you asked if anybody on this board has "completely recovered"
complete recovery is a tall order..... but maybe some or many here can say they have
so far, i can not...however...
i have experienced a very significant partial recovery and i have not given up hope that i may yet do better
there was a time last year when i thought that maybe i wasnt going to be around for very much longer, things were very very grim
i couldnt breath very well at all, i had real difficulty swallowing solid food and my throat was very burnt
fear hunted ...and haunted me
things have changed
today i eat a wide variety of foods that i like... but.... my first rule is always keep the meal small ( especially compared to the piggy way i used to eat).
i avoid food in cans and jars and packages with long ingredient lists and instead eat whole foods...all kinds of fruits vegetables meats and grains. i dont eat fast food..
i avoid coffee, alcohol. spearmint, peppermint, chocolate, catchup and raw "hot" vegetables like onions and garlic and hot peppers that burn... but i do eat cooked onions garlic and sweat peppers in moderation
i also almost never eat fatty meat nor bacon, salami etc, but eat tons of chicken, shrimp, salmon, lean beef and any other heart healthy protein i like, again keeping things lean...less fat
again... i keep my meals small and that included the volume of liquid i put in my stomach all at once...very important to avoid stomach distention...very important..and i sleep inclined
my throat has healed a lot and my LES is working better
can i declare a complete recovery...no far from it. but i feel like i have traveled half way back from a very dark and desperate, hopeless place of pain and fear. an i continue to get better!
my goal is to reverse barretts esophagus
while it is true my current "tools" are diet, exercise, and sleeping inclined
meds helped me turn the corner and i would go back to using medication in a heart beat if, and when i need that help
every now an then things get better... and then for awhile get worse. i can see that some day i may need surgery, or maybe not.. its hard to say... no two people and no two situations are exactly the same
but if somebody had told me last fall that i would be doing this well... i would have dis believed my ears and called m a liar, cause things back then were very very dark
gerd and lpr involve a complex interplay between genetics and environmental and behavioral factors
so depending upon a persons individual situation maybe surgery and -or medication and-or life style changes may be the "right" course of action...but so far this is the path im on
oh yes on last thing....stress...stress aggravates gerd big time for me, and so i make every reasonable effort to push the crazy part of the world away, or cope better when i have no choice
good luck to you in your journey for thats what this is
Post Edited (mock turtle) : 6/28/2011 11:21:25 PM (GMT-6)