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What Causes Acid Reflux After Eating

Written By: admin - Sep• 03•12

Many acid reflux victims, perhaps yourself, have questions about specific food plans that cut out foods causing a degeneration of an acid reflux condition and let you win out over your medical condition. Is there a food plan that will alleviate symptoms of acid reflux?

Before talking about nutritional programs that can alleviate symptoms of acid reflux, let's quickly review the basic physiological reasons behind acid reflux.

When food moves from the esophagus into the stomach, a muscle is momentarily relaxed to allow the passage of the food. This muscle is the LES or lower esophageal sphincter, a valve-like muscle situated at the junction of the esophagus and the stomach. After passage of the food into the stomach, the LES shuts once more, to retain the acids and juices inside the stomach. If the LES fails to shut properly (owing to different external or internal problems), stomach acid splashes back into the esophagus, causing corrosion and inflammation of the lining, which then makes for the disagreeable pain and burning feeling which we call heartburn.

Doctors tell us that, above all, in patients over 60, one of the causes of esophageal cancer is in fact gastro esophageal reflux disease. Ignoring or postponing treatment of a GERD problem can mean that scar tissue, generated after corrosion and inflammation, can narrow the esophagus. Afterwards, bleeding or ulcers of the esophagus can happen.
Combining nutrition recommendations with additional diet guidelines can have a positive influence on your acid reflux symptoms and on your general well being and health. Doctors and paraprofessionals together have the belief that certain alterations in lifestyle, comprising the addition of certain foods to one's dietary plan and the abolition of others, can bring benefits to GERD victims:

1. Intake of high-fiber foods (vegetables, whole grains, fruits, among others) can benefit your digestion, halt ulcers and remove toxins to reduce your susceptibility to gastro esophageal reflux disease.

2. Fish and fish oil, which have effective anti-inflammatory agents in their omega-3 fatty acids, can therefore beneficially intervene for acid reflux.

3. More frequent eating of smaller meals and snacks, to improve the operation of the digestive system: larger meals cause a more difficult digestion.

4. Less fatty foods reduces intestinal cell lining inflammation. Removal of fatty and high calorie foods taking longer to digest and to eliminate from your body, decreases the risk that acid will splash back up into your esophagus.

5. Limiting your consumption of coffee, chocolate, alcohol and tomatoes which tend to weaken the esophageal sphincter and therefore aggravate e phenomenon of acid reflux.

The afore-mentioned dieting guidelines and others can bring considerable benefit to sufferers of acid reflux if followed correctly, yet they are but a minor component of the overall all-natural approach which targets the fundamental causes of acid reflux. The only possibility for permanent healing and prevention of acid reflux recurrence is the disappearance of all factors either internal or external that contribute to acid reflux by using the holistic approach.

Following a holistic approach together with a food plan for the right nutrition for acid reflux will give you the chance to halt acid reflux symptoms and stop its return permanently. You now know that your discomforting and distressing acid reflux condition can be eliminated forever by adhering to an overall holistic solution.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    I suffer from acid reflux and after I eat a meal I feel as if food is caught in my chest. What causes this?
    I take Nexium for this which helps most of the time but the food caught in my chest and throat feeling is really bothersome. I want to know what actually is happening that would cause this feeling.

    • ANSWER:
      When you suffer from acid reflux, the acid coming up from your stomach causes damage (very slight swelling) to the passages it touches. What this does in turn is constricts the supply of food passing from the mouth down to the stomach, which makes it seem tight. It is an excrutiating feeling, since I too suffer from acid reflux, and use an alginate medicine (Gaviscon) for immediate relief, and have been on Zantac 75 for the last 5 years.

  2. QUESTION:
    I get severe acid reflux/heartburn after eating tuna or salmon....what could cause this?
    I didnt used to do this, it just started about a year ago...I am 34

    • ANSWER:
      It's possible to develop a food allergy over time, even though are bodies biggest change is puberty, our bodies hormones and chemicals change every 5-7 years. Also, fyi, Nickle and lead are in tuna, and salmon, as well as many other fish including shrimp, this is probably causing it! Go to a dietician to help you find foods that fit your stomach's needs

  3. QUESTION:
    What can I eat?? (Acid reflux problem)?
    I was told that I have Acid reflux problems after I went to the doctor last week. Problem is that everything that I can't eat, is all I've EVER eaten! I can't eat tomatoes (fav. veggie that eat with every dinner ) no red sauce, spicy food, chocolate, coffee, vinaigrettes, lemon, etc.
    I always have at least one of these things with every meal. I need to stay away because the acid reflux is causing chest tightness and I can't breath normally ( which is why i went to the Doc in the 1st place)

    Anyone out there having the same kind of issue? What can I eat for dinner? I'm stuck :o (
    I'm also a picky eater unfortunately...I have a problem eating greens. :o /

    • ANSWER:
      Start out with chicken noodle soup. May not be one of your favs but it will go down and stay down without causing problems. You could crunch up some soda crackers to go in it.

      Top off the soup with a cup of yogurt.

      Drink herbal tea-apple cinnamon, etc. NO caffeine at all, in any shape or form. That is why coffee and chocolate are out. Not even carbonated sodas. Drink at least eight glasses of water every day to help flush the acids from your stomach and the rest of your body.

      The things you say are your favs and also on your banned foods list are all acidic or harsh on the inside of your stomach. Your body is producing too much acid to manage these things. You need to force yourself to change your diet.

      Salads might be a bit harsh right now, but if you eat light, ulcer friendly stuff for a week or too, you can start salads with blue cheese dressing (Bob's Big Boy or Litehouse are flavorful) to provide roughage in your diet. As well as all those good B vitamins.

      Get over your 'picky eater' bs and start eating properly. Experiment with different foods. Always with the 'spicy/acidic/heavy' prohibition on your mind.

      Do NOT take medications to mask the reflux symptoms and keep on eating your 'favorites'.

      And if you continue to have SOB and tightness of your chest, especially if not related to your food intake, go see your doctor again. IMMEDIATELY.

      Babe

  4. QUESTION:
    Acid Reflux Drug Free?
    Acid reflux.
    Coming out of acid reflux. My story may be able to help some of you.
    They say that acid reflux is caused by poor eating habits and or bacteria in your stomach.
    Right before my episode with acid reflux I was eating healthy, in perfect shape and had my perfect work hard.

    Once day, I stared having all the symptom of acid reflux and no one knew what I had. This went on for months. I forced my doctor to check for Helicobacter pylori. which I ended up testing positive.

    I got omeprazole (Prilosex) plus 2 antibiotics. 4 pills a day for 14 days.
    After the treatment my stomach was hitching and I still had a hard time eating. I was still creating too much acid so my doctor give me again omeprazole (Prilosex). I refused to be on any drug and I knew that the omeprazole (Prilosex) was not the answer it was just a bandage without dealing with the root of the problem.

    This is what I did:
    I knew the Key out of this was: I need to keep the body alkaline, the bad bacteria don't like an alkaline environment.
    I stop take the omeprazole (Prilosex) and starting taking a of Jarro Dophilus EPS (can find it in health store). The 3rd day I started to feel the difference. I was able to eat more verity of food.
    Aloe vera juice before every meal
    Eating every 3 hrs small meal. No row vegetable - fresh steam vegetable only and protein. No oily or greasy food at all, not black chocolate , not alcohol, no caffeine, no soda and not spices in your food. Avoid hot water, somehow my system does quite down with colder drink and food.
    I eat protein and green 3 time a day and a lot of low fat low sugar organic yogurt as snack and all day.
    I take 4 pills a day of Jarro Dophilus EPS . One pill 45 min before every meal to help my stomach and intestines get their natural bacteria back while controlling the excess of acid the stomach is creating. Drink the pills with hot water It makes swallowing the pills easier.
    I drink Apple Cider Vinegar (2 table spoons in 0.5l drink of water) throughout the day with a lot of water.
    I don't mix the protein & green vegetable with fruits.
    Sugar create more acid so I am very careful with the fruits I eat (low sugar index fruits only) and I don't eat any carbohydrate for the same reason.
    I recommend: Cranberry juice-Prune juice (the sugar free type mix with H2O)
    2 tea spoons of honey mix with water before eating.
    Avocado-apples-banana-melon-walnuts-almonds-tofu-sweet potato-fish-Grilled chicken (legs grilled) easier on your stomach. Not red meat at the beginning it is too hard on the stomach. Camomile tea help digestion process.
    Stop eating 3hrs before bedtime. I sleep with your upper body higher than the bed level almost in a semi sitting position.
    I don't lift weight or jog because I was creating too much acid and it was giving me some palpitation. (yes, the doctor said that the palpitation have nothing to do with acid reflux-there not connected-well doctor have news for you everything is connected and how can a super athlete with no hard problem get some palpitation every time his stomach create too much acid).
    To avoid the palpitation, I ride my bike slowly without too much effort, and also walk. I make sure I space out my workout throughout the day.
    Now I am getting better and I know you can be acid reflux free..it take time and patience.
    I am almost certain that a lot of us will test negative for every test on the planet regarding stomach bacteria but small bacteria such as Escherichia coli-E-coli and other don't really have a test for them and you could have something in your system putting your stomach out of balance. So fight back by drinking Apple Cider Vinegar to clean your system and work on increasing the growth of the good bacteria your body need. Mediation is a must in the healing process
    Good luck to you all.

    • ANSWER:
      I think this thing that cured my brother's GERD is much easier but happy to hear you got yours cured

      What my brother who very severe gerd did is found here...much cheaper and easier

      http://curezone.com/forums/fm.asp?i=1391353#i read all the posts by knowledge seeker in that thread

      Dr Wallick of dead doctors don't lie talked about the Helicobacter pylori way before this became mainstream and recommended this to fix it

      see Number 1 at this link

      http://www.kingmaker.net/DeadDoctorstxt.html#1.%20Ulcers,%20caused%20by%20stress?

      Perhaps it was fixed by the apple cider vinegar which is what Kevin trudeau who wrote the book natural cures they do not want you to know says to use for this

      If someone is trying that, be aware that pasteurized vinegar is not safe to consume and only use raw apple cider vinegar which contain the "mother" In the us this is found at health food stores and sections of the supermarket..the most common brand names are braggs and spectrum

      I definitely agree that one needs to be alkaline and moist foods are not alkaline but acid except for most fruits and veggies but eating them raw is key not cooked. Cooked foods may be at the root of many of our heath problems , I am lately discovering having been exposed to a number of books, films and websites on it and its miraculous healing power as well as my own recent experiments on myself is showing me that most of our problems can be helped by switching to a 85% or better raw food, whole food, vegan diet although 100% raw is optimal as a goal. We are the only species that eats our food cooked and suffer from all these disease except for the animals that we feed.

      I feel some of this is poor advice like eating only cooked produce and no fruits as we need these in the form of raw fruits and veggies which are carbs and he said no carbs. Optimally one should only take whole grains in raw form as in sprouting them or soaking oats,spelt flakes, millet, or using raw muscli cereal but we need complex carbs in the form of raw produce, and grains as described above.

      Also we need healthy fats as found in things like flax seeds, flax seed oils, cold pressed oils (raw), chia seeds (very high in omega three fats) avocados, raw walnuts, purslane, greens etc

      For optimal health and to prevent deficiencies) , with your mainly raw food vegan diet, have lots of green smoothies (1 or more quarts a day), algaes and seaweeds and grasses (wheat and barley grass juice/powders), and lots of fresh juices ( including the cabbage mentioned at the link for this problem)..take no pulp or food for 15-20 minutes while drinking the juice which must be drank right away so it goes to healing and repair and not to digestion..done this way it is assimilated within 10-15 minutes

      Some of the other raw foods in addition to produce, raw nuts and seeds and their butters, cold pressed oils and extra virgin olive oils and seaweeds, and sprouted whole grains and raw cereals already mentioned, one can also consume sprouted legumes, fermented foods like kimchee and raw sauerkraut, nut cheeses, frozen fresh fruit sorbets, freshly made almond milk, dried produce and dehydrated crackers, breads, chips etc as long as the not heated above about 110 degrees. One can have raw dressings and soups and one can heat the soup slightly to warm finger touch and it is still raw.

