Effect of elevating bed

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   Posted 5/22/2007 5:30 PM (GMT -6)   
I have gone through the whole diagnostic process with a top Gastro guy in town and been confirmed to have GERD at 21. The sore throats are a real bummer. Can anyone provide any encouragement as to the effect of elevating your bed at night. My father seems to think it might have a significant effect on the sore throats but I have my doubts.

Thanks in advance,


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   Posted 5/22/2007 6:55 PM (GMT -6)   
It'll help. Simple gravity at work here. It's harder for the acid to go "up hill".
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   Posted 5/28/2007 9:05 AM (GMT -6)   
Sleep only on your LEFT SIDE, stomach acid cannot come up into your esophagus (use a pillow or body pillow to keep you in that position only during the night). Elevating the torso is good too, not just the head.

Don't eat any high fat food, nothing fried, alcohol, caffeine etc. Keep a food diary, if something bothers you just don't eat it.

Take DGL licorice - you can get it in health food stores or vitamin shops (see all my postings on this board, there are many - under DANIE). Dissolve 1-3 tablets (see which amount works for you) 20 minutes before eating anything. Do the same at night just don't drink anything afterwards. The licorice (does not cause high blood pressure like regular licorice) coats the esophagus and therefore helps it heal.

I know people that have gone off their GERD drugs (some on them for 10+ yrs) and just control their symptoms with the DGL. Of course, I had to hound them to do so. I tried on this board to keep posting everything positive that happened to me but people just don't get it. If someone has multiple problems (other than just GERD) it's extremely difficult to cure.

My GERD was just caused by using ADVIL, and mostly at night, to help ease pain from a fall. I was able to cure it in 1 month.
Good luck.

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   Posted 5/28/2007 10:08 PM (GMT -6)   
Diane, thanks for your posts. I've been reading your other posts, but the link to this one won't work. Can you please tell me where to find this info:>(this will explain why it's so important to sleep mostly on your LEFT side) -  How To Prevent Nighttime Heartburn / Acid Reflux < Also can you suggest any easy way to take DGL or any other product that will work? I've tried it in the past and I just can't stand the intense taste. thanks J. AKA Topics4_2

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   Posted 6/1/2007 1:38 PM (GMT -6)   
topics4_2 said...
< Also can you suggest any easy way to take DGL or any other product that will work? I've tried it in the past and I just can't stand the intense taste. thanks J. AKA Topics4_2

The first time I tried the DGL licorice, I said to myself. "There is no way in hell I can eat these." It was practically the worst thing I have tasted. But I forced myself and I got used to it. Occupy your time while taking them. I played checkers on the internet.

Also, it is important to dissolve the in your mouth and not chew them.

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