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   Posted 2/7/2010 11:22 PM (GMT -6)   
I have just been diagnosed with GERD (we aussies call it GORD) can I have garlic?? Are the meds addictive? I am so new to this and reading through your threads I am learning so much. I love this site!!

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   Posted 2/8/2010 6:36 PM (GMT -6)   
Welcome to our little corner of the world. Some people are able to eat garlic. The medications are not addictive. Sometimes when you stop the medicine you can have something called rebound, where you get extra acid reflux for about a day or so.


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   Posted 2/8/2010 7:02 PM (GMT -6)   
You can have garlic if it isn't a trigger for your reflux. It costs nothing to find out.

See the explanation I posted to ladybell about food triggers/allergies and keeping a food log and challenge testing.

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   Posted 2/14/2010 6:27 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks joy and Alcie,

I now have a food diary and I'm able to eat garlic! Phew! I am glad the meds are not addictive, I do notice if I take it later in the day that the pain gets worse, but it's my responsibilty to take care of myself. Really wonderful to have your input and to be able to read through these threads. Thanks again.

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   Posted 2/14/2010 6:54 PM (GMT -6)   
Hey Megs,

Hello there my friend, so good to see you here. ((((Hugs))))).

Garlic is not a trigger for me so glad you are tolerating it too. The food diary is a great idea.

Talk to your doctor about the length of time he will want you to take your PPIs. Some doctors recommend that their patients take the drugs for the rest of their lives, but others will tell you to take them until your symptoms are relieved.

If your instructions on your medication do not state something different, take one pill at the same time every day with a full glass of water. Proton pump inhibitors do not bring immediate relief. You will need to take the drugs every day for at least one week before you notice that your heartburn is less frequent.

As with any medicaiton your physician should be the one to guide you on how best to use PPIs.

I am so glad to see you is great to have you back and I missed you Meg.

Hugs galore,


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   Posted 2/14/2010 9:28 PM (GMT -6)   

Missed you too sweet lady! My doc has suggested I stay on my PPI until I have an endoscopy and they can see the extent of the damage or if I have Hiatus Hernia.

I am so happy to be eating garlic again (even if my co-workers aren't!). I am carefully noting my triggers and have sadly had to rule out chilli......


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