How do I get my stomach to empty faster? (Feeling full, bloated and indigested)

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Gewarn
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   Posted 7/9/2014 1:38 PM (GMT -6)   
Hey fellow GERDers.

I'm a 21 year old male from Sweden who has been combating GERD for as long as i can remember. about 4 years ago I was put on omeprazole 20-80 mg a day. The last few months I started developing som really wierd symptoms. I started getting allergies to food I've been eating all my life (Diary, wheat, salmon, tomato osv.) I got intolerant to something new every other week. I also had a lot of stomach pains and was feeling generally miserable. A few weeks ago I decided to take action against what i suspected to be the cause, and get of the omeprazole cold turkey. It went surprisingly well even though I've been diagnosed with a pretty large hiatal hernia and was terrified of rebound effects. Now I'm managing with Galviscon and DGL.

Now to the problem: The only time I get GERD symptoms (hearthburn) now is when i burp, and the burping is kind of a problem. I don't know if I'm imagening, but since I've got of the omeprazole it seems like the food i eat stays in my stomach WAY longer. A couple of days ago I had to throw up food I ate over 10 hours before, because I still felt so full, and the food caused me to burp and get hearthburn. Some of the food that came up was still whole bits (Sorry if I'm painting a to strong picture here)

I just think that I'ts wierd that it seems like the food is being less digested and stays longer in the stomach when I have more acid down there. A couple of days ago I also started taking digestive enzymes (Life extension super enhanced digestive enzymes) And HCL (Now foods) and that seems to have helped me a bit, but I'm still feeling full hours after eating just small meals. I should also metion that I'm on a strict meat and vegeteble diet (I'm intolerant to almost everything else). I alse chew my food extremely well.

My question i basicly: Do you guys have any ideas how I can get my stomach to empty faster, and hopefully cure the hearthburn.

tongue

ldrunner
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   Posted 7/9/2014 5:18 PM (GMT -6)   
I'm neither a gastro or a dietary expert (hint: I know nothing!) but after my surgery my stomach started working much better when I drastically increased my fibre intake and started pouring olive oil on my food (or having a spoonful of olive oil before eating).

I increased my fibre with high fibre cerial for breakfast (soaked in milk until it was soft), apples and salad (covered in olive oil of course).

Hope this helps a bit,

LD

mudmagnetmum
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   Posted 7/11/2014 2:38 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi there,

There are a couple of other natural treatments you could try - digestive enzymes might help, Iberogast (herbal remedy) or milk thistle. Iberogast definitely sped up my system, to the point where I stopped taking it. Milk thistle is milder and has other benefits for the liver, but is reported as a prokinetic.

Failing those, it's possible Reglan might help, but please note it is only suitable for occasional or short term use due to potential side effects.

Good luck with your experiments!

MMM
GERD (3 years and counting)
Lifelong stuff: Food allergies/intolerance, eczema, asthma

mudmagnetmum
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   Posted 7/11/2014 2:40 AM (GMT -6)   
PS: meant to say you may need try the digestive enzymes a bit longer on their own before adding anything else :-)
GERD (3 years and counting)
Lifelong stuff: Food allergies/intolerance, eczema, asthma

Gewarn
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   Posted 7/11/2014 2:59 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks so much for your advise guys.

I'm already on the digestive enzymes, but I'm definitely going to try Iberogast.

tornado82
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   Posted 7/11/2014 7:26 PM (GMT -6)   
Have you ever been tested for Helicobacter Pylori? Your symptoms could suggest a possible H. Pylori infection. I would request to have a test run for it. For an initial diagnosis of H. Pylori you can have a blood test to test for antigen's to the bacteria, or a stool test where you would bring in a small sample of stool to be viewed under microscope for presence of infection, or one of the easiest and most accurate tests is the Urea breath test, where you swallow a small capsule then the doctor takes samples of your breath.

I wont bore you with a long explanation of what H. Pylori is, but if you havent heard of it do a google search and read up on it. It is very common around the world, with over half the worlds population being infected by this bacteria. It only shows strong symptoms in certain people however, and is the leading cause of stomach and duodenal ulcers. Bloating, acidic burps that seem excessive, and stomach pains that get worse when the stomach is empty, and gastritis are the most common symptoms. Another common symptom is that sometimes you will feel full after you have just begun eating. Leaving H. Pylori untreated can cause problems long term, mostly stomach ulcers that can bleed, as well increase your risk of stomach cancer.

It is easy to test for, and could be playing all or part of a roll in your stomach problems. If the test came back negative at least you know you have not been exposed to this bacteria yet in life.

Post Edited (tornado82) : 7/11/2014 6:32:45 PM (GMT-6)


trippyhealedself
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   Posted 7/11/2014 8:00 PM (GMT -6)   
C-diff bacteria is common with omneperozole. I had this is states on pamphlet that can cause this to grow when taken. I was miserable for 2 yrs. Same as you intolerent of foods always had eaten. Please use baking soda 1 teaspoon in 2 oz water. then sip glass of water. Immediate relief from heartburn. Doesn't cause pain!!! research c-difficule bacteria. Have been heartburn free for over a year!! Can eat again!! The antibiotic they give you is quite strong so make sure you start eating yogurt at least a few times a day or take a really good probiotic supplement. You have to do this part to get your gut repopulated. Also if you don't have sensitivity to yogurt now it will help you digest your food now. Not sugary, sugar feeds bad bacteria!!Plain yogurt!! This worked for me. 4 yrs sick! 1year free!

speden
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   Posted 7/12/2014 12:10 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Gewarn,

I have slow motility in my digestive tract and the best treatment I've found for it is regular exercise, particularly aerobic exercise that gets your heart rate up. As your body needs to replace the energy burned, it will naturally call on your digestive system to deliver that energy, and it can only do that by moving the food through your system. My preferred exercise for this is a stationary bike, since that doesn't aggravate my GERD by sloshing acid out of my stomach. Plenty of other exercises would also work, just be careful not to exercise when there is food in your stomach or use exercises that involve bending over or putting pressure on your abdomen.

Your problem could also be from excessive meat consumption. Meat is extremely hard to digest, and it is not surprising to find undigested meat in your stomach long after you have eaten it. The stomach will not release food particles into the small intestine until they are quite tiny in size, so if you do not chew meat to practically a liquid, it is going to sit in your stomach for a long time no matter how much acid you have in there. If you're going to eat a lot of meat, I'd avoid red meat and stick to quicker digesting ones like chicken, turkey, tuna, etc. In general meat is going to make GERD worse, so it's unfortunate if you are unable to eat carbs, since those are the fastest to digest. If you are eating a lot of veggies, I'd avoid eating them raw since raw veggies are also quite slow to digest. Kind of sounds like you are eating the slowest and most GERD inducing food possible, so I'd examine that carefully as a possible source of your problem. Medication is no match for a poor diet.

Burping is usually an early warning sign of a failing LES valve. Not much you can do about that other than try to make its job easier by eating smaller meals and exposing it to less acid. You could also try diaphragmatic breathing exercises to strengthen the muscles surrounding the LES to give it better support. Sometimes stress can weaken the LES, and the rapid progression of your symptoms suggests you might be suffering from stress. If so you should try to eliminate that.

I'd avoid motility drugs like reglan. They have some dangerous side effects and at your young age you wouldn't want to risk nervous system damage.
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