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dmw52
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   Posted 10/31/2010 9:54 AM (GMT -6)   
I have severe acid reflux and was taking 2 nexium 40mg, zantac, domperidone, and sulcrate.  My gastroscope showed Barrett's esophagus.  I have recently started taking apple cider vinegar and baking soda  and have stopped all my medication.  I am interested in talking with other people who are using apple cider vinegar and their results. 

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   Posted 10/31/2010 9:58 AM (GMT -6)   
Hello and welcome to the forum.  We have members that use ACV and swear by it so I know you will be hearing from them.
 
Again a warm welcome.
 
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   Posted 10/31/2010 10:07 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Kitt,

I am looking forward to hearing from someone who has experience with ACV.

Thanks for the welcome.
Donna

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   Posted 10/31/2010 3:20 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Donna
I swear by ACV. I put 2 capfuls into a big glass of water and drink it before lunch and tea. I just mix it before I start making the meal and sip away while cooking or preparing. If I ever feel bloated or feel heartburn coming on I mix another glass up and sip it slowly and it always works. Drinking vinegar is also thought to help your skin glow, your bones to be strong and may help prevent cancer. To me it tastes similar to drinking lemon juice in your water. I've never found it unpleasant to drink. I've also found that any old cider vinegar works too not just the organic mother containing one.
The other thing that has helped me is cutting drastically down on sugar. This was very hard to do but now I only eat something sugary once or twice a week and feel sooooo much better for it. If you do decide to do this, do it in baby steps. First I stopped eating my huge vice, chocolate. I used to eat a lot of chocolate, in fact I used to think my throat was cut if I hadn't had some. :-) First I cut it down to 1 stick a day then 1 segment a day then only every second day etc. Now I never think about chocolate and the odd time I do have some I don't enjoy it as much as I used to. It tastes so unbelieveably sweet and rich to me now.
Then I started trying to cut out other sugar in the same way. There is heaps of sugar in pre-prepared meals so if you can cook your meals from scratch yourself you can control what goes in much easier. It's also so much easier for your body to digest more natural foods. Processed stuff has very little nutritional value and if your digestion is compromised eating processed food is like pouring salt on a wound. Eating a lot of alkaline foods also helps.
The other things I do are:
Aloe vera Juice 20mls morning and night
A big glass of water with half a lemon squeezed into it as soon as I get up and half an hour before breakfast.
Slippery Elm tablets. 1 before each meal.
Eat organic probotic yoghurt for breakfast. I just pour about 3 dessert spoons over my cereal.
Take digestive enzymes. Research shows that as we age we produce less of these so a little help makes a big difference.
Have 3 teasoons per day of New Zealand Manuka honey. Honey is a natural antibiotic and has been proven to help heal infections. I read that it can help heal your LES so I take a teaspoon of it after each meal
And finally :-) Drink camomile tea. This was used in the 1800's as an indigestion remedy. It is amazing to drink before bed. Guarantees you a good night sleep.
I know this is quite a list of stuff but i didn't do all this in one go. I added and subtracted remedies trying to find what worked for me. It took quite a few weeks to work it all out but now I feel like I've got the right combo now. I've also noticed that as I'm feeling better sometimes I can miss a thing and still be ok. e.g I've got a bit slack at remembering to take the digestive enzymes and I'm still ok most of the time. I also used to take a thing called digest aid which has pepsin and HCL in it to help your stomach digest food but I find I don't need that now.
hope this info helps
Cheers
MM

dmw52
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   Posted 10/31/2010 4:06 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks for the info, MM.
 
My diet had been very limited due to the severe reflux....some fruits, cooked vegetables, chicken and fish.  I have been adding Manuka honey to the ACV/baking soda drink and  I have been using digestive enzymes, DG licorish, aloe vera gel and Ginger tea.  I read about Slippery Elm tablets so I will pick some up. I just started with the lemon in water and have been using pickle juice. 
 
