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  • AZMIMI98
    I am new to SP and am enjoying the site, have great hopes that it will help to keep me motivated to lose the extra pounds that have attached over the years. As a health care worker and sufferer of GERD myself, the article is spot on re triggers ie caffeine, carbs, carbonated beverages, spicy, fatty foods, etc. The suggestions for what works are worth trying, because we are all so unique. I am going to try aloe juice which a friend uses and has for years with much relief of his night time symptoms. Thanks for writing about this important topic....
  • Another symptom not discussed much but very common is an ongoing cough. I thought for years it was related to my asthma until an allergy/asthma specialist put me on meds for gerd.. Lo and behold I cough 1/4 as much as I used to. It seems the acid reflux irritates the throat passage which in turn causes you to cough, you medicate for the wrong thing which sometimes adds to the acid reflux and on and on.
  • This was very interesting and informative. I have noticed that when I eat better, my acid reflux disappears. Yea!
  • I have reflux troubles also. The insurance stopped covering the meds that worked. I eliminated most of the "triggers" and have stopped taking my meds. It has helped, but now I will lose weight. I have an Endoscope on the 15th.
  • I have had really really bad reflux... I had stopped eating at 5 pm and still would have it at 3 or 4 am, but I just want to validate the others that say a low carb diet has helped! I have been low carbing it (as a serious last resort after trying a million things!) and I have had not one twinge of acid issues. OK granted I also have had NO dairy as well as no chocolate, but I did eliminate those horrible triggers previously with only minimal results. If low carbs rid me of reflux, it's a win win as I lost 7 lbs in the first 10 days :) This is awesome since I was on a reflux drug that effected how my body absorbed calcium and I recently had 4 foot fractures from walking... I know it was directly related with me taking the drug for 18 months!
  • AJS4025
    I already take omeprazole dr twice a day. I experience alot of chest pain not cartiac related. cAN I take antiacids between the omeprazole?
    I always thought that I had GERD/acid indigestion and took various antiacid medications, with little relief. After doing further research on my symptoms (gassiness, acid burps, feeling food not being digested completely), I realized I had the OPPOSITE condition - low stomach acid. This was causing food to pass without being totally digested, thus the resulting issues. I then started eating/drinking something acidic before meals (i.e. apple cider vinegar, pickles, salad with a vinegar-based dressing), and this made a HUGE difference immediately. It turned out that I was making the problem worse by using the acid reducers. It won't hurt to give this a try - you'll know right away if this is what you need. Now I need to work on my lactose intolerance problem ...
  • I was diagnosed with gastroparesis in December; I would love to Spark feature an article on this condition.
  • I've been taking a shot of apple cider vinegar in the morning and it's helped my acid reflux tremendously. It's important to get the one with the "mother" and take it on an empty stomach. I also plug my nose and have a small glass of soymilk after to help with the taste.
  • GEORGE471
    Any thoughts about gluten sensitivity?
  • Another digestive issue to be aware of is gastritis, which is when your stomach lining becomes inflamed. It can cause extreme cramping and diarrhea, as well as heartburn like symptoms in the center of your chest just above your abdomen. Gastritis is caused by a high amount of acid in your stomach, and treatment is very similar to those recommended in the article-- cutting out or down on spicy foods, coffee (both caffeinated and decaf), chocolate, and fatty foods.
  • This is my Comment on heartburn and GERD get your vitamin D level Checked.....My heartburn went away after we found out that my vitamin d level was really low and the Dr put me on Vitamin D (2000 IEU) and on a Calcium citrate and Vitamin D bill twice a day
  • Cucumbers also give me terrible heartburn. Explain that one :-) I am taking a medication that is very rough on my stomach. I would always take it in the morning with breakfast and suffered from heartburn most of the day as well as many nights. A friend, whose daughter is a doctor, suggested I take it with dinner instead. I did that and rarely suffer from heartburn now. I am looking forward to losing weight so that I may not have to deal with it again.
    IgG food allergies can cause acid reflux, too. I know several people whose acid reflux disappeared within days of eliminating their allergenic foods. Most regular doctors don't know to check for this (or would rather just throw pills at you than investigate the actual cause), you may have better luck with a homeopath.
    This I know: reflux means I've let my weight get above a certain point. As soon as I get below that point, it goes away. Some people would automatically start popping pills - not me. This is one of simplest ways my body lets me know it's not happy. Popping a pill is too easy. I want that discomfort there for as long as it takes for me to do something (lose weight) about it. But then I may be a bit masochistic :-)

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