How Do You Cope With Acid Reflux?

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I think I have been experiencing symptoms of acid reflux for 3 weeks now. It's starting to take it's toll.

Here are my symptoms 

- Constant strong taste of vinegar in my mouth. 24/7! Only time I get a little restbite is when I'm eating a banana or mid way through a meal. 

- Feeling very weak and tired. I'm not eating enough food and am finding it hard to get enough calories into me. 

- Feeling nauseous because if the taste. 

- Not being able to reflux or sit down. I'm pacing up and down all the time. My stress levels are very high. I can't seem to concentrate on anything or relax. 

- Was prescribed 20mg Omezaprole in week one and then upped it to 40mg. Didn't make any difference. Took those for a week. Doctor has now switched me to 30mg of Lansoprazole which I have been taken for the last three days. 

- Over the last few weeks I've totally switched my diet and am just eating porridge made with water with breakfast with a few almonds, a chicken sandwich for lunch, 2 bananas, 2 apples and a small pot of melon as snacks and a jacket potato with chicken and some avocado with a bit of lettuce for dinner.

- I'm not eating after 6.30pm at night. I'm chewing my food thoroughly but finding this hard as the more I chew the more full up I feel making me not always finish my food. 

Home remedies I've tried 

- Gavison tablets - I suck them a bit and then crunch them up towards the end. Been having around 4 or 5 a day. Easies it a tiny bit. Tried the liquid but it clogs my throat up and don't like the sensation 

- Camomile tea with a tea spoon of Manuka honey - Helps a little bit sometimes 

- Loads of water - Helps a bit. I drink zero sugar orange squash to wash the taste away a bit. Should I stop drinking it? Any other drinks you find have a strong taste that rids the acid taste? 

- Gripe water - Had a couple of swigs from the bottle and it didn't do anything. 

Basil leaves - Tried chewing on them to no avail

Almonds - Been eating these between meals to try and get my calories. Helps a little bit. 

Remegel - Soft chews which I suck on. Helps a little bit 

Apples - Helps at the time of when my mouth is burning a bit to cool things down. 

Chewing Gum - After I've eaten I will sometimes chew hard on some sugar free gum for half an hour. Takes the acid away for a while until the flavour runs out. Still feel the lumpy feeling in my throat though. 

I've ordered some liquirise chews to have a go on. Not a big fan of it but if it helps I'm willing to have a go with it. Can anyone recommend any hard boiled sweets you find helps soothe your thought or take the acid taste away when you are sucking on them? 

I've also ordered some cocunut milk and aloe juice and am going to give that a go. 

When you are feeling stressed about it what do you do? The days seem very long and I'm finding it very hard to relax and complete tasks. I went to see Pepper Pig with my nephew this afternoon and felt dreadful and just plain old miserable. It's really stressing me out. 

I' trying to distract myself but surfing the internet but my concentration and interest isn't there due to the burning taste in my mouth. 

What kind if things do you do to cope with it? Do you experience it 24/7?  Has it just vanished overnight?

Thanks 

Rob

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    Hi Rob,

    I am experiencing similar problems - I also have burning sensation in my mouth and my dry throat makes it very hard for me to talk. It is so hard to know what you can eat and I am constantly hungry - this is also impacting on my social life.

     Like you, I am very stressed out by the reflux and would love to hear of any solutions anyone out there has.

    I also sing in a choir, but have had to give this up as ,y throat was constantly sore and hoarse.

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      The Doctors referred me to a specialsit at the hospital. I was then put on PPIs which made me feel sick so I came off them. I have just been on ranatindine for 6 weeks, but not sure they have been any help. I am now on Gaviscon Advance 4 times a day, but still experiencing sore, dry throat which makes it difficult to socialise.

      I am also takng probiotics and garlic supplements and I take digestive enzymes before each meal. I have also got some drops to alkalize my drinking water and have ordered the "dropping acid" book.

      Just to let you know you are not alone.

       

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      Hi,

      Do you keep a strict diet, acid free food?

      Drink pleanty of alkaline water, gorgle with it and swallow. Rest, take it easy, gentle exercise, eat slowly.

