Regarding bland diet & drugs like Nexium???

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   Posted 7/17/2007 3:11 PM (GMT -6)   
          I have been suffering with heartburn for 3 years and I have been taking Nexium 40mg.  My girlfriend suggested that I go and get a second opinion b/c I've been on Nexium for too long. She was worried about long term effects. So I went and saw a new Doctor, he requested a Endo... and he told me several things. 1) I have a Hiatel Hernia, 2) my LES doesn't close. 3) I have inflammation at the esphogous where it meets the stomach and he took a Biopsy to see if I have Barrets. Quick question? Does this inflammation mean I have Barrets or could it just be slightly inflammed?
          He reccommended a bland diet and to continue takeing the Nexium.  My question for the board is... If taking Nexium subsides my acid and I dont feel discomfort what is the point of the diet. No matter what acidic food I eat it seems Nexuim controls it.  And how could I have inflammation at the esphogus when Nexium controls the acid. And if i'm on a balnd diet how will i know what foods to eat or not to eat when nexium is subsiding the discomfort.

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   Posted 7/22/2007 10:36 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Tracks,

I haven't posted in a while but your situation intrigues me. First, I hope you have asked your doctor all the questions that you posted...he would best be able to answer them. I can only guess.

I also am taking Nexium and it seems to completely take care of my acid but there are a few times when I will experience some breakthrough, but very mildly. Nexium has been the only PPI that has really helped me. I am guessing that if you have some mild inflammation that the bland diet will not exerbate the problem as would say spicey or hot foods would even though you can't feel it. My doctor told me that 50% of patients with GERD do not even have symptoms, so it's not unusual that you don't feel any acid. Also, if you have an LES not closing properly, you will experience other gastric juices and bile that will reflux and cause esophagitis also. You know what foods are bland....anything soft and creamy with not alot of flavor...yogurt, all veges cooked well, well cooked chicken, fish or turkey and do not use alot of spices. And avoid things that can scratch the delicate tissue that is inflamed, like chips and popcorn.

I have a question for you....was your doctor at all concerned that you had been on the Nexium so long? Any are experiencing any side effects that you notice from taking it so long?

Please let us know what your biopsy showed and I hope you find the answers you need.


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Date Joined Aug 2006
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   Posted 7/23/2007 12:54 PM (GMT -6)   
Do any of you ever read the VERY FINE PRINT in magazines on drgus like Nexium??? I know someone who was on it for 10 YEARS and never questioned it. He went off it at my urging and now controls his GERD with only DGL licorice. Please people, try it, what's the worst it can do, cure you????

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   Posted 7/23/2007 3:21 PM (GMT -6)   

Hey Danie,

    I read some of your posts and I was wondering did you have heartburn after stopping the med's and taking the DGL. I've stopped taking the Nexium this past Friday maintaining the diet and taking DGL. The heartburn isn't as rough but still uncomfortable. Is this normal? How long will it last?

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   Posted 7/24/2007 2:24 PM (GMT -6)   

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.


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