All along I thought I was producing too much acid but recently did the baking soda and water test on an empty stomach first thing in the morning and didn't belch at all.....that was my first clue that I don't have enough stomach acid.
 
I was wondering if you were on any prescription ppi's and how long it took the acid rebound from going off them to stop.  I had a rough night last night....I only stopped nexium on Fri and I was on 80mg a day and zantac at night.  How long have you been taking the apple cider vinegar?   Can you eat grains? At this point they give me a lot of reflux.  Are you able to eat most things now (except sugar)?
 
Thanks again for your help. This all started so suddenly and I have been very miserable and am looking forward to getting my life back.   I am waiting for a scope by the thoracic surgeon who is going to decide if I need the nissen fundoplication done.  I am really hoping to avoid that surgery. 

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   Posted 10/31/2010 10:37 PM (GMT -6)   
dmw,

Apple Cider Vinegar and Baking Soda are two of the many so-called 'alkaline' foods. Alkaline foods are foods that raise the pH of the body (make it less acidic). See this post for a list of alkaline and acid foods:

http://www.healingwell.com/community/default.aspx?f=45&m=1942384

dmw52
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   Posted 11/1/2010 8:10 AM (GMT -6)   
Thanks for the link. I like how the list is broken down into most and lowest. The list I got from the naturopath I have been seeing didn't break it down.

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   Posted 11/1/2010 2:54 PM (GMT -6)   
Donna I have been lucky with grains and they have never overly affected me apart from some minor bloating. One thing I did find though was if I ate organic grains I was absoutely fine, no symptons at all. It is more costly to eat organic but I used to buy it for me only and the rest of the family ate normal and it worked well that way. However I know some people can't tolerate grains organic or not.
Have you ever eaten Quinoa? It's pronounced Keen Wa. It's a really old grain that is gluten free and tastes very similar to cous cous. This is very very good for your digestion and extremely soothing on your tummy. You cook it a bit like rice. 1 cup cous cous 2 cups water. Bring to the boil and simmer for 15 mins. Make sure you rinse it very well first otherwise it's bitter. I was quite dubious about eating this when my nautropath first told me about it but having now tried it, I love it. You could eat this with lemon zest and spinach leaves in it some fresh corriander and shredded chicken. yum yum. Another old grain you could try is millet. I have not tried this one but I know you cook it like a porridge and it is apparently lovely for breakfast.

Yes I was on PPI's but never for long periods of time. My "severe reflux problem" which always came and went turned out to be gallstones so all the times I thought I was having heartburn I was actually having gallstone attacks which is why I was never on PPI's for long. I would take one and it wouldn't work and then they would try another and it wouldn't work then the attacks would subside and I would stop taking them thinking that this one had worked. So consequently I never had problems with acid rebound.
Since I've had my gallbladder out my digestion troubles are having sore bloating and lots of burping but if I do all the things I mentioned I can keep it under control.

I have been drinking ACV for nearly a year but I don't put baking soda in mine. Just ACV and water. I know a lot of people put honey in theirs to sweeten it but I like the taste of it so don't need the sweetner.

The slippery Elm should help with the acid rebound I would think as it coats the digestive tract and sooths, but it's drawback is that it is slow. Takes about 2 weeks to be fully effective.
Another thing you may find effective is fresh mango and papaya. If you ate those for breakfast with organic probiotic yoghurt it would really kick start your digestion. These are all very tummy soothing things and packed with enzymes.
Hang in there Donna keep your spirits up things will improve. I know the limited diet is so so so hard but once you heal you will be able to start introducing a few more things to spice up your life.
keep posting
MM