      If one is doing 15% cooked one can have things like beans, whole grains, vegan cheeses and milks, homemade soups, cooked veggies and fruits, baked potatoes, and natural sweeteners if using them such as agave nectar (which can be raw), raw honey, real maple syrup, rice and barley malt, stevia, date sugar and other natural sweeteners used very sparingly. :

      One can also try natural herbs/foods that kill viruses, bacteria, fungus and protozoa such as raw garlic, oil of oregano, organic olive leaf tincture/extract, grapefruit seed oil and/or colloidal silver.

      ________________________________

  5. QUESTION:
    What causes acid reflux in babies?
    I would like to know the cause. My friend is being a know it all as usual and saying it can only be contracted by eating spicy foods and babies as we know, can only drink from a bottle or breast feed but the baby I am talking about takes from a bottle.

    I ask this because I am wondering how it is contracted. I have the theory that babies are born with it and not really obtained by any other source. My friend says that babies constract it from something after being born.

    What do you think is correct? And do you have anything to add? I am just tired of the know-it-all medical "experts" who think they are smarter than a doctor. But then stupidly knows no bounds. Intelligence apparently does.

    • ANSWER:
      "In gastroesophageal reflux (GER), irritating stomach acids are regurgitated into the esophagus causing pains that adults would call "heartburn." GER is caused by a malfunction of the valve- like muscles between the stomach and the esophagus"

      From http://www.askdrsears.com/html/10/T106000.asp

      When babies are first born, this valve is immature causing acid to come up. That is why they outgrow it by time, when this valve becomes mature enough.

      So, yes, they are born with it, it is nothing we did to them.

  6. QUESTION:
    What causes bad acid reflux?
    i just started getting really bad heart burn after i eat anything what is causing thid

    • ANSWER:

  7. QUESTION:
    Can Acid Reflux cause constant hunger?
    So I went to my doctor today because I have been experiencing some acid reflux related symptoms. I told him how I have been feeling and he thinks that I am developing early stages of acid reflux and so he prescribed me some prilosec. The only thing is, I was really wanting to ask him if acid reflux can cause constant hunger. I forgot to ask him, I was really wanting to know what causes it and how I can stop it. For example, I could be like not really hungry, but hungry enough to eat something. Then after I eat, I end up being hungrier than before. What causes this? Acid in my stomach? Would eating saltine crackers help? Thanks in advance.

    • ANSWER:
      You can train yourself to not feel hungry, although not advisable, and you will start to feel lethargic when hungry. It can also lead to further reflux. What your body is doing is demanding something that you are missing from your diet. What that could be is forms a massive list, from iron/salt/vitamins to just plain old water. With acid indigestion you may also encounter more saliva being produced, which when swallowed will help to wash away the stomach acid in the esophagus, however provide a phantom ingestion of food which the body isn't actually receiving. Drink water more often (I always drink milk due to the extra energy and it's thickness) and eat a slice of bread, allowing time for the body to recognise the input. A distraction such as exercise is also advisable as the digestion process will become less prominent in the body's overall functionality while oxygen is being supplied to the more exterior muscles.

      Eating too much will cause acid indigestion and will also stretch the stomach meaning you will have a feeling of hunger sooner as it's getting empty. Unfortunately if this is the case you will have to control the amount of food (trying smaller servings more regularly) until it's normal size is re-found.

      Apart from that, try reducing the amount of acidic foods and drinks you take. Alcohol (especially white wine and spirits) will also be a large factor to encourage reflux, and when the full onset hits it will digest the lining of your esophagus which will take up to years to repair without a very strict diet and medication.

  8. QUESTION:
    Hit from back in car accident. Is it possible for neck/esophageal muscles to be weakened causing acid reflux?
    What kind of doctor can confirm this?

    I think this is why i suddenly have persistent heart burn mostly after I eat and when I wake up in the morn.

    • ANSWER:
      not necessarily but you should see a gastroenterologist - raise the head of the bed about 3-4 inches and take a glass of cold milk last thing before going to bed .Get a CT/MRI scan done of the abdominal area to check if there is any problem due to the accident.

  9. QUESTION:
    I found a cure for acid reflux. Has anyone else done the same?
    I was on acid reflux medication for ten years. I could not sleep at night without the purple pill or Zantac. After being diagnosed with a kidney disorder that developed from a long term regimen of low dose medication, (aspirin and reflux medicine), I decided to search for the root of the problem that causes acid reflux. The Nexium pills and other types treat the symptoms of bad health, they are not the cure. If the body is not functioning correctly, there is an underlying cause that needs to be addressed. My doctor said that most people would rather keep eating what ever they want and take pills the rest of their lives than to change their diets which is the best way to eliminate the problem of acid reflux. So after researching a little I found that a diet of more raw fruits and vegetables and no fried foods with transfats etc will help my situation, but the most important thing that I found was that a major cause is caffeine. Caffeine causes certain muscles in the esophagus to relax which not only allows stomach acid to rise up into areas it should not be in but is also cases the stomach to produce more acid. As soon as I Stopped all caffeine and made moderate changes to my diet, within 3 days I was off of acid reflux medication completely and that was 3 months ago and I haven't had caffeine or needed medication since. Some doctors will not tell you these things and will prefer to keep you on medication which is how they are trained to treat problems. I am happy to say that I am healed from a bad case of acid reflux that lasted for many years thanks to a few basic changes and I believe you can be healed as well. Best wishes.
    To all who say that my situation does not apply to everyone else, I never said it did. Caffeine was not the only change that I made in my diet. I cut out fried foods, fast foods, sodas, tea, processed sugar and added more fruits and vegetables to my diet. I also waited 3 months before I reported my results. As far as all the reports and studies that some of you share here, they may be correct or they may be the result of drug companies trying to create false information to keep selling their drugs. I don’t know, but what I do know is I made a few simple changes in my life and experienced significant results. Before you discredit my story by pointing to a bunch of scientific studies, you should try for your self and see if moderate changes in diet will work. If anything your health will greatly improve and I would bet your acid reflux condition will improve as well.

    • ANSWER:
      1] I am very glad that this worked for you; but
      2] it will NOT work for everyone
      3] some common triggers are caffeine, fried or spicy foods, being overweight, etc.
      4] any 'acid reflux' that is not releived by over the counter meds, and/or diet changes should be checked out by a doctor

  10. QUESTION:
    I found a cure for my acid reflux. Has anyone else done the same?
    I was on acid reflux medication for ten years. I could not sleep at night without the purple pill or Zantac. After being diagnosed with a kidney disorder that developed from a long term regimen of low dose medication, (aspirin and reflux medicine), I decided to search for the root of the problem that causes acid reflux. The Nexium pills and other types treat the symptoms of bad health, they are not the cure. If the body is not functioning correctly, there is an underlying cause that needs to be addressed. My doctor said that most people would rather keep eating what ever they want and take pills the rest of their lives than to change their diets which is the best way to eliminate the problem of acid reflux. So after researching a little I found that a diet of more raw fruits and vegetables and no fried foods with transfats etc will help my situation, but the most important thing that I found was that a major cause is caffeine. Caffeine causes certain muscles in the esophagus to relax which not only allows stomach acid to rise up into areas it should not be in but is also cases the stomach to produce more acid. As soon as I Stopped all caffeine and made moderate changes to my diet, within 3 days I was off of acid reflux medication completely and that was 3 months ago and I haven't had caffeine or needed medication since. Some doctors will not tell you these things and will prefer to keep you on medication which is how they are trained to treat problems. I am happy to say that I am healed from a bad case of acid reflux that lasted for many years thanks to a few basic changes and I believe you can be healed as well. Best wishes.

    • ANSWER:
      Let me put it to you gently, i was active mormon for 20 years. or so,
      and i never drank coffee and still had acid reflux

      for me i seemed to identify the remedy to a poison that caused the refluc, neither the poison nor the remedy did i ever take.

      acid reflux could simply be caused by being "full" all the time.

  11. QUESTION:
    I am taking Plavix and Vytorin. Can either cause acid reflux ? I get no acid back just uncomfortalbe?
    Also what appears to be palpatations after and before I eat.
    Your thoughts please.

    • ANSWER:
      Dyspepsia (stomach discomfort) and palpitations are recognized as possible side effects of Plavix. If the side effects are making you really uncomfortable, talk with your doctor.

  12. QUESTION:
    Not drinking enough water throughout the day causing acid reflux?
    I am 22 and recently I have been working at a physically demanding job. I had what I thought was a stomach flu which lasted about 3 weeks, and then kind of cleared up (Might have been acid reflux the whole time? It was severe stomach pain). I have been having what seems to be acid reflux issues for the past couple months, and my diet is not too bad, not much fast food or sodas (one day in a week I might go out for In-N-Out). I should have more veggies and eat a couple hours before bed, instead of right before. But what I think might be causing the acid reflux is the "lack" of water.

    I work as a drain technician unclogging drains, and at times I am in a “hot box” room, or outside in the sun working hard and fast, which makes me sweat out enough liquid to fill my shirt with enough water to have it dripping off me. Now I drink about a half a bottle of a 1.5 liter of water, plus 2 bottles of vitamin water (to help with electrolytes). I am now figuring that maybe I am not drinking enough water, which is causing me to have too much acid in my stomach. My pee most of the time is not too yellow, just a little light yellow, but most time, just almost clear.

    Also When I go from job to job, I am in a hurry so I chug water, and I mean chug, then I carry on with work. It is like this all day. at times my only break is driving from job to job, but I have this energy to carry me job to job. I do not casually drink water throughout the day it usually right after the job and on my way to another, which is about every hour and a half or so, which I will chug about a couple of glasses of water.

    I have been experiencing muscle aches around body (doctor told me that this could be electrolyte loss) that are compared to a pinch in a nerve, which come and go, nasal drip, minor headache, upper back pain, and of corse the big one, abdominal and chest pain, and lack of ability to fall asleep at night, waking up a couple hours after sleep, even. All this I have thought could have been brought about by acid reflux, which at first probably brought about by stress from the new job.

    In concluding, I sweat out enough water to where I need to replenish quick, and drinking that amount of water is just disgusting, you know what I mean when you are demanding a lot of liquids and water just gets old. So, the two of my questions are , Am I not drinking enough water, which is causing acid reflux, and what can I do to get more water in my system without getting grossed out with all the water intake... Mix powder in with water, to add a flavor? Gatorade has a lot of acid in it and I do not want to drink this every day, it will ruin my teeth.

    Thanks - Kevin

    • ANSWER:
      supplements like digestive enzymes,msm,zinc l carnosine and biotin will help you....google it and also drink lots of water.....use green tea also it helps.......

  13. QUESTION:
    Does H. Pylori infection cause acid reflux?
    I have been having really wierd chest pains(behind the sternum, and spreading a little below it) for the last few months. I went to see a doctor and they told me it was Acid Reflux. They put me on medicine, and after a month, the meds werent helping the problem. I went back, and they sent me to have and endoscopy done. They did a biopsy of my stomach which was erythemic, and turns out I have H. Pylori, so they put me on antibiotics. I am on my 9th day of the antibiotics, however the pain hasent gone away. I have this wierd fear that there is something else wrong that is causing the pain, and was contemplating asking for an MRI or something, however I dont want to sound rude. I know the doctors are well educated, however I am wondering if there is something else that could likely be causing the pain. It is excruciating sometimes. I have tried watching what I eat, changing my sleeping habbits, taking 3 different medicines, and nothing seems to help the problem. And advice would be appreciated, although I know noone can actually diagnose anything online, lol... Just want to know if there is something else out there that can be causing the problem, or maybe a different medicine that might work (I have tried tums, zantac, prilosec, prevacid, bysmuth)?

