I'm helping my GERD but I'm not sure how yet!

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Alliee
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Date Joined May 2005
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   Posted 8/23/2005 3:06 PM (GMT -6)   
I've been dealing with GERD for almost 2 years, and actively dealing with it (doctor's visits, tests, PPIs) for about 4 months. Here's what I've learned:

1. The standard lifestyle formulas help me little to none! I tried limiting my diet as recommended (chocolate, caffeine, mint, alcohol, spicy foods, etc.), raising the head of my bed (I don't get reflux at night after my dinner is digested, and I've never woken up from it). I exercise 6 times a week and am not overweight. I'm 29 years old (female). I had had an iron stomach and never had heartburn in my life until Jan. 2004, when I started getting it more and more frequently.

2. PPIs didn't help at all! I was on 40 mg of Nexium daily, with occasional Tums as needed. When I accidentally didn't take my Nexium one day, I realized that I felt exactly the same, so I stopped taking it. I realized the only help it had given me was psychological. My symptoms were burning in stomach and chest 2-3 times a week, and general gnawing chest pain and belching every time I ate. (Treated for H.Pylori, with no avail). The doctor could only suggest greater doses of drugs, which I don't want to do since I want to have a baby within the next year or so, and can't be on drugs if I'm pregnant.

Over the last two weeks, I've been keeping a log of everything I eat and researching exhaustively on the web. I cut out all wheat and dairy, took a magnesium supplement once a day, and started each morning with a tablespoon of fresh ginger juice. (I'm hesitant to try any unproven alternative remedies such as DGL, because I know people have had adverse affects.)

I feel much better! Generally 80-90% well. Heartburn is gone, chest pain lasts only a few minutes after eating (though I still burp more than average). So something I'm doing is working, I just don't know what yet. It's even possible that due to these dietary limitations, I'm eating fewer carbs and Dr. Norm's supposition is correct. I'm going to reintroduce wheat and then dairy gradually at the end of this week, and keep track of any effects.

I just want to give support to those who are suffering. It's clear to me that this condition is NOT well understood, and manifests itself differently in different people. Clearly the standardized treatment doesn't work for everyone, and we shouldn't have to put up with the general state of ignorance for the rest of our lives. I hope everyone reading this can find the solution that works for them.

Cheers,
Alliee

CathyA
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Date Joined Mar 2005
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   Posted 8/26/2005 8:57 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Allie,
I know what you mean about the peculiarity of this problem.
I'm wondering..........maybe you have a hiatal hernia? My doctors always say "Oh those don't cause problems, but for me and my symptoms, it seems to make perfect sense. My symptoms come and go. I guess the only way I can explain that is with a sliding hiatal hernia maybe.
Also........I am totally convinced that female hormones can play a huge rule in reflux. Does it seem to happen at certain times in your cycle? I also think some of us have a body build that might predispose us to reflux. I have a very high waist, and seem to have to squeeze too much body into my midsection, and it puts alot of pressure on my stomach.
I think another thing about figuring out what foods are the culprits.........it's important to allow a fair amount of lag time, when cutting out foods, and when introducing them. I'm thinking it might take even a couple months, to really feel the effects of certain foods. I'm glad you're feeling better!

Norm1
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Date Joined Jul 2005
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   Posted 8/26/2005 9:02 AM (GMT -6)   
Alliee,
So great to hear that you are taking matters into your own hands. I found myself in the same situation a couple of years ago. The standard dietary advice is reduculous in my opinion and doesn't work. I would suggest you not worry about dairy as long as you stay away from dairy with carbs in it. Instead of milk (lactose) use cream or unsweetened soy milk. The are non carb sweeters you can add if needed.

I will be interested in your progress.

Take Care

Dr Norm
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