can anyone give me tips on how to treat my Acid Reflux

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I was recentley diagnosed with a Lax Cardia via Endoscopy but i dont really know how to treat it. Im taking Lansoprazole but its not doing much to be honest. Does anyone have any suggestions on what foods i could eat or excercises i could do to help manage my Acid Reflux? 

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    Dodaprazole stuff only masks the problem...it is still there and getting worse... as anyone who tries to come off or forgets to take can verify. I have tried everything since Christmas to come off ten years of omneprazole and have more or less succeeded. I now take a Betain Hydrochloride tablet 30 minutes before any meal containing meat. I don't eat red meat at all anymore...it's a killer for reflux. If I feel bad I take a spoonfull of Coconut oil which is for me an instant relief. Now just before any meal I chew a couple of black peppercorns... that is as good as the Betain for meals without meat. I drink a lot of Lactfree milk and Soya milk... I need the calcium replacement after the ten years on a medicine you are not supposed to take longer than 8 WEEKS! it really depletes your bone strength !

    According to my dentist I now have the strongest bone she has seen in a woman of 72...after she cut a peice out last week to remove a root in my jaw. And that's just how quickly you can get better without Omneprazol...

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      Hi Christine

      As you can see from my previous post I absolutely agree with you, Betain HCL is as close as it gets to a magic pill for reflux because of the way in which it helps digest protein.

      These other quick fixes dont in my experience last because as you imply they treat the symptoms not the cause

      I have also kicked omneprazole into touch after 15 years of taking it and (in the end) the most horrendous reflux you can imagine. I havent had any significant discomfort (and certainly no acid coming back) since Xmas 2014 

      I havent tried coconut oil or peppercorns but I do find Slippery Elm powder helps if I start to feel discomfort in the Oesophagus

      I keep posting the good news about HCL because my life has changed dramatically since discovering it, I dont get much in the way of a response, but as they say, you can lead a horse to water  ... 

      Regards

      Mark

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      Hi Mark!

      It's great that you found the cure with betaine HCL pills! Sometimes I wonder if my reflux also has something to do with low stomach acid. I agree with that theory.

      However, I have tried betaine HCL and it did nothing for me except burn my stomach. PPI's worked best for me. I can eat anything and get away with it. I resisted using PPI for a long time and tried all possible natural remedies, spent a lot of money going to chiropracters, naturopath etc. But nothing worked. Eventually I gave in to PPI and I am feeling almost normal now. Not only betaine hcl, but anything acidic like even lemom or ACV makes my reflux worse. Guess every person is different and their body works differrently.

      Having said that, it's always worth a shot to try betaine hcl. Who knows, it might be someone else's magic cure, just like it was for you!

      Thanks for sharing your experience smile

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      Hi Mark,

      Did you follow the fast tract diet too - or just take the hcl while eating normally. Have you cut anything out of your diet?

      Thanks in advance, Jo

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      Hi Jo

      At the moment I am eating pretty much as normal (i'm not vegetarian so eat both white and red meat, and the HCL is particularly effective at digesting these)

      I gave up eating anything spicy some time ago and will continue to do so. 

      I still get a certain amount of discomfort (but little or no acid) so am thinking about giving up things like coffee (I do like a full strength filter coffee first thing, which doesnt seem to cause too much in the way of distress at the moment)

      I think my oesophagus is damaged from all the reflux and that my stomach has suffered from 15 years of PPI's depleting acid production so am working on trying to restore the balance by taking probiotics and I may consider cutting other stuff out of my diet as part of this process.

      I see the whole business as a long term haul where you have to be ever vigilant and repsond to events as and when they occur, trying different things/dosages by a process of trial and error

      I am happy to put up with a certain amount of discomfort if it means I dont have to resort to taking PPI's full time again, which i think in the long run are definately bad news and if you are soemone who doesnt produce enough acid can only make things worse

      Hope that this information is useful to you

      Mark

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      Hi

      It sounds like you may be someone who actually does produce too much acid in which case taking PPI's making perfect sense

      Hope you continue to avoid the misery of reflux!

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      Hi there

      From the way you describe, I think you body system has adjusted to the PPI you have taken. If you can get away with a heavy meal, it means you body is producing more stomach acid to digest food. That's why taking Betaine HCl caused burning sensation in your stomach. If you should stop taking PPI, you will get a serious rebound.

      I realized that I should not have taken PPI in the first place. Luckily, I withdrew myself from taking it. That's why I am now cured.

      If I'm not mistaken, taking PPI makes our esophagus sphincter weak, that's why I had silent acid reflux after taking it. Fortunately, after taking PPI, the stomach produces very little acid, that's why I didn't feel the burning sensation. To be honest, my reflux became worse after taking PPI.

      Take care.

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      It's funny how we all react differently to meds. I am not too keen on continuing on PPI's as well. Funnily, I cut back from 40mg per day to 15mg per day now and didn't have rebound at all which wad not what i expected! Hoping to wean off in a few weeks and will take Zantac for a few more months of transition period. Hopefully I can manage with diet after that.
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      Hi mark, my case is really strange lol. First i had reflux then ironically I had gastritis from hpylori (which has healed quite a bit), which is a result of low stomach acid! I don't have reflux at night, even before I stared on PPI's. I think it might be due to bacterial imbalance. Probiotics make me feel bloated. Although I can tolerate and I do eat large quantities of homemade yoghurt. So just trying to figure out what's the root cause of my reflux. When I weaned off from 40mg PPI to 25mg, I still feel the same (no rebound, not better, not worse). I can sleep flat at night and still have no reflux. So it's all very confusing for me.
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      Would drinking Apple Cider Vinegar help? I have a Drs appointment for the first time about this on Tuesday and now don't like the sound of these PPI's... Are there over the counter remedies I could try first? Anyone?
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    You have no idea how many cures, potions and suppliments I have bought to try and control the agony of comming of Omneprazole.... I now don't need most of them and have a whole kitchen cupboard full! However they all worked for a short while in their own way and some over the counter stuff too like Gaviscon... I only need a small teaspoon of Andrews before bed now just to settle any likely reflux if I have eaten a bit late or gone out!

    Different foods make different reflux I have found so eliminating the worst and having relief for the rest has been my savior here. I did succombe to taking an Omneprazole in desperation but so regretted it... it took a week to get back to were I was.

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      I'm sure it was the melatonin which made my coming off Omneprazone completely painless. It's very close to Omneprazone on a molecular level, but without any of the side-effects. I still have a 3mg tablet every night before bed as a preventative and a good probiotic in the morning, and that seems to do the trick.
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    What are PPI's?
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      proton pump inhibitors. They basically stop your stomach producing acid and they work very well for acid reflux. Not so much so for non acidic reflux (or LPR) which some of have on this forum. The problem is they mask the problem. The rebound when you stop is horrific unless you come off them in a controlled fashion
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      Thanks for the info. Evidently the Pepcid the doctor told me to take is a PPI. Been taking for 11 days and it hasn't helped. I don't have any pain only a hair ball in my throat and constant hair in my mouth. Been 3 months now and it's exhausting!!!
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      11 days isn't long enough they take time to work, give it at least a month

      how do you get hair in your mouth?

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