New to forum- chronic upper GI problem, dont think its GERD

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Jason_DED
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   Posted 8/30/2014 9:47 PM (GMT -6)   
New to the forum. My name is Jason - every time i overexert myself with weight training or lifting heavy objects it triggers some kind of esophageal spasm that causes belching, fullness after meals, and the constant need to clear mucous in my throat. these flares can literally last 5-8 months (and are worse in the winter) until it settles down on its own. its extremely debilitating and as a result i am not able to eat a lot of food during the day, cannot work out and then loose weight (im already underweight) - this has been an ongoing problem for 7 years now and i am beyond frustrated. is there anything i can do to treat this or at least reduce the length of these flare ups whatever they are? almost feels like the strain aggravates the sphincter muscle and it just needs to settles down on its own. i was doing great the past few months then the other night i went to lift some weights and i got heartburn that night then ever since ive had a flare up . I had an endoscopy not too long ago and everything looked ok physically. i have other GI issues such as food intolerances (gluten/dairy) and IBS so i guess there may be a connection. stomach issues also run in my family. i just wanna figure out a way to work out, put some weight on and not have debilitating belching and discomfort for months and months. thanks for your help.

Linda Sue
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   Posted 8/31/2014 9:02 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Jason_DED,
Have you seen a Gastroenterologist yet to diagnose the problem? Are you taking any acid controlling medications?

I can't do any crunches as they cause excruciating esophagus pain for days, even if I only do a few .. I did some small weights, as well and my 'mild' exercise caused me extreme distress.

I encourage you to find the root problem such as hiatal hernia, weak LES, and many other digestive issues are a possibility, especially if these type of problems run in your family.

At least then you will know how to proceed without trying to guess what is wrong. I'm sorry you are hurting ... you are in the right place with many fellow sufferers.

Jason_DED
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   Posted 8/31/2014 9:27 AM (GMT -6)   
Thanks for the info. I had a pill cam and endoscopy and both showed no hiatal hernia. however i believe it may be a weak LES. are there any ways to strengthen the LES?

Jason_DED
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   Posted 8/31/2014 1:04 PM (GMT -6)   
Found this- anyone experiment with melatonin?

Safer Symptom Relief from Brazil

There is also an natural alternative health product called Protexid which is extremely beneficial for heartburn suffers, but the FDA has blocked the market access for this product. The results of a clinical trial on Tripiradol, the active ingredient in Protexid, were published in the Journal of Pineal Research, and indicated that those who received the supplement reported marked improvement in their acid indigestion symptoms.

Tripiradol seems to work by strengthening the lower esophageal sphincter (LES). The LES muscle band works to prevents acid from the stomach from backing up into the throat. It has been shown that those with gluten intolerance have elevated levels of a gas called nitric oxide (NO) in the gut. This gas has the effect of relaxing the LES, thereby allowing stomach acid to reflux into the esophagus. The melatonin in Protexid works to tighten this sphincter muscle, which helps to keep stomach acid where it belongs.

I can attest to the fact that this product works very well. If I eat too many carbs or accidentally ingest some sort of wheat gluten during the day, my GERD symptoms return. But I can take just one capsule of Protexid, and I am able to sleep symptom free. Dr. Eades posted on this product on his blog here.
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