Can someone recommend a GERD specialist in the UK or elsewhere in Northern Europe?

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   Posted 4/15/2010 4:46 AM (GMT -6)   
My father is very ill with complications associated with his GERD - but I cannot find a doctor in my country who knows enough about the complications that can occur with GERD and feel I really must find a specialist abroad quickly. At the moment my father is in hospital getting fed intravenously because he has lost so much weight due his problems swallowing. He also has great problems breathing, but no one here seems to think that your lungs can be affected by GERD! Please help me find a good GI who specialises in complications associated with GERD in Northern Europe- I would be so grateful.

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   Posted 5/5/2010 10:37 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi caz38

try this web site for looking up experts in GERD world wide. I would still caution you, just because they are listed as experts does not mean they are good doctors.

(you will have to sign in to use this web site)


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   Posted 5/11/2010 11:05 AM (GMT -6)   
Hello!I can suggest you a very good GI doctor here in Italy,in Milan,Doctor Luigi Bonavina.
Search it on web..I would like to go to him,me too,because I have been suffering for several years... cry
Good luck!

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   Posted 5/21/2010 4:37 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi, sorry your dad is ill but I have a suggestion.  Have you heard of healing with alkaline water.  Do some research about this miraculous water.    There has been lots of research done on many ailments and GERD is one of them.  I have a friend who has gerd and an ulcer.  I had some 9.5 ph alkaline water when he was experiencing pain.  I gave him omeprazole and a glass of the water and his pain immediatley ceased!!!  I am having my father who is diabetic and has cancer.  The blood sugar levels are being drastically decreased even without his insulin.  I am doing my own research on this wonderful water and urge you to check it out.  So far I have relied on the kindness of strangers who I have met through this water system and they have supplied us with 2 wks of free water, as the systems range in cost of $1200 us dollars to $4000 us dollars although you can find them on ebay at reduced prices. 
Let me know what you find out.  I think this water could be a superior healing tool along with balanced diet.  I know your father can be helped!  As I am helping my father discover the benefits, he will be purchasing one of the water systems.  God Bless.
Edit:  Name of the two companies who heavily promote this product have been removed.

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   Posted 5/21/2010 5:56 PM (GMT -6)   
A water ionizer is an appliance that ionizes water. Ionized water is purported to be beneficial to human health and marketed with claims that it is an antioxidant which can slow aging and prevent disease. Others note that such claims contradict basic laws of chemistry and physiology.

I would advice anyone looking at this appliance to do their homework well and be careful of what you read on the sites that are selling this product.

This is my personal opinion.

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   Posted 5/22/2011 4:15 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi, I am in the uk and have worked for the NHS in the past, so I know the system.

Firstly, your father is entitled to a second opinion, but if he is hospitalised then he is not fit to travel for a second opinion. You may be able to get his GP to refer him for a second opinion, but I would want to be very sure of what was going on before I did that.

Firstly, have you sat down and discussed his condition with his consultant? Is he under the care of a gi cons or a physician for the elderly?

Secondly, especially if your father is elderly, there are other things that can affect swallow ability: Parkinson's is just one example. My father had a form of dementia which affected his swallow and he kept getting pneumonia because of that - just an example.

I would write down your specific concerns and arrange a meeting to discuss your father's treatment. You may need your father's consent for this if he is still mentally on the ball, and he can then choose if he wants to be present or not.

Discuss his care and your concerns carefully. If after that you are not happy then the physician or the GP can help you seek a second opinion. You could also pay privately for a second opinion, but you will still need a referral letter. To get an opinion overseas your father would have to be fit to travel and mentally sound enough to sign a "discharge against medical advice form".

I do appreciate your worry - I've been through it with my parents (not sure that wasn't what started my GERD!) but it is important to get clear feedback from the medical staff and not just rely on what your father or the nursing staff tell you. Leave a message on the ward or contact the consultant's secretary to make an appt with his consultant.

Hope that helps,

Post Edited (mudmagnetmum) : 5/22/2011 3:19:45 PM (GMT-6)

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   Posted 5/23/2011 1:13 AM (GMT -6)   
THIS IS FOR mudmagnetmum

Hi I am not sure what is your name but I live in the states and saw your comment on thebook you bough about heartburn away or something is there a way we can talk through this forum or email?