    • ANSWER:

  14. QUESTION:
    Has Anyone Had Acid Reflux Cause Them Stabbing Abdominal Pain & Back Pain?
    4:45 am I eat a Rice Crispy butterscotch and chocolate bar that is made with corn syrup, sugar, and peanut butter as well. We make these all the time so this is something new that I've eaten. I don't have a history of Acid Reflux and I've only heartburn when I was pregnant and on very rare occasions I've had some bad heartburn after eating a chocolate bar but all of my pain was in my chest or esphogous.

    10 mins after eating I start to feel very warm & my stomach starts to hurt. I try to lay down & find a comfortable position but nothing helps. It progressively gets worse & I start to feel sharp stabbing pains in my stomach and it is radiating up my back, waist up. I stand and try to get in to different positions, like on my knees, head down, you name it, and nothing was working. The pain was getting so severe I was starting to cry & I had to wake my husband up for help. I drank some water, nothing, and then I drank some Mylanta and I didnt notice anything different. My husband gave me some milk and nothing changed. I finally had enough and was going to throw up what I ate which I tried to do but couldnt. I laid on the tile floor after trying for a few minutes and the pain was starting to get a little better so I got up and moved back to my room and sat up for another 10 mins until the pain was finally gone. I woke up at 8am and felt like I was hung over as I was exhausted and my stomach was queasy and felt a dull ache. I had to ask my husband to let me go back to bed & he take care of the kids & it wasnt till 11am did I finally wake up enough that and start to get moving. It's 5pm, central time, right now and I still havent eaten anything as I still feel queasy.

    I called my doc today & they come back to me saying that my incident was nothing more than acid reflux. Now my husband has acid reflux and he has never had anything like I just described happen to him. I asked the nurse if I didnt have a sugar reaction from eating a ton of sugar on an empty stomach. I'm not diabetic, but it does run in my family and when I was younger I had similar incidents when I would wake up & have a glass of juice I would get a bad stomach ache, I would get the shakes, and I would sweat a lot for about 15 minutes and then I would feel fine. She reassured me that it was nothing more than acid reflux. I told her that I've never heard of anyone with stabbing pains in their stomach when having acid reflux & she tells me it can happen but she will relay my message back to the doc again.

    My doc hasnt been the most reliable when it comes to medical issues I've had in the past in regards to proper diagnoises or knowing the problem & doing nothing about it till much too late. So I have to ask everyone if this is common with acid reflux or is my doctor not listening to my symptoms & giving me a proper answer. I'm in good health, age 35, and take 2 meds for ADHD and chronic pain which I've been on for 4 years now so nothing new on that front. I don't drink coffee or alcohol and the soda I do drink are all diet sodas. I'm 10lbs overweight so my weight isn't a real factor I don't think and at this time I am not a diabetic or have had issues with blood sugars except from my 2008 pregancy which was the only time in my life I had elevated blood sugars. Thanks for your help!

    • ANSWER:
      Yes acid reflux can really hurt i have had it since i was 13 and i am 20 now i would have sharp pains in my stomach and chest and i went to the hospital alot before i knew it was acid reflux because i thought i was having a heart attack it sucks i know but some meds are great for that but i really didnt find one that was great but change the way you eat and it should get better in time i did for me at least and i hope it does for you GOD BLESS :]

  15. QUESTION:
    Can acid reflux cause constant hunger?
    I am pretty sure that I have acid reflux. (not diagnosed by a doctor yet) And I have been have these constant hunger feelings in my stomach for like 3 weeks now. Sometimes it goes away on its own or if I drink alot of water or eat alot of ice it goes away. I could be like not really hungry, and then eat something and the hunger gets worse. So usually the hunger gets worse after eating something. Has this ever happened to anyone before? Is this supposed to happen witrh acid relux? what can I do to make it stop? Thanks in advance.

    • ANSWER:
      I struggled with acid reflux for months before I was diagnosed, exact same symptoms you describe.

      I take tums or rolaids an hour after eating with a glass of water, that stops it right away

      I remembered last night, I took prilosec in the beginning for two weeks only, that really helped immediately, then the tums and rolaids now as maintenance.

  16. QUESTION:
    What would cause heatburn and nausea after eating eggs?
    This has been going on for about a year now. If I eat eggs, I get heartburn and I'm nauseous (sp?) for the rest of the day. The weird thing is, it only happens with eggs alone. I can eat other foods that contain eggs ( bread, cake, cookies, etc.) with no trouble. I thought maybe it was acid reflux or maybe an ulcer, but I don't get sick from eating any other foods at all. Any ideas? Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      it sounds like you might have an allergy to eggs, id go to your doctor and mention it, as it could be an allergic reaction which can sometimes be quite harmful

  17. QUESTION:
    Severe bloating and Acid reflux?
    What would cause severe bloating after eating and drinking and acid reflux? Seen the doctor for H.Pylori test which was negative. Test for Coeliac disease; negative. Doctor just gives me Proton pump inhibitor which doesn't do much. The bloating is unbelievable; people think I'm pregnant(definitely not). Does anyone have any ideas at all please?

    • ANSWER:
      "Signs of Deficient Stomach Acid

      Gas, bloating and burping shortly after a meal could be lack of HCl
      Constipation
      Diarrhea
      Feeling of fullness or food not digesting
      Heartburn and/or gastric relux (sometimes too much HCl but most often not enough)
      Bad breath
      Foul smelling stools
      Loose stools in the early morning
      Food allergies
      Dialated blood vessles on the cheeks and nose - Rosacea
      Pernicious anemia or iron deficiency
      Anal Itching
      Nausea especially after taking vitamins and minerals
      Weak or cracked nails
      Parasites - or at least increased susceptibility to parasitic infections
      Chronic yeast infections
      Acne in adults - especially if you have other symptoms from the list
      Asthma
      Since low levels of stomach acid results in poor absorption of nutrients, many symptoms that accompany a deficiency of that vitamin or mineral makes this list much longer. The nutrients most affected are calcium, iron, folic acid, vitamin K and many B vitamins."

      http://www.gallbladderattack.com/hcl.shtml

      "The bottom line here is that most people are very confused about the role stomach acid plays in health. Most people:

      Think they have too much, when in fact they have too little.
      Treat the symptom and suppress stomach acid production, ultimately leading to long-term health problems.
      Ultimately lose the capacity to produce sufficient stomach acid as a result of dietary abuse and continual use of medications to suppress the body's ability to produce it.
      Don't get into that trap.

      Use digestive enzymes with all your meals.
      Drink aloe vera juice.
      Use probiotic supplements with confidence.
      Use proteolytic enzyme supplements with confidence.
      And, if needed, use apple cider vinegar or betaine hydrochloride supplements to make up for stomach acid insufficiency."

      http://www.jonbarron.org/enzymes/proteolytic-formulas-digestive-health-stomach-acid

  18. QUESTION:
    Acid Reflux caused by food Allergies?
    My 16 yr old she got really ill after fried coconut shrimp at a well known beach side resturant. HER entire digestion system started shutting down pain in her breast bone and stomach area that moved around. After going to Dr for 10 days of her suffering, the urgent care dr came up with internal food allergies causing the problem including her Reflux, which was like a LUMP under her breast bone, no burning, and hard to eat anything she lost 8 pounds in 10 days cuz she couldnt even drink broth gave her pain. Hard for her to swallow at times too. So glad I kept going back ever time till some one helped her, took the urgent care dr remember what you ate that day it all started, and DONT EAT IT AGAIN! Hers was shrimp we think.. too bad too she LOVES her shrimp, She is still suffering from this but at least the Dr knows what happen, and gave her meds to put her on the mends, http://ezinearticles.com/?What-Are-Acid-Reflux-Allergies?&id=1130727 Good luck!

    • ANSWER:
      hey! OMG! this is the answer to my quesition! if you have time can you email me the hole story like what happened and everything! kuz i went to the dr with the EXACT same symtoms! if you check my histery of Q`s today you will find i was looking for this answer, the dr said it`s acid reflux and im on pink pills, but they dont really help me any. can you tell me what she has. and if its curable, any treatments she had,im suposed to go for a breath test to see whats goin on! but i can only go in sept. so if you can help me i would be VERY happy! laura-pinkrules"hotmail.com (shit my ...at...sign aint working) i just need help! im on sooo much pain

  19. QUESTION:
    Do I have acid reflux?
    What does acid reflux feel like? What are the symptoms?
    I have been burping a lot these past few weeks usually, after I eat. Most of the time it comes up with stomach acid, like I'm throwing up, and I have to swallow it back down. Gross I know. And when I get up early, I feel like throwing up. ALWAYS. The only thing is is that I thought that acid reflux caused pain? What could this be! Any advice welcome, please!

    • ANSWER:
      Acid reflux or GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disease) is a health condition that causes damage to the lining of the esophagus. The liquid content of the stomach travels back into the esophagus, which inevitably builds-up.
      It would be best for you to see your doctor to know what it is, and before it possibly turns into something more serious.

      In the meantime, sipping on fennel tea or chamomile tea can have a very soothing effect and it has been successfully connected to the relief of stomach acid discomfort for many people.

      Ginger in almost any form can be great for reducing stomach acid. (NOT ginger-ale)

      Drink more water and avoid all alcohol, caffeine products, and carbonated beverages (coffee, tea, pop, etc..) Alcohol & caffeine dehydrate your body and can aggravate the irritated stomach lining.
      Carbonated beverages can build up more acid and help push it up the esophagus.

      Do not smoke. Smoking actually aggravates the symptoms of stomach acid and acid reflux.

      You may want to try an alkaline diet.
      An alkaline diet can help overcome the effects of stomach acid and acid reflux:
      - cutting out acidic foods
      - do not eat fatty foods (deep-fried, greasy, oily, sauteed, high-fat, etc..)
      - increase the amount of water you drink daily
      - avoid all carbonated beverages and caffeinated beverages
      - do not drink any alcohol

      Alkaline Foods include: almonds, coconut, buttermilk, yogurt, raisins, melons, figs, olives, bananas, avocado, grapes, potatoes (not french fries), pumpkin, spinach, lettuce, artichokes, broccoli, cucumber, and mushrooms (steamed or cooked)

      Almonds are a great way to help reduce or eliminate the effects of stomach acid and reflux. Each morning chew on a few unsalted almonds, and then again (2 or 3 almonds) after each meal.

      Foods to Avoid:
      All Deep-fried food, oily food, foods high in fats (butter, margarine, salad dressings, etc..) Salty foods, tomatoes, raw onions, high-fat pastries & cookies, chocolate, vinegar, lemons, oranges

      Beverages to Avoid:
      Wine, liquor (all alcohol), coffee (all caffeine), Orange juice, Cranberry juice, Grapefruit juice, Lemonade, all Carbonated Beverages

      - http://www.acidreflux-heartburn-gerd.net/acidreflux/acidrefluxfoods.html
      - http://acidrefluxsymptomshq.com/what-foods-to-avoid-with-acid-reflux/

  20. QUESTION:
    what causes sporatic but somewhat routine vomiting in a 9 month old? he has silent reflux but never a spitter?
    my 9 month old has silent acid reflux but occassionally will vomit after his first morning feed. He will eat 3.5oz like a crazy guy and then just puke an ounce or so up.....thoughts?

    • ANSWER:
      I just posted a question on here myself a few min ago. My son is also 9 months and he started spitting up in bed last night. It was more like vomit but white so I knew it was from his bottle. It was very sour smelling and he has not eaten much today. He has zip appetite. He is not running a fever and still on antibiotics from a upper res last week. Is this kind of whats going on with you?? Sour tummy??

