Hi Tracks. I'm certainly not a doctor, but if you have active inflammation in your GI tract I would recommend that you continue nexium, for a while at least. Then check with your doctor before stopping it. When I was diagnosed with GERD, the GI doctor told me it doesn't matter what you eat. Anything, from a saltine cracker to a heavy mexican meal will cause your stomach to produce acid. He was not a believer in using diet alone to control acid. To a certain extent, at least in my case, he was right. When my heartburn gets bad, a sip of water can set it off. Doesn't really matter. That being said, I do try to avoid very heavy meals, I eat several times a day, as opposed to 3X/day, and I avoid things I know will set off my symptoms (e.g., orange juice).
Don't know much about the licorice, but others on this board seem to think highly of it. I don't see what it can hurt? I would just be careful ditching the nexium until your inflammation is under control.
Current dx: Rheumatoid Arthritis
Suspected dx: UCTD/Early Lupus
Current Meds: Enbrel, Plaquenil, Aciphex, Ultracet, Zyrtec, Allavert-D, Zantac, Tylenol PM
Past Meds: Relafen, Vioxx, Mobic, Voltaren, Sulfasalazine, Entocort, Prednisone, Humira, Reglan