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Sat, Jan 12 10:21am · Getting Off of Omeprazole in Digestive Health

I am glad to hear that. I have had the misfortune of doctors not informing me about side effects of medications on many occasions with catastrophic results at times. Let the consumer beware. I now do my own research about any medication I put in my mouth, over the counter or prescription. Acid rebound from PPIs is horrible and one of the reasons many people can’t get off these medicines that I am not sure we’re designed for long term use in the first place.

Sat, Jan 12 7:10am · Getting Off of Omeprazole in Digestive Health

I got off Aciphex (sp) ten years ago and had to suffer through horrible acid rebound for two months. I weaned myself off with Zantac. I now take nothing. Control the reflux by eliminating coffee, carbonated drinks and too many carbs. I take an occasional Zantac and avoid trigger foods. Doctors don’t tell you that you will experience rebound when you try to get off the PPI. It is not the disease but the rebound that keeps us hooked on the PPI. Modern medicine is designed to hand us pills for everything and masking symptoms rather than eliminating the underlying cause. I have accepted that I cannot eat or drink in my sixties what I could in my twenties. I realize not everyone can get off these medicines due to other or more serious underlying medical conditions, but worth some looking into.

Sat, Jan 12 6:58am · probiotics and sibo in Digestive Health

You may also like Florastor, another probiotic. I take it along Align daily

Thu, Jan 10 6:26pm · C diff in Digestive Health

Congratulations!

Wed, Jan 9 7:48pm · Bloating after eating, irregular Bowel movements... can anyone advise? in Digestive Health

Thank you for sharing your story and for such sound advice.

Wed, Jan 9 11:36am · Bloating after eating, irregular Bowel movements... can anyone advise? in Digestive Health

Agree with seeing a physician before implementing dietary changes to rule out potential health problems, but Internists and most GI docs know diddlie squat about diet.

Tue, Jan 8 10:41pm · Fructose Malabsorption in Digestive Health

This is why working with a nutritionist, at least at first, is so important. I have been on a Low FODMAP diet for two months and I am not eating any of the items you mentioned. No garlic, no onions, no chocolate and very little sugar. That is what happened to me at first. I went to the websites, read the food lists, and started to eat stuff that triggered more diarrhea. The diet starts very restrictive and slowly expands to other foods. It is important to follow a certain method for the diet to work. It is not just a matter of reading a list and start eating Low FODMAP foods. I almost gave up on the diet until I went to see the nutritionist and we adopted a method. Can’t emphasize this enough. It is how foods are first eliminated and then very slowly reintroduced. One can’t just randomly eat all the foods that are listed on the FODMAP diet. The diet must be individualized to your needs and specific problem, I.e., CDiff versus SIBO versus FM. It may be that some people can eventually eat onions again while someone else can never even look at onions again. You may be able to eat very little at first, which is what happened to me. I am very slowly now reintroducing foods. Garlic, onions and chocolate are not even in my horizon at this point. Still, I have not experienced diarrhea in two months and gained 10 of the 20 lbs I lost by following this diet under the supervision of a nutritionist.