  21. QUESTION:
    Is it possible to have excess stomach acid without having ulcers or acid reflux?
    I've have increasingly worsening stomach problems. There's a very very long list of symptoms, but here's the abridged version. Nausea and dry heaving, sometimes preceded by a warm, very dull burning sensation in my stomach. I have a very incomplete list of causes for these symptoms, as I keep discovering more potential causes. They can be caused by: eating less than 3 meals a day (but sometimes I'm okay even if I do), going on a run (but most of the time I'm alright even after I do), birth control (I took birth control for a month), and others. After the onset, it is very difficult to get rid of, because eating making me feel like throwing up, and my hunger exacerbates the symptoms. It's taken me anywhere from a week to 5 months to recover from a single episode.

    So now on to my question.

    I've seen many doctors with this problem. Most have been no help at all. One doctor, however, told me that it seems like I produce excess stomach acid. He told me to take extra strenght Zantac twice a day for a month, so that my stomach lining could heal. It worked, so I assume that he correctly diagnosed my problem. Now, this doctor was in urgent care at the hospital near my university, so not my primary care physician. So he said he couldn't do any follow up to see what my problem was.

    All the other doctors have done so far is test me for H. pylori, which I did not end up having. We're looking into seeing a gastrointestinal specialist, as these episodes are coming with increasing frequency and disrupting my everyday life.

    Okay, so all the extra details aside, would it make any sense at all that I produce exess stomach acid, but don't have ulcers (no sharp or severe burning pains... mainly nausea... and no trace of H. pylori) or acid reflux (sometimes I feel stuff creeping up my esophagus... but it is NEVER painful)? Or does the absence of these symptoms mean that the doctor diagnosed me wrong, and the Zantac working was just a coincidence or a placebo?
    Edit: I don't drink coffee or alcohol. I eat fairly healthy and I hate greasy or processed foods. So it has nothing to do with any of those.

    • ANSWER:
      First, if the Zantac worked and now your symptoms are back, I would have already re-started taking the Zantac. You can go to WebMd.com and type in heartburn (which is another name for acid stomach) and read up on this. Some of the foods you are eating can exacerbate this stomach acid problem. You might also be having gallbladder problems and you can type gallbladder disease on the WebMd.com website and read up on this. If a doctor prescribed something and it fixed the problem, then his diagnosis was probably correct and not a coincidence.

  22. QUESTION:
    Stomach pain on empty stomach with acid reflux?
    i went to the gastrologist they did a endoscopy and said i had minor inflamation and put me on protonix for acid reflux. Latley though, whenever i am at school and cant eat or go 3 hrs or so not eating instead of getting hungry i get a pain in the middle of my stomach. not knife pain more dull but still there, its enough to make me fidget. About 20 minutes after i eat itll go away, what is the cause of this, reflux? or has any1 had this before. wondering
    thanks!!
    oh thanks guys, i was curious about that ive gone through my first bottle not to bad which was a ,month now im on my number 2, think it just took a while to catch up?

    • ANSWER:

  23. QUESTION:
    I have the most horrendous acid reflux problem, what would you do?
    I suffer from acid reflux every now and then and tonight it is horrendous, I feel like I'd like to be sick.

    What causes it is alien to me. I last ate at 6.30pm and I am still up in the early hours of today.

    I'm going to have a drink of warm milk to soothe my throat before bed. As coating my throat should ease it. Especially since I can't afford for my singing voice to disappear with the dysphonia this can acid can cause.

    I sleep with a high pillow, to try and avoid acid lying in a pool in my throat.

    I had a gastroscopy done about 5 years ago and the result from that, is that my gut was showing signs of being sore but nothing else. The specialist, advised me to raise my pillow and not to eat after a certain time at night. I was prescribed a medication which would do the job of certain gland in my stomach which is to prohibit acid reflux. Only issue is that you have to take a high dose for so many months and then cut back for a few months and when the acid is in control stop taking it.

    Tonight the acid is back and it will be some time before I feel any relief.

    What would you do, if you suffered from this problem?
    I started taking Lansoprazole again last week but it has yet to be effective. It should improve after a good week to ten days.

    • ANSWER:
      No estés tomando a la ligera esta enfermedad pues puede tener consecuencias muy graves. Generalmente solo nos asustamos cuando vemos algo físico como sangre o heridas, pero no sabemos como estamos por dentro y no le damos la importancia devida.
      El reflujo gastroesofágico te puede producir esofagitis producida por reflujo, esta enfermedad se da porque los ácidos del estómago salen y bañan tu esófago y lo inflama y lastima, con el tiempo te produce gastritis, ulceras y diversas intolerancias a los alimentos, sin contar el malestar de estar vomitando y que no puedas alimentarte bien y tener que estar medicándose por mucho tiempo.
      Incluso puede llevarte a tener esófago de Barret que es una lesión premaligna que puede desencadenar en cáncer de esófago.
      Te aconsejo que no te descuides, te informes bien, que vayas con el doctor para que descubra que es lo que tienes y cual es el tratamiento y hazle todo tipo de preguntas para que salgas consiente de lo que tienes y la manera que te ayude a curarte mas rápido, incluso hasta que frutas, verduras y alimentos puedes comer. Ah incluso que tipo de medicina de que te den mejores efectos te pueda recetar.Y si te recetan omeprazol consultale si el lansoprazol es mejor de acuerdo a tu caso.
      Ojalá que no tengas nada tan grave y que todo esto en tu caso sea una exageración,
      Suerte.

  24. QUESTION:
    Acid reflux- need help/advice?
    I'm in my 20s and i'm pretty healthy. I have lost over 23 lbs in over 8 months by exercising regularly and cutting out sweets. I stopped taking Minocycline antibiotics over 2 wks ago as soon as i noticed i started getting acid reflux like symptoms after eating Italian food and other foods that i normally eat and feel ok with. At first, i didn't know what the cause was. I went to see my PCP and she said it might be the antibiotics. i found articles online that matched up with what she said and now i know that it was the pills.

    The symptoms i have aren't severe, it's mild. Yet, they are still uncomfortable for me b/c i've never experienced that in my life. My throat feels swollen( esophagitis) and i have shortness of breath. I don't have heartburn, really. I also have occasional chest tightness. I notice the shortness of breath comes after i wake up from sleeping. I'm taking Zantac, it's been a week and i'm not really noticing it doing anything for me. It sort of makes me feel better, but nothing major.

    I'm now worried/stressed whether this problem is going to be permanent or if it's just temporary b/c of the acne pills. I took those pills for a month, so it wasn' t really that long. There are 11 left, so i took 49 of them( 2x a day). I feel terrible, it feels like i can't eat anything at all without getting symptoms. Majority of what i eat and what i like can make me sick. Is this temporary?

    • ANSWER:
      Your PCP was probably on PCP to not look for the cause of your acid reflux. Treating a medical condition properly involves finding out what causes a particular problem and then prescribing the right treatment. All your doctor did was prescribe drugs that mask the symptoms, but don't correct the cause.

      The cause of acid reflux is dehydration. Your stomach produces hydrochloric acid to break down and process the food you eat. Ordinarily, there is a mucus coating on the lining of the stomach to protect you from the burning effects of the stomach acid.

      But when you don't drink enough water, this coating breaks down and your stomach lining is exposed to the stomach acid. Besides the burning sensation you're feeling, if allowed to worsen, it could turn into an ulcer or even cancer.

      The first thing that ANY doctor should do is rule out dehydration as a cause. The reason they don't is because there's no money in prescribing water. Allowing the dehydration to progress until it causes health problems justifies the higher fees. Treating/preventing dehydration in the ER, for example, costs around 5.00 for a saline solution. Advising you to drink more water and add a little more salt to your diet costs nothing - and they're both the same thing.

      Here's what you should do:

      30 minutes before eating, dissolve a pinch (1/8 tsp) of salt on your tongue, followed by 16 oz of water to wash it down - this must be completed within 5 minutes. This gives your stomach time to absorb the water/salt solution so that it can be released at the proper time to protect the stomach lining.

      Then, 2 - 2 1/2 hours later, repeat the process to complete the digestion.

      Water and salt are two of the three most important nutrients your body needs to sustain life. Together, they make up 75% of the body, and maintaining this level is crucial to good health. Maintaining less than this will cause health problems.

      Click the link below for more info.

  25. QUESTION:
    acid reflux: is it permanent?
    I'm in my 20s and i'm pretty healthy. I have lost over 23 lbs in over 8 months by exercising regularly and cutting out sweets. I stopped taking Minocycline antibiotics over 2 wks ago as soon as i noticed i started getting acid reflux like symptoms after eating Italian food and other foods that i normally eat and feel ok with. At first, i didn't know what the cause was. I went to see my PCP and she said it might be the antibiotics. i found articles online that matched up with what she said and now i know that it was the pills.

    The symptoms i have aren't severe, it's mild. Yet, they are still uncomfortable for me b/c i've never experienced that in my life. My throat feels swollen( esophagitis) and i have shortness of breath. I don't have heartburn, really. I also have occasional chest tightness. I notice the shortness of breath comes after i wake up from sleeping. I'm taking Zantac, it's been a week and i'm not really noticing it doing anything for me. It sort of makes me feel better, but nothing major.

    I'm now worried/stressed whether this problem is going to be permanent or if it's just temporary b/c of the acne pills. I took those pills for a month, so it wasn' t really that long. There are 11 left, so i took 49 of them( 2x a day). I feel terrible, it feels like i can't eat anything at all without getting symptoms. Majority of what i eat and what i like can make me sick. Is this temporary?

    • ANSWER:
      ACID EATS UR BRAINZ

  26. QUESTION:
    stuffy throat after eating?
    sometimes after i eat, especially greasy or fried foods, i get stuff in my throat and im constantly having to clear my throat until goes away. what causes this?
    someone said acid reflux but i dont have any burning....

    • ANSWER:
      look at what you are eating. you body is trying to tell you to stop... get away from the friend and greasy foods and eat more fruit and vegetables. I bet it will go away.

  27. QUESTION:
    The other day my throat started tightening up. After I had coffee?
    Not sure if I had an allergic reaction to the milk maybe, never had a problem before, if its just coincidence. I am still having the problem on and off through the past few days, i eat dairy almost everyday... but like i said never had a prob before. if it was an allergic reaction, can i treat this with something AND stop eating the dairy? what else could possibly be the cause. Its not acid reflux, or asthma.

    • ANSWER:

  28. QUESTION:
    Upper stomach hurts after eating. What's causing it?
    It's not every time I eat, but about half the time, It'll feel like somebody punched me hard in the upper stomach (like where the esophagus goes into the stomach) right after I eat. Although I've had acid reflux problems in the past, I'm taking Prilosec to control it (like my doctor said to). I don't have any of the symptoms of an ulcer so I'm sure that's not it.

    • ANSWER:

  29. QUESTION:
    I'm 14, could acid reflux symptoms be caused by hormonal imbalance or something?
    Sometimes I feel really sick and other times I feel fine. My doctor diagnosed it as acid reflux about a year ago, but it randomly got bad so she made me have an endoscopy. They said everything looked fine, like I didn't even have reflux :/ they said I was lactose intolerant though, and I eat a lot of dairy, but today I've had no dairy and i feel like I could throw up and have a burning like the acid reflux, my my doctor said I didnt even need it. I notice it comes up terrible a few weeks before and after my period, so I was wondering if it could be hormonal or something? I'm going to see the gyno in a day, even though I'm 14 will she make me take birth control, cuz all those commercials on tv scare me cuz they say they can cause blood clots and stuff. What could be the cause? Could it be hormonal because I do have a very weird cycle (48 days, next period is 35, that cycle continues)

    • ANSWER:

  30. QUESTION:
    What is acid reflux disease? I have pain in the abdomen.?
    Most of the pain is in the upper abdomen, this really bothers me at times after I eat. I feel rather miserable and causes me to not eat or eat little, so I don't feel this as much. It's like a bad gas type of feeling, it seems awfully weird.