I sadly suffer from GERD also....I barely got into the forum thing. And have not really tried anything and I dont have any insurance also. I did buy ACV and ordered this book. I also want to find a cure for myself...but anyways is there a way i can see that book or no? Or can we just talk about what your symptoms are?
I am a student here in CAlifornia, USA.

thanks, hope to meet some ppl who suffer from this crap..

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   Posted 5/23/2011 3:49 AM (GMT -6)   

I tried ACV and it made me feel worse. The book you refer to outlines how to do a naturopathic diet and advocates some other products like honey and apple cider vinegar. If your problem is related to diet (and some of us find diet makes no difference) then you would be just as well served by following a naturopathic diet from any source. The basic diet is grain and dairy free, with no tea, coffee, food colourings, additives etc. Most such diets also eliminate citrus fruit and a few other items like garlic and onion. The concept is that you are eliminating all possible food triggers so that they can be identified when you reintroduce them and are also giving your body chance to repair itself. In some variations the diet is also vegetarian, or meat is limited in favour of fish.

There are many variations of such diets around. There is also the "stone age" diet. I cannot recommend any particular diet and certainly have not been able to "cure" myself through such means. There are probably people using the forum who have had success through diet and I would suggest you start a new thread entitled "Which diet works for you?" or similar.

There is some evidence that a low carbohydrate diet works

but I have not tried that myself. You just have to experiment and find out what works for you. It's useful to compare notes on the forum and get support, but at the end of the day only you can find out what works for you!
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   Posted 5/23/2011 6:38 AM (GMT -6)   
I too have GERD. I have learned thru much reading and experimentation how to keep it at bay. 1st I did a lot of reading, on this web site and all over the net. I learned about the various organs in the body that are involved and those that could be involved in causing GERD. I learned where they are at and what they do, what they don't do, what they like and what they don't like. (For example, the liver does not like protein (like the protein in meats), it has a hard time digesting it.) Knowing about the organs, gave me leads to more info. I spent about 5 yrs reading on and off, but all and all it's helped me learn a great deal and as a result of applying much of what I learned, I now suffer very little from GERD. One web site that helped me a good deal was the diet for the gallbladder on, which I got on AFTER being on a very bland diet (no fats, nothing fried, the typical GERD diet, also no dairy, no meat (other than a bit of white meat baked chicken and roast turkey breast, no sweets (low to no sugar), for over a year. She(the woman who owns the web site) has a very helpful beat and lemon and flax oil recipe that did wonders for me and got rid of all my pain around my rib cage. That pain was, in my estimation, a result of the GERD. After being on her beat, lemon, & flax oil for 2-3 weeks,I then went on to her green soup recipe (I also only drank boiled spring water and ate nothing else). I lived on those 2 for 2-3 months, nothing else, other than my regular meds for other problems and many vitamins. It was the diet, especially the lemons that helped with the pain and I belive the GERD. Eventually after most of the GERD was gone, I found I could just take a table spoon or 2 of fresh squeezed lemon and it would get rid of the pain that I would wake up with if I'd messed up and ate the wrong things the day before. My pain would go around the lower rib cage to the middle of my back. The lemons would get rid of the pain within 10 seconds, no matter how bad it was. Of course if I ate a lots of things I should not have the previous day (sometimes right after I ate the wrong things), like a lot of candy or sweets or something fried, the pain would only subside, but at least it would get better. When this happened I'd take the lemon juice every few hrs until the pain went away. Eventually I found things I could eat which ended up being mostly a very bland gluten free diet, but I could eat lots of fruits, (no oranges), and lots of apples and plenty of fresh and steamed vegies, but no fat at all, low carbs (no potatoes), only organic foods, no pre pared foods for the 1st 1-2 years, very low or no sugar and only Stevia as a sugar substitute, no dairy of any kind, no shell fish, and only things made of rice flour, no wheat. As you can see it's very limited, and not a diet that would work for everyone, but it really works for me and I have very very little GERD only once or 2x a month when I mess up and eat the wrong things. When GERD does come back, it only lasts for a few hrs and then I take a specific OTC med for heart burn, that really works. I do not take any other meds for GERD, nor have I for 3 years now. The Over the counter (OTC)heart burn med I take has one very important ingredient. The main active ingredient is Cimetidine. It really works for me. You can buy any brand of heart burn med with this ingredient in it. I buy the Rite Aid brand in the Rite Aid drug store chain. Wal-mart used to make a hart burn med it with this ingredient, but they no longer have it in my area. I'm not sure they make it at all any more. The brand was the Wal-Mart brand that starts with the letter E...(something like Equate)sorry I can't remember the brand name. It's important to make sure the active ingredient is Cimetidine, not anything else. You can read about it on which is the Life Extension web site. My suggestion is that you read all you can on GERD on the net and follow any leads you come across. Once I followed just one word that was in an article and it led me to a medicine that really worked for some other problem I have which is also related to GERD. Also, that is how I found the web site with the beat, lemon, & flax oil recipe. I know how you are all suffering, but don't give up and keep researching. Dr.s do not know everything. They know a lot, but there is just so much time they have for studying and leaning new research. So if you find some med, test or treatment that you'd like to try, print out a copy of the info. and take it to your Dr. I did that and my Dr. gave me the medicine that I brought him info about. That medicine ended up really helping me with another problem I had (which I think, was also a result of the GERD). Something else I think is really important is to take probiotics, Digest ALL (a digestion enzyme aid) and HCL capsules every am (on an empty stomach). I do this every day as soon as I wake up. I'm sure, in my case, they really help. What works for me, may or may not work for you, but if you keep researching GERD you will find what will help you and just maybe what will cure you. Good Luck and thanks to all those on here who gave me inspiration and the determination to go thru all the years of reading and research and experimentation, even when many of the Dr.s tests didn't find anything.( very important thing to remember, many people will test negative for many things related to GERD when they really are positive. Many medical tests (even scopes) are not sensitive enough to reveal everything you need to know to get well. Follow your hunches...and read, read, read.)