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   Posted 11/1/2010 3:06 PM (GMT -6)   
PS Donna I would try eating the manuka honey straight off the spoon rather than putting it in your drink. Eat it after you have had a meal so that it "chases" everything down and leaves a lovely smooth tract behind it.
And also yes I can mostly eat all foods again now but I find most of the things I used to love not that tasty any more. Chocolate especially I really used to love and now I find it way too sweet so don't really bother with it any more.
I find I mostly stick to my fruit and salad diet simply because I like it now. Believe me I NEVER thought I would have said that at the beginning when I started having the make the changes.
Also (I've just re-read your post) ask your naturopath about putting you on Pepsin and HCL. This supplement helps increase natural stomach acid and digestive enzymes. It may help but definately check with him/her first in case it's a case of too much too soon for your poor tummy.

dmw52
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   Posted 11/1/2010 3:42 PM (GMT -6)   
Thank you so much for taking the time to respond and answer my questions. I was very surprised to read about your gallbladder problems. I had a gallbladder attack several months ago and had severe pain everytime I ate anything with any fat. I had a hida scan a week ago and am currently waiting to see the surgeon to see if I need my gallbladder out. One of my first symptoms back in March when this all started was an ache in my right side. Although it has settled down now, I still have an odd feeling there at times....like a stitch in my side. Was acid reflux your main symptom? My reflux was so severe that at first I thought I was having heart palpations from prednisone. I later realized that it was the acid shooting up in my esophagus. After I ate I couldn't breathe and couldn't stop coughing. My ultrasound showed a slight enlargement which may or may not be gallbladder disease. Both of my parents have had their gallbladders out and even my mother's mother and sister have as well. There is a strong family history of gallbladder problems. Now I am hoping that I need my gallbladder out! Two nexium and a zantac in the evening are not able to control my reflux. When I met with the surgeon about a month ago he didn't really feel that having my gallbladder out would solve my problems. I am anxious to see what the hida scan will show.

I often do eat a spoonful of manuka honey. My naturopath isn't much for supplements. I asked about digestive enzymes and she said no. She also said not to use DGL but I find that it really helps. She doesn't believe in taking calcium either....I still use a chewable supplement. She said I shouldn't drink camomile tea but I sometimes drink it. I am going to pick up some slippery elm, and organic yogurt and will try the quinoa. I already have mango....love them. Thanks for the great suggestions. I really appreciate your help.

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   Posted 11/2/2010 3:09 PM (GMT -6)   
Here's my story from start to finish. (Brace yourself :-))
After I had my 2nd child I started getting this weird buring pain at times after eating which would start in that soft little part just under and in the centre of the "hoop" part of my ribs. It would come on suddenly and with no warning and then burn like crazy and seemed to travel up my esophagous and then I would vomit. After vomiting I would feel bloated and sore through my chest and back and that feeling would continue throughout the day and often I would vomit again. This was stressful with a 3 week baby crying to be fed whilst I lay over the toilet feeling like I would die! After a couple of days of this I went to the doctor and saw a locum which is possibly where it all went wrong. The locum did not ask me many questions and now that I know what I know I can't believe she wasn't a bit concerned by the vomiting. She diagnosed reflux and put me on Rantidine (Zantac). This seemed to work, I don't know why.

The attacks went away and then resurfaced when I was pregnant with child number 3. I went back to the doctor and said to him that I was having trouble with reflux again. This time it was my doctor and my mistake (now that I have 20/20 vision) was saying I was having reflux. I should have told him my symptoms and then asked what it could be and got him to investigate. But because I said I had reflux he again put me on Zantac because I said it worked last time.

Over the course of the next 3 years I had these attacks intermitedly and trotted back and forth to the doctors always saying to them that I had reflux. When Zantac stopped working they tried another drug (can't remember what that was called) then Losec, then Pantoprazole plus I used to practically drink gaviscon trying to sooth the burning. Up until the beginning of this year the attacks had settled into a nighttime pattern where I would be woken by burning pain, I would quickly down some gaviscon and hope that it was enough to avoid being sick. Most of the time it seemed to have worked.

