Yeast and Gerd - OPINIONS PLEASE!!

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Lucy007
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   Posted 3/24/2008 2:46 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi all...I have been seeking the advice of a homeopathic doctor - he is also an MD - and I just recently had a yeast test done which came back positive for an overgrowth.  While he thinks that this could be the cause of my gerd - I grew up on antibiotics always suffering from strep throat as a kid and also taking them for many many months at a time for acne - I am thinking it could also be the use of 40mg Nexium and other PPIs over a period of 7 years.  By now I have learned that the absence of stomach acid can also cause an overgrowth of yeast, bateria, etc. 
 
Im curious if anyone had had any experience with a similar situation and how it turned out for you?  The only reason I will give his program a try is bc conventional medicine's only other option for me is surgery, and due to the fact that it was after a seven months on and off courses of strong antibiotics due to consistent strep throat and mono at the age of 16 that gerd started acting up and became severe not long after.  Any opinions or experiences would be very much appreciated!!  Thanks so much for your help.

tjlindy
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   Posted 3/24/2008 4:57 PM (GMT -6)   
I can't say for sure that the antibiotics caused it.............but.............in late 2006 and early 2007 I was on several rounds of antibiotics for a sinus infection that spread to my respiratory system.  And then I got a yeast infection.  I have a history of sinus infections but not reflux.  Well.........after that bout with antibiotics forever, I developed reflux.  I have another appt. on Wednesday with the gastro. doc and intend to ask about the yeast problem.  It seems to be a recurring theme with many reflux instances.  I'll keep you posted on further info.

Lucy007
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   Posted 3/24/2008 6:00 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks for the reply.  Definitely keep me posted on what the gastro doc says.  I'm hoping this is the cause of my gerd and not vice versa - like nexium the cause of yeast.  At any rate, I have something to take care of then I can see what happens.  If it turns out the yeast is the result of nexium then I will let you all know what supplements to take so you can avoid this issue if you might be taking them for years like me.  Stay tuned.

guest200
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   Posted 3/24/2008 8:19 PM (GMT -6)   
I think you're onto something.  I also was on long courses of antibiotics and then developed LPR.  I'm now taking probiotics which seem to be slowly helping.  My symptoms are much more mild after a couple months on probiotics.  Can I ask what is the program your homeopathic doctor is recommending?

Lucy007
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   Posted 3/24/2008 9:09 PM (GMT -6)   
I'm actually not sure yet what he is going to recommend for me bc I have not been in since receiving the results.  My next appointment is Mar 31.  I will keep you posted though...wierd thing is that I too noticed some relief taking probiotics for a little while than I ran out and within a few weeks my symptoms worsened.  Could be cooincidence, stress, etc.  Who really knows at this point.  All I know is Ill see where this path takes me.  Hopefully to long term relief!!

tjlindy
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   Posted 3/31/2008 10:26 AM (GMT -6)   
Sorry to sound so harsh, but I think my gastro doc is an idiot.  She told me she doesn't know what's going on, but my current symptoms aren't reflux related.  She totally skipped over my inquiry into the yeast problem.  I started reading several books on how to stop heartburn naturally.  Apparantly gastro docs haven't figured out how to "fix the problems" only how to cover the symptoms.  And while everyone is different, the natural route may not work for everyone.  My ENT doc said I don't even need these stupid PPI drugs.  I've never had the horrific symptoms some folks have described.   He scoped my throat and thinks I have a funky virus of some sort (I work in a medical clinic, so who knows what I could have picked up). I too am going to find a doctor the takes a natural approach and work this from that angle.

friendlygal
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   Posted 5/2/2008 11:11 PM (GMT -6)   

tjlindy, I have had found the gastro's I have gone to to be useless, too...I don't think that mine were idiots though...

But, although my esophagus looks normal, PH-testing shows that I have terrible reflux...So...do you think it would be dangerous for someone with such awful Reflux (I have terrible LPR too, I choke all the time), to get off of the PPIs and try a natural approach? 

I mean, don't I need to continue taking the PPIs, in my situation, to protect my esophagus from getting cancer?  I mean, I went to an awesome nutritionist, and, although she gave me nutritional supplements, EVEN she supports me taking one PPI at night (although the doc told me to take 2 a day)...

 

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