After 7 years of reflux misery have found RELIEF

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I just want to share this, it might help somebody. After 7 years of reflux problem, just the silent type then more lately, heartburn too sometimes, I have found sonething to bring total relief. My biggest problem was chronic coughing and throat clearing. It was irritating to me and everyone around me and totally exhausting. I was prescribed Lanzoprazole 30mg pet day and a Beconase spray twice a day. No tests first. Did not really help. After coming to this forum I started experimenting. I found that flat diet coke relieved heartburn. Strange, it is acidic, the opposite of the meds! I stopped the meds and found a little relief, now convinced the meds made me worse! I then decided to take some probiotics. I bought acidophilus and am taking two chewable tablets per day as per instructions on the bottle. Have been taking for just FOUR days and COUGHING NO LONGER. It feels like a miracle. I just feel so calm and well. Amazing. I will go see doc and tell him to remove the other meds from my prescription. Will only be taking BP meds from now on. If you have not tried taking probiotics I urge you to try.

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    Definitely agree with the pro-biotics : it's all about rebalancing the gut. Interesting about

    the flat diet coke - goes along with the theory that it's not TOO MUCH stomach acid causing all these problems - it's not enough stomach acid!

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    I got no releif with probiotocs tried several times. I guess it depends whats causing our reflux but i do agree the meds make you worse mibes got worse & worse the higher my dose. I started to try & get off them last year but i was on an insane dose thanks to a mess up. I was told to go up to 40mg twice a day for 2 weeks but the pharmacy gave me a script of 40mg tablets without telling me & I took 160mg instead :0( got down to 60mg but habe had a flare up and had to go back to 120mg although still getting little relief.

    I swear it's their fault messing with the levels the body gets used to and so you need more when u get a flare.

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    Please what is the difference between silent Reflux Oesophagitis & Reflux Oesophagitis ?
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      Was told I had silent reflux, LPR as I never had any pain but for last six months was getting heartburn sometimes.
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    Hi dyzee, well done for experimenting and finding something that works for you. It does make sense that you feel better drinking something acidic as heartburn/reflux etc can be caused by low stomach acid. Many people report the same thing after drinking something acidic. That's why apple cider vinegar works. It's a shame that doctors don't test for that to start with and just prescribe medication. I hope you continue to feel well.
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      Thanks, agree. My doc (different surgery to my current one) just took a guess that I had too much acid production. As I just had cough and feeling of something always in my throat at the time, and no discomfort or heartburn, I was surprised by her diagnosis but trusted her.
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      Yes I had the same and my doctor said that there was no mucus in my throat and said I needed counselling! I then went back once I developed more symtoms like chronic belching and she prescribed me with PPIs. I have since discovered that I have low stomach acid and I'm trying to correct my problem now and clean up all the mess that it's caused. One thing can lead to so many things if it is not treated properly.
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      My family suggested it was all in my head and would not believe I really had mucus problem. I have had the last seven years of my life totally blighted by this problem and have lived under a cloak of fatigue. The only time I felt 'good' was first thing in the morning before I got up from my bed. That was the only time my stomach felt truly empty and I felt calm and 'normal'. I never eat from 6pm until 6am and it takes the full 12 hours to truly feel 'empty'. Now that I have ditched the PPI meds and am taking probiotics I have that serene feeling ALL day long. I feel like all my Christmasses have come at once! No cough, no discomfort, no mucus, no belching or feeling like I want to. All this after just four days of taking probiotics. I just hope no permanent damage took place during those long years of coughing so hard that sometimes I was nearly sick and constantly had ulcers on my tongue and an irritated throat and or osephagus.
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    Thank you probiotics is something I haven't tried before. Will try this along with the DGL and Zinc Carnosine  which I read , The last 2 got great reviews being effective on gut issues.

    Have a good day.

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    Well done Dyezee. Note taken for reference should it be needed in the future. Milk thistle complex seemed to cure me.
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      I was thinking of getting Milk Thistle if probiotics did not work. It lowers cholesterol which I need to do. Am going to consult doc first though as there may be a conflict as I take ace inhibitor and duretic for BP and I am borderline type 2 diabetic. Just a bit concerned it might not be good for my liver. Milk Thistle could be very good though so am going to ask.
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    I found probiotics a couple of months ago. I am now SYMPTOM FREE!!! And one little hint as to why the coke helped you. The presence of acid in the stomach or esophagus closes the sphincter at the opening of the stomach...SO stopping the acid with those drugs only makes it worse. A friend of mine actually took hydrochloric acid to cure her problem. But, probiotics is what worked for me.
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      Yep, everything you say makes sense. I cannot believe we had to discover this for ourselves. This forum that I have been following for about four months now has taught me so much about how doctors don't know enough. I am sure when I tell my current doc that I have cured my problem with probiotics he will smile, say good for you, and promptly forget all about it. For me though this is HUGE. I have got my life back. I can eat out again with my family and socialise again. I had started to withdraw from bring in company because of the chronic coughing and throat clearing. The problem almost cost me my marriage. I feel desperately sorry for anyone with this problem, it is miserable for everyone. I hope doctors take note!
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      I agree. I wish Doctors would take note. But drug companies would not make money this way. Not sure how this plays on the Doctors incentives. I'm sure it's cheaper and less side effects to try probiotics.
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     I think it's the phosphoric acid in the coca cola because it tricks the stomach into thinking "hey! It's too acid in here - hey down there produce less acids you dumb organs!"

    Voila - stomach acid decreases!!!

    I believe real lemon juice does the same but I haven't tried it.

    But coca cola cured the most terrible acid pain caused by Calcium carbonate - it's poison for me!!!

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