Bad Reflux All My Life - Here's What's Helping

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Date Joined Nov 2012
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   Posted 11/27/2012 7:33 AM (GMT -6)   

First off I'm happy to find this forum. It came up in some google searches and I've been lurking for a few days. I wanted to share with you guys what is working for me and maybe it can help.

I've had reflux since I was a child. I remember "spitting up" my food and being chided by my brother/sister and parents about it. I told them I had no control over it but 30yrs ago I guess doctors and most people were just figuring out what this is about.

I would have that burning acid feeling in chest and throat after eating. I grew up on an Indian diet (rice, lentils, breads and chicken).

As I grew older I cut dairy from my diet. That helped. I also noticed that over eating led to a lot of issues so during the times that I was just eating the right amount I was doing ok.

When I got into my 20's I also developed a lot of allergy and hayfever issues (very bad - to the point where all I could do is lay in bed).

In my 30's (I'm now 39) I started researching more online. Honestly, the reflux was just something I'm used to. I didn't really care about it - it was just a life long inconvenience. But I was learning that it could lead to cancer and other problems.

The PPI's helped but then led to more problems. Since I started taking PPI's I started getting IBS issues, getting sick more and my skin also got dried up. Getting off the PPI's helped but the reflux pain came back.

I've basically been working with holistic cures to see if that helps and some of them have helped. I can say it's gotten better but not that it's cured.

- I take Betaine HCL tablets before each meal.
- I follow a diet free of chemicals, gluten and dairy - it's not really low carb I still can eat rice, lentils and beans.
- I also take prebiotics and probiotics

My reflux has gotten to be much better. It's quite mild now. When I slip on my diet (eating candies, sodas etc.) my reflux acts up. I guess that's obvious.

I was taking Apple Cider Vinegar (1-2 tablespoons mixed in water before each meal) and that worked miracles for a few weeks then seemed to be less effective. I'm not sure if it was the ACV or just that I wasn't religious enough in my diet.

I stopped taking the ACV because I was worried about the effect it could have on my enamel. Plus if these issues are in fact due to low stomach acid I'd rather address the root cause then anything else.

What else have you guys tried outside of surgery or PPI's?

Interested in seeing if this sort of stuff has been helping others.


Sweet Potatoe
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   Posted 11/27/2012 3:49 PM (GMT -6)   
Welcome Vikram,
I am happy you found us GerdieTroopers!! I found certain foods do trigger reflux. The best natural remedy to help Reflux is taking 2 ounces of Aloe Vera Juice in the morning and 2 ounces in the evening. Walking 15 minutes after I eat a nice size meal helps food go down to digest better too. I did try Apple Cider Vinegar, but I could not stand the taste. Plain Yogurt helped me as I am not lactose intolerant. Eating Apples and Applesauce helped.
Anne (-:

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Date Joined May 2012
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   Posted 11/27/2012 4:30 PM (GMT -6)   
Sounds pretty good! I'm gonna try betaine hcl, don't know why I can't get it at walmart. Probiotics helped me to a certain point also.I Don't know how so many people handle ACV. It burns my throat too bad, but It makes my chest feel better.

Also, I've been thinking of cutting out dairy and glutten, but it seems like everything has glutten in it now days.

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   Posted 11/27/2012 4:31 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Vikram --
I'm glad that you've found ways to moderate your symptoms.  I don't visit this forum much any longer, but whenever I see posts with subject lines similar to yours, I take a look.
Without knowing anything else about you other than what you've posted, I would be inclined to identify your problem as more of a "regurgitation" issue than GERD.  You don't diagnose youself as a GERD sufferer, but I wanted to make this distinction for the hundreds of others who haunt these forums, and who may read this thread.  You noted that eliminating dairy helped, as well as gluten.  In addition, you also noted IBS and allergy problems, and perhaps a sugar connection (candida?).  All this is indicative of a reactive intolerance, and inflammation.
I'd encourage you to explore this avenue to perhaps discover more relief for yourself.  Many doctors prescribe PPIs for patients, when perhaps they aren't GERD sufferers at all.  (Be careful about drawing a correlation between PPIs and IBS.  It's possible, of course, but also may be coincidental.)  A wise person becomes their own advocate, as it seems you have done, and follow a path of self-discovery to find relief.
There are several Indian herbs that reputedly help with inflammation and allergic conditions.  Perhaps there is something that might offer you even more relief.
Doctors are still learning about this mysterious condition, but recognize that there are different manifestations of it with different root causes.  Closely examining one's symptoms is the first step in finding which category one belongs.
Best wishes.

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   Posted 11/27/2012 9:21 PM (GMT -6)   
@ Bruce - thanks for the response. It's tough to self-diagnose. I was getting (and actually still do but less) acid refluxed into my throat. I do think I must have/had a lot more wrong than just reflux.

@ TheSixness & Sweet Potatoe - I would dilute the ACV in a small cup of water to help with the taste. But was always worried about the effect it could have on my teeth or my throat.

I have to say the most powerful remedy I have come across is vigorous exercise. That seems to help the most and even if I eat some "bad" food that day it doesn't seem to effect me as much.

If only I had the motivation/discipline to do that every day :-)


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Date Joined Sep 2011
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   Posted 11/29/2012 1:49 AM (GMT -6)   
hi Vikram,

Thank you for sharing the tips. You could do some tests to find out more. GERD sufferers typically have either a hiatal hernia or a weak LES. Both these conditions can be detected by endoscopy and esophageal manometry. If you have no hernia, and LES works fine, I would suspect a food allergy issue.

What is your exercise regimen? I do vigorous exercise too, I am not sure whether it is of any help, short-term and long-term.

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Date Joined Mar 2012
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   Posted 11/29/2012 7:46 PM (GMT -6)   

I have had severe GERD and as an Indian I eat mostly rice, veggies, lentils etc( with tumeric,salt,olive oil, mustard seeds) and I have no GERD symptoms. As you had mentioned in your post when I overeat, the Gerd is back with a vengence. I am planning to undergo Ayurvedic treatment for my GERD
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