to much acid or not enough

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   Posted 2/18/2006 12:26 PM (GMT -6)   
I have read articles on how a lot of people think that they have to much acid and they take meds to block some of the acid. Some doctors especially those that are into natural remedies as well as traditional medicines say that a lot of people are low acidic. How would you know which one you are since the symptons mimmick each other. I wonder if there is some type test you could take to find out.  I take nexium everyday and i still get heart burn pretty bad and a lump in my throat,which makes swallowing capsules a dread.
                                thanks pkh

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   Posted 2/18/2006 1:08 PM (GMT -6)   
I have acid reflux and nexium did not work for me. I take aciphex and ranitidine together and it seems to work for me. I think you have to be scoped to find out how much acid you produce. I am not sure if I am right. I hope this helped. Take care.

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   Posted 2/18/2006 2:15 PM (GMT -6)   
THat's a good question, and one I had alot, when I was on aciphex. If you read alot of alternative medicine info, they usually have you convinced that you don't have enough acid. I was never sure who to believe. But.....these couple of things sort of told me that I was on the right track, taking aciphex..............
I felt even worse when I would take something acidic; I felt better (even slightly) when I would take the aciphex; I would have alot less nausea and bloating on the aciphex.
The problem with being on a PPI, and wanting to figure out if you have too little, is that when you try to come off the PPI, you might have a week or so of rebound acid production, which might hurt, and you assume that you need the PPI.......but if you can get through that first week, then I think you will be starting more "with a clean slate" know where you stand with your stomach acid.
Sometimes, it isn't real obvious if you have too little or too much, and you just have to look for little signs.
I took a Betaine pill once, and it felt awful. I'm assuming that if I had too little acid, I would have felt better. It's hard to know for sure!
What makes matters worse is that altnerative med docs might go too far in the "too little acid" direction, and conventional docs don't budge from their "only old people have too little acid" position.  According to most conventional docs, it's extremely unlikely for all but old people, to have too little acid.

Sean B
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Date Joined Nov 2005
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   Posted 2/21/2006 2:53 PM (GMT -6)   

:-)  I preivously posted this a couple of weeks ago but in case you have not seen it, thought I should add it here.  This is a natural alternative that has been working fabulously for me and one that explains the acidity problem.

I was suffering with gerd like symptoms for about 5 months.  I was having difficulty swallowing whereby food seemed to get stuck in my throat constantly.  My doctor sent me for an upper GI XRAY which looked normal.  He then wanted to send me for a scope to confirm gerd, I was not too keen on this.  I had tried many of the common suggestions, raising the bed, not eating late, avoiding spicy foods, apple cider vinegar etc all to no avail.
I spoke to a woman who runs the local Health Food Store and she seems to think she knows what causes GERD.  She felt that people with GERD do not have enough of the right enzymes in their stomache acid to properly break down the food that one is eating.  This causes food to linger in the stomache which in turn forces the acid back up the esophagus causing the reflux.
She gave me a bottle of Full Spectrum Plant Enzymes.  these come in capsules and I was instructed to take on before meals, two if it was a large meal.  These Enzymes help to break down the food quicker and move it through your digestive track.  I noticed improvements almost immediately.  I have been taking these now for about 2 months and my symptoms are pretty much non existent.  I have been able to eat what I want, when I want without repercussion.  For me there was one exception, I have had to cut down on my coffee intake or I would offen get the feeling of an over strained voicebox while talking.  Other than that my life has returned to normall.
I hope that this helps, as one can see by reading through the forums there are a lot of us who suffer from this.  I'm hoping this works as well  for others as it did me...good luck
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