Tightening The LES Spincther

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ljk
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   Posted 1/30/2010 3:48 AM (GMT -6)   
What are the ways of strenthing or tightening the LES spincter other than through surgery?

Most prokinetics scare me with their side effects. I'm thinking of trying Baclofen or Bethanechol.

Is there anything else I should look into? Pharmacological or supplemental? Has anyone had success with tightening the LES through ways other than surgery?

couchtater
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   Posted 1/30/2010 8:26 AM (GMT -6)   
Wellcome to HW,
I've hadn't heard of any other way. I had the surgery and all of my symptoms are gone.
I had the weak LES and a HH.

Joy

michele17
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   Posted 2/6/2010 7:10 PM (GMT -6)   
My gastro specialist recently put me on Baclofen. It worked well relieving the gerd but unfortunatley I also have a seizure disorder and the Baclofen caused me to have a couple of seizures.

couchtater
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   Posted 2/6/2010 9:18 PM (GMT -6)   
That sounds risky.

Joy

Alcie
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   Posted 2/7/2010 5:15 PM (GMT -6)   
ljk
I don't think there are any foods or meds that strengthen the LES, but there certainly are lots of things that loosen it.

Interesting to note that you suspect (from another of your posts) you got food allergies due to PPIs. I had quite the opposite experience. At least one of my food allergies has lessened dramatically since my fundoplication and getting off PPIs. I have an acquired allergy to sulfites (maybe due to PPIs??? - can't tell after 25 years on them) and now I seem to tolerate foods containing them much better. I won't go as far as to say I'm cured, but my tolerance has increased so that now I can have a small glass of wine occasionally. Now that I don't need PPIs my stomach has normal acidity and I digest things differently.
Alcie
 
 

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