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Date Joined Mar 2008
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   Posted 3/20/2008 5:40 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi--I'm new to the forum and have already found a ton of useful info.  I have seen posts related to stress and GERD.  I was on Protonix and then switched to Aciphex.  Things had been going well until a few weeks ago.  The problems are worse than ever (burn in the throat, heartburn--which I never actually had prior to my diagnosis, bitter taste in the mouth--horrible).  I have been under a good deal of stress--I'm just wondering how much that comes into play in this flare up?  Or maybe I should have stuck with the Protonix?  Which leads me to the other thing..............has anyone tried the "Reflux Gone Forever" methods?  It's all natural--you get the info in a ebook form.  I really don't want to take these meds for the rest of my life.

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Date Joined Oct 2007
Total Posts : 62
   Posted 3/24/2008 2:52 PM (GMT -6)   
It has been my experience that when I really focus on stress relief, exercise daily, practice yoga or meditation, and just relax, that I have been able to experience complete symptom relief while on a dose of 40mg PPI.  It has also been my experience that in times of high stress - no matter what meds I take for gerd - the pain can be unbearable.  That being said, I think it plays a huge role in the symptoms.  I wouldn't waste your money on an ebook.  I did...twice...What I have found is a low carb diet and probiotic supplements can help relieve my symptoms.  Hope this helps.  Good luck.

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Date Joined Nov 2006
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   Posted 3/24/2008 3:14 PM (GMT -6)   
I would hazard to say that your problem may be 100% stress. There are several ways to look at your problem. One is that your body is weak and defective and that it needs to be repaired or given drugs to function properly. Another possibility is that your body is basically fine and is giving you symptoms as a way to call your attention to something or because energy is blocked. If you push yourself hard, for example, part of you resents that. This causes internal anger. You repress that anger. Or maybe a boss makes you work too hard, too long and you feel anger, but can't do much about it. This will stress you out. The stress and anger have to go somewhere. Symptoms develop and they may come and go and shift around, since it is your mind sending you the symptoms at its whim. In short, I suspect that if you reduce the stress you can eliminate your symptoms. If you are the driver of the stress, you may have delve into the inner world and find out why you push yourself so hard. As an experiment, try telling yourself that there is nothing wrong and that your symptoms are a message. Let your affected area talk to you a little bit. What is it saying? Is it sad or angry? (If you need some reassurance that what you are doing is not insane, remember that blushing, stomach butterflies and sweaty palms are all physical responses to emotional states. The mind and body are linked and taking advantage of that knowledge can be powerful if applied prudently.)

Good luck.

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Date Joined Jan 2008
Total Posts : 39
   Posted 3/24/2008 9:30 PM (GMT -6)   

Hi riverotter,

I think you may be right.  I have had daily GERD and LPR symptoms for two years, despite being on PPI's.  I have tried 5 different meds over the 2 years, and still have only partial symptom relief.  And yet, when I went on a 1 week vacation to Florida several months ago, I had absolutely no GERD or LPR symptoms!!  This was truely remarkable, because I ate and drank stuff that I normally avoid at home (coffee, chocolate, tomato sauce, etc).  Two days after I came home, all the symptoms were back again.

I have a lot of stress in my life.  I was wondering if you know of a book or CD that one could read or listen to, to help achieve the proper state of mind that would hopefully lead to a reduction in symptoms. 




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