18 Years Old, Experiencing GERD issues

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   Posted 5/3/2008 1:33 AM (GMT -6)   
Since I was young, I've experienced occasional (once a month or so) acidy regurgitation that I would swallow back down and not worry about.

3 Weeks ago, I had a rather large and unhealthy meal (soda, chips, fries, etc) and the rest of the afternoon and night my stomach was a little uneasy and acid kept wanting to come up. I thought it might have been food poisoning, so I chose to throw up the food+acid that came up into my mouth. The rest of the week I either had a nauseous/upset stomach and/or had acid coming up. I felt fine while eating, but after meals, the acid would come up and the nausea might begin.

That weekend I came home from college to get help from my mother, who is into alternative treatment. I saw a chiropractor for possible hiatal hernia - waited a day for results as he suggested, but I didn't feel any better. That Monday I saw another chiropractor/applied kinesiologist (I don't personally believe AK works) but she put me on a "bland" diet where I am mostly eating rice (no wheat), white meats, almond butter, and vegetables.

She also gave me a bunch of vitamins and a digestive enzyme to take with every meal. I also take slippery elm with meals and when symptoms occur.

While the acid is more mild now, I still experience it when I haven't eaten in a while and sometimes after meals (overall 4-6 instances a day). I have decided I want to go to a real doctor and have looked into Nexium.

Because I am only 18, I am not looking to get hooked on a drug that I have to take the rest of my life. I would like to eliminate this problem as soon as possible and improve my diet without having to take any sort of pill.

What do you guys suggest?

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Date Joined Jun 2007
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   Posted 5/4/2008 1:07 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi there ryan, and welcome to the GERD forum here on HEALINGWELL. We will be glad to help you the best we can. I would encourage you to look back on older posts, as they hold so much information. And, any questions you have, feel free to ask. Everyone here is friendly, and willing to help when they can.

Here is my opinion...seeing a "real" doctor IS your best bet. Don't mess around with these other doctors. You need to see someone who specializes in what you are dealing with. Your doctor will ask you questions, and possibly do tests to find out what is going on.

In the meantime, I would suggest taking a liquid antacid if your stomach starts to feel uneasy, and see what that does. Also, watching what you eat, and changing your lifestyle could very well make you feel better as well.

Do you smoke, or drink? Do you drink a lot of pop and stuff like that? Are you eating a lot of spicy food? Are you dealing with excess stress in your life? All of these things, plus many more things could factor into making you feel bad.

No one wants to get hooked on any kind of prescription medication for the rest of their life. You might just need something temporary, or, you may not need anything at all. Sometimes, all it takes is a change of life style.

Please do stick with us, and update us on your progress. Also, let me know if you do try the liquid antacid, how it works, and if you go to the doctor, let me know what he has to say.

I look forward to hearing more about you soon. Once again, welcome to HEALINGWELL, I wish you all the best.
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