Acid Reflux: How do you get relief?

Posted by ldholley505 @ldholley505, Jul 12, 2020

Hi,

I’m 42 and have been suffering from health issues for over 20 years and have been told that I have fibromyalgia but the following have been progressively getting worse over the past years.

– constant burning in esophagus from acid reflux after eating or drinking anything along with belching and stomach discomfort.

– sharp pain in lower right back side and radiate into abdomen and armpit with bloating, gas and cramps.

– food gets stuck and hard to swallow.

– sore throat with enlarged lymph nodes and neck pain.

– have lost weight.

– fatigue even with enough sleep.

– teeth being greatly impacted by acid erosion causing staining to teeth and gum sensitivity.

– constant sour taste in mouth.

– headaches since a teenager.

– sensitivity to sun.

– nerve and joint pain for about 20 years.

– tailbone pain on and off for 8 years.

I’ve had the following tests and seen the following doctors.
– Gastroenterologist 3 times. Recent endoscopy and colonoscopy findings 3 weeks ago include Grade A Esophagitis was seen in esophagus, normal mucosa in antrum, incisura of stomach, stomach body, pylorus and cardia. Slightly blunted villi noted in duodenal bulb and second part of duodenum. 4 biopsies taken from 2nd portion and 2 from duodenum and results are normal. Colonoscopy normal.

– Neurologist 3 times and had nerve testing done with no findings.

– Allergy testing – no allergies to most common foods about 2 weeks ago.

– Celiac panel over a week ago – negative ( have cut out gluten for months now)

– H-pylori – year ago

– E-coli present about 8 years ago and took prescribed medication

– Hospitalized about a year and half ago for gallstones and elevated kidney

– Urinalysis – normal

– CBC – normal

– Lipid panel – normal

– Hepatic panel – normal

I’ve tried the following.

– diet changes: no acidic or spicy foods, cut out refined sugars, eliminated herbal teas, eating smaller and more frequent meals, elevating head at bedtime, no tight clothing, no bending down after meals, no eating too close to bedtime, no gluten and grains for months. Tried acid, low fodmap, inflammation and microbiome diets. Bone broth, kefir and yogurt.

– digestive enzymes, healthy gut powder, Atrantil, tumeric, multi vitamins, apple cider vinegar good strength probiotics, magnesium.

– lemon balm, nettles, cat’s claw, marshmallow and slippery elm powders and aloe vera.

– omeprazole, famotidine and antacids.

Was suggested that I look at Medical Medium and celery juicing. Not sure what more I can do to get some relief.

@jobarbara

Yes you need to see a gastroenterologist. I have had my esophagus stretched twice in 11 years, on omeprozol all that time. I would love to get off of the drug but my brother died from cancer because he stopped taking the drug

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Hi i think I am so afraid of the side effects of taking meds I am letting it get in the way I must not be ready to go down to 20 mg a day need to go back to 40 mg a a day?Do you only take the omperzole and how much?My health plan is an HMO so I have to get a referral from GP I will be having a routine colonoscopy in Oct. When I get stressed a little it seems to make heart burn worse but who isn’t stressed out now with all that’s going on, Thankyou

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@rambler

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IF your intestinal flora is normal & healthy (i.e. don't drink artificial sweeteners like aspartame or Nutri-Sweet), you may actually have LOW acid production. Sounds odd, but when you eat your body releases acid to help digest the food. But some people don't produce enough acid at the right time to digest the food "sitting” in their stomach. Their body produces acid too slowly or can't stop producing the acid because their body still has something in their stomach — so more acid production at the wrong time.

I have found, especially when I have lots of oily food (i.e. order of French fries) that my stomach feels “glumpy”. When this occurs, I reach for some vinegar. Drink some plain water (to wet my mouth/throat). Mix 1/8 cup vinegar with 1/4 cup water and drink it. If after 10 minutes I don’t feel better, I’ll repeat once more. That almost always takes care of it. I know my trigger.

The vinegar (i.e. additional acid) It helps digest the food and clean out my stomach. With an empty stomach, my body doesn’t need/want to produce anymore acid. The Acid Reflux is gone.

Additional thought: If you are eating between meals, you may want to stop. It may be triggering your body to continue to produce acid to digest what’s in your stomach, which is over producing acid for such a small amount of food.

Bottom line: if you can figure out the trigger of the acid generation or ill the timing, you can prevent/counteract the acid production. Don’t just go for the bandaid approach of anti-acids.

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Thank you so much for the suggestions. I am starting to think that my acid production may be low.

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@ldholley505 – I have had acid reflux for at least 30 years now. I have been on several meds to slow acid production and I can't really stop or cut down.
I am now mostly stable on pantropazole twice a day. I have had a few endoscopies over time, so far so good. Stress sets it off as well as some unknown factor.It can take days to resolve even with very mild diet. I have a good internist and gastroenterologist if needed.

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Hello @ldholley505

Just some ideas from having had GERD for a number of years, I too have become somewhat a self-made expert on the topic as well. Maintaining a healthy weight is a good start in controlling acid reflux. If you have done that, do you elevate the head of your bed at night? This is also important. I recently got an adjustable bed (not one of the more expensive brands that are sold in the specialty stores but one from a local furniture store that just adjusts the head and legs). It has been a great help to avoid the night-time problems associated with reflux.

