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kandinsky
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   Posted 11/6/2006 3:39 PM (GMT -7)   
hi everyone ~
 
i have a some pretty bad issues going on in my upper digestive system. all the medications i have tried are not getting rid of the symptoms. i have an appointment to see a gastroenterologist and have an endoscopy later this month. in the meantime, i am wondering if anyone can offer me any basic advice - diet, lifestyle, other ideas? - for managing/reducing my symptoms until i see the doctor and get some firmer answers about what is going on. thanks!

sillylilly
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   Posted 11/6/2006 4:38 PM (GMT -7)   
What are your symptoms?

kandinsky
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   Posted 11/6/2006 5:16 PM (GMT -7)   
my medical situation is pretty complicated. the root of my problem is lyme disease (and bartonella which is another bacterial infection you can get from a tick bite). as a result of the lyme diease i have autoimmune disease including a lot of fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue like symptoms. overall i probably have over 50 symptoms. it's hard for me to know what is from what.

i had a nasal endoscopy done last december so i know that gerd is contributing in some part to my symptoms. also everyday i feel like i have thrown up so i assume that stomach acid is coming up into my throat. other than that i am not sure what could be from gerd and what to atttribute to my other conditions. for example i have all sorts of discomfort in my chest (cardiac issues have been ruled out) and much pain in my ears.

imalukatic
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   Posted 11/6/2006 5:18 PM (GMT -7)   
Try some digestive enzymes with your meals. They seem to greatly reduce the acid and prevent pain afterwards...for me anyway. My TCM recommended them to me and she says it helps with her acid reflux as well. Check out a diet recommended for reflux sufferers. There are some foods that are definitely bad for you right now. And drink lots of warm water. For some reason that helps a little, too. I was getting pain in the ears, too, but it's pretty much subsided since I started using the digestive enzymes.

Lonibel
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   Posted 11/6/2006 7:09 PM (GMT -7)   
Do digestive enzymes REDUCE stomach acid?  I'm starting to think I don't have enough acid....

imalukatic
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   Posted 11/6/2006 8:02 PM (GMT -7)   
No they don't reduce stomach acid. But you could be right...you could be deficient in acid.

kandinsky
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   Posted 11/7/2006 2:21 PM (GMT -7)   
hi imalukatic ~

thany you for the suggestions.

imalukatic
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   Posted 11/7/2006 9:21 PM (GMT -7)   
kandinsky said...
hi imalukatic ~

thany you for the suggestions.
You're very welcome, kandinsky.
 
Another thing you might try is poaching any meat or fish you eat. I started that recently and noticed what a remarkable difference that makes also. I've been eating everything as plain as possible, using only seasoned salt to flavor with and just a touch of butter on veggies. I've given up on all grains for the time being, they just seem too heavy for the acidy stomach and cause problems every time. And do have your pH tested. A month ago when mine was in the normal alkaline range I was fine and eating just about everything. But now that my pH is completely acidic again...back came the stomach problems. I don't think this is a coincidence. Today was my 3rd morning in a row waking up without that gawd awful bitter acidy taste in my mouth, no tight gaggy throat, and no coughing/choking. So I'm obviously on the right path. I hope this helps you and gives you some much needed relief also. Good luck!

DANIE
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   Posted 11/17/2006 10:41 AM (GMT -7)   
See my postings for ALKALINE DIET - it will definitely help you. Don't eat too many acidic foods.
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