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Closetfire
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   Posted 10/14/2006 12:17 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi, I'm 30 years old and was diagnosed in March with reflux laryngitis. In April I had an endoscopy done that showed some damage to the lower 3rd of my esophagus, but no Barrett's, but the doc wanted to make sure it didn't progress to Barrett's.

He put me on nexium and told me to avoid certain foods, avoid sleeping after eating, etc, so I've tried my best to comply. I don't really get heartburn anymore, but I do think I may have developed a stricture due to difficulty burping and swallowing.

Also, even tho the heartburn has stopped, I still get a burning sensation in my larynx regularly anyway that started in early August. I have an appointment on the 19th of October but until then I am feeling rather paranoid and scared. Could it be that Barrett's has progressed in the short time since April?

I've been on the nexium (40 mg twice daily since March, i know that is a lot) but it did still take me some time to get the hang of the eating habits and find a good way to elevate my bed (i don't have a bed but a mattress on a plank of plywood) but now I have that figured out.

Anyway, I almost never have heartburn anymore, mostly just burping difficulty and this throat burning sensation? Could someone give me any advice while I wait to see the doc? I'm rather frightened, and being obsessive compulsive doesn't help.

Thanks,

Crystal

Joan M
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   Posted 10/14/2006 7:24 PM (GMT -6)   
It is kind of scarey. I have the dry burning throat too and it can get very painful. I don't know what it is and I am not looking forward to another scope.

It would seem to me almost impossible for you to get the bad disease in such a short amount of time especially with your taking the medicine and all the good things you are doing. Hang in there and by all means see the doc and find out what's going on.

Peace out.

DANIE
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   Posted 10/14/2006 7:43 PM (GMT -6)   
Please check back on all my postings especially on ALKALINE DIET.
Avoiding some foods is just not enough when we have GERD. You have to help yourself with natural products such as DGL licorice, Slippery Elm, Aloe Vera Gel etc. and eating LOW ACID, NO FAT, NO SUGAR.
I just read (and will post some new articles I found on healing esophagus naturally -as with the above) that Kukicha Twig Tea is excellent for people with GERD. It actually alkalinizes in the stomach.
We want to eat foods that don't add acid to our already extremely acidic stomach.
Please help yourself with the diet and you will get off the drugs.
See my postings, I refused to take drugs more than one month and I have been doing really great with all the above.
It is very restrictive and you need to probably follow it for a few months (I've been successful with DGL licorice - does not raise blood pressure). I've been on it for 1 month now and have definitely felt an improvement.
You have to give up many things you would normally eat but I would have given up anything to feel good again.
Not everyone has the horrible pain in the esophagus, I had only nausea and dizziness, but even your symptoms are from GERD. It manifests itself in different symptoms for different people.
Wishing you good health.
Danie

DANIE
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   Posted 10/14/2006 7:57 PM (GMT -6)   
Another huge thing to remember - SLEEP ONLY ON YOUR LEFT SIDE, YOUR HEARTSIDE. The esophagus enters the stomach at a slight angle on the right side of the body, so sleeping on the left side allows the stomach contents to pool away from your esophagus.

Also, do not drink anything carbonated. Plain water is best and I found that the most alkaline water is FIJI water.

Closetfire
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   Posted 10/14/2006 10:38 PM (GMT -6)   
I'd like to be able to limit my diet like that but as it is i'm horribly underweight and need all the options I can get, since I can't do lots of fat, i have to do lots of carbs just to get the calories I need to stay healthy.

As for sleeping only on the left side, dang I wish my doctor had told me that, all this time I sleep on either my back or my right side, and I could be doing more harm than good with that. Lovely. Now I'm more nervous =p

DANIE
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   Posted 10/15/2006 6:06 AM (GMT -6)   
Crystal,
You can do the alkaline diet and still eat well and nutritiously. There are two grains you can have - millet and quinoa that are very filling. They have alot of protein and have sustained populations in the middle east and south america for thousands of years. Tofu is also a great food for GERD patients, you can eat the whole fat one and it will give you all the protein of meat. Sweet potatoes will also keep your weight on, as will "nature's candy" dates and figs (ONLY DRIED ONES THOUGH).
Please think about it, don't be nervous. You just have to take control and heal your esophagus.
Danie
PS By reading postings you have already learned that you should sleep on your left side :)

Joan M
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   Posted 10/15/2006 3:10 PM (GMT -6)   
I am now sleeping on my left side, not drinking as much caffeine, no soda and not eating at night. I lost 22 lbs and hope to lose more.

BUT YOU GUYS ARE DOING WAY BETTER THAN ME!!!!

Congratulations

Closetfire
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   Posted 10/15/2006 3:53 PM (GMT -6)   
I'm trying to gain some back, I'm badly underweight...
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