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Gut and Mac Lung

MAC & Bronchiectasis | Last Active: Oct 10, 2023 | Replies (14)

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I’ve had GERD for decades. I even had Barrett’s esophagus (small area) years ago. After that diagnosis, I did a lot of research and stopped eating and drinking the known problem foods/drinks. Chocolate, mint, tomatoes, spices, chewing gum, coffee, caffeine anything, citric acid, etc…and also did not eat or drink anything g three hours before bed. Also, got an adjustable bed to raise my head. In 2003, I had Nissen Fundoplication surgery, to tighten the area where my stomach connects to my esophagus. That’s a whole other topic!! Several years after that, I had to start taking Prilosec once a day. I didn’t want to take a PPI , but I was having some break through GERD. My pulmonologist s have told me that often people with GERD will have MAC. In fact, the GERD can sometimes cause the MAC. I can see how that might happen.

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I've had GERD for decades too - I guess over time it can really affect loads of stuff. I think getting the adjustable bed is a great thing to do. (I don't have one.) I'd love to hear more about the Nissen procedure and how that went. It sounds like perhaps not too well. I've often wondered about the influence of GERD on MAC - I'm thinking rather than causing MAC perhaps it mostly makes one more susceptible. hmmm.