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Trump
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   Posted 11/13/2013 1:54 PM (GMT -6)   
Hello My name is Meka. I am a suffer of GERDS/ Hiatal Hernia/ Shortness of Breath. Please to meet everyone. I am looking for more insight into this and also have plenty of experiences I can share with others as well.

StephanieJean
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   Posted 11/13/2013 3:18 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Meka! Welcome!
Stephanie
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Thoracic Outlet Syndrome, Migraines, Anxiety, PCOS

Trump
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   Posted 11/13/2013 5:13 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks Stephanie nice to meet you as well!!!

shifting
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   Posted 11/14/2013 7:42 AM (GMT -6)   
Tell us more. about your experiences.

Trump
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   Posted 11/14/2013 9:29 AM (GMT -6)   
It started at the end of August this year. I just got to where I just couldn't breath or eat. I tried to over look it for a few days thinking it was something minor that would just go away but it didn't. I went to ER. They found nothing. Blood work, o2 level, and ECG were all normal. The doubted the fact I couldn't breath because the oxygen level was at 100%. I told them I felt a tightness in my throat as if I was being choked and pressure in my chest like a stack of books was sitting on it. When it was all said and done I was told I was having anxiety and that what the problem was. Of course I did not believe that but they were not willing to do anything further. I would have loved to have gone to a regular doctor but unfortunately I do not have health insurance. During the month of September I lost 32lbs due to not eating. The food felt like it was getting caught at the base of my throat and staying there, which made breathing much more difficult. During that month I was admitted into the hospital for 4 days and was diagnosed with GERDS and Hiatal Hernia. I was put on protonix to take twice daily for the regurgitation of the food (whatever did get down always came back up). Basically from then to now I have been in and out the ER continuously for these problems with each ER telling e something different from asthma, bronchitis, bronchiospasm, anxiety, to allergies. Tuesday this week I had to get an Mobility Study done for the swallowing issues. All of the problems come and goes but I'm never a 100% in my opinion. Yesterday I went to Whole Food and bought some digestive enzymes, DGL, and slippery elm ( I already have some probiotics). I have just about went completely to a plant base diet in hopes of curing it that way. I'm looking for a cure not just a way to suppress the symptoms. With the hiatal hernia, (because it is a mechanical problem with the body) my husband and I watched some videos on youtube which helps move the stomach back in place and it does work for a while. So I guess it is something that will have to continuously be going on. Also when I feel it flair up and he's not home, I drink as much water as I can stand and stand on one of my kitchen chairs and jump to the floor usually 4-6 times (I know it sounds strange, but hey whatever it takes) to try and drop it down (the stomach). To get the best results for me I usually have to stomach close to a gallon of water for the stomach to be heavy enough. This my story and all that I have been trying to do, do you suggest anything different that may help too? I will try most anything. I'm in the process of taking the holistic approach but its kind of scary when the body hits the "healing crisis" point but with doing this, it's something the body has to go through to heal and it's just as bad as the condition itself if not worse.

javery
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   Posted 11/14/2013 9:54 AM (GMT -6)   
Meka,

The main cause of your problems can be hard to determine. Through a bad diet or a bacterial infection, the LES function can lessen, low stomach acids can cause food to stay in the stomach for too long, or if your Pyloric sphincter (allows food to go from your stomach to your intestines) is not functioning properly it can make food stay in your stomach for too long. Proper tests may help determine the underlying cause and I understand about not being able to go to a regular doctor about these due to costs. I have GERD as well and am trying to heal myself naturally. I do not know the underlying cause for myself but don't want to get a lot of tests done because I have a really high deductable health insurance plan and don't want to be thousands in debt from all the bills. I believe through proper diet and taking care of your body it can heal itself naturally over time. The key is to stick to it and don't give into cravings. There needs to be a lot of self control and the understanding that it will take time. If you end up going down the route of having surgery though, there are a lot of people in this forum that can help you through the journey pre-op and post-op on what to expect and answer any questions you may have. I have been on my self-healing journey for almost 7 weeks now and things seem to be getting better slowly. If you have any questions let me know. It seems you are going down the right track by what you are doing. Something else to consider is looking at your diet. I have cut out all grain based foods, processed foods, dairy, and only drink water now. So basically I'm following the Paleo style diet and it's been doing good so far. I wish you luck in your journey to a better life.

