Acid Reflux - had lots of tests but don't know what's the cause

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   Posted 4/30/2010 10:23 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi guys,

Just wondering if anyone can give me some advice...

I get acid reflux every day. I've had it pretty consistently for two years. I also have gastritis, but I haven't had stomach pain for almost a year, so I am guessing that it has healed.

Anyway, to cut a long story short- no doctor can answer the question as to why I get acid reflux. To date I've had the following tests:

- MRI of gallbladder
- Blood test for coeliac
- 2 x gastroscopes (incl. biopsy for h. pylori)
- Manometry
- 2 x 24 hr PH tests
- hydrogen breath testing

So my sphincter is 100% functional, I have no h.pylori, my PH tests did show acid reflux. The hydrogen breath testing showed I have fructose malabsorption and lactose malabsorption. I have cut out lactose completely and only eat a small amount of fructose friendly fruit per day.

Yesterday I ate no fruit or lactose but had horrible reflux. This is what I ate yesterday:

Meal 1: 1 cup of oats with oat milk
Meal 2: 2 pieces of gluten free bread with almond spread
Meal 3: Crumbed chicken breast with rice and 1/2 cup grean beans (gluten free crumbs)
Meal 4: 1/2 cup oats with oat milk
Meal 5: Crumbed chicken breast with rice and 1 cup pak choi (gluten free crumbs)
Meal 6: 30 grams egg white powder with oat milk

Anyway, I am thinking maybe I have coeliacs or delayed gastric emptying. Two doctors have both suggested getting the Nissen done, but I'd rather get to the bottom of the problem than treat attempt to fix the symptoms.

Any ideas or pointers are appreciated...



Mike C
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   Posted 4/30/2010 10:37 PM (GMT -6)   
I would stop drinking milk for awhile to see what happens. Drinking milk when you already have acid reflux can make it worse. Are you taking anything for the acid?

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   Posted 4/30/2010 11:11 PM (GMT -6)   
I don't drink any milk. Oat milk is made from oats. No lactose, no milk protein.

I used to take Nexium 40mg, but now only take 150mg ranitidine (zantac).

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   Posted 5/1/2010 12:37 PM (GMT -6)   
Avoid all soy/soya products. There have been some bad write-ups about unfermented soy/soya which is out there saturating the markets.
You could also try the Food Combining technique, whereby you don't mix proteins with carbs at one meal, and eat fruits seperately at one meal. Google Food Combining and you can read all the theories behind it.

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   Posted 5/2/2010 8:00 PM (GMT -6)   
Almonds are high in fat which I avoid as it is a serious antagonist, thats really the only trigger I can see.Hope you find the answer to your why.

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   Posted 5/2/2010 8:31 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks guys, I don't know how food combining will be- as bodybuilding is a hobby of mine.

Almonds- wow, never really thought of it, but I'll watch my intake and see how it goes. That could explain a lot...I had a tablespoon of peanut butter from the jar yesterday & bam! bloated stomach in 10minutes.

At the moment I'm actually taking no meds & doing pretty well... I am 99% sure that certain foods are the problem. Just trying to get to the bottom of it!

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   Posted 5/5/2010 10:55 PM (GMT -6)   
Have you read any of Gerdo's posts? Her story is quite interesting and tells of her issue with reflux which was caused by the Pyloric valve rather than the LES. Her post is entitled A story of recovery from GERD I think.
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