How to treat GERD?

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My husband has suffered from severe, chronic heartburn since he was 17 (he's now 24), his previous MD told him to take Nexium indefinitely and we have seen no improvement. He now has severe stomach pains, cannot hold ANY food down (he throws up EVERYTHING he eats), and has subsequently lost 35 pounds in the last 6 weeks because of how bad it has gotten. We're working on getting him health insurance, but he needs relief now. I switched him to Prevacid, and he said it helps a little, but he still has the stomach pains and ocassionally vomits. He can't live his life this way, I know he needs to go to a GI doctor, but is there any way I can offer him relief until then? We've cut out a lot of foods already, he doesn't eat citrus, tomato, coffee, soda, tea, alcohol, and I'm planning on cutting down fats since I heard lower fat foods are easier to digest with low stomach acid. Please help, we're worried if we can't get it under control something irreversible will happen.

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    hi.

    i have bad acid reflux 4 years.

    daily 40 mg omperazol and use 20 mg fluxetin just help me.

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    Try Gaviscon Advanced after meals as well as the PPI drugs get him to eat fish and veg no spices foods no fatty foods no fizzy drinks and drink water before meals hope he gets some relief soon and you get him a good doctor
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    Suggest not giving up gluten for the time being - when he gets to a GI doctor ask him to test fot Celiac Disease when he does the Endoscopy. If he stops eating gluten it will give a false negative. Good luck it sounds like you are struggling , good luck.
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    Cut of gluten (pasta, coockies, bread etc.) and lactose intake, he may have an allergy to something and his body is just rejecting this massively. Put him on a bland diet and what gluten and lactose, especially gluten, don't let any gluten inside of him.

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      Esic, cutting out all gluten will give a false negative if he is Celiac. If ingesting it every meal, maybe cut back a little - but until an Endoscopy biopsy to confirm positive or negative better not to eliminate. Because, if he is really a Celiac and has the biopsy and has been gluten free it will give the negative result, then this will give a false sense of security leading him to maybe ingest gluten in the future which can cause silent damge leading to lymphoma
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      Yea you absolutely right, I forgot that he is due to have a gastro examination. I was just trying to help since he is in such a bad condition. Anyways if he sees a little improvement by cutting a little gluten than he should know what's the problem here...

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      It is distressing waiting to see the GI doctor to try and find out what it could be from a myriad of potential problems - we've all been there!

       

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    I'm so sorry for ur husbands suffering, it sounds terrible.

    Have you tried licorice tea and dgl licorice tablets??

    Ppis didn't work for me but Zantac did. 150mg in morning and at night. This may be a quick fix until he sees gi.

    Has ur husband had endoscopy? Sounds like he really needs one. He could have hernia, HP or ulcer.

    Meanwhile a vegan diet might help as dairy and meat require a lot of acid to digest. Do u have Nutri bullet? U can make him smoothies. Use low sugar fruits (berries) with veggies.

    Also no chocolate!!!

    Have you elevated your bed. This was very helpful for myself!!!!

    Research all the procedures he could have as well;

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    God bless Hun. Let us know how he gets on. What is your husbands name. I will keep him in my prayers.

    Dominique

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