NEED advise, what should I ask my NAturopathic DR for my GERD?

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   Posted 7/7/2011 8:12 PM (GMT -6)   
Currently I am taking
I am not taking any meds from a GI or regular MDs I tried them for years and they never worked. NONE.
MAStic GUm
Slippery Elm lozenges
HCL betaine just started 3 days ago
Probitoics Jarrows Formula
I am on gluten free diet....
I juice my veggies now started this week
I only keep eating healthier as I go along...
My symptoms?
Sore throat sometimes the whole day
Minor Acid reflux
Burping almost the whole day even when I drink water
Feeling full at times
I saw her 3 weeks ago but she presrvibe that but so far I am not feeling well..
Another thing I tested positive for h pylori 4 weeks ago, did the antibiotics ever since then my symptoms especially my sore throats have been worse.
What tests shoudl I ask for or does anyone have GERD alternative supplements they want me to ask about?
There is just so much to ask or sometimes I dont know what to ask since there is so much...
I suspect candida, h pylori, leaky gut syndrome, hiatal hernia, weak valce, low acid, high acid....But not sure what else to ask for....
There is so much she can tell me and I can ask but if I come with a list I will be better prepared.
Thanks for readin please help ppl.I am only approaching this in a natural way so if someone would like to continue chatting let me know....

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   Posted 7/7/2011 10:06 PM (GMT -6)   
cruciferous vegetables contain sulforaphane

broccoli sprouts contain 20 to 40 times the sulforaphane as do full grown cruciferous vegetables

sulforaphane is reputed to bring about apopstosis and angiogenesis in cancer cells, and specifically appears to offer chemo protection against esophageal, breast, and lung cancers

furthermore broccoli sprouts have been shown to be effective in eradicating h pylori!

so i would suggest you ask your doctor and or other medical practitioner if these finding appear true

and i would ask if is ok to begin eating about 2 ounces of broccoli sprouts a day for several weeks

warning, broccoli sprouts will radically lower your blood pressure an are goitrogenic so get advice on dose and duration

"Cruciferous vegetables - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia - Cached
Cruciferous vegetables can potentially be goitrogenic (inducing goiter formation). They contain enzymes that interfere with the formation of thyroid hormone ..."

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   Posted 7/7/2011 10:09 PM (GMT -6)   
THanks mockturtle, I am taking the mastic gum for h pylori but will ask her about this thanks....

ANy other suggestions or questions I should ask her?

mock turtle
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   Posted 7/7/2011 10:30 PM (GMT -6)   
maybe see what she thinks about sodium alginate

its in gaviscon and other preparations and you can buy it separately to on line or at supplement stores

made from sea weed, and is known to form a protective barrier at the top of the stomach if taken last (at end of meal)

(dont eat or drink after taking alginate until you are sure the stomach has emptied...2 to 3 hours !!!

some people call it a "raft", as the hcl in the stomach reacts with the alginate to form a floating material that is digestible wont work if there is little or no stomach acid so this remedy is for those who cant take H2s or PPIs

best of good luck to you!

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   Posted 7/8/2011 12:03 AM (GMT -6)   
thanks...any more advise ppl or opinion on my symptoms?

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   Posted 7/8/2011 5:23 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Nickles,
I just wanted to wish you good luck at yout Naturopath appointment. 
I'm actually going to see a Naturopath also, have my 1st appt. in a couple of weeks. 
I'm currently on PPI twice daily.  It helps but not completely.  I'm starting to research natural methods to help with all of my issues. 
Best of luck to you!

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   Posted 7/8/2011 5:26 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Nickles, good luck with your appointment. I was just going to add that if you have had H.pylori eradication and still have symptoms, you should get formerly retested for H.pylori to make sure that it HAS been eradicated!

You could ask about oregano oil - I think that's good at killing lots of bugs, but it may burn, especially on the way down!!

New stuff: GERD. Interstitial Cystitis
Lifelong stuff: Food allergies, eczema, asthma

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   Posted 7/8/2011 8:51 AM (GMT -6)   
Katherin G where do you reside? IM here in the states in Southern California What were your symptoms again? Did you want to sharethe information we get from our drs? The appointments are expensive however I was able to get a discount from her the 1s time she understands me....

What are you taking Katherine, natural products though?

Thanks Mockturtle, Katherine and MMM I will ask her about the oregano oil....

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   Posted 7/10/2011 11:31 AM (GMT -6)   

Hi Nickles,

Sure, I'll definitely post the results of my Naturopath appt.  It's not for a few weeks.  I live on the east coast.

Currently I am on a PPI twice a day and following the "GERD" diet.

I want to start looking into alternate routes so that I can eventually (hopefully) wean off of the PPI without too much rebound acid.

I tried DGL, not sure if it helped or not but I think it made me gassy.  I've been off it for a few weeks and will probably try again to see if the gas returns.

I also take digestive enzymes and a probiotic. 

I've found gargling with a baking soda/salt water mix has been a savior for my throat and mouth because I have quite a bit of reflux go way up, even into my nose, yuck.

I've been eating some Manuka Honey here and there just for fun mostly, as I do not have an ulcer and everything else I've been eating has been totally bland.  The only formal "tests" I have had so far are an endoscopy and a test for H. pylori.  No H. Pylori or ulcer, no hiatal hernia, just acid damage and esophagitis, initial diagnosis is LPR/GERD.

I also get bloating and belching but not all of the time and I have a lot of constipation which I am trying to treat with prune juice and Benefiber.  If that does not work, I'll add in Miralax.

So, Im hoping that the Naturopath can help me get more of a good routine with regards to natural supplements and food. 

I think too, that I am going to have to start some sort of stress relief program.  My stress over this is getting worse and I know that stress will only make the reflux even worse.  Also, I'm going to try to start some low impact exercise like walking every day, can't hurt, as long as my belly is empty.

I also sleep elevated and sometimes even sitting up (not comfortable but helps the reflux).

Good luck to you!







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   Posted 7/10/2011 11:41 AM (GMT -6)   
You need a couple of more tests before you go fully off the PPIs.
Barium swallow
Manometry test (motility study)
pH test
Stomach emptying (I believe this is very important since you're suffering from constipation. Mineral oil will help you better with it than the prune juice and benifiber. My father's doctor told him he can take miralax everyday if needed)

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   Posted 7/10/2011 12:37 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks, Joy. Yes, I know I am at the beginning. I don't plan on going off of the PPIs anytime soon, just trying to gather lots of info. so I can hopefully heal and get off of them eventally. I have not tried the Miralax yet but it was recommended by the Nurse in the GI's office, so I'm definitely going to try it.

Thanks so much for listing those tests. I just had the endoscope last week. If things do not improve with a little time, I'll definitely seek those out.

I have been a bit discouraged reading on-line about LPR and that it is hard to tackle.

My GI Dr. told me it can take 3-9 months for it to calm down and then I need to stay on the PPIs for a few extra months and then maybe try to wean down very very slowly and see what happens.

I'm also going to look into some sort of relaxing medatation or maybe even a stress reduction class or therapy. I'm getting so stressed over this and I have been told that any stress/anxiety is a huge component to this disease and will hinder the healing process.

Every time I feel the reflux hit my mouth or go up into my nose, I can literally feel my entire body get hot with anxiety. I'm trying to just breathe deeply when it happens and then chew on a stick of gum. I've never chewed so much gum in my life :o)


PS - some of the stuff I am doing, that is helping me, has been based off of your advice in previous posts, thanks so much, Joy!
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