Medicating Reflux

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The extract below from reflux md are very wise words. What do you all think?

When considering medication as a treatment option for reflux disease, remember that no drug can provide permanent relief. Though these medications can help control symptoms, they do not address the cause of acid reflux, a damaged or defective LES. Additionally, complications of reflux disease such as Barrett’s esophagus and esophageal cancer are not addressed through medication. Remember that, improving your diet, losing weight, and making other lifestyle modifications can have a profound effect on your day-to-day symptoms and well being, without exposing you to potential side effects or health complications. Consult your doctor before beginning any treatment regimen for reflux disease. 

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    Hi Rex,

    Wise words and so very true. Only problem is the doctors are not clued up on this wide spread problem. Wish the doctors; specialists included; would stop pumping us with the PPi's and set us onto the right track; instead we have to monitor and test everything ourselves.

    I have had to insist and pester my Asian doctor for the referral to the ENT and the Endoscopy !!!  He's the @$%&? doctor, not me!

    The Specialist ENT wanted me to take on Speach Therapy and take anti depressants!!! Never any mention of controlling it with a different diet.

    thanks for the post; every little bit helps.

     

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      Hi Pam - my gastro reckoned I had a dental problem, drink more milk and try a dreadfull anti- depressant. Looks like its the same problem the world over! I never dreamt that I would have to self diagnose did you?
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      It would be interesting if some of the doctors around read these pages especially as its called patients uk. I have been wondering if dietitions are aware of reflux disorders now thats a question i will ask when I see gp on the 8th for med review.
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    Hi Rex: it has surprised me that none of the GPs that I've seen have ever discussed my life style/diet etc. which seems strange to me. They're always very keen to prescribe pills - if one doesn't suit, there's always another! In the medical profession there doesn't seem to be a holistic approach to treatments.

    Thanks for your comments on slippery elm - I haven't tried it yet, but organic apple cider vinegar seems to be quite effective. I've also heard that cider vinegar mixed with bicarbonate of soda in a glass of water is successful - any comments?

    I'm hoping that my impending visit to ENT will reveal what the underlying problem is and whether I will be able to deal with it without PPIs or H2s which don't seem to agree with me.

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      Hi Pat, have you been diagnosed with LPR? If you have how do you manage it? I'm having awful problems getting things on an even keel. Any advice from anyone is most welcome. Tried to get the pine nut oil that was suggested but Holland and Barrets don't sell it. Still plodding on with Nexium and Gaviscon Advance but my throat and ear are killing me so I'm willing to try anything!
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      Hi Pat,

      Ihave read in a Reflux forum that you never mix ACV with Bi Carb as a drink!!

      This combination is used for cleaning anything, mainly showers and sinks. Wonderful to unblock a drain!!

      I believe in Dr. Google and if you Google the combination referring to reflux you will find it is not recommended to be taken as a medicine.

      good luck,

       

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      Hi Julie - gargling bi-carb (one teaspoon in a half glass of water seems to be enough) and does give instant relief. Of course this is not a good solution for middle of the night episodes. Basic chemistry tells you not to mix ACV and bi-carb as they neutralise each other. I start the day with a gargle (only if throat playing up) then ACV with half a lemon, then slippery elm with 4 dessert spoons of alovera. Id rather have coffee but you do get used to this horrible routine! ACV is much more tolerable if you get the honey version. Freezing the lemon with a bit of orange also makes things a bit nicer. If your throat stings after ACV take a sip of the slippery elm. The first time I tried ACV was a total disaster and spat it out and it stayed in the fridge for 6 months. It was the non honey variety! I can now take it undiluted (can wreck your teeth though). It does give instant relief should you get heartburn - heaven knows why?
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      Hi Rex,to save your teeth try taking the ACV through a straw to get to the back of the mouth. The Naturapath recommended the Slippery Elm to be taken in powder form as a drink in water with some Manuka Honey for the throat.  The powder will sit longer in the throat than a capsul.  Amazing to read what we are all taking in the search for relief.
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      Hi Pam - thanks for the straw tip, great idea! The slippery elm mixed with alovera and water is very soothing. I think it also helps bowel movements. Never been constipated since using it but as you know this could just be coincedence.
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      Rex, what brand of Alovera juice are you using. I have tried an expensive brand and it was like dish water?
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      Hi Pam - using Lifestream Biogenic BUT they are all dreadfull tasting! Actually the bland taste is vastly improved when you add the slippery elm but only to the just tolerable state. Hope this helps.
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