GERD and eating problems

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gpalmos
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Date Joined Feb 2006
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   Posted 2/9/2006 3:33 PM (GMT -6)   
Hello everyone I'm new to this forum. I've had GERD for 4 years. I've been on PPI ever since (Prevacid, Nexium, Protonix 2x a day). I am 35 years old.
 
I've done everything so far to alleviate my condition. My bed is elevated 6 inches, I don't eat greasy, spicy, dairy, chocolate, caffeinated, carbonated, acidic foods.
 
I watch everything I eat. My problem is when I get really acidic, burning sensation in my stomach, terrible acid breath, I tend to munch on something. Like bread,nuts, or eat a small bowl of food. I find that it soothes my stomach when I put something in there. I have tried taking antacid when I'm really acidic, but that alone does not help. I even take Gaviscon, but that alone won't soothe it.
 
Do any of you have the same problem. Do some of you find the urge to eat when you are so acidic?
 
If so what should I do to corect the problem?

CathyA
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   Posted 2/9/2006 4:58 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi gpalmos,
One theory here is that carbs can cause reflux. Have you ever tried to really lower your carbs?
Have you been tested for H.pylori?
Are you on any other meds for other conditions that might be aggravating your GERD?
You also might want to read some of the posts on this forum, about people who feel that their PPIs caused even more problems.

Nikib5
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   Posted 2/10/2006 8:12 AM (GMT -6)   
I haven't taken any PPIs since Sunday (was on them for 2 years) and yesterday I had awful, gnawing pains in my stomach like I was starving, even after a meal. It's tempting to just try to fill up and make it go away, but I think that is a trap. The more you put in there, the more acid will churn around. It finally went away after lunch. I ate very slowly. I thought it was going to bother me, but it didn't. It seems to be gone today. Everyone is different, so it's hard to say what will work.
 
I think there is something to the low carb diet. I'm watching my carbs and doing better. So far! I'm also taking papaya enzymes after each meal. They seem to take the fullness away right after I eat and calm my stomach. I also started taking Probiotics. I have IBS too, and these things are all related.
 
I hope that acidity goes away for you. It's an awful feeling.
 
~Niki
 
 

gpalmos
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   Posted 2/10/2006 11:06 AM (GMT -6)   
Thanks for the input everyone, I really appreciate it. I'm glad I found this forum.

Steve J
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   Posted 2/12/2006 7:04 AM (GMT -6)   
CathyA said...
Hi gpalmos,
One theory here is that carbs can cause reflux. Have you ever tried to really lower your carbs?
How could eating carbs cause reflux?

CathyA
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   Posted 2/12/2006 9:39 AM (GMT -6)   
It's my understanding that we, as a culture, eat way too many carbs, for what our intestines were set up to handle. When we can't absorb all that carb stuff, it starts to ferment, and creates gas and an acidic environment, and then can put pressure everywhere. "Dr. Norm" used to post alot about this. He's not a doctor, but he has a big theory on carbs and GERD. Just look a few pages back and see if you can find some posts by him.
I, unfortunately, am a carb addict. But I sure would like to have the will power to test out his theory!
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