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Binx1
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   Posted 8/9/2018 6:39 PM (GMT -6)   
My barium swallow shows mod. To severe reflux with moderate esophagitis.
What has worked well for you?
I fear side effects of Prilosec but of course fear esophageal cancer more!
Has anyone had luck with tummy-zen, aloe ( from the plant), manuka honey and/or DFL?
Thanks.

SharonZ
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   Posted 8/10/2018 6:49 AM (GMT -6)   
Welcome Binx1:

Have your had an endoscopy? I really wouldn't start to introduce any natural supplements until your body has adjusted to the PPIs. I would adjust your lifestyle, including diet, exercise and keeping a diary to see if you can identify your trigger foods.

Good Luck, Sharon

Binx1
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   Posted 8/10/2018 7:00 AM (GMT -6)   
HI;
I had an endoscopy a few years ago. I am fearful of PPI's long term effects thus I have never stayed on them more than a month.
I would to hear others who feel confident taking a PPI; what about Zantac?
I suspect my GI doc will say take Prilosec daily.
My friend is trying to taper off to ow on one tab Prilosec every other day and suffers terribly from rebound acid on days not using it.

Thank you for your reply.

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   Posted 8/10/2018 8:18 AM (GMT -6)   
I understand your fear of PPIs and their side effects. I was on them for many years (over 20), and had no issues. Most prescription medications have long lists of potential side effects. Unfortunately, sometimes a month is not enough time on a PPI. If you don't get relief from something like Prilosec, you can switch to something else. Protonix was the only PPI that I go relief from. I also would avoid ibuprofen products, such as Advil.

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Binx1
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   Posted 8/10/2018 9:19 AM (GMT -6)   
Thanks again.
I am impressed that you have been on a PPI for so many years!
So you anticipate this to be a lifelong medication?

Binx1
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   Posted 8/10/2018 9:21 AM (GMT -6)   
I will add that I have only been in one PPI, Prilosec, and the worst side effect is abdominal BLOATING!

SharonZ
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   Posted 8/10/2018 10:46 AM (GMT -6)   
I'd ask to try something different, there are so many newer medications on the market.

Binx1
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   Posted 8/10/2018 11:21 AM (GMT -6)   
I will do that; I wish I could get my head to focus off side effects!
Thank you for your comments.

SharonZ
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   Posted 8/10/2018 2:29 PM (GMT -6)   
You should not be on this medication for the rest of your life. I ultimately needed surgery to correct my condition. Have you been following a GERD-friendly diet? Only you can decide whether the medication is worth the side effects.

Binx1
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   Posted 8/10/2018 2:32 PM (GMT -6)   
I am once again going on the two week reflux diet (Kaufman).
I was feeling so much better and was quite surprised about the test results.
I’m sorry you needed surgery; have you been “cured”?

SharonZ
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   Posted 8/10/2018 3:07 PM (GMT -6)   
Yes, I've been reflux-free and off all medication for over 4 years.

Binx1
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   Posted 8/10/2018 3:47 PM (GMT -6)   
Oh, I am pleased for you!

Binx1
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   Posted 8/11/2018 5:11 AM (GMT -6)   
You are most fortunate and I am so happy for you!
I appreciate your thoughts and will discuss this with my GI at next visit.
Other than staying on a strict GERD diet I am just not sure what to do.
Thanks for your insight.

Binx1
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   Posted 8/11/2018 5:43 AM (GMT -6)   
Is anyone familiar with mushroom coffee?
This is touted as a low acid coffee substitute drink .
Thanks

SharonZ
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   Posted 8/13/2018 7:01 AM (GMT -6)   
Some people have had good results with weight loss and exercise. If at all possible, I would skip the coffee/coffee substitutes until your get your symptoms under control.

Sharon

Binx1
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   Posted 8/13/2018 7:04 AM (GMT -6)   
I must agree with you wholeheartedly!
And yet I’m addicted to coffee but have reduced my intake to one cup with some low fat milk.
Thank you
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