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Nikib5
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   Posted 2/14/2006 8:21 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi everyone,
Just thought I'd give a status report. I'm on day 9 with no meds besides an occasional tums. I feel pretty well. In some ways, I feel better than when I was taking my PPI. The only time I'm having trouble seems to be in the evening. I had a little bit of brown rice, some vegetables and a soy pudding last night and about 3 hours after I ate, I started to feel a little bloated and gassy. It always seems to hit right before bedtime. I made sure not to drink any water because that makes it worse. I have the bed elevated too. I slept fine though and didn't wake during the night. When I woke this morning, I felt great. Maybe I'm focusing on it too much and making myself sick.



~Niki

(I also should tell you I'm taking papaya enzymes after my meals and 2 acidopholus a day.)

Post Edited (Nikib5) : 3/8/2006 1:45:22 PM (GMT-7)


aeis2000
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   Posted 2/14/2006 9:20 AM (GMT -6)   
Thanks for the feedback nikib5.
I feel pain in my abdomen 1 1/2 to 2 hours after a meal.
Due you feel any pain or it's only bloating that you experienced.

I really don't know what to make out of my situation. I feel the lump in the throat sensation and pressure around my upper abdomen but have never experienced reflux.

Nikib5
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   Posted 2/14/2006 9:49 AM (GMT -6)   
I'm not getting pain right now, just the bloating and feeling like my stomach is very sensitive. It almost feels like it's hollow. It's strange because a big symptom of GERD is heartburn yet both of us aren't getting that.

I also have IBS-D and I'm starting to think that has something to do with this. When things start to move around in my intestines, I seem to get some GERD symptoms. All I know is that I want it to go away!

~Niki

hearty
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   Posted 2/14/2006 7:17 PM (GMT -6)   
I am on day 6 of no nexium and I too feel better. I am not 100% heartburn free but the overall yucky feeling is almost gone. The pills just made me feel off, know what I mean? I am on zantac (low dose) lots of probiotics fiber pills to try to cleanse the system and I was on oil of oregano but I think it may have been a little strong so I am gonna back off for awhile. We will see. Glad you are well....

Norm1
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   Posted 2/14/2006 10:27 PM (GMT -6)   
Niki,
You are feeling bloated because you are eating too many carbs. Please try my controlled carb approach and you will not need the PPIs ever again.

Dr Norm Robillard

Nikib5
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   Posted 2/15/2006 7:58 AM (GMT -6)   
Thanks for the advice, Dr. Norm. I cut my carbs way down yesterday and I did feel so much better. No bloating, no heartburn. I slept great. I think you're on to something :-)

~Niki

VV
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   Posted 2/15/2006 2:22 PM (GMT -6)   
Nikki,
Congrats on being PPI free, I hope someday I will be off of the too.

Hearty, I'm so happy to here that you were able to stop Nexium and are feeling pretty good. Hang in there!

Huggs,
Vanessa


heartburnhell
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   Posted 2/16/2006 9:07 PM (GMT -6)   
That is so great you are off the ppis!! I have been tapering off protonix for three months now. I am down from 7 pills a week to three. I just started taking enzymes , glutamine , and probiotic. I am hoping this will help. I can't wait to be a success story!!
Heather

Nikib5
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   Posted 2/17/2006 9:02 AM (GMT -6)   
I was taking Protonix too. I had tried to stop taking them a few times, but without success.  I think that if it wasn't for this site and the advice I've gotten (and research I've done), I wouldn't have been able to do it. I'm still scared though that it's going to come back with a vengeance.

Nikib5
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   Posted 2/18/2006 12:35 PM (GMT -6)   
Yesterday, I had a little bit of heartburn during the day, so I took some papaya enzymes and it went away. In the evening after I ate (a meatless goulash), I had that feeling of a lump in my throat. It's strange because I never had that before. I ate a yogurt later on and it soothed it and I slept well and feel better today. It's strange that I had the lump, but no heartburn or other stomach pains.

I'm still trying to keep the carbs low. I find I do better with any carbs earlier in the day than in the evening. Every day I don't know what to expect.

~Niki

Nal
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   Posted 2/18/2006 10:01 PM (GMT -6)   
Can I ask why you all decided to quit the PPI's?  I think its great and I am trying to come off of them too but I am doing it because I honestly think it is making my stomach so much worse!!!!!!!
 