Then in March this year things really started to go wrong. The attacks started becoming more frequent and more severe. I was vomiting several times a day and was down to eating soup and fruit and still they were coming up. I lost 5 kilos in 4 weeks which I thought was pretty alarming. I went back to the doctor and got a different one since my doctor was busy and said to him what else could this be. He asked me to show him where the pain was and when I did he said but heartburn pain does not occur that low down it occurs in the middle of your chest. Then he asked does your back hurt too when you get this burning? Yes Yes Yes. Then I think you may have gallstones. He sent me off for a blood test and booked me in for an ultrasound and gave me some strong painkillers to take when the pain started. This all occured on a Wed. The blood test that day showed my pancreatic function to be 69. All ok he said now we wait for the scan. Please don't eat dairy foods or fatty foods in the meantime. On the Sun night I went to bed feeling weird my tummy felt tight. I was expecting to have another night of attacks so had my painkillers at the ready. I woke at about 2:30am with a very nagging persisent pain all along the righthand side of my tummy and raidiating up to that hoop part of my ribs again. Himmm that's sore and weird I thought. Took a tablet and tried to go back to sleep. After a couple of hours the pain was getting worse and worse and I considered calling the ambulance. But like an idiot I thought I wasn't sick enough. Somehow got through the night and got the morning routine done and got the girls off to school and then headed to doctors. By this time I couldn't walk straight I had to walk crouched. I walked in and the receptionist said Oh my god what's wrong with you (She does know me personally). I told her I felt very bad so she said sit down you aren't going any where. I was examined and sent for an urgent blood test which showed my pancreatic function to be 994! At those results the doctor said quite seriously You are in trouble I am admiting you to hospital you have acute pancreatitis. It was a relief and a panic at the same time.

Spent a week in hopsital recovering from the pancreatitis and had an ultrasound which showed a gallstone blocking my common bile duct and causing the pancreatitis and a gallballder packed full of stones and sand. They did an endoscopy to get rid of the blocked stone and then I was booked in to have my gallbladder removed the following month. Gallbladder was removed and then it was life back to normal.

However in a post script to the whole saga I ate some chocolate one day a few weeks ago and was woken in the night with a gallbladder like attack!!! Back to the doctor and another blood test and scan. Turns out there is a left over stone in one of my ducts that has to be removed. I have an appt with my surgeon next week to discuss removal of this one.

It's been quite an adventure but the one thing I am thankful about, is that it forced me to make changes in my diet which at the time I hated and rebelled against and did under extreme protests! However I am now at peace with my diet and like the things I eat now and mostly don't miss my old diet. I used to love KFC and MacDonalds but now I wouldn't thank you for any of that. I have learnt a lot about food and supplements and feel I am healthier for it. I still do eat takeaways and sugar and fat every now and then but find I don't enjoy them quite as much as I used to.

It will be very interesting when they do scan your gallbladder. I was like you the drugs seemed to work for me for a while but now that I look back they probably "worked" because after I had attacks I didn't feel like eating so would just eat fruit and light things which would have been giving my gallbladder a break thus no attacks so it would seem the drugs were working. At the beginning of this year however nothing was working and I was desperate. I spent hours on the internet researching reflux and remedies and trying them all and it was so frightening and depressing.

Donna if things work for you then I say go for it. I've read of lots of people on here having great success with the DGL (I'm in New Zealand and it's very hard to get that here) so keep at it if it works. My theory with the supplements is that they are not going to do any harm (providing you are not taking bucket loads of them) so you might as well give them a try. I simply love camomile tea it's such a relaxing tea as well as being good for digestion so if you like it drink it happily. Sorry this is so looooong. Hope your eye's haven't burnt out :-)
Cheers
MM

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   Posted 11/4/2010 7:26 AM (GMT -6)   
Wow! You had quite a time with your gallbladder. I can't imagine going throught that with a newborn. I seems like something about being pregnant set off your gallbladder.

