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Sun, Jun 28 12:24pm · Getting Off of Omeprazole in Digestive Health

You should see another doctor—a competent gastroenterologist. A dosage of 80 mg of a PPI is very high. Did the 40 mg not help you? You should see a good GI doc before you experiment with “natural” remedies your own. Just because they are “natural” doesn’t mean they have no side effects.

Sun, Jun 21 3:32pm · Getting Off of Omeprazole in Digestive Health

Are you making all of these changes under a doctor’s care? Have you been diagnosed with GERD? What are the digestive enzymes and prebiotic supposed to do for you? I suggest you see a GI professional.

Fri, Mar 13 9:03am · Your experiences with IBS in Digestive Health

I have IBS and found probiotics were useless. Tried several kinds recommended by GI and integrative medicine MD. All probiotics did for me was to produce more gas—just what I don’t need!! Have you seen a registered nutritionist? I am on the Low Fodmap diet which has really helped control my symptoms. Almost never have that”gotta go right now” urge. This diet is VERY restrictive and you need to work with a nutritionist to implement it and see if it works for you. I also saw an integrative medicine doctor. She recommended some supplements which have helped stabilize my weight. I have lost 40 lbs—too much but at least I feel human again. Going out to eat is a real challenge (especially with both IBS and GERD limitations)but I now have found some restaurants that offer a few things I can have. I sure miss my Mexican and Italian favorites, though!
Life Gordon. Good luck to you!

Fri, Mar 13 9:03am · Your experiences with IBS in Digestive Health

I recommend that before you begin, you work with a registered nutritionist/dietitician. This is a really restrictive and complex program.

Fri, Mar 13 9:03am · Your experiences with IBS in Digestive Health

For me, gluten free is a part of the Low Fodmap diet–along with other "no eat" foods. I like carbs too but I have learned to work around the gluten restriction. Finding good bread (including things like hamburger buns and bagels) without the additives that are restricted on the Low Fodmap diet, is not easy but I have found some that I can eat. Not great, but better than nothing. There are also some sweets (like cookies) that are OK for me and are actually good. I do make my own sometimes (using modified regular recipes or low fodmap recipes) but my husband is diabetic so I end up eating most of them myself!

Fri, Mar 13 8:52am · IBS-D in Digestive Health

Thanks Colleen. How do I find the relevant posts by these members?

Fri, Mar 13 8:52am · IBS-D in Digestive Health

Thanks,but peppermint and ginger (especially peppermint) are notorious acid reflux triggers.

Fri, Mar 13 8:52am · IBS-D in Digestive Health

I have a long term problem with GERD and more recently with IBS-D. Am on the low Fodmap diet and recently saw a new GI who changed my PPI to Dexilant along with two Pepcid tablets—one before dinner and another at bedtime. This was working—until I became terribly constipated. Dr. told me to take Citrucel for the constipation. I tried the powder and the caplets, both of which caused really bad acid reflux. Forget that! Now I am supposed to take Miralax. I think to myself: here I am on this restrictive Low FODMAP diet to control diarrhea—and now I am supposed to take a laxative
that causes it?? I am wondering why I just don’t eat some of the restricted foods on the diet that used to give me diarrhea? Dr. says Metamucil causes a lot of gas. Well, if I go back to the Metamucil wafers I successfully used for years before the IBS, having gas is better than being plugged up and uncomfortable.

Am I losing my mind here? Has anyone had the problems with constipation on Pepcid or similar meds? Were you able to solve it without a heavy duty laxative like Miralax that more or less restricts you to the house while you wait for it to work?