Nancy

Nikib5
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   Posted 2/19/2006 8:05 AM (GMT -6)   
I wasn't really wasn't feeling much better either. I did initially, but as time went on I would have bouts of stomach pain and nausea and bloating. The PPIs helped the heartburn though. I read a couple articles about how it's probably not good to take them forever because you need your stomach acid to digest your food and kill off bacteria in your stomach. It seemed like my food was sitting in my stomach much too long too.

I can honestly say that my stomach feels better now and I'm glad I decided to stick it out the first week. I guess I'll see how it goes.

~Niki

Nikib5
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   Posted 2/22/2006 8:06 AM (GMT -6)   
I'm still doing well. I'm experimenting by adding more carbs back in (like popcorn). So far so good. Another thing that is interesting to me is that my IBS seems better.  Maybe the probiotic is helping that. I just know that my colon hasn't been this calm and "normal" in many years.

Nikib5
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   Posted 2/22/2006 12:26 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Jennifer,

Well, maybe popcorn wasn't the best thing for me to choose, but I love it. My stomach and intestines got very rumbly afterwards though. I air-pop it and won't eat the microwave corn because it's so greasy and can upset my tummy.

The real test will be this weekend. We're celebrating my birthday and there will be cake and soy ice cream (for me, anyway because I'm lactose intolerant).

I find I can tolerate more carbs in the morning than in the evening. I haven't been cutting out all carbs, just lowering them. With me being vegetarian, I like to eat some grains. I've cut out more sugar and breads than anything else.

I don't post in the IBS forum. Mostly the IBS is under control and I don't feel the need to right now. I do know of one person, however, who says low carb and IBS don't mix because we tend to need the grains in our diets and for her veggies are a big trigger. I do feel the two conditions go hand-in-hand though. When my IBS is bothering me, the GERD usually starts too. When I had my worst episodes of GERD, I had awful attacks of IBS with it.

~Niki

Norm1
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   Posted 3/1/2006 2:24 AM (GMT -6)   
Niki,
Thanks for sharing your experiences.

Norm Robillard


I am a Ph.D. microbiologist and author. I am not a physician. The views I express, while research-based, are my own and should never take the place of consultations with your own physician.
 


Nikib5
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   Posted 3/8/2006 3:57 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi everyone,
I just thought I'd check in. I've been feeling so well that I haven't really needed to visit the forum. I've been low-carbing for a month now and it's going great. I haven't touched a Tums or other antacid in over 2 weeks and I haven't even been using the papaya enzymes I bought. I have increased some of my carbs to experiment. I tried pizza and pie a couple of weekends ago and felt nauseous, but no heartburn. I've been eating occasional pasta and couscous, just very small amounts with no problems. Gone are the days where pasta would be a main meal. Popcorn is still a big problem for me as well as bananas. It's not hard not to eat something if it makes you sick, you know? I do find that I do better eating the bulk of the carbs early in the day. I'm not sure exactly how many I'm consuming. Probably 80-100/day. It varies with how I feel.

I also want to add that my IBS is doing well too. I had a bowl of broccoli with my casserole the other night and that is something I would have been afraid to do before. Surprisingly, I had no gas.

Anyway, I wish you were all feeling better. Take care!

~Niki

seagal
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   Posted 3/9/2006 12:52 PM (GMT -6)   
Niki,
I'm so glad you're doing well. Thanks for your updates. They're very encouraging for those of us who are trying to get off PPIs. I'm planning to try again, now that I'm low-carbing.  Please don't leave us! Keep us posted! Thanks.
 
Seagal

Norm1
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   Posted 3/10/2006 10:37 AM (GMT -6)   
Niki,
I am so happy to hear how well you are doing using my recommended carb controlling approach for treating GERD. I have been posting on this for awhile, but hearing from people experiencing the relief from heartburn and IBS symptoms using this approach is just the best.

All the best,

Norm Robillard
I am a Ph.D. microbiologist and author. I am not a physician. The views I express, while research-based, are my own and should never take the place of consultations with your own physician.
 


Precious
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   Posted 3/25/2006 1:50 PM (GMT -6)   
For Dr. Norm....can you give me info about the controlled carb approach you mentioned above?

Thanks.
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