My story isn't simple either. I had a severe respiratory virus at the end of Feb which made my lungs sound like paper bags. I ended up on prednisone and antibiotics. I felt okay after a week or more of being sick and went to Cuba. After coming back from Cuba I got the virus back again and ended up back on prednisone and antibiotics. I felt like I was having heart palpatations from the prednisone, coudn't breathe after eating (especially supper), and couldn't stop coughing after eating. I also had an ache in my right side and it felt like something was enlarged. My dr just felt I was stressed since a bit after this started I has a bad pap smear (AGUS favor neoplastic).

Like you, I searched on the internet and realized I had GERD. I started on nexium and it helped some. However, I had other symptoms that developed....abdominal pain, weakness, insomnia, significant weight loss, etc. The nexium didn't control my GERD and I developed ulcers in my esophagus. My gastroscope showed acute and chronic gastritis and Barrett's esophagus. I was put on double nexium and that didn't control my GERD, so I started a Zantac before going to bed. I also took domperidone for motility which helped some. A few months ago I couldn't eat much of anything....a few soft vegetables and bananas and had severe abdominal pain if I ate any fat at all. I started going to a naturopath who treated me for parasites....a couple kinds of flukes (one was liver flukes).

I told my dr all along that I felt that I had picked up a parasite while snorkeling in a mangrove in Cuba but he acted like I was just stressed. I am seeing an osteopath too who said that my diaphram was very tight from all the coughing I did and he has been working on the hiatal hernia I develped.

At this point I am waiting to see if I need my gallbladder out...find that out next week; a scope from the thoracic surgeon to see if he is going to do a nissen fundolpliacation, and I see the infectious disease specialist near the end of the month. I just had more testing yesterday for the AGUS which is a rare diagnosis. It is atypical glandular cells that may come from outside of the reproductive tract...could be colon, breast cancer, etc . I led a normal life before this nightmare started and I can't seem to get my life back. I am currently off work on sick leave. All I do most of the time is research on the internet trying to find a solution to all of my issues. The AVC has helped and I was able to reduce my nexium to 20mg a day from 80mg and I was able to stop the domperidone. However, I am very concerned about the burning in my chest since I already have Barrett's esophagus. It's hard to believe but before this I didn't have a reflux problem. I am better than I was but I have a long way to go to get my life back. The last 7 months have been hell. To top it all off I am now perimenopausal and wonder if the fluctuation in my hormones is partly responsible. My naturopath and osteopath tell me that I will be a new woman by Christmas and I pray they are right.

Thanks for sharing your story and for being so supportive.

Moo'sMum
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   Posted 11/4/2010 1:47 PM (GMT -6)   
Oh Donna what a ride you've had!
I wish doctors wouldn't be so dismissive when we feel a particular thing has happened to us. I find the medical community incrediably close minded at times it's frustrating! In saying that they can also be great but I find their "take a drug for this and a drug for that" approach somewhat narrow. I wish they would do more investigating into what caused the problem rather than patching it up at the end.
I'm so glad you are having some success with the ACV. It certinally seems to have been a time honoured relief for indigestion problems. As I said in my last post keep up with the DGL if it works for you. No sense stopping something because someone doesn't agree with it if it's actually doing you some good.
There have been other posters on here saying that their GERD gets worse when they get their period and when menopause comes knocking so hormones must play a role in this puzzle for sure.
I'll be interested to hear what the verdict is on your gallbladder.
Keep on fighting for answers Donna and I'm sure you will get there.
Big hugs
MM

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   Posted 11/5/2010 6:08 PM (GMT -6)   
Hello, I too have acid reflux and am on nexium 40mg/day sometimes 80mg/day, depending on how I feel. I also take gaviscon 2 teaspoons 4 times a day, it seems to help a little, but I still can't eat hardley anything, I am around 190lbs and I was 205lbs so to lose weight would do me some good, but your body needs to eat something, I eat some fruit and some veggies and boneless skinless chicken, thats it. I have only just heard about apple cider vinager & baking soda, how much how often??
Please help