    • ANSWER:
      I have acid reflux. I am supposed to take meds daily. When I do not it causes me to have VERY bad heartburn. It wakes me up at night. It never really causes what I would describe as a "pain", more of a "burn" Some foods make it worse than others. The things I have especially noticed are fish, lettuce, and peanut butter seem to be the worst for me..

  31. QUESTION:
    Upper stomach pain after eating bread?
    I am a 15 year old girl, I'm 5'9" and 107lb.
    I have really bad stomach problems. I have heartburn/acid reflux and most likely, IBS. I am also very allergic to milk. I have chronic constipation as well.

    I notice that almost every time I eat something, I am in so much pain in my stomach, especially after eating bread/cereal/oatmeal, but that is all I really like to eat. So after I eat, my tiny 22" waistline blows up to about 3 times its size. It is just so hard and swollen, not to mention, painful! My upper stomach always seems to hurt the most. It just hurts so much. I get so gassy, and crampy and bloated that after I eat, I demand to be left alone. I just drink water, lay down, and hope to poop. Even though pooping doesn't seem to make my stomach hurt any less... It just feels like there is an alien baby growing my stomach every times I eat. It's just moving around and expanding causing my so much pain.

    What could it be? I have read about wheat/gluten allergies... and it sounds just like me. I don't even want to think about having an allergy to wheat/gluten. I'm already allergic to milk, if I am allergic to gluten as well, I won't be able to eat anything.

    • ANSWER:
      There is life after gluten!

      Yes, you are describing symptoms of Celiac Disease and/or gluten intolerance. They aren't super common but they are definitely symptoms. Please see your doctor as soon as possible and insist on getting tested for celiac disease (since your symptom isn't a classic symptom your doctor may resist running the tests). If your tests are negative then (and only then) try a gluten free diet for a couple of months and see how you feel. (Obviously if the tests are positive go gluten free for life!)

      You mention you are allergic to milk - are you allergic (hives, anaphylaxis, etc.) or just intolerant (digestive issues)? A lot (I've heard up to half or more) of celiacs who can't have dairy can add it back in once their gut heals (usually 2-3 years). You may also find that some of your other symptoms go away on a gf diet as well.

      There are gluten free versions of bread and cereal and even gluten free oatmeal. Although, you should really vary your diet as these products contain more fat and sugar and less fiber and nutrients than their gluten containing counterparts. If you need a gluten free diet you will be just fine.

      Good luck!

  32. QUESTION:
    constant diarrhea, extrememly oily spotty skin, dizziness, palpitations, panic attacks and acid reflux?
    Symptoms: constant diarrhoea, 2/3 times some days also bouts of acid reflux even some hours after eating. Very oily spotty skin with most pores on my back/neck and face constantly blocked and forming blackheads and spots, also occasional panic attacks or even palpitations after some meals. Not a thyroid or coeliac problem, nor H-Pylori or ulcers. At the end of my tether as consultant referral was recently rejected by the consultant! Anyone have any ideas what is causing this please? I asked my GP if food intolerance could be to blame and was flatly told no. All blood tests were ok too.

    • ANSWER:
      im no doctor but id say you have more than 1 thing going on right now. the extremely oily skin open pores and blackheads sounds very like psoriasis my husband has exactly same problems as you and has suffered terrible ,you would need to see a skin specialist perhaps t your medical centre to be referred by your gp. treatment is low dose antibiotics steroid cream and sometimes laser is required to treat scarring from blocked pores once its under control. secondly it sounds like either a dairy problem which also is linked with skin problems,and or maybe irritable bowl syndrome or over active bowl lining. my husband has all of these symptoms and through many many weeks seeking tests we now no that any foodstuff he is alergic to ie, dairy is responsable.he loves butter cream milk and icecream and when he has it the symptoms go mad but he has to have some things now and then so puts up with it. i hope this info helps you out it must be so miserable for you right now.

  33. QUESTION:
    Help with Acid reflux? (G.E.R.D)?
    I went to the doctor's a few weeks ago and he gave an upper GI x-ray. He told me i have acid reflux GERD and then gave me some meds. But they dont really work that great. I'm kinda confused about the whole thing cause i know what acid reflux is and everything. But, i don't get the same things as everyone else who has it. I don't get heartburn, and i very rarely wake up with the burning sore throat that they talk about. The only thing i really get is an uncomftorable feeling in my stomach. Like. really liquidly and i get it before i even eat sometimes. :l i don't understand. A few weeks ago after i ate my dinner, my abdomen was swollen. and kinda puffed out, which is not normal for me. How can i get this to stop? and do you think it's really acid reflux?

    • ANSWER:
      The meds don't work that well unless you take some antacid (I use 3 large Tums) before the medication. I take them at night, with some water.

      The GERD in your case is just extra stomach acid. You don't get it from eating; it's an over-enthusiastic gland somewhere. The burning sore throat is regurgitation into the mouth or throat; you don't have it every night.

      Abdomen swollen and puffed out is a different problem. Something is not digesting and is turning to gas. It could be a sensitivity to milk or wheat gluten. If it recurs, see if you can figure it out.

  34. QUESTION:
    Hunger pains + bloating after eating + regular bowel movements (that's right, REGULAR) = WHAT THE HELL?
    Two months ago I came down with a sore throat, which turned into the worst cough I'd ever had, which progressed to a cold, which resulted in swollen neck glands, which was diagnosed on the nurse hot line as H1N1 (even though I had no fever), and several days later was diagnosed as a bad upper respiratory infection that "just needed to run it's course". During these two weeks I began noticing irrtation in my right side. I thought nothing of it since the weekend I had come down with the sore throat I had also taken a pilates class which caused some sore ab muscles. By the second week though I noticed that my left side was over all doing okay, but my right side was still sore, and suddenly (in the course of 2 days) eating the smallest thing caused me to feel painfully bloated, and my right side was still constantly irratated (and often after eating both sides would flare up). I saw one doctor who sent me to have an ultra-sound done and get blood samples, everything came back normal. I saw a second doctor who thought it was IBS and made me take laxatives for a weekend (which didn't result in much poop since at that point I was hardly eating a thing). The first doctor called me the week after I took the laxatives and perscribed me omeprazole (which I thought was NOT cool since acid reflux is not the first thing that is coming to mind here). So I took it for 11 days, and while it calmed a lot of the irratation the pain in my right side has never fully gone away and has slightly acted up a few times during the course of taking it.

    I've also been keeping a food journal which shows little pattern in terms of what is causing it to act up (i.e. wheat products, sugar, fat, etc.) Please note, also that I'm a vegetarian so fatty meat in take is not a part of my daily diet. The only food that seemed to help is yogurt, BUT

    today was my third day of not taking omeprazole and I had some for breakfast because I woke up feeling incredibly hungery. However, yesterday I woke up feeling quite crappy and my thoughts could hardly stomach the idea of eating breakfast so I had some soymilk chai instead in order to hopefully make myself feel full. That didn't really work, I continued to feel as if I was hungry even after snacking on a banana and having some bean stew for lunch, and it progressed more and more throughout the day as did the discomfort in my side. By dinner time (which consisted of veggie soup with rice) I was feeling bloated again. So this morning I thought I would head it off and take some aloe vera juice and yogurt, nope, still felt hungery. Then I had a tortilla shell (whole wheat) with pb and j, this helped for about 30 mins (however, I was also pacing around and busying myself which seems to sometimes help too), but then again, BAM, still feeling hungry. At 11:30 I caved and took an omeprazole (I have three left) because I cannot stand feeling this way, it hurts to eat and hurts NOT to eat.

    So, please, if anyone can offer advice or suggestions I would very much appreciate it. I hate taking medicine of any kind (holistic girl here), and a lot of people think it's my gallbladder but, as mentioned above, my results keep coming back normal. I'm extremely frustrated with the medical community because I feel like it's impossible to find a doctor who gives a shit any more, all they want to do is give you some pills and send you on your way.
    Again, I'm having regular bowel movements, and have not established any pattern that is explaining why this is happening but I REALLY do not want to be on antacids and pills for the rest of my life! I'm only 24!! Thank you!

    • ANSWER:
      you had the worst cold ever, so that means you have been doing a lot of coughing, one of the easiest ways to pinch a muscle in your back, especially if you cough while laying down. That is important because too often we can live past the pain of a pinched muscle in out back but that muscle can at times put pressure onto the nerves that leave your spine and cause them to do things they shouldn't do, like pumping more acid into your stomach or just pinching the stomach or intestines where they go to. So while everybody is chasing ghosts in front the pain can be caused by problems in your back. For that reason I suggest you release your back muscles and that way you will know for sure if everybody is on the right track or not. Here is how you can release them:
      Back:
      Place your left hand on your left knee. Place your right hand over your left shoulder and with your fingertips find the muscle next to your spine. Press on it and hold. Relax, take a deep breath and exhale and don’t tense up any part of your body. After about 30 seconds there should be a release happening and when it does slowly lower yourself forward onto your right leg. If you can lean over the outside edge of your leg it will be better for your release. Continue holding for a total of one minute. Then release but rest your body there for one minute longer. Then reverse and do the right side.

  35. QUESTION:
    Why am I still having acid reflux problems while lying flat when I sleep?
    Since September of 2009 I have been having problems associated with my stomach. After visiting the doctor multiple times, all of the doctors I have visited says that they can not find anything wrong with me, and they each say it seems to be acid reflux. If i try to take prilosec, nexium, and stomach acid reducing pills, it makes the symptoms worse I have changed my diet to cure this acid reflux and everything is healing. The only problems I seem to still be having is laying down flat while sleeping, and occasional stomach aches. The foods that I eat does not trigger my acid reflux, and I can basically eat anything I want, but when I try to sleep at night I have to keep my head elevated. If I try and lay flat, i get a choking sensation in my throat. This started occurring when the acid reflux first appeared. The rest of my symptoms are gone, but I still can't seem to lay flat while I sleep. What is causing this and how can I treat it?

    • ANSWER:
      "What is causing this and how can I treat it?"

      Gravity.. and a weak Upper Esophageal Sphincter. The UES is the pinch valve at top of the stomach. When it works properly it stops the gastric contents from emptying into the mouth and throat... even when we stand on our heads.

      It isn't easy to fix a leaky UES, but you can live with it if you would just chock up the head of your bed. I do. I have 6 inch blocks under the feet at the head of my bed. 9" is better. Warning: you can not get the same benefit from sleeping on a pile of pillows. That actually worsens reflux.

      -ENT MDx30y

  36. QUESTION:
    Acid Reflux??? wish i had insurance lol?
    Im not sure if what i have is acid reflux or what, I don't get a burning sensation in my throat or anything like that I get an over full felling in my stomach and feel like i have to burp for a good 2-5 hours after eating a meal, sometimes its so intense that it causes me to vomit when trying to get the burp out.
    Is this acid reflux ??? or something more serious?? I will go to a dr if anyone can narrow it down for me as something that is serious enuf to have it attended to but if not ty for your suggestions on antiacids and others

    • ANSWER:
      It may be. Try Prilosec OTC. Thankfully, it came out recently for over the counter medication. It is about 10 bucks. It is same as the prescription. Try tums if you dont want to try medications right away.

  37. QUESTION:
    anyone know about acid reflux? important question?
    i was eating chips and i swallowed it down with juice after it was all chewed up and i felt like it got stuck but im a hyprocondriac and i heard you can get food stuff when you have acid reflux and will have to rush to emergency room and get and endoscopy to get it pushed down to your stomache now im really scared cause my chest hurts but i do smoke and smoked alot today so not sure if thats y my chest is hurting please help. should i go hospital what will they do to see if there is anything?

    • ANSWER:
      Yes, you sound like a hypochondriac, not that there is anything wrong with that. If you are having problems with your esophagus, try drinking some more water to wash down whatever may be stuck there. You might try some maalox or something similar if you are worried about reflux.