Trump
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   Posted 11/14/2013 10:37 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi javery,
How coincidental!! I just discovered the Paleo diet today. I read about it and it sound interesting. I have just started the reboot with Joe Cross. He made the documentary Fat, Sick, and Almost Dead (if you haven't seen it check it out). This is basically living on a plant based diet. I started about a month or so ago gradually decreasing my regular diet and incorporating the raw fruits and vegetables. I am doing a fasting detox now and I am on day 2. I would to do 5 days of detoxing but the healing process is so painful and you aren't suppose to take anything to suppress it. It interfer with bodies natural healing, so I'm taking it slow and doing 3 days for now. I am doing the detox before I start a juice fast. Rebooting is actually helping to reboot the body and try to rid it of all the toxins that our bodies hold that causes all these chronic illness. At one point in my life I was bulimic but not at the time if the illness. I think this may be my underlying cause because with the binging and purging over a long period of time I may have damaged something. I was young and caught up in skinny fad not knowing or maybe not even caring anything about health. When we young health is irrelevant to us because we are healthy. Please do stay in touch and so we can know if both our natural healing efforts are successful or we need to try something different. By faith I do believe that I am Healed already though.
Thank you for responding :-)

javery
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   Posted 11/14/2013 10:46 AM (GMT -6)   
Meka,

I too have watched that documentary and have since purchased a juicer and now juice every morning. I would like to do a 5-7 day juice fast but it is so difficult due to work and other things so I'm making sure I stick to juicing every morning. I have been logging my progress on this forum and you can read about everything I have done during my journey here (http://www.healingwell.com/community/default.aspx?f=45&m=2861754). I believe in Joe's theory about our bodies being able to heal themselves. So far since juicing every morning I tend to not get any gerd symptoms until more in the afternoon between lunch and supper. For meals I just eat meat and vegetables. We are taught to eat grain based foods for energy from the carbs but I have learned that we can get energy through fats which is healthier. I like this because I love my meat and vegetables so it wasn't hard for me to convert over since I didn't eat much of the processed stuff or grain based items before. I only ate them because I craved them but after not eating them for a few weeks I no longer seem to crave them. From time to time I have taken a bite of something I shouldn't, but I control myself and just leave it as that. I feel that as long as I don't indulge on anything then it shouldn't take me back to the way I was before. I am happy to know that there is someone else on here that is currently going through the same process as me so we can get tips from eachother. I have been posting my progress on my thread at the beginning of each week as I move towards a resolution to my health. I look forward to see how you progress.

Trump
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   Posted 11/14/2013 10:51 AM (GMT -6)   
How did you did you deal with the healing process? Or did you go through one? Mines seems to have come very quick in the process.

ericapeace2000
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   Posted 11/14/2013 11:06 AM (GMT -6)   
Welcome Meka! Hopefully you will get support and insight from this forum.
GERD Moderator; Diagnosed GERD, no other medical conditions (this one is enough) ; Gluten free since 2012; low lactose since 2012

javery
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   Posted 11/14/2013 11:11 AM (GMT -6)   
The first week was by far the worst. I was on PPI's for almost 8 years and periodically would try and stop and the heartburn came worse than before I was put on them so I figured I wasn't cured yet. In september the medication didn't seem to be working anymore so instead of getting a higher dosage, I decided to do some research. That's when I learned about rebound and how important stomach acid is and what the medication was doing to me. The first day wasn't too bad but that night I felt like I had made a big mistake. I woke up in aganizing pain. I fought through it and remembered all my research and other's experiences so just delt with it. I was thinking that if I had to go through that for too much longer I would never be able to get off the medication. The next 4-5 days was constant heartburn 24-7. I was taking TUMS, Gaviscon, DGL, and a few other supplements. I ignored the warnings on the TUMS and Gaviscon and was taking them like candy to help with the pain. Eventually when the second week came things calmed down quite a bit. During that first week I was eating a lot of fruits and vegetables and a little meat. Once I started feeling better I started eating more meat and then introduced grains. Things started to get bad again. I figured I just need to wait it out but after a few more days and a lot more research, I decided to just cut grains out of my diet for good. That has probably been the best decision I have made. Now DGL seems to work as good as TUMS and the only time I get symptoms is in the afternoon. To help with LPR symptoms, which I never got until I started to healing process, I take a dual action pepsid ac before bed. I don't feel any acid anymore throughout the night and during the day food seems to digest normally. I feel that my body is still healing. I went through 8 years of indulging on anything and everything I liked to eat. Almost every meal was like thanksgiving, eating until I am stuffed. The plan now is to keep at where I am for my diet and then in about 3+ months then to drop the pepsid down to half dose then after another 3+ months to nothing. I'm hoping to be 100% sympton free within 6-12 months from being off PPIs. Some days are harder than others but I feel I am heading in the right direction. Another thing to note is that I have never been overweight so I know that wasn't contributing to my gerd. I am 6'5" and was at 135 lbs. Since I have started my new diet I am down to 125 lbs. and I haven't done any exercising.
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