GI appointment / gerd remedies

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new_2012
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   Posted 5/8/2012 2:22 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Everyone,

I had my first GI appointment yesterday. For the past 4 months my physician has been treating my gerd symptoms. I am slowly trying to wean off Prevacid. I took Prevacid for 2 months(30 mg). Now I reduced it to 15 mg. If I have heartburn, I use maalox for immediate relief. GI wants me to alternate between zantac and prevacid for 2 weeks.


When I informed him that I was planning to try DGL, aloe vera and slippery elm, he told me that DGL may cause heartburn. Aloe Vera may not help. The only remedy he thinks which may work well for gerd is peppermint oil. The side effect of peppermint oil is heartburn.


After reading about slippery elm/ dgl and aloe vera on this forum, I want to try it out. I tried lily of the desert( aloe vera) for a week. Results were not conclusive. Already ordered the other three promising remedies .... dgl, manuka honey and slippery elm.


Should I go against my GI's suggestion and try herbal supplements? Do all GI's brush off herbal remedies?

Nickles
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   Posted 5/8/2012 3:17 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi there,

Here is the scoop, a majority or probably all the MD's and specialty dr.s like Gastro, optometrist, surgeon etc are not trained or not really introduced to herbal remedies/supplements. Is not what they teach at Med school.

They specialized in their field and follow the general protocols of their field.

There are two or even more approaches to people's illnesses. There is the western, which I assume most of us live in and the Eastern and others somewhere in between.

They both have their pros and cons. In the East, many herbs, treatments are used in conjunction with some western practices. In the west most of our dr are often want to control are symptoms, unless it gets complicated we resort to surgery "in general"

Bottom line is that your Gastro is telling you to follow his treatment.

I personally do take natural supplements and have tried all of those. Some of them help, others did not. DGL, helps me with stomach aches and heartburn. Slippery elm, I tried but it never really helped me. Aloe Vera did help me, but I stopped taking it because I started something different.

Like I said, both medicine schools have pros and cons. It is up to you if you want to try them. Lately some have given natural remedies a bad rap. I think one should investigate themselves before running to conclusions. If western medicine like ppis were the answer to GERD, with no side effects none of us would be here. The same goes for natural supplement, there will not be a silver bullet. Many times is trial and error and both schools have something to offer.

new_2012
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   Posted 5/8/2012 6:08 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks Nickles.

I will try out the natural supplements cautiously. May be start out with a small dose and then slowly increase to see any side effects.

Adam77
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   Posted 5/8/2012 9:45 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi,

I have tried a lot of supplements. You can read my progress here
http://www.healingwell.com/community/default.aspx?f=45&m=2261037

basically, everyone is different. Some supplements may work for you.

Nickles
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   Posted 5/8/2012 11:53 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi New2012,

That is the best way to try supplements. I never know how my body will respond to supplements, so I begin with small doses.

Let me know how it goes :)

ericapeace2000
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   Posted 5/9/2012 8:58 AM (GMT -6)   
aloe vera juice (processed and distilled, I use George's) ansd Manuka honey have helped me along with a strict diet and medication (for now). I also bought these PH alkaline drops that you add to water that icnrease the PH of water or other beverages (I only drink water or chamomille tea). I also take a calcium and vitamin D suppliment called Clatrate Plus and that helps me also.

new_2012
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   Posted 5/9/2012 10:26 AM (GMT -6)   
Thanks Adam for the reply. I am going to use some of the tips outlined in that link. Did you try Calciblend when you were weaning off?

@ericapeace2000

My GI told me to take Vitamin D+calcium supplement. I forgot the brand he suggested. I will try Clatrate plus. Can I purchase ph alkaline drops in pharmacy or is it from amazon ?


Thanks

ericapeace2000
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   Posted 5/9/2012 11:01 AM (GMT -6)   
the drops are on amazon.com. They are inexpensive and you only need 6-8 drops per 8 oz. I also take PH Ion alkalizing wheat gtrass suppliments and they help a little. I am going to give DGL another try too.
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