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Here's my story for all of you. It all started in January this year, when I bought a bottle of orange juice that was a tad bit too sour. When I drank the juice, I started getting a bitter mouth. I immediately stopped drinking it, and went back to my usual ways. I woke up every morning for the first month with a bitter mouth, stuffy nose, and sore throat. I didn't think too much of it - I am actively trying to conceive, so I thought - hey, lucky me ! I may be pregnant. Of course, as I later realized that turned out not to be true.
When I realized I wasn't pregnant, but still had a bitter mouth, sore throat and constant phlegm at the back of my throat (I do nasal rinses, but even that didn't help), I thought, let me see my GP. So off I go to the GP. She says it's acid reflux, take Zantac 150mg, in 6 weeks you'll be fine.
Meanwhile, I go from being able to eat 3 meals a day, to not being able to eat normal sized meals. My stomach is constantly full, i'm belching like nobody's business, I have a sour mouth every morning, my ears are stuffy, my throat feels tight. I stopped eating 3 large meals. I stopped eating my staple Indian diet of Rotis. I am on soft foods like rice, etc. I don't even eat lentils anymore.
I bought a wedge pillow, made some major changes to my diet (drinking Indian buttermilk 3 times a day: cooling for the stomach), eating smaller meals, eliminating wheat, eating softer foods, etc, etc. I STILL CANNOT GET A GOOD NIGHT'S SLEEP. I still have STUFFY EARS, a horrible mucus feeling in my throat, swallowing issues, food seems undigested, regurgitation. Basically I have THE WORKS !!!
I have an endoscopy scheduled in 2 days' time. I also have a barrium swallow next monday. Let's see what it says.
Here's what I'm doing to releieve some of my symptoms (it's really giving me A LITTLE relief, not much!)
- Turmeric water + salt gargling 3x a day (gives some relief to the sore throat)
- Sleeping on a wedge pillow (horrible for neck & back, and I still have a sour mouth which means acid is still backing up into my throat!!!)
- Fresh Coconut Water 1x a day (soooo refreshing and the only pleasant thing aboutmy day)
- 100 ug Vitamin D3 capsules 1 x a day
- No Rotis or hard food items as they hurt my throat
- Zantac 150 mg as and when I feel like it. I am loathe to take acid-reducers as they have bad long term side effects and create mineral/vitamin deficiencies.
Tests I have done:
Vitamin B12: Normal range
Thyroid: Normal range
Vitamin D3: Mild deficiency
Things I am planning to try:
Gaviscon Advance Aniseed UK
A question which I need advice on: I have read in many places that the problem could be low stomach acid. How do I know I am not producing enough? I know that I have enough Vit B12 in my system. I also tried fasting one night, and had a horrible burning sensation in my stomach --- maybe the hunger/lack of food made my system produce more acid.
Is there anything else I could do to find out? I don't want to take Betaine HCL and suffer a massive acid reflux attack...Please advice !!
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