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I had bad acid reflux that caused me to get Barrett's esophagus. A good book to read is the acid watcher diet. It's written by a MD. It tells you what foods are acidic and what's safe for acid reflux people.. Elevate the bed, stop eating 3hrs before bedtime, no smoking,drinking alcohol, SODA, caffeine, mint, no fried foods, no vinegar products, no pepper or salt, pink salt is ok, no Mexican,Italian foods, no OJ, try to stay away from processed foods and meats. No tomatoes. Baked fish, turkey,chicken are good, fresh broccoli, Brussel sprouts, cauliflower are also good. You can buy a low acid coffee on Amazon ( healthwise). Good luck! This is what works for me.

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I'm on pantropazole 1/2hr before supper. I only drink water and unsweetened gluten free regular almond milk, 1 carb per cup, almond milk is alkaline which is good.

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@carnet

Hi i think I am so afraid of the side effects of taking meds I am letting it get in the way I must not be ready to go down to 20 mg a day need to go back to 40 mg a a day?Do you only take the omperzole and how much?My health plan is an HMO so I have to get a referral from GP I will be having a routine colonoscopy in Oct. When I get stressed a little it seems to make heart burn worse but who isn’t stressed out now with all that’s going on, Thankyou

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Just remember that many meds have their origin in nature: It's just that they have been isolated, refined, purified and intensified.

"Usually" this is a good thing. But just like Newton's 3rd law of motion/physics may also apply to you in this instance: For every reaction there is an equal and opposite reaction.

Your body may be more reactive to certain chemicals or substances. For example: my father didn't react to the caffeine in coffee. I react tremendously.

Thus our understanding of individualized medicine is becoming more well known!

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@rambler

Just remember that many meds have their origin in nature: It's just that they have been isolated, refined, purified and intensified.

"Usually" this is a good thing. But just like Newton's 3rd law of motion/physics may also apply to you in this instance: For every reaction there is an equal and opposite reaction.

Your body may be more reactive to certain chemicals or substances. For example: my father didn't react to the caffeine in coffee. I react tremendously.

Thus our understanding of individualized medicine is becoming more well known!

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Hi When i take 40mg of omeprazole at one time i feel very tried and it makes me feel depressed with some stomach issues. When i do 20mg i feel a little better but have more heart burn.My GP say to keep taking meds and take maalox or mylanta for heartburn i feel like it's just like putting a band-aid on it.I feel like my doctor is not hearing me when i tell her my side effects.I am 67 and have never been on any meds.I have changed my whole life style since this has all started.I need to find out whats causing all of this and get my doctor to give me a referral to GI doctor which she feels i don't need.Thank-you

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@carnet

Hi When i take 40mg of omeprazole at one time i feel very tried and it makes me feel depressed with some stomach issues. When i do 20mg i feel a little better but have more heart burn.My GP say to keep taking meds and take maalox or mylanta for heartburn i feel like it's just like putting a band-aid on it.I feel like my doctor is not hearing me when i tell her my side effects.I am 67 and have never been on any meds.I have changed my whole life style since this has all started.I need to find out whats causing all of this and get my doctor to give me a referral to GI doctor which she feels i don't need.Thank-you

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Realize that GP are just that: General, but they often see you as a whole picture and understands your history, attitude, and (life) goals. Specialists are great for their specialty(!) but may sometimes not see the whole picture. That is in part that you need a team approach. Think of the GP as the conductor and the GI or other specialist as a musician playing their instrument very well. You need both, yet at times one is emphasized more than the other but — both are still needed. Work on your patient-doctor relationship starting with the GP.

But in the end, it is your life, you have to listen to and learn to enjoy the music because the music is always changing — we're always aging.

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@carnet

Hi When i take 40mg of omeprazole at one time i feel very tried and it makes me feel depressed with some stomach issues. When i do 20mg i feel a little better but have more heart burn.My GP say to keep taking meds and take maalox or mylanta for heartburn i feel like it's just like putting a band-aid on it.I feel like my doctor is not hearing me when i tell her my side effects.I am 67 and have never been on any meds.I have changed my whole life style since this has all started.I need to find out whats causing all of this and get my doctor to give me a referral to GI doctor which she feels i don't need.Thank-you

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Whenever you have a doctor that will not give you a referral or doesn't want to give you a referal, chances are that doctor is capitated. The insurance incentivizes the doctor for not giving you much including referrals. I had a doctor not want to give my husband a flu shot or refer me to a pulmonologist. Run from that doctor!

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@carnet

Hi i think I am so afraid of the side effects of taking meds I am letting it get in the way I must not be ready to go down to 20 mg a day need to go back to 40 mg a a day?Do you only take the omperzole and how much?My health plan is an HMO so I have to get a referral from GP I will be having a routine colonoscopy in Oct. When I get stressed a little it seems to make heart burn worse but who isn’t stressed out now with all that’s going on, Thankyou

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I’m on 20mg every morning 30 minutes before i eat. I also drink 1/4 c aloe Vera if I get any heartburn

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@fighter

Whenever you have a doctor that will not give you a referral or doesn't want to give you a referal, chances are that doctor is capitated. The insurance incentivizes the doctor for not giving you much including referrals. I had a doctor not want to give my husband a flu shot or refer me to a pulmonologist. Run from that doctor!

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Yea, that does not sound like a very healthy patient-doctor relationship.

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