  38. QUESTION:
    Feeling of hunger after eating?
    Hello. First let me give you some details on my daily life and physical..

    Im 26 years old, I weigh aprox 130 lbs give or take, Im about 5 foot 7 and eat about once a day ((Yes I know this isnt "healthy" according to the whole nutritional thing and I know you should eat 3 meals a day but Ive eaten once a day for years and its always been fine with me)) Im not anorexic, I dont starve myself or try to lose weight. I am not bullemic, I do not feel the need to induce vomiting after eating. With my lifestyle I am use to this. Never has caused me any problems before.

    Now heres my problem.. This started about 4 days ago. I will feel extremely hungry, like starving. Sick feeling, nautious, you know the feeling when you havent eaten days (yet it hadnt been days since ive eaten) Then when I DO eat, I feel hungry again. And kinda sick at my stomach. Now I have to say I am doubtful on Diabetes and Acid Reflux as this is happening to my boyfriend as well. He feels hungry after eating too but this started 2 weeks ago for him. He has about 6 foot 3 and weighs about 305 lbs, give or take. He is a bit over weight and he too eats about once a day ( obviously more portions than I do lol)

    Now for the nutrional facts. When we do eat, we eat out. We dont cook at home cause he gets home late and its just cheaper than spending 50 bucks on groceries a day when you can spend 20 a day for 2 people. Usually we will go to Taco Bell.. Burger king.. Subway etc.

    Now last night I ate a bean burrito and a chicken burrito , now if youve ever eaten at Taco bell the 2.99 chicken burrito is HUGE and with a bean burrito with it , a person of my size and height SHOULD be full. usually that makes me feel uncomfortable full but for about 4 days I just dont feel satisfied.

    Any ideas on what could be wrong with us? Take in to concideration this is happening to both of us so i highly doubt we both have diabetes or etc and have symptoms at the same time lol.

    Thanks, if any more info is needed, let me know.

    • ANSWER:
      eat lunch and dinner
      sorry but it really is odd and some sort of disordered eating
      x

  39. QUESTION:
    Acid reflux and gastritis?
    I have been recently told I have mild acid reflux and chronic gastritis.My doc had me on kapidex but it was causing me other problems.So he told me that I could take otc meds for the acid reflux.My question is that I don't know what I can or can not eat.And I don't understand the whole gastritis thing.As for the otc meds,,I did get some Plilasec to see if that would help,but after reading about it I found that it tends to cause polyps in the stomach which I do not need cause those were found when the acid reflux and gastritis were found also during a scope test last week.
    So if anyone can help me with this,I would be very thankful.

    • ANSWER:
      I have chronic gastritis, acid reflux & crohns. I can relate to you & hope I can give you some good advice.

      Prilosec can work definitely, I have been on that, nexium & now currently I am on protonix & I think it works the absolute best. Nexium can have side affects that tend to hurt your stomach, so I was taken off that about 3 years ago and would HIGHLY reccomend protonix. I occasionally take Zantac (which is an OTC medicine) when I have heartburn really bad.

      Gastritis, it sucks. Everyone varies on what their stomach can take/what works best for them. I know that raw vegetables, and lettuce are very hard to digest and if you have any intestinal issues, it is best to just stay away from those too. Also corn, because it is not digested the way other food is. Caffeinated drinks are also not the best. They activate your stomach (metabolism) and it leads to be an irritant.

      I hope I helped at least a little bit, if you have any other questions I would love to help you the best I can, granted I am no doctor but I have been living with these issues for almost 14 years! : /

      I KNOW as for acid reflux that acidic foods are the worst. *I want to also warn you to never eat grapefruit or drink grapefruit juice while taken and prescription medicine for acid reflux. It will make things 10X worse and it is painful*

  40. QUESTION:
    what can i do to help my baby with acid reflux?
    my son is almost 3 moths old. he has acid reflux BAD!!! all day every day he burps after he eats then does a hiccup thing then 1/4 of what he eats comes out with it sitting up or not. he hardly ever is laying down so i kno its not bc he is not elevated also he is lactose intolerant so he is on soy milk so A.R formula is out of the question. ive tried smaller feedings more often noting helps. i want to avoid medication at all causes. just wondering if i can avoid piling up 4 sets of clothes each day of mine and his lol i love my son so much so putting up with it is fine for me but i feel bad for him he doesnt seem to mind but i kno he cant like it. :) just want to kno if a natural organic way that helps is out there. i kno im asking a lot considering ive done just about everything but im desperate for him

    • ANSWER:

  41. QUESTION:
    on and off stomach burning after eating?
    almost 3 weeks ago i drank a large glass of water with a shot of apple cider vinegar. about 2 hours later i had 2 slice of pizza and developed a warm burning sensation over my stomach. it seems like it came in waves. i thought the problem would go away over time but it hasn't. i also have a choking like feeling in my throat from time to time. i've started taking over the counter prilosec for the past 7 days but it hasn't helped the burning feeling after i eat anything (bland foods). i've also noticed that i've started burping since taking the prilosec.
    i'm obviously going to see a doctor about this but i'm wondering if anyone can ID exactly what would cause stomach burning and burping. ulcer? gerd? acid reflux? why wouldn't the prilosec help with this by now?

    • ANSWER:
      I would say ulcer or relux/heartburn.
      Sometimes over the counter drugs don't cut it and you need a prescription.
      Good idea to see youR DR.
      I hope you're feeling better soon

  42. QUESTION:
    I have acid reflux disease and I have this bitter Phlegm like taste in the back of my mouth, Please Help!?
    I have had acid reflux for the past 3 years now. My doctor put me on Prilosec and zantac and I was taking these for 3 years but they didn't help at all. So I stopped taking them back in December of 2008 and tried to look for natural ways to cure my acid reflux. I avoid the spicy foods, sauce, citrus etc etc etc. The problem that I am having is that for the past month I am getting this bitter Phlegm like taste in the back of my mouth. When I eat something that bitter taste goes away but after i finish eating that bitter taste sits in the back of my throat. What is causing this? What can I take to eliminate this taste from the back of my mouth. My doctor told me that I should see a GI specialist but I will never want to do an endoscopy. I am too scared to do that plus I am looking for Natural cures. Anyways How can I get rid of this nasty Phlegm mucus like taste in the back of my mouth and how can I cure myself of this acid reflux. Thanks

    • ANSWER:

  43. QUESTION:
    Alwys tired, with body aches, stomach pain, & worse after eating, but no Dr. has helped? What do I do?
    For years, and especially this past year, I have been having constant stiffness, body aches, swelling, constant stomach pain, being very tired, depressed, and over all feeling miserable at least 5 days out of the week. Seen drs, but nothing has helped, and they just say its my fibromialgia, which I know its not all of it. After i eat food, it is worse, and hard to figure out what foods to eat. But vegetables that I love, makes my stomach worse, and have ended up in the emergency, but yet I dont ache as much. Then eating other foods which won't cause such severe stomach problems, I end up with heart race, palpitations, or stiffness and ache all over, and have to walk it out, but yet cant too much or makes it worse. And i get so tired, depressed, gassy, bloating, belching, swelling where just laying down my body, legs, arms, face will have indentations.. etc. Last year had stomach checked out, and dr. said I dont have ulcers anymore, but yet i have acid reflux, and severe heartburn issues, so take meds for it. I feel I'm falling apart, and tried herbs, vitamins, etc, but doesnt seem to help as much. I'm almost given up. Can someone help?

    • ANSWER:
      oh my, how awful for you, i too have suffered for about ten years due to awful doctors who cant be bothered with you, i first went about ten years ago with loads of acid coming out of my nose while i was asleep, he said it was impossible and told me i was depressed, i lived in agony for years, going to see him off and on for another 3 years, one day there was a new doctor who sent me for the camera down and it showed i had a hiatus hernia and because i hadn't had any treatment the acid had burned my oesophagus and gave me large erosion's which would join up and also lots of scar tissue even with that the doctor who did the endoscopy didn't want to see me for another 6 months, he just said to get some tablets off my gp, even with the tablets the pain was horrendous, many times i would roll on the floor screaming, ive just had surgery for the hiatus hernia and im still getting the pain, even worse, ive been told now i need checks for gall stones, also pancreas and to see a urologist because im weeing blood, any way to get back to you, your pains and troubles sound very similar to mine, so maybe try googling
      HIATUS HERNIA
      GALL STONES
      IBS (just with you mentioning veg making you worse)
      could the meds be making you worse, they did me in some ways
      if you don't have ulcers anymore, i take it you used to have, they can be a nightmare to get rid of, are they sure you haven't still got them, maybe its scar tissue off them
      i probably wont of been much help, im going through this with you, i even feel suicidal at times, no wonder we are depressed eh, i have glaucoma as well so my eyes and head are aching a lot lately, im so fed up, good luck and i hope we both get sorted out very soon.. x

  44. QUESTION:
    foods to avoid? - acid reflux?
    i'm booked in for a gastroscopy in almost 3weeks after experiencing acid reflux and serious chest pain causing breathing difficulties on monday. What foods and drinks should i avoid?
    I'm assuming nothing fizzy and i don't eat spicey foods anyway but is cordial ok? chips? etc
    even a good web site that stipulates what you can and cant have would be great.
    thanks heaps
    definately don't drink coffee and rarely have tea. Don't have a high carb intake and they think the breathing probs were caused by hyperventilating from the pain i experienced. I have had my heart checked a couple of years ago.
    I do suffer from stress and am currently on a pension cause i'm not supposed to work at the moment (abusive childhood lead to massive stress related probs).
    I smoke 10+ cigs a day. No drugs AT ALL and i'm only 24yrs old.
    Thanks for the info so far :)

    • ANSWER:
      I am not a doctor, so either way you will want to talk to them, but this is what I have to say as a long time sufferer of Acid Reflux (G.E.R.D.)!

      Three part answer: information, what not to do, and what to do!

      INFORMATION!!!!!!
      I have a very severe case of Acid Reflux (G.E.R.D.). I have had to go to the hospital for some of the heartburn that I have had because the pain can become overwhelming or your breathing can be effected. It can be caused by Smoking, Drinking Beverages with caffeine (My case with hereditary), Drinking Beverages with Alcohol, Stress, Anxiety or can be Hereditary

      The good thing about G.E.R.D. is that it can be a temporary thing and can be cured. It is never a permit thing even if you end up with it for the rest of your life it has the ability to be cured.

      G.E.R.D. is caused by too much acid being created in your stomach. This can lead to or cause ulcers, esophagus damage, heartburn and/or damage in the mouth. . Other symptoms that can be found in a few cases are dizziness, tingling in limbs, numbness of Limbs, Chest/Back pain focused on the left side (in most cases), and shortness/difficulty breathing.

      WHAT NOT TO DO!!!!!!!!
      In most cases, stress is a factor to the reflux if you watch what you eat and reduce some of the stress it will help. If you watch what you eat for about a week you should find relief, if you do not then that is when you definitely what to listen to the doctor. Things to watch for are as follows:

      Fatty Foods
      Citrus Foods
      Foods That Contain Grease
      Fried Foods
      Chocolate (including any Coco)
      Caffeine
      Smoking
      Alcohol
      Tomato Based Products
      Lactose
      Roughage (Berries and Nuts)
      Onions

      WHAT TO DO!!!!
      The two foods that I recommend is Black strap Molasses and Raw honey. The apple is better for night time reflux while these will work for just about all of it. What you will do is take about a tsp. of whatever one you chose. Molasses being the better because of strength and nutrition, but must be use to the taste. What the substance will do is stick to the sides of the esophagus and do two things, one is heal and the other is protect.
      On the healing end, both substances have a healing property in them, and as they sit on the walls of the esophagus they will heal it. This is also helpful if you have a sore throat in the morning from refluxing.
      On the protection end, both substances are high in sugar and when acid that is refluxed comes up to that the sugar will neutralize it and it will not longer be a problem at that point.