      Learn how to breathe using your diaphgram.

      Elevate your bed. Drink only chamomile tea. Buy yourself strips for testing acidity in fruit and vegetables, pH 5 is fine in fruit and vegetables, but you can not eat fresh fruit except: melon, watermelon, guava, banana, paw paw.

      Everything else needs to be boiled, stemed, baked or grilled. When you get better, you can begin to introduce one new fruit a week in your diet, vegetable as well and see how your body reacts.

      Manukka honey is very good if you can tolerate it, strength 16. Take it with food only, not by itself and three times a day 1tsp. Some people take it once a day on eampty stomach, one tbs, with food, on a piece of toast or on a banana.

      Try pepzin GI, twice daily, but I see you already taking some, these ones seem to be very good.

       

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      Thanks daniela,

      I am trying to follow a strict diet, but there seem to be so many inconsistencies about what you can or can't eat. I have the book "the acid/alkaline food guide" - this states that fruits like apple have an alkalizing effect on the body as do kiwi fruits, so these should be OK to eat. I am drinking herbal tea - ginger tea is highly alkalising so I'm drinking this.

       

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      Hi Skinnygirl,

      I would not eat fresh apples, just yet! You can bake them!Try apples and pears later, when you will feel better and give the stomach a chance to get stronger.

      Herbal tea is fine, but not too many! Stick with alkaline water, it washes the pepsin in your throat and oesophagus. Do not stress yorself too much, you will get better, it is a slow process. You can eat vegetables only cooked. Do not eat, tomatoes, garlic, onions, peppers.

      Green beans, mange tout, broccoli, peas, cabbage, carrots, turnips, potatoes, kale, kelp are fine steamed.

      Chicken or fish, only baked or grilled, no spices. Try to follow a low fat, low salt diet. Stews are good, no dairy.

      When you will get the book by Dr. Jamie Koufman you will be able to follow her advice easily. 

      Stress and anxiety are not good, so try to relax, meditate take your mind from things, if only temporary. 

       

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      I got some alkaline water from the 99p store today. Do you boil it when making hot drinks or do you just swish it around your mouth? 
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      Yes, you make tea with it! And gorgle, swish it around and swallow it, drink lots of alkaline water during the day, even when you are not thirsty .
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      Make sure you gargle as it really gets to the back of your throat!  I gargle first thing in the morning and 30 mins after every meal.  I have a good old swish around the mouth as well !

      I only drink one 500ml bottle a day and the rest is filtered water.  As I keep my diet fairly alkaline, I didn't want to overdo it on the water!

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      Hi, I recently read about another lady on this website. She had burning mouth. I recommended coconut oil pulling. She said it gave relief within 24hours. Research coconut oil it is amazing. My son had a tooth abscess that responded to coconut oil pulling. He felt well enough to cancel his dental appointment. Still ok one week on.
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      Hi skinnygirl, 

      The confusion comes from the fact that there are two theories regarding acidity.

      In the first one they are looking at the effect that food has on your body (making it more acid or alkaline). I don't really understand this theory but the fact that a food has an acidic or alkaline effect on your body is not related to the fact that the food is acidic or alkaline (if you put it in the blender and test it). It looks like your book follows this definition.

      The other theory says that if your stomach is irritated, food that have a Ph level of 5 or less are going to hurt and make it worse. Here it is not the effect of the food on the body but the actual ph level of the food if you measure it with a strip. The book Dropping Acid follows this approach. This is the same as the alkaline diet many people follow on this website. It is based on the ph level of foods and I am pretty sure that kiwi and apples have ph level 4 or less. I don't know if cooking them changes the ph level, I would be curious to know. You can find a list with the ph level of foods on Internet if you look for canning or in the preview of the book Dropping Acid.

      Ginger might be irritating. On the other hand in Chinese medecine it is recommended for digestive problem so I don't know.

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      Hi ines6375 - thanks for this - I think the first theory is more about general overall health rather than specific relation to reflux - if you eat a 60% alkaline diet and 40% acid diet it is much better for your health.
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