dmw52
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   Posted 11/5/2010 8:48 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Grady, I started out taking two teaspoons of organic apple cider vinegar with 1/4 tsp of baking soda. You have to get the vinegar that says "with the mother"....Bragg's makes this kind. I worked up to two tablespoons of ACV with 1/2 tsp of soda before meals. I have been able to reduce my nexium from 80mg to 20mg and I still take 150mg of zantac most nights. It has helped me a lot. I had constant burning even with the nexium and zantac. I found the info on the earth clinic site. I was very scared to try the ACV since I had used a vinagerette on my salad a while back and the burning in my chest was unbearable. However, the ACV doesn't cause me any burning. I have only been using ACV for 13 days and wish I would have been brave enough to try it sooner. It is worth a try. Best of luck.

dmw52
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   Posted 11/6/2010 6:52 AM (GMT -6)   
Grady, I have also been reading studies about melatonin and have started using that. I am having less reflux during the night. Melatonin is supposed to strengthen your LES (lower esophageal spincter).

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   Posted 11/6/2010 9:37 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks for your input on the acv and melatonin, I have never heard of melatonin. Do I ask my doctor for it? I have another doctors appointment on Monday, so hopefully he can clear everything up for me. I had blood work done 2 and half weeks ago and everything looked good, well my blood sugars were good, 5.6, my colestrol good and bad were where they were suppose to be, I was so relieved, but the nurse had said there was bacteria found in my blood as well as my blood plattelets were a little high, but when my doctor came in the room he didn't seem to be too worried about them, well not as worried as I was/am. I was also tested for H Pylori, which I haven't heard the results yet, that is why I have an appointment Monday to see if the results are in and where to go from there. All I l know is this is driving me crazy, I can't eat anything really,I have my gaviscon that I drink like a milkshake lol, I don't go over 16 teaspoons as directed. I am def going to try the acv it doesn't sound good,but I will try anything right about now if it means I can go without pains in my chest and belching all day.
Thanks again

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   Posted 11/7/2010 7:32 AM (GMT -6)   
Melatonin is over the counter and not expensive at all. Dissolve 2 or 3 under your tongue before you go to sleep. It is used to help regulate the sleep cycle but if you google 'melatonin and acid reflux' you will see several studies with good results. I can sympathize with your problems. My life has been hell for the past 7 months. Apparently many people are low in stomach acid but the symptoms are the same as too much stomach acid. ACV has really been a godsend for me. I feel like I am starting on the road to recovery. ACV is not bad once you get used to it, the baking soda really cuts down on the taste. Put the ACV and soda in the glass and then add water...if you add them all together it will bubble over. Just being able to stop domperidone cut down on nexium and zantac has been a relief. I was using gaviscon a lot, especially through the night. I also chew gum which really helps with the acid....saliva is alkaline. I often take DGL...deglicerized licorice after eating and it helps with the belching. There is a lot of acid rebound when you stop taking nexium so you have to do it gradually. I use zantac when needed. Now I am taking 75mg before bed. I have also lost a lot of weight and am now underweight. I am having a scope on the 18 to see if the surgeon is going to do the nissen fundoplication. I have been seeing an osteopath for help with the hiatal hernia that I developed when I was coughing nonstop. I am seeing an infectious disease specialist at the end of the month since I have been sick since a trip to Cuba and I find out on Tues if the dr is going to remove my gallbladder. Getting to the bottom of what is going on is not easy! Good luck with your appointment on Mon. Bacteria in your blood sounds suspicious! Keep us posted.