      I would also look to putting Cinnamon and Ginger in you diet, they have been know to help with digestion and will help you reduce the amount of acid needed to brake down food, therefore causing you to reflux less.

  45. QUESTION:
    Stomach pain after eating?
    Ok, so sometimes after eating (especially when I eat seafood or wine) I get a really bad pain in the lower left side of my abdomen. It almost always happens when I got out to eat. Only once it happened at home. Has anyone else had this? Could I be allergic to these things. I know I should see a doctor, I've seen 3. First they thought I was pregnant (nope), then they said it was acid reflux (nope) , then they did an ultrasound because they thought it was my ovaries (nope), then I had a tube down my throught to check out my stomach. Nothing was wrong, they told me it was due to stress but I'm a lot less stressed out now and it still happens. So anyway, does anyone have any ideas on what is causing this?
    Thanks

    • ANSWER:
      It could be a number of things- IBD (irrittal bowel disease) not very serious by the way or it could ulcerative colitis,ileitis, diverticulitis,or chrons disease. Have a colonoscopy. If this is also negative then maybe you have strong sensitivity to some foods and you should avoid them. Hope this helps. By the way, your ileim in on the left lower side. GOOD LUCK!!!!

  46. QUESTION:
    anyone know about acid reflux? important question?please awnser quick will give 10 points.?
    i was eating chips and i swallowed it down with juice after it was all chewed up and i felt like it got stuck but im a hyprocondriac and i heard you can get food stuff when you have acid reflux and will have to rush to emergency room and get and endoscopy to get it pushed down to your stomache now im really scared cause my chest hurts but i do smoke and smoked alot today so not sure if thats y my chest is hurting please help. should i go hospital what will they do to see if there is anything?

    • ANSWER:
      First, calm down, and take a deep breath. It may be psychosomatic. Don't think much about it.

      If it still hurts after a while, to the point that you *think* you can't breathe, call for help.

      Just calm down, okay?

  47. QUESTION:
    Why can't I finish an entire meal and always feel sick after eating?
    I come from a family of over weight, over eaters. I only possess one of these qualities. I am over weight, but I do not over eat, in fact it seems I have the opposite problem. I have a twin sister who does not experience any of the symptoms I do concerning this. I was diagnosed with gastritis and acid reflux after being misdiagnosed with gallbladder problems (and having it removed) and being tested for Chrons disease. I get the typical HORRIBLE pains if I don't eat, but that is the only way I know I'm hungry. When I eat, it only takes a couple of bites before I'm full. It has been this way as long as I can remember (though the pain from the gastritis didn't start until about 5 years ago). After I eat, I always feel sick, I get really tired and it takes several hours before I feel ok again. I rarely throw up after but I feel as though I could. I also feel sick in the mornings, but I always assumed that was from the acid reflux. Breakfast is out of the question, combining the food sick and the morning sick is too much for me to handle. Thing is, when I lived in Japan, I almost never felt sick after eating and because their portion sizes were smaller I could finish an entire meal (most of the time). What could be causing this?
    I have seen several doctors for these symptoms. The first one tried to put me on an appetite suppressant to help me lose weight (I don't eat as it is, so I told him no thanks). The 2nd misdiagnosed me and took out my gallbladder and then he and the emergency room staff at the hospital in another city told me that the pain I was still feeling was in my head. The third was the first to ever actually suggest tests and a specialist! He thought I had chrons and it was during the testing for that, that they diagnosed me with acid reflux and gastritis. I used the medicine they suggested (only antacids) and they helped with the intensity of the pain between meals (the ones I get when I'm hungry) but all of my other symptoms stayed. I went back for a check up again with a different doctor in the same specialist office and once again they suggested I might have chrons even though I had done all the tests previously and it was ruled out. I stopped seeing that doctor. So....as you can see, I have

    • ANSWER:

  48. QUESTION:
    I get terribly sick after eating: help please?
    I have a history of an anxiety disorder -- undiagnosed, but I know I've suffered from ongoing anxiety for years -- that probably has something to do with it.

    Whenever I go to eat followed by being stressed, laughing, being nervous while being in a crowd, doing anything active like swimming or running, or if I eat too fast while doing any of the previously mentioned... I get sick. Sick to the point where sometimes, I feel like I need to go to the hospital. I get something like "super hick-ups," and this "mucus-like" stuff in my mouth -- almost like acid reflux. I salivate a LOT, and feel like I'm going to throw up occasionally, only I never do. The only way to cure the symptoms is to calm down -- to literally lay down and breathe slowly. Otherwise, it would persist literally for hours and hours without losing severity.

    I'd say it's just me not relaxing after eating, but that can't be right. You get a stomach-ache if you go swimming or running after a full meal. You don't get symptoms like these that are this severe, right? I don't know what's up, what's causing this or why. Does anyone have any opinions as to what this might be?

    • ANSWER:

  49. QUESTION:
    Wierd pains or soreness after eating sometimes?
    It's wierd I'm 25 years old and sometimes when I eat I'll feel really full early and well I'll burp and keep eating then I'll feel super stuffed when I ate a normal portioned meal. Then all day ill have a full feeling but my abdoman below my ribcage starts to feel sore like I've been doing situps all day. Like the way a muscle would feel. I do not have diareah and I don't goto the restroom much what is going on. I do have a history of acid reflux but I don't have heartburn when this was going on last meal that I can remember that caused it was a plate of penne alfredo.
    After one of these occur it lasts about 5 days of soreness then I'm fine ...
    Thank you

    • ANSWER:

  50. QUESTION:
    i have acid reflux problems. and trying to find a way to cure or help it please help?
    well... i have had this acid reflux now for two years, it all started three months after my daughter was born and she is two now.

    my throat burns all the time and it feels like i hav ulcers in my throat but they did a test that showed i had reflux problems but they said that i dont have ulcers.

    this is really painful, and like if i eat something rough it hurts my throat more, and if i dont chew my food good it hurts badly too plus when i eat too much.

    i have been on zantac for a year now, and im trying to wean myself off of it, but its making my symptoms worse. should i stay on my reflux mds? casue i also think that they are a reason why it is getting worse, cause maybe i dont have enough acid in my stomach to digest my food. i dont know... im so confused.

    can anyone help me with what i should do? or does any one lse xperience this.

    i hat acid reflux

    • ANSWER:
      I'm not quite sure why you were diagnosed with acid reflux. I've had it now for over 10 years. They (a specialist) continue to monitor my stomach by putting a scope down to check the stomach for ulcers, cancer and the damage that the acid itself can cause. A local is used for this. I have absolutely no problems with my throat, unless the acid or bile from the stomach starts to regurgitate and this heals in just a few hours. I have been on prevacid for many years now. This and nexium are the 2 best meds for acid reflex unless they have come up with another one recently. I think if I were you I would be getting a second opinion as soon as I could. Even your meds you take are mild and available to the public, no prescription is necessary. have you looked up acid reflux on the computer and may I suggest you do. I can eat pretty much anything and have never had any problems with my throat. Again, see another doctor. It's your health and you want to do everything possible to insure you keep it. Good luck and I hope this helps.


What Are The Symptoms Of Acid Reflux

Written By: admin - Sep• 02•12

Most people who suffer from Acid Reflux will particularly suffer at night, often causing them to have a lot of trouble sleeping and they are left feeling very uncomfortable.

Apart from the unpleasantness of the reflux symptoms, the effects of lost sleep over several nights can cause the sufferer to become very tired and totally miserable.

There are some steps y 00004000 ou can take to help ease the night-time Acid Reflux and decrease the occurrence of the symptoms.

  1. Take a look at your diet. There are certain types of foods that will trigger your acid reflux, these are likely to include spicy foods, very acidic foods, foods or drinks with a high sugar content. Consider moving to a healthier diet, this can help you to get a good nights sleep.
  2. Take your time when you eat, chew your food slowly and thoroughly.
  3. Drink herbal tea or water instead of sugary drinks.
  4. Keep the consumption of alcohol to a minimum
  5. Ensure that you don't overeat either, it is better to eat 4 or 5 small meals during the day and avoid a large dinner at night
  6. Eat fresh papaya / pineapple / root ginger to aid digestion
  7. Do not eat within three hours of going to bed.

The main reason that you experience reflux at night is because of your body laying down, where during the day your body is largely upright. The contents of the stomach will naturally go to the lower section of the stomach when you are sitting or standing, this keeps them well away from the junction of the stomach and esophagus. When you lay down the contents of the stomach can very easily come into contact with the junction of the stomach and esophagus and if the anti-reflux barrier is not functioning correctly, reflux can occur.
Elevate your bed higher at the head end, the incline will naturally encourage the acid to stay the stomach.

You can buy an adjustable bed, there are a number of motorized beds available. These beds allow you to quickly and safely adjust the height of the head of your bed, they are also great for watching TV in bed, reading books or eating in bed.

A low cost alternative to an adjustable bed is simply to place a couple of boards or bricks under the legs at the head of the bed, make sure that the bed remains stable with movement on the bed. Ideally the bed should be raised 4 to 6 inches.

Try using a thicker pillow or one that has been specifically designed just for acid reflux reduction. The pillow needs to raise your entire upper body, raising just your head will not be effective.

Research carried out has shown that lying on your left side while sleeping will also help to reduce the chances of Acid Reflux occurring, this is because of the junction between the esophagus and the stomach will be at the highest possible position.

If you regularly suffer from night time Acid Reflux then do something about it. Reflux is not hard to cure and you do not need to take antacids or other medication to cure it.

Everyone benefits from a good night sleep, don't let night time acid reflux take that away from you.

Acid Reflux is easy to cure, all you need is the correct knowledge. I have the knowledge and I would love to share it with you. After suffering from Acid Reflux for many years I discovered a way to totally cure myself without the use of any drugs, let me show you how you can cure yourself too.

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Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    What are the symptoms of acid reflux and How can you tell if you have it?
    Lately my throat has felt like its burning and acid-y. It also feels like I have to burp after I eat. Are these symptoms of acid reflux?

    • ANSWER:
      Patients with acid reflux often report suffering from nausea. In fact, nausea as a result of acid reflux is so common that when a patient experiences nausea with no apparent cause, a doctor usually suspects acid reflux as the culprit.

      Equally as common as nausea occurring from acid reflux is regurgitation. Regurgitation occurs when refluxed liquid actually backs up into the mouth. Sometimes, this liquid can contain food. When a patient regurgitates, they often experience a burning sensation as refluxed liquid and food bypass the UES (upper esophageal sphincter) and make their way into the mouth. This burning is often accompanied by an awful, acidic taste. If a patient continues to experience regurgitation, it can actually cause damage to their teeth as the acidic substance erodes the enamel that encases each tooth.

      Probably the most common reported complaint of acid reflux patients is the presence of heartburn. This is usually characterized as a searing pain in the chest. It can either begin in your upper abdomen or actually travel up to your neck. For some patients, this can be a cause for alarm. In fact, many people have mistaken painful acid reflux for a heart attack. Heartburn is especially prevalent after eating meals. Although heartburn usually goes away, the bad news is that it is usually a lifelong problem that will eventually return.

      Hope this helps...

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  2. QUESTION:
    Medical Diagnosis -> Symptoms: Acid Reflux and Bloody stool. What could it be?
    Medical Diagnosis -> Symptoms: Acid Reflux and Bloody stool. What could it be?
    A good friend of mine called me up the other day and she told me that about 2 years ago she was diagnosed with Acid Reflux disease, she said she went for an Upper GI and all and it confirmed it, she was put on Prevacid and when that didn;t work she began using Nexium, that put a stop to it after taking only 1/2 of the first perscibed bottle. Now she tells me she has found bood in her stool (fecies) and she is worried something may be wrong. I said "Julie you should see a doctor" but she said she was too embarrassed. What could she have? I looked around online with her and we didn't find anything, but the symptoms sound to me like a stomach ulcer or IBS or some other problem with her stomach or intestines. Does anyone know what she could have? Do you think it's serious? What do you know about it?

