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5/16/18 5:26 P

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Would you tell me more about those digestive enzymes please.


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4/3/18 1:54 P

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Oh yeah, alcohol is a big one too. I rarely drink because of it. I've never smoked a day in my life, and the other three don't really affect me (except maybe the being overweight part, I guess :P).

I tried a paleo diet for awhile by order of one of my gastroenterologists, but it didn't do anything for me. Eating small meals throughout the day is a pain because of the nature of my job. If someone asks me to do something, I have to do it right then and there, so I can't really tell someone to wait while I sit there and eat my 5th tiny meal of the day... it's just not practical or acceptable. I'm the slowest eater I know, and I almost never overeat, so that shouldn't be much of an issue.

I'll try the water temperature advice and see it that works better for me. Thanks :)

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4/3/18 4:20 A

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@FLANNEL4 - did the Dr suggest smaller meals and perhaps an extra 1 or two in a day to make up for the smaller amount; eat slowly; raising the head of your bed a few inches; and not to bend over or lay down after eating? Also, other factors which can aggravate it:
Alcohol
Rich foods including fatty foods
Caffeine
Smoking
Being overweight

Plain water is a common trigger for a lot of people. It could come down to finding a temperature that is good for you. I found room temperature best for water, and sipping regularly rather than drinking a full glass helps too.

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4/2/18 4:53 P

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I've got a hiatal hernia I inherited from my dad, so I'm constantly regurgitating into my throat.

I've been on omeprazole (Prilosec) for 4 years or so now, after I told my doctor I'd been taking Zantac for years and he said he didn't like Zantac and put me on what I'm on now. I've seen several different doctors, including 4 separate gastroenterologists, who all misdiagnosed me with diet issues before one finally did what I asked and performed an upper endoscopy on me. True enough, he found that hiatal hernia...

Unfortunately there's nothing that can really be done except surgery to tie my stomach down, or just stay on the omeprazole for the rest of my life. I'm a little worried about the long-term effects of the meds, but it's my only option, unless I press for the operation.

Pretty much everything gives me reflux, but things that especially trigger it for me are spicy foods, heavily acidic foods & drinks, carbonated drinks, straight water (strangely enough...), and overeating. I tend to avoid all of those (except straight water... I still force myself to drink that) because of the effects they have on my stomach.

Acid reflux really is a pain, especially when it's chronic :(

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2/2/17 9:47 P

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Yes she is qualified. I've done a lot of reading about ppi and long term use can be bad.
My dr knows I quit taking the meds

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Was the Nutritionist a qualified Registered Dietitian? They don't normally interfere with prescriptions that a Dr has prescribed. You really need someone with qualified input and a proper examination to determine the cause because sometimes that cause can actually develop into cancer.

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I went to a nutritionist, who strongly encouraged no ppi meds. I now take digestive enzymes. Sometimes what appears to be high acid can be low acid. Google it...

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4/9/16 6:24 P

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I have been on PPI's for 9 years. I stopped taking them for a while and my GERD worsened. I asked my GI doctor about the concerns with long term use. Despite being reassured, I decided to make sure I watch my magnesium intake and am able to track it on SP nutrition. Just gives me a little reassurance and allows me to intervene when I know I didn't meet the daily requirements.

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4/5/16 9:20 P

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I've been on Prilosec for around 5 years and the traditional gastro doc just put me on Zantac as well. I'm not happy taking all the medications, but at the moment they do seem to help.

I recently had an endoscopy and discovered a hiatal hernia and something pressing on the outside of my stomach. A CAT scan revealed that to be my gallbladder, which had become inflamed. The doctor wanted me to have surgery, but I don't have gallstones. After speaking with a surgeon to confirm I'm not in immediate danger, I changed my diet and started taking supplements.

Anyway, all that to say that I went to the Integrative Medicine doctor to find out if there is anything I can do to prevent surgery. She assured me that there is (I'm currently detoxing my liver, but that's a different discussion) and she went into the issues of long-term use of PPIs.

She thinks the detox, done a couple times a year, along with a mixture of 3 over-the-counter natural supplements taken before bed will help me get off the PPIs. I'm not going to say what they are because, really, you should speak with your doctor about this. But the combo she has used before and managed to get patients off of PPIs within a month, so I'm hopeful it will also work for me.

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3/28/16 7:28 A

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I went to a naturopath and he gave me some tablets for $36 and some drops
for under the tongue and all it has done was to give me constipation.
I think I will stick to the Nexium for now.

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3/22/16 9:05 P

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I have been on medication for over 20 years...the endoscopy showed a physical deformity so I don't have options....new insurance won't pay for my usual meds ....trying to get by on over the counter dose,,,,with behavioral changes, I hope it works

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MOMMAGINI thank you for the advice. I keep going off the Nexium and have
more problems with the reflux. I find I have to take Gaviscon if I miss taking
it. I just hate the thought of being on it for the rest of my life. I made the mistake
of jsut stopping it cold turkey also and really suffered. Going to a naturopath tomorrow
to see if she can suggest any natural remedies.

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2/29/16 10:05 P

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My son was diagnosed with reflux at 15, it's not about age but the function of the sphincter at the top of the stomach. With us it seems to be hereditary - my dad had it, I have it, and my son has it. I blamed my weight, but when Dad lost weight his didn't get better, and my son has always been slim and athletic.

Dietary changes can help a lot, as can reducing weight and getting fit (toning up one set of muscles you can control often works on ones you don't realize at the same time). The scope can provide information, but it's expensive so depending on health insurance situations it might not be the first best choice.

You should NOT NOT NOT stop the PPI without help from your doc. We thought my dad had a unique side effect that could be fatal, and I stopped taking mine "cold turkey". That was a BAD move!

While on this medication, the cells lining your stomach have "forgotten" how to protect your stomach lining from the acid that is no longer being pumped into the organ. If you stop the medication abruptly, it's like dumping that acid onto unprotected skin - it burns! I had severe heartburn for months, and put on 50 pounds keeping food in there to soak it up, it was the only thing that helped since I wouldn't swallow the pills.

Eventually the stomach lining cells got back to functioning properly, and in the meantime I found and stopped eating most of my trigger foods. I had an endoscopy a few months ago because of another health issue, and my doc asked me to go back on low-dose PPI because my esophagus was mildly inflamed even though I had no symptoms. I take the lowest over-the-counter dose once every three days, and seem to be fine on that.

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You need to be having this discussion with your Dr.

Have you ever had a scope down your throat to see what is going on? If not, I strongly suggest that you talk with your Dr about this and ask for a referral for it to be done. Sometimes there are other things going on which the meds can hide, but which still need dealing with.

Also, a referral to a Registered Dietitian will be beneficial to you, too.

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2/25/16 9:02 P

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Hi Soccer,

Welcome. I would say you need to talk to your doctor about the long term usage of PPI's. You seem awful young to have acid reflux too. Have you tried dietary changes to help lessen the symptoms?

I'm not sure what you mean when you say you "reflux over 90 times a day".

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I have heard talk of long-term side effects from PPI usage. When do these side effects seem to occur- if they do?
I have been on 60 mg lansoprazale 4 four years- since I was 14, because it is the only thing that seems to control it! I reflux at least 90 times a day (while I am awake) and with the meds it's non-acidic, which seems to be better in the long run!

Thanks!

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