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   Posted 9/27/2014 8:57 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi everyone I was wondering if apple cider vinegar would be bad to take if I have esophageal ulcer and has any one with ulcers tried it. My pain is below my breasts. I have an endoscopy on Friday, October 3rd. I will be getting a biopsy at that time. I have been on Prilosec, Protonix which didn't help me and now 40mg Nexium twice a day. I just started that yesterday. Also have any of you had success with slippery elm? Thanks for your help. I was diagnosed with these in July and I have silent reflux disease which I was diagnosed in May. I wish you all the best as I know this isn't an easy journey. Thanks so much. Lorray

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   Posted 11/10/2014 10:37 PM (GMT -6)   
I've read everyone's comments and I am interested in know how you are all doing now. I see most of these notes are from a few years ago. I have esophagitis. I've had GERD for many years and have been on Previcid, and Prilosec twice a day. The last time I was scoped they are now calling it esophagitis. I do have heartburn but mostly I have this ache in my sternum. That is where the infection is. I cannot get rid of it. I have just started taking Bragg's acv in water twice a day to see if this will help me. I know honey is good for the esophagus so I use that in my organic green tea and also I take a teaspoon of honey at times. Should I totally give up coffee? I only drink it in the morning. Two cups. I know chocolate is bad and that is so hard to give up but if I have to I will. My esophagitis is worse at night. It's bothering me now and I already had my ACV. I've heard that ACV is acidity and I've heard that it's alkaline. Confusing. Some of you said Slippery Elm is good so I will try that. So I need to know about coffee, chocolate and is GERD and esophagitis one and the same? Thank you.

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   Posted 11/11/2014 8:33 AM (GMT -6)   
I've read a lot about ACV but always been too scared to try. I too would be interested in hearing how everyones doing.

My stomach is a big problem for me and drinking acid seems to be the opposite of what I should be doing! Is that why you add the baking soda to neutralize the acid?

Maybe I will give it a try when I'm feeling better.

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   Posted 11/12/2014 8:02 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Andy. I've been reading about ACV. From what I'm understanding is it is acidic but when it gets in our system it helps to make our body alkaline. So maybe it's our body chemistry that does that?? Anyway I tried it with baking soda and no thanks! I'll stick with water and ACV. I like it much better. Do you drink coffee? I'm curious as if people with reflux, esophagitis have had to give up certain things like coffee, chocolate, etc. Trey the ACV and water. See if it helps you. :-)

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   Posted 4/21/2015 9:49 PM (GMT -6)   
Andy, Quick history
Diagnosed with reflux induced asthma 1998, allergies
Meds: singular, nexium, inhalers, shots for 5 years
continuing regular sinus infections turned to bronchitis and worsening GERD.
Doubled Nexium (am&pm) acid break thrus lead to Dexilant.
2 yrs ago biopsies led to diagnosis of early barretts disease.
After last endoscopy was told "do not stop Dexilant ".
I've been on it way too long and I'm having break thrus again.
I have used the Master Cleanse (for ulcers) and stopped all med for up to 28 days with NO backlash but went right back to PPI. Now I'm going to get off these meds and heal.
I've started the ACV 1/2 tsp in half glass water. I kept taking this cocktail every hour until I got some relief. I will work on cutting back Dexilant every other day continuing to increase ACV. I plan to add the baking soda when taste gets to be too much. Coffee hurts so good but it's going too.

In previous post meletonin was suggested. I will start this tonight along with sleeping slightly elevated.

You have to start somewhere. I'm continuing to read the thread and hope we can compare notes.

No Patience
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   Posted 4/22/2015 6:31 AM (GMT -6)   
How can someone say acv is alkaline ? its the most acing you can put in
your body . and along those lines why go with baking soda which is
its like what team are you on ? do you want to be more acidic or more alkaline ? choose one
no ? your just raising acidity then lowering it right back to where you started . whats the point then ?

CAGU
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   Posted 4/23/2015 4:47 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi DMW52

PPIs can caused delayed gastric emptying in some people. This probably explains why quitting your PPI and taking ACV is helping you.

The PH level in the stomach needs to be at a certain level to break down your food and sterilize the food before entering the small intestines. If not at the correct level, food will stay in stomach longer causing delayed gastric emptying. Symptoms of delayed gastric emptying would include: GERD/LPR, excessive burping, bloating, stomach pains, etc.... In worse cases vomiting.
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