I was diagnosed last summer/fall, but had had GERD symptoms for years, thinking it was just one of those things. If it got too bad I'd wean myself off coffee for a couple months. It wasn't until it was attacking my esophogus and vocal chords that I was scared enough to commit 100% to living a cleaner lifestyle. Fortunately I dodged the cancer boat. I had already lost some weight, about 20-25 over the last year, and the same amount the tear before that. But I cut out refined sugar, carbonated beverages, coffee, chocolate, caffeine in general, alcohol, fried food, processed meat, pork and worked out for at least an hour 4-6 days a week. I went on prilosec for about a month, but weaned off of it once my esophogus healed. In the process I lost about 60 pounds, and got out of the "obese" category for the first time in over a decade and I stopped having symptoms. I don't think you are ever "cured" from GERD or related vocal chord dysfunction, but I'm in sort of a remission and I'm pretty sure engaging in the above behaviors would get me back to square one.
- 3/24/2014 8:13:45 AM