Feeling hopeless about acid reflux. What next?

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Hi all,

I started getting heartburn back in January and it has slowly escalated into pretty much constant heartburn. I've already had an Endoscopy which came back clear. I've tried Omeprazole, Esomeprazole and Ranitidine. I'm currently on Lansoprazole which actually seems to be making things worse. I'm also trying DGL Liquorice tablets as well as Aloe Vera Juice and a homeopathic mixture of Nux Vomica and Coffea. I also take Peptac liquid 3 times a day and the doc has also put me on Domperidone. If anything, I seem to be getting worse. Surgery terrifies me but I'm at the point where I'm rapidly running out of options. What can I try next?

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    I have acid reflux for sometime and I have to say that having a strict diet of alkaline food has helped me a great deal.

    I changed the way I eat, how I eat and what I eat. All food is boiled, steamed, baked. I make compote from fruit I can not eat raw, I boil chopped apples, pears, no sugar until the fruits become soft and eat them and drink the juice. It can keep in the fridge a day or two. Also peaches and apricots go well together and they are quite good.

    I also bake apples, pears, quinces with a few sultanas wrapped in baking paper, thy are very good, no yogurt or cream though

    Raw I can only eat melon, watermelon, bananas and grapes, only a few grapes when I feel good.

    I have almost daily homemade soups with chicken stock, sometimes with noodles or just boiled vegetables. 

    It is very important to eat the right fruit and vegetables, the stomach will react instantly if you eat the wrong food.

    I also tried mastic gum but unfortunately I am allergic to it. Lots of people cured themselves of ulcers with it, it is not for me though, so I am sticking with the usual medicine.

    The diet has to be ongoing and when you feel better you can slowly introduce something new or may have a one off indugence.

    I wish you well

     

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    I have tried mastic gum too and it hurt my stomach (aloe vera and manukka honey hurt my stomach too).

    What worked for me was the alkaline, low-salt, low-fat, bland diet without irritating foods for a few months, pepzin GI twice a day, DGL licorice before the meals, slippery elm between meals and when it hurts, and raw cabbage juice whenever I had the courage.

    I am happy to say that it cured me.

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      am feeling better with the alkaline diet but still have my bad days. am not quite able to pinpoint why some days are still bad.
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      I am very glad to hear you are well and cured!

      Manuka honey hurts in the beggining but if you can manage to take it, 3 tbs a day with food which sounds a lot, it helps a great deal and heals everything.

      Yes, that is the way, low-fat, low-salt, low-fat and alkaline. I will try licorice as well and digestive enzimes are very good taken for a while.

      Thanks and take care,

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      Persist! Low fat, low salt and the right fruit and vegetables and you will feel better. Try manuka honey if you can and see how it feels for you, not everyone can take it.

      Mastic gum is another option, not for everyone though!

      The diet is crucial, so I wish you well and keep going! 

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      Just wanted to add a few more things!

      Stress, nerves are really bad for the tummy and need to find ways to calm yourself, meditating or just thinking positive and calm thoughts or take something based on herbs or plants to help you with the stress.

      Also, physical exercise should be moderate, gentle walks

      not strenuous. Losing weight is a must, if that is an issue.

      Licorice is good, have some!

      Take care,

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      Vvvv, do you think your bad days are because of something you ate? I know that I had an almost immediate reaction every time I ate something that did not agree with me.
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      Hi Daniela,

      I read mixed things about digestive enzymes, some people got worse with it as some can be irritating. I personnally did not try them (there are some in my multivitamins, but I had to stop them as they were making things worse).

      About Manukka honey, I read that it is good against H.Pylori because it contains tea tree essential oil. But there are medications much more efficient against H.Pylori. I took a course to learn about essential oils and the first things the teacher said is that if you are hurt or have an inflammation, essential oils are like fire, don't put them on it. Moreover Manukka honey has Ph. level 4, which is too acidic for the alkaline diet.

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      thanks for the suggestions. yes am doing more moderate exercises and trying to stay calm
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      am trying to find out what causes my bad days. maybe its the grapefruit seed extract my naturopath has prescribed. also the heartburn has stopped and it is more like a silent reflux, nearer the throat
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      I do not have H. Pylori! Thank God for that!

      Manukka honey is strong stuff but it is very good because heals everything in there! Not for everyone, though!

      There are various strengths of Manukka honey, I can not take it because it hurts me. Other people I know have healed their ulcers using Manukka honey for two months.

       

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      I have not found scientific evidence that Manukka honey heals ulcer or stomach problems, even though people seems to think that it helps with digestion in general and has a protective effect. I tried it twice, once on bread, once in my camomille tea and both times I had stomach pain for many hours afterwards. My personal philosophy is that if it hurts, it is not good and does not promote healing. One big part of my recovery was avoiding everything hurting my stomach.

      The only natural supplement which has been associated to a high rate of recovery for ulcers and stomach problems (around 80% after 2 months if I remember correctly) is pepzin GI. I take it and I am cured, but I took many other things as well and I followed an extremely strict diet so it is hard to say what exactly cured me. I think it is a mix of everything + time.

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      The grapefruit seed extract is a natural antibiotic. Are you taking it against H. Pylori? I can imagine it could be irritating.
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      Hi Ines,

      I agree with you about Manukka honey, I did not do a great deal of research about it but what I read and I know a few people myself who used it and got on very well and healed themselves. It is not for everyone, I apply the same way of thinking, if it hurts me then it is not for me. I just can not take something if it becomes painful. I want to do everything I can to get away from pain!

      PepzinGI I heard of and I will take it, as I said I need to go and see my doctor and decide together. I am on a very strict diet, too! I am having cabbage juice, I can not say I like it but it helps.

       

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      I love Manuka honey. I had to stop it because we found out I have a honey sensitivity. I may add it back in soon but I think it may have raised my insulin levels a lot. 

      I can't do DGL because of licorice sensitivity and it never helped me anyway. Digestive enzymes didn't help either. Evamore PH water helps a lot and it's the only PH water that I've tried that works. 

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