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Date Joined Aug 2009
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   Posted 8/24/2009 1:12 PM (GMT -6)   
45 year old male in Washington, DC that was diagnosed with GERD in May 2008. I have radically changed the way I live regarding food & beverage intake and once I was diagnosed I soon found out that all of my family (mother, sister, 2 brothers) have been living with this for years.

My main symptoms are chest pains (radiating to back & arms) & palpitations that will ruin my day or week. There is a definite level of anxiety associated with episodes but I am definitely fed up with doctors telling me to live with it & take your PPI. Also, added to the mix is that I just lost my job and cannot afford insurance so will have to live with Prilosec OTC vs. Aciphex.

There has to be a better way so looking @ starting an alkaline diet (fruits, vegetables, etc.) with DGL Licorice (saw on a post - will try) so I can start dropping some lbs. (approximately 20 lbs overweight).

BTW - have gone through the EKG, Stress Test, Blood work & all is fine (with cardiologist) then moved to Gastroenterologist with ultrasound (spleen a tad enlarged) & endoscopy (esophagitis, scarring in esophagus, pre-Barret's Syndrome if not controlled).

Frustrated but I know dietary changes will help & I hope all on here get the relief they seek & need

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Date Joined Apr 2007
Total Posts : 32602
   Posted 8/24/2009 3:50 PM (GMT -6)   
Welcome to HealingWell and the GERD/Heartburn Forum.

I have found the support, validation and encouragement that I receive here, to be so helpful and healing. I hope and trust that will be your experience as a member of the HW family.

I am glad you are actively working on maintaining an  alkaline diet.  You have a wonderful, positive attitude.

I know you will learn much in the forums and it looks like your found the info on DGL Licorice already.

I am sorry to hear you have lost your job and with it your insurance.  That was a tough loss for you.  You will find the members here very supportive so stick with us.




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Regular Member

Date Joined Nov 2008
Total Posts : 230
   Posted 8/24/2009 4:37 PM (GMT -6)   
I am sorry you are going through the problems you have. Hope things get better for you. Keep working on the diet loss that was a prerequisite for me even having the surgery I now have to work on keeping it off.Keep us posted

Regular Member

Date Joined Aug 2009
Total Posts : 36
   Posted 8/25/2009 12:56 AM (GMT -6)   
Welcome!! I know how you must feel as most of us that belong to this forum feel the same way! I hope that you stick with the forum as their stories sure have helped me be alittle more at ease! I too suffer with anxiety just finally bit the bullet and got put on Xanax..... I sure hope this forum helps you like it has helped me and others!!


Regular Member

Date Joined Aug 2009
Total Posts : 150
   Posted 8/25/2009 3:47 AM (GMT -6)   
welcome here form england intrested in the alkaline diet thing what is it . hope you get it all sorted soon

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Date Joined Mar 2009
Total Posts : 553
   Posted 8/26/2009 8:34 AM (GMT -6)   
good luck with the diet and sorry about your job loss. That sux
We r here for u

New Member

Date Joined Aug 2009
Total Posts : 2
   Posted 8/26/2009 8:13 PM (GMT -6)   
I want to thank everyone for the support and I'm glad I found this forum
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