Hi everyone - I saw this forum was very active with GERD topics - so I wanted to introduce myself.
I am 29 years old and was diagnosed with GERD on November 2013. This diagnoses came directly from my gastroenterologist. I don't drink and I don't smoke.
He immediately put me on Nexium therapy (40mg daily) - which I have been taking for the past few months, but I am trying to break out of this funk.
During the beginning, my diet was a wreck - pizza, soda, binging on fast-food - and of course the train came to a grinding halt when my acid reflux became unbearable. The Nexium therapy helped alleviate the symptom, but I knew I had to change my diet and lose weight (at 185 pounds, male, at 5'8" - which is not good).
The Gastroenterologist did a endoscopy in February and did not find anything bad except a Fundic Polyp - which was removed/bioposied as benign. He also said I did not have H. Pylori, nor Haitial Hernias based upon the endoscopy.
Now fast forward to this month, April - I have lost about
15 pounds so far (at 170 pounds) and still going down. Diet-wise - I am now doing a very strict diet of cereal, light meals with veggies, and oatmeals. I also have Almonds/Bananas for snacks. This is a complete 180-degree from back in November. Coupled with my new cross-training exercises - I definitely am getting in shape.
However - I am still experiencing acid reflux issues. A few weeks ago, the acid reflux flare-up has gotten so bad that I had trouble swallowing food down with feeling a lump in the bottom of the esophagus as it goes down. The Gastroenterologist then recommended I take 2 Nexiums (one in the morning, one at night 80mg total daily).
So I basically decided to do some other things to help supplement my GERD treatment. I read that Bragg's Apple Cider Vinegar and Aloe Vera Juice does wonders - so I bought some - and started taking Aloe Vera Juice in the morning and night. The ACV I would drink about
20 minutes after a meal. And I have been doing this for a few weeks now.
The flare-up definitely has died down a bit (and my esophagus seems healed enough so I don't feel a lump from swallowing things).
But I still don't feel I am not back to 100%. I keep asking the Gastroenterologist if I could get Barrott's Esophagus from all these GERD issues - but he just shakes his head and says - its very highly unlikely due to the length of the GERD I have experienced and at my young age of 29 - compared to what it takes to develop Barrotts (which is years and years of GERD - typically with people over 50).
And I am also thinking how to wean myself off Nexium - because I don't want to rely on this drug forever in my life. Is this possible at all?
Sorry for the long post, but I am at wits-end now on what to do. And I don't think stressing out on this is helping my acid-reflux to begin with.
Am I moving in the right direction to reducing my GERD? Or am I dieing a slow and painful (and PPI-medicated) death here...
Post Edited (fluxx) : 4/21/2014 11:35:13 PM (GMT-6)