LPR and gum and other questions

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stacey77
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   Posted 12/29/2012 2:24 PM (GMT -6)   
hi everyone. What is a good gum to chew for LPR. I know that you arent supposed to do anything mint.,...but it should have bicarbonate in it. I cant find anything but no suga from turkey..and orbit white, but that is mint. Any advice would be greatly appreciated. Also one more question...does the endoscopy show if your LES isnt working properly or do you have to do a barium swallow. If so when i did my endoscopy the GI said everything was fine..so im so confused. Because if he meant my LES is fine...then what is going on? Thank you!

dencha
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   Posted 12/29/2012 3:09 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Stacey,
I can't help you with the gum issue...I can't chew it.  I have mandibular joint issues and chewing gum isn't good.  Actually, chewing gum always bothered me if I chewed it on an empty stomach.  I have heard it can be helpful, though.
 
As far as the endoscopy goes...generally a GI doc is looking for the effects of reflux on your esophagus.  If you don't have Barrett's esophagus, if you don't have esophagitis, GI docs think all is well and you're in good shape.
 
They don't really care about/or understand how much discomfort we can have with just small amounts of reflux.  If your LES is open, it can be seen in an endoscopy.  If it's open a little, maybe not.  A manometry measures the pressure, so that's a good measure.  Barium swallow can check for reflux, but it's not always precise. 
 
I had enough LES relaxation and reflux to cause me to have uncontrollable asthma, yet the GI doc never thought it was the reflux that was causing it, because the PH monitor testing never revealed a high DeMeester score.  My asthma doc, though, has told me that GI docs don't generally understand how much damage a small amount of reflux can do to the lungs.  He said that GI docs who understand that are few and far between.
 
LPR is a trickier issue than straight GERD. 
Our bad luck, huh?
Hang in there!
Denise
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stacey77
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   Posted 12/29/2012 3:17 PM (GMT -6)   
:( thank denise. im so glad i found you guys.

thegspeak
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   Posted 12/29/2012 6:04 PM (GMT -6)   
I was reading this study: http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/01/13/remedies-chewing-gum-for-heartburn/

just make sure it's sugar free and not mint as you know. Something else I read says cinnamon gum. I wish I had some now :(

stacey77
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   Posted 12/29/2012 6:18 PM (GMT -6)   
thegspeak..it acutally does kind of work for me..its just annoying having gum in my mouth all day...the only that sucks is i start having symptons during eating..and you cant chew gum when you eat! lol. But i do orbit strawberry remix...and i went to the store today and orbit white bubblemint has bicarbonate in it...which is good...but i dont know about the mint..that scares me.

thegspeak
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   Posted 12/29/2012 7:53 PM (GMT -6)   
i don't know about the mint either....I stopped chewing mint gum.

dencha
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   Posted 12/29/2012 9:19 PM (GMT -6)   
Mint is definitely not good.  That's why I could never figure out why they'd have a mint Maalox.  I guess it's for people who want an antacid but don't really have GERD...
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Eckhart Tolle
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