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Scriptures
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   Posted 8/20/2010 12:12 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi I am new to Healing well, I am Nexium free for 8 days now. I have been on Nexium for approx 15 years. I was advised by my Pharmacist/naturopath to slowly stop taking Nexium due to magnesium deficiency and other nutrient deficiencies that require acid to be absorbed.

For 2 and one half months I have been preparing to stop by taking enzymes and bile salts before each meal. after two and a half months, I began by only taking nexium every other day . Then after two weeks every third day and then I just stopped. However I need to chew gum , chew DGL licorice tablets 20 min before eating and sip ginger tea or camamile tea that has steeped for 20 minutes. Still I am experiencing some burning till my stomach empties.

Has anyone else been successful in stopping long term use of PPI's? If so please share with me any further help that you may have to ease heartburn.

Thanks
scriptures

couchtater
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   Posted 8/20/2010 3:10 PM (GMT -6)   
My long term use of PPIs cure was surgery.

What kind of testing have you had to see which kind of gerd you have?
Joy

Problems too numerous to name. :)

Scriptures
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   Posted 8/27/2010 6:01 PM (GMT -6)   
Couchtater, sorry I have been so long getting back to this thread but I am new and did not know how to find it again. thankfully I found it now and see your reply. Well I have now been nexium free for 17 days. Still not totally free of burning but am doing so much better. Yes I have been tested and told I have a weak LES. But my Pharmacist/Naturopath said Nexium causes magnesium depletion and I need to take Magnesium Taurinate which , over time will strengthen my LES.

Has anyone else had success at getting off PPI's? I sure would appreciate hearing your success story.

Thanks,
scriptures

Moo'sMum
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   Posted 8/27/2010 6:26 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi scriptures
Yesterday I posted you a reply on another thread you had written in so just in case you didn't see it I have pasted it below.
I also wanted to add that camomile tea last thing before bed is a very good stomach soother.

Hi scriptures I also hope to never have to use PPI's again because to my way of thinking supressing something that your stomach naturally produces to digest food is nutty. I understand that sometimes it is necessary to help heal a burnt esophagus but to do it indefinately doesn't make sense to me.
I personally subscribe to the theory that most acid reflux is caused by too little acid not too much as doctors believe. Studies show that the older we get the less acid we produce.
My two cents worth for natural remedies are the following:
I drink 20 ml of aloe vera juice on an empty stomach each morning and then follow that with a glass of water that has half a lemon squeezed into it.
Then I have half a fresh mango for breakfast with digest aid (pills from the health store) and a digestive enzyme tablet.
Then I eat toast or whatever other breakfast food I feel like.
I have the digest aid and the digestive enzymes with each meal.
I also drink another 20ml of aloe vera juice before going to bed.
I never eat past 7pm to ensure that my tummy is empty before going to bed.
All my meals are smaller now and I try really hard to stop eating when I feel full to avoid that stuffed feeling that always leads to indigestion for me.
After my evening meal I drink a large glass of water that has 2 capfuls of cider vinegar mixed in. This doesn't taste as bad as it sounds. I think, it's a bit like lemon juice in your water, quite refreshing. I also drink this mixture if I feel that reflux feeling rising.
Between meals I eat RAW (must be raw not roasted) almonds. These also help when the reflux feeling starts rising again.
Also for me cutting down on fat and sugar has made a big difference. Plus I try to eat less meat than I used to with my main meal and more veges.
All this was hard to get into but now it's all second nature and I feel really good. Since I started all this I haven't had any painful heartburn episodes just that sort of bubble trapped air indigestion feeling at times which is completely gone when i drink the cider vinegar.
This all works for me scriptures and there are other posters on here who have written about there natural cures too. So do some research and experimenting and see what works for you too.

Scriptures
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   Posted 8/28/2010 7:32 PM (GMT -6)   

Scriptures
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   Posted 8/28/2010 7:32 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks so much Moo'sMom , I answered your above post/reply from my email. Hope you got it. I do not see it posted on the thread yet. I am new at this . Your message was so inspiring , hearing that you made the transition from ppi's and how you did it , is so helpful. I hope you got my reply.

couchtater
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   Posted 8/28/2010 8:00 PM (GMT -6)   
If you have a weak LES you need the surgery to stop the acid from flowing up into your esophagus causing damage. This is the only cure in my honest opinion and my surgeon's.
Joy

Moo'sMum
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   Posted 8/28/2010 10:45 PM (GMT -6)   
In my case my LES is functioning perfectly. I don't get reflux anymore just that full indigestion feeling. All my natural remedies seem to work for my symptoms.

Scriptures
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   Posted 8/29/2010 12:17 PM (GMT -6)   
Couchtater, I assume you had the surgery using laprascopy . Due to extensive scarring from 2 previous gallbladder surgeries , I am not a canidate for laproscopic surgery. The old traditional way is too invasive for me to even consider.

I pray that using the natural remedies I will heal. The magnesium taurinate that my pharmacist compounded for me is supposed to help strengthen my LES. All those years on Nexium depleated my magnesium levels. So now that I am off Nexium it will take awhile to rebuild my magnesium, and the rebound effect of the acid that my stomach lining is producing will hopefull subside.

Thanks Couchtater and Moo'sMum for your replies

couchtater
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   Posted 8/29/2010 6:24 PM (GMT -6)   
Ouch! That would be a hard one to recover from. Good luck!
Joy

Alcie
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   Posted 8/29/2010 7:00 PM (GMT -6)   
scriptures -
There are a fair number of surgeons who will do laproscopic surgery even if you have a good amount of previous surgery and scar tissue. You just have to find one near enough who has done the 20,000 mine has done in Pittsburgh.
Alcie
 
 

Scriptures
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   Posted 8/30/2010 4:45 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks Alcie,
You encourage me to search, I just took the wisdom, or lack of it, from a gastro surgeon in Montreal Canada. I will continue to try all the natural methods first but its good to know of other possibilities .
Bless you,
scriptures
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