Posted 11/2/2005 8:41 PM (GMT -6)
Gee, It sure sounds like you have had a time of it. I, like yourself was diagnosed with GERD several years ago and put on aciphex. I only decided to be checked out because I did get acid reflux from time to time and it grew worse. When a client of mine called and told me he had much of his esophagus removed and much of his stomach and almost died it gave me reason for concern. Many people just keep popping tums and going on with life. I was checked out and thankfully had little irritation on my esophagus. I had been diluting baking soda with water and drinking it. It did work as it got rid of the gas in my stomach. But there were times I would really burn after a spell of indigestion. My problem with this came on as a result of taking many kinds of pain medications,things for fibromyagia like vioxx, celebrex, Bextra. I discontinued all of the above with the exception of Hydrocodone. This past year I also stopped the aciphex too.
I heard a natural doctor state that the body needs acid to stop acid and taking the anti acid medication just pushes your body to produce more acid. A very vicious cycle! I was watching this natural health doctor on TV who suggested at the first sign of reflux/ heartburn/indigestion....take a swig of apple cider vinegar! If it stops your reflux then your body actually needed the acidity. I decided to stop my presciption which cost a fortune every month anyway and try the vinegar. It works for me! EVERYTIME! Just think of the money I save! I am not sure this will work for everyone, but for some folk it may be worth a try. MY family MD thought I was crazy when I told him I didn't need the medicine for reflux any longer! Some things like fried food sets me off, like fish or even KFC for some reason. But, I am free of taking that one medication for sure. I am tough and I can put down a tablespoon of vinegar with the best of 'em! Ha!
There are many other people in this support group who may have other better suggestions, but I wanted to mention one that has worked for me. I don't know about some of the other things you mentioned though.
I wish you well and hope some of the others have other tips for you.
Chronic Pain, Fibromyalgia, Degenerative Disc Disease, multiple disc bulges throughout entire spine, extruding disc, severe degenerative spondylosis/stenosis total spine and with encroachment and entrapments of nerve roots throughout, carpal tunnel severe in right hand.