyme which I did buy and plan to try during my next gas attack. Other than the coffee, however, have not had gas.

I am off the Mylanta and GasX. Still on Protonix and Pepcid. Hope at some point in the next couple of months to wean off the Protonix. Who knows if I will be able to or not?

The vinegar has defintely not hurt and I believe it has helped. Once again, it was certainly cheap enough.
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