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Date Joined Apr 2010
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   Posted 4/7/2010 4:37 AM (GMT -6)   
Im 23 years old. I ve been drinking a lot of alcohol since 14 or so, also lots of coffee and energy drinks, and lots of junk food. My lifestyle has been extremely unhealthy for the past years, but I never had any serious problems, except from diarrhea sometimes from too much drinking or food. Also I never took any stomach medicine until now.

Also I had insomnia problems for as long as I remember myself, and my daily sleep schedule is something like 7am-11am and 3pm-8pm.

My height is 178cm and my weight is around 85kgs, It sounds almost ok, but i never worked out in my life, except from some 30mins max walking some times.

For the last year I ve been working 2 jobs, both of them with high stress and responsibilities, and that started to have some effects on my stomach, like pain, and sometimes dizziness but until recently I could handle it.

In January I had a leg fracture, and had to do the injections everybody with immobilized fracture bones does (don't know how they are called due to my bad english), and that required 2x20mg generic omeprazole tablets per day, to fight the side effects of the injections. I gained around 10 kgs while waiting for the fracture to heal.

Right after the fracture got healed, I rushed back to work, and that was an extremely stressful period, due to some festivals etc we had to cover. On the last weekend of this festivals I really felt something was wrong, I had extreme nausea, heartburn for the first time in my life, and was almost chocking. I tried to fight the symptoms with Zantac and antiacids, but it kept getting worst.

I visited a doctor, and he told me I had GERD, and it was quite advanced, and because of my lifestyle I didnt feel on time that something was wrong, so it got worse.

He prescribed me with 1x20 mg rabeprazole tablets (They are called Pariet here). The heartburn stopped almost instantly, so did the nausea, but the chocking was still there.

I gave up most of the alcohol and coffee, and tried to eat the healthiest of junk foods in much smaller quantities, since I dont have time to cook, and when i get of work only fast food shops are open.
After a month the chocking was starting to fade, i had lost almost 10kgs, and i was almost feeling ok. I never did any extreme diet though. Just minimized the quantities of my unhealthy habits.

Last week I had an important job to do, again with high stress and responsibility, and not much time to sleep for 3-4 days in a row. On the last day, right after a had a glass of whisky, extreme nausea and chocking came back. Thankfully no heartburn.

4 days have passed and severe nausea and chocking is still here, and I ve been taking rabeprazole for 1,5 months now.

Im really worried about this, since I cant do anything about stress and insomnia. Im thinking of following and extremely strict diet, In terms of choosing food and portion size. Probably gonna prepare the meals from the previous day, and eat with a schedule and alarms.

Do you have any other ideas?

Regular Member

Date Joined Jan 2010
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   Posted 4/7/2010 6:29 AM (GMT -6)   
hi & welcome!

first cutting out all alcohol and caffene drinks are a really great start - also all junk food. Anything that has a lot of acid like oranges etc are to be cut out of the diet as well as : tomatoes, honey, peppers, onions, garlic, chocolate, sausages, - anything very high in salt and sugar are out.

I dont know what job you have but you must get more sleep then that - the less sleep a person has the more cranky he or she will become which will add to the stress. The stress level must come down - all of these things are the ones effecting the GERD. I've had GERD for almost 3 yrs now and vertigo since last year (im 29)

Cooking your food is the healthiest way - make sure you have some left overs for the next day or so.

if you must have some sort of caffene drink decaf green tea.

I hope this helps some - good luck!

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Date Joined Apr 2007
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   Posted 4/7/2010 9:55 AM (GMT -6)   
Hello and welcome,

I see you have already met one of our members and the advice re no junk food is a sound one. You might also see a dietician to help you set up a healthy eating plan.

Some complementary and alternative therapies may provide some relief, when combined with your doctor's care.

Herbal remedies sometimes used for GERD symptoms include licorice, slippery elm, chamomile and marshmallow. Herbal remedies can have serious side effects and they may interfere with medications. Ask your doctor about a safe dosage before beginning any herbal remedy.

Techniques to calm stress and anxiety may reduce signs and symptoms of GERD. Meditation, physical exercise, breathing exercises etc are helpful.

Acupuncture involves inserting thin needles into specific points on your body. One small study reported that acupuncture helped people with heartburn that persisted despite medication. Ask your doctor whether acupuncture is safe for you.

Also you may need futher tests and studies if you sx persist or become worse.

Again a warm welcome,


New Member

Date Joined Apr 2010
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   Posted 4/7/2010 12:06 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks for your advices and welcome!

I feel like the main reason that I have GERD is stress. It appeared on the most stressful period of the last years, disappeared when I started relaxing and getting some sleep, and now that I was in stress again, it got worse.

Cutting out completely coffee is impossible for me, I got from 5 cups to 1 though. Something similar applies about alcohol, but that is kinda more easy to cut off almost completely. The doctor also said to me that I could handle one drink or two, if its not a liqueur or something sweet, and consume it slowly.

As I said on my 1st post, I didn't follow any extreme diet, just cut off the really unhealthy stuff, and I was getting better until I had stress again.

Seems there's no "magic" remedy for this one, and I ll have to take a few months off from one of the jobs, and also start exercising. Maybe I 'll also visit a dietician that can give me a specific schedule and menu of foods.

Anyway thanks for your advice and welcome. :)

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Date Joined Mar 2012
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   Posted 4/10/2012 12:39 PM (GMT -6)   
The diet is actually really important.I just started really doing a very specific diet 2 months ago. I am 29 and I started having prioblems at 22. I was basically doing what you were doing minus the cofee. I have been on a PPI since then and I am in the priocess of weening myself off due to the fact that I have been on the pill for a long time, had only partial success and have had side effects. I had watched my diet and statyed away frpm most of the trigger foods but I did not realize that teh preservatives in food are mostly acidic. The number one thing that has helped me is diet. Don't get me wrong the diet is frustrating but it helps a lot. I only eat organic foods (my local grocery store has their own brand of organic food so I dont have to spend tons of money at a place like Whole Foods) and cut out all the trigger foods. I allow myself 3 beers a month, I usually save them up for an occasion such as a wedding or birthday party. I hope that I do not have to eat like this forever. I am basically on the Alkaline diet, and I have had some adjunt success with aloe vera juice, digestive enzymes and manuka honey.

New Member

Date Joined Nov 2011
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   Posted 4/11/2012 6:23 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi, yes diet for GERD can be important, especially if you want to come of prescription medication. Some general advice:

Avoid foods that precipitate heartburn eg fatty foods, citrus fruits, tomatoes, coffee, alcohol, fatty dairy products
Avoid large meals
Eat smaller meals more frequently
Eat slowly
Chew food properly
Avoid lying down for 3 hours after eating
Avoid going to bed for 3 hours after eating
Let food and drinks cool before consumption
Take care with alcoholic drinks
Lose weight if overweight
Wear loose fitting clothes around abdomen
Stop smoking
Sleep on your left side
Elevate the head of the bed
Take acid suppression medication before vigorous exercise
For lots more detailed advice please see:
good luck and best wishes

Veteran Member

Date Joined Jun 2011
Total Posts : 795
   Posted 4/11/2012 5:48 PM (GMT -6)   
Some good advice has already been posted here. This acid reflux stuff demands that we make a lot of changes. The Koufman diet has been very helpful in reducing my symptoms, though I have made many other changes that have contributed to my better health.

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