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   Posted 5/23/2011 10:12 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi 2Hawaii,
Welcome to Healing Well! Thanks for sharing your story. You are a very determined and disciplined person to be able to follow such a rigid diet for such a long time. I'm glad to hear that you are doing well, and have a system for keeping yourself comfortable.

I agree that GERD tests don't always demonstrate the level of symptoms we are having.

Best of luck in your continued health and comfort.

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   Posted 5/23/2011 12:14 PM (GMT -6)   
TO mudmagnetmum

Thanks for your response as of now I am taking Mastic Gum because I read that it can be related to H. Pylori...But not seeing anything new...But this book is there a way you can email it or not really? Anyways thanks alot for your response...

I have read about that diet but have not tried it and I do eat a lot of whole grain and carbs so maybe this can be the cuplpirt? I dont eat dairy at all but do eat cheese mostly swiss...I have found milk makes me feel worse, greasy n spicy...but i feel like i get rid of the carbs n wheat what would i eat? Well i really want to try that approach...I also read that digestive enzynes can work, papaya enzymes, probiotics...currently taking probiotics with mastic gum but no real difference but did they say it should start working in about a month or 2 i only have 2 wks on mastic gum n 1day on probitoics.....

I also researched about what can repair damage or protect and black raspberries are potions are radical protectants..look it up or share but studies at the Univesity of Ohio inthe USA have shown that contain this protective anti-oxidant for the the esophaugas or berries...
well hope to haer from you...

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   Posted 5/23/2011 3:00 PM (GMT -6)   
2Hawaii, Be careful of the lemon juice. We had a poster here a few months ago who burned her esophagus drinking a lot of lemon juice.

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   Posted 5/24/2011 4:25 AM (GMT -6)   
I'm afraid I'm not allowed to forward copies of the book: I would be in breach of copyright laws. I think you would find many similar approaches if you look through the alternative medicine section of a good book store. I don't know if it's still in print, but Breaking the Vicious Circle
is a good book to try.

I have personally had little success with restricted dietary approaches as I have small children and we eat together as a family. Good luck withbyour research.
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