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thegspeak
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   Posted 1/25/2013 12:55 PM (GMT -6)   
So my LPR "resolved" for two glorious weeks and now I have GERD symptoms! I actually think I'm worse than when I had LPR because even though the cough was a nightmare, I actually have heartburn for the first time.

My other symptoms are burning in esophagus, mild nausea and a really horrible taste in my mouth.

I think I know what to do about the actual acid but is there ANYTHING I can do for the taste in my mouth? Do I have to just wait it out? Would love to know because even though it doesn't sound serious to non GERD peeps, it is truly uncomfortable. As you all know!

Thanks in advance

ericapeace2000
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   Posted 1/25/2013 1:32 PM (GMT -6)   
Chewing gum may help. This stimulates saliva which is alkaline. Also the tatse of the gum may help. Just try a gum that is not mint or cirtrus (water melon, bubble, blueberry). I am accpeting that symptoms can change at any time. It is not uncommon for you to have one set of symptoms for a while and then it changes. This drives me nuts as I finally get certain symtpoms under control and then there are new ones. Ugh.
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thegspeak
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   Posted 1/25/2013 1:43 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks Erica! Tried the gum, it only lasts for two seconds. I am back to graham crackers and hot water with Manuka honey! Fun!

sunbeam48
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   Posted 1/25/2013 5:41 PM (GMT -6)   
The quantity of food we eat at one time is just as important as what we eat. You know how to settle your system down, like you did before. If you want to try some old favorites after that, go ahead but be sure to eat just a small amount. Six small meals per day will definitely put less pressure on the LES than 3-4 larger ones.

thegspeak
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   Posted 1/25/2013 6:06 PM (GMT -6)   
Sun thanks. I have to say I made this happen because I've been "challenging" my body to see what it can handle. Smart right? That said, I did it once and I can do it again. Thanks for the encouragement.

I told my husband last night that lifestyle is just as important as food. I got more relief from small meals, wedge pillow and not eating before bed than anything.

And btw I used to think people who said this were nuts but I'm not going to take PPI's because I got better on Zantac. Granted it was heavy dose 4X a day but the entire picture is what worked (including lots of DGL and Manuka Honey) I'm not sure any one thing works on it's own, can't simplify this.

Oh and you were right a few weeks back when you said Smoothies are the same as food because I've gotten the taste on smoothies which really sucks and doesn't make sense to me but it is what it is.

I don't even know if I should go to Kaufman anymore as it's so typical GERD symptoms I should be under the care of a GI doc now?

Albez
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   Posted 1/25/2013 6:38 PM (GMT -6)   
Try chewing up gaviscon double action tablets, they helped out with bad taste in my mouth. Chewing gum for me just made it worse after about 5mins of chewing. Probs because it made me produce more acid.

sunbeam48
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   Posted 1/26/2013 5:07 PM (GMT -6)   
Thegspeak, it is up to you to decide if you want to keep the appointment with your ENT. If you decide to cancel your next appointment, let her know in as much detail as possible how you and specific symptoms are doing. All docs want to know how their recommendations work out for each individual.

Albez, the saliva we swallow with chewing gum is neutral, so it makes our stomach slightly less acidic. I always sip an alkaline tea after a meal, so that helps reduce stomach acidity even better than gum because of its greater volume.

Albez
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   Posted 1/26/2013 6:38 PM (GMT -6)   
Sunbeam, where can I buy alkaline tea?
Wouldn't the stomach think chewing gum is food and produce stomach acid to digest it? It helps for a bit but then I just get more burning in the stomach.

sunbeam48
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   Posted 1/27/2013 1:14 PM (GMT -6)   
I buy my tea mostly in the health food section of my local grocery store. I drink green ginger and licorice. There is also a tea called Throat Coat containing marshmallow root and slippery elm, which is slightly viscous. I get that at my local GNC store. Camomile is OK but it has very little flavor. Adding honey to tea is also good. I'm familiar with what you have read about eating stimulating acid production, but tea is not food so that won't happen.
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