    • ANSWER:
      ulcerated collitus, it has something to do with your colon. My friend has this she has to get colonoscamys and take meds. sorry for the spelling those are hard words.

  3. QUESTION:
    What are the symptoms of Acid Reflux?
    What are the symptoms of Acid Reflux?

    • ANSWER:
      Basically, painful heartburn, which can occur at any time, but many people suffer it when lying down at night.

      Symptoms can differ; but mainly consist of nausea/sickness, burning pain (heartburn), especially after meals or on lying down. Sometimes relief from the pain is only obtained by making oneself sick.

      If you suspect you have this, then visit your doctor as soon as you can. It is easily cured, unless you are taking tablets which may cause this as a side-effect.

  4. QUESTION:
    What are all of the symptoms of acid reflux disease?
    Preferrably people who have acid reflux only please.

    • ANSWER:
      Heartburn more than 2 times per week and very severe, worse at nighttime, isn't helped much by OTC heartburn meds, and often accompanied by bad tastes in your mouth and sometimes even burping.

      Once in a while you might have an "episode" I don't know how else to name it. Your heart beats faster, your chest hurts, your palms get sweaty, and you feel like you're gonna have a heart attack, but it's actually acid reflux.

  5. QUESTION:
    Does anyone know the symptoms of acid reflux?
    i have been to the docter and he didnt know what it was? But i think its acid reflux. what are the symptoms of acid reflux?

    • ANSWER:
      sure i had it, The first and more noticeable symptom is the heartburn. You wake up in the middle of the night with a terrible burning sensation that starts by your upper stomach and can even reach your throrat. You can also develop a hiatal hernia, which means that the valve that keep the hydrochloric acid into the stomach is defective due to the same action of the acid and then there is a discomfort right where the ribs cage opens to the stomach. If you suspect that you suffer acid reflux there is something you can do to test (out of the gastroscopy test), put 1 or 2 inches high bricks underneath the upper side of your bed, in order for your body to sleep in an angle. The gravity will keep the acid in your stomach and you will feel immediate relief. You will wake up fresh and happy, then you know what you were missing. I was treated of hiatal hernia and reflux, got over it tks to this little advice my doc gave me.. opps i forgot something , antiacids are to be used only under pain to avoid extra burning of tissue during a crisis but not as treatment!!!! inhibitors of the proton pump are the right choice, but the bricks are the best! good luck

  6. QUESTION:
    what are your acid reflux symptoms?
    i was diagnosed with acid reflux, at first i thought it was something serious every month i get ecg and xray and all came out normal, i did that because of chestpain and sometimes a little heaviness on the left arm, anyway im only 25 years old and a filipina, and i thing acid reflux is not talked about much in my country thats why im keep on posting here aboiut my symptoms. im a hypochondriac and one of my doctors said that i should forget being anxious about this acid reflux and its symptoms, is acid reflux really like that, i mean it scares me evrytime i feel chestpain and eventhough i know that im ok, it really scares me, and im tired of being scared about it, i was relieved in a month , but 4 days ago, i got aLBM and it came back, the symptoms came back, how i wish i could rest my mind again from all these worries, please help do you also get this symptoms?

    • ANSWER:
      yes I have all of them and more and probably 1 in every 3 people over 25 get them to some extent, so you are not alone. Its not nice is it?

  7. QUESTION:
    What are the symptoms of acid reflux disease?

    How can you reduce the symptoms?

    • ANSWER:
      have apple or pineapple juice. thy sort your stomach out straight away. or black grapes before bed time and have warm water after it. constipation can cause i t, eating too fast can cause it too or just your metablism can do it. stress causes it. all sorts can bring it on. spicy food too etc. for some ppl milk works, for others, it makes it worse. depends which one of them u are.

  8. QUESTION:
    what are the symptoms of acid reflux?
    I think i have it cus i get a burning throat sometimes and my stomach feels weird and my chest hurts...are these symptoms of it?
    btw im only 16 but i used to have an eating disorder may it have caused it?
    thanks

    • ANSWER:
      quick internet search:

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Acid_reflux

      try searching for "Gastroesophageal reflux disease" or GERD, and you'll get more results.

  9. QUESTION:
    what are the symptoms of acid reflux in a newborn?
    I have a 1 month old baby boy. He has been spitting up every time he eat and when we lay him down he will sometimes spit up more than twice. We burp him after every ounce he drinks and at night he will wake up crying.
    he is drinking formula he drinks similac advance

    • ANSWER:
      spitting up, or just making an "urp" sound in the back of the throat"
      often arching the back and fussing while eating
      often seeming to gulp food

      1 month is the age where babies frequently become more efficient nursers, and for many of them, they are more swallowing faster than they can deal with, so they temporarily get reflux symptoms. These usually go away w/in a week as baby learns to deal with eating faster. If your son has just started doing this, that might be the cause.

      Some things you can do to help are avoiding clothing that is tight around the waist, burping well (as you are), feeding him sitting up (but not slumped forward, like babies can be in a bouncy chair), and elevating the head end of his mattress by placing a pillow or book under it.

      If this persists more than a few days, or your son is spitting up considerable amounts, or it frequently smells like vomit (ie, is coming from his stomach, not what he just swallowed), I would at least call your drs office and talk to a nurse; they can tell you whether your son needs to be seen right away or not.

  10. QUESTION:
    Please help me. Are these symptoms of acid reflux or something more severe?
    Well it has been going on for a few weeks. I get the chest pains occassionally, the stomach pains which are usually high up but they can be anywhere. And I get nauseas, occassionally, but It seems to go away, then return. I told my mom and she gave me an antacid that seemed to work but I'm not sure. She told me not to worry. But I dnt know, it's scary. I also had a virus that was a stomach virus and it lasted for about a week. Sometimes I also feel dizzy but that could be from pms or anything. What should I get for this? What will help me, or should I go to the doctor? Please answer. Also I'm 15, and a virgin so there's no chance thar I'm regnant lol. But I do think I have acid reflux bc I do get the occassionally bad taste in mouth and burps. Thank you soooo mch to anyone that answers! I sometimes feel like a gagging sensation in my throat too. Okay I'm done now lol

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  11. QUESTION:
    acid reflux symptoms?
    what are the symptoms of acid reflux, other than heart burn?

    • ANSWER:
      There are a number of symptoms of acid reflux, here are some of them
      - excessive saliva produced
      - frequent swallowing
      - burning in the throat or mouth
      - hoarse throat
      - increased asthmatic symptoms
      - erosion of teeth
      - bloating
      - yellow fluid or stains on you pillow in the morning

      Note, not everyone suffering from acid reflux gets heartburn

  12. QUESTION:
    What are the symptoms of acid reflux?

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  13. QUESTION:
    What are symptoms of acid reflux?
    I've had these stomache pains since Thursday, and it's Sunday, so it's been about four days. I've done a little research, but haven't been able to find what I'm looking for. If someone could help it would be wonderful, I have feeling it's acid reflux, but here are some credintials: I'm a 12 yr old girl, the pains have been constantly over where my stomache is, and it feels better when I eat and nap. Please help!! Thank you :)

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  14. QUESTION:
    what are symptoms of acid reflux disease?
    i've been having chest pains and heartburn for a month, first the doctor said it was bacteria in my stomach then the test came through and it wasn't so my mom thought it was something with my gall bladder but we didn't see any gall stones. so i'm wondering if i should ask if it could be a.r.d. but i want to know the symptoms first.

    • ANSWER:
      If you have chest pains and heart burn it sounds alot like acid reflux as these are classic symptoms, a member of my family suffered with it a while back.

      The symptoms include -

      * Burping
      * Nausea and vomiting
      * Change in voice or hoarse voice
      * Sore throat
      * Coughing or wheezing
      * Asthma
      * Chest Pain
      * Upper abdominal pain

      You can look at this site for more info... http://acidreflux-remedies.blogspot.com/

  15. QUESTION:
    What are some signs/symptoms of Acid Reflux Disease?
    I have awful heartburn at random times during the day, prominent when I run or exercise. painful stinging in back of throat.

    • ANSWER:
      Usually for acid reflux your body makes alot of acid, and you may feel kinda sick in the morning from this buildup. If you feel stinging in the back of your throat it could be from the acid coming from your stomach, it happens when the muscle in your esophagus does not close all the way thus letting acid come up, especially if you are laying down which can become serious since it can burn your lining of your throat inside. It would be a good idea to see a doctor because if it is acid reflux he can give you some medications. Good luck

  16. QUESTION:
    Are these symptoms of Acid Reflux? And what can I do about it?
    Every time I wake up in the morning I have this rancid taste/smell in my mouth.. I can barely eat any non-bland foods due to the heart burn factor. I cant stand this anymore all help is appreciated... Oh and during the day I burp up stomach acid...

    • ANSWER:
      Acid reflux is caused when your stomachs digestive acids make their way up into the esophagus. If you suffer from acid reflux on a regular basis, there is a chance that it may be the result of another more serious condition called gastroesophogeal reflux disease. See your doctor, and in the meantime take Myalanta effervescent tablets dissolved in water.

  17. QUESTION:
    What are the symptoms of Acid Reflux Disease (GERD)????

    • ANSWER:
      I've had it for several years. Symptoms vary with the individual. Mine mimicked those of a heart attack at first. Chest pain, pain in right arm, sudden, profuse sweating, light-headedness. I drove myself to the hospital, was kept overnight for observation, passed a stress test with no problems, nothing else was found. That's when acid reflux was diagnosed. Sometimes it's mere heartburn, but there are times, especially in the morning, when I suddenly feel lousy, tightness in my chest, I begin to sweat, but I don't panic anymore because I know that in a few minutes, I'll burp a couple of times and get rid of the gas that causes the symptoms, and then I feel just fine.

      Zantac works pretty well but I take it only when I get the symptoms in the evening, before bed.

  18. QUESTION:
    Symptoms of Acid Reflux?
    What are the symptoms of Acid Reflux in babies and can it start at any age?

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  19. QUESTION:
    What are the symptoms of acid reflux? What foods should I avoid? Or....what foods can I eat might be easier!

    • ANSWER:
      Symptoms--heartburn, regurgitation of acid, peptic ulcer-like pain, difficulty swallowing. All symptoms do not need to be present to have a diagnosis of acid reflux disease.

      The symptoms may, (or may not) be relieved when food is eaten. You should stay in an upright position for at least one hour after eating which may help decrease the symptoms.

      You should avoid greasy, fried foods. Other types of foods to avoid include spicy food & foods with tomato content--spaghetti, lasagna, pizza, goulash, etc. Try to stay away from pepper. Stay away from fruits with high acid content--lemons (lemonade), oranges (orange juice), etc. Stay away from soda & caffeine products. They increase acid production-as well as do cigarettes or other tobacco products.

      A bland diet is recommended--milk, cream, prepared cereals, gelatin, soup, rice, butter, crackers, eggs, lean meats, fish, cottage cheese, custards, tapioca, cookies & plain cake. Multivitamins may be needed to counteract the vitamins lost through a strict bland diet.

      Treatment is toward decreasing the acid in the gut produced from certain foods. The diet will help. A Dr would probably recommend meds geared toward reducing the acid. OTC meds are available such as Pepcid AC-Tagamet-and numerous others. Newer GI meds (by prescription only) includes an antibiotic with the acid reducer.

      Hope this info gives you some insight.

  20. QUESTION:
    symptoms of acid reflux?
    what are the symptoms of acid reflux? also how can you tell if you have an ulcer?

    my stomach has had this burning feeling for a while. i also have warm/hot saliva and the roof of my mouth becomes slimy and warm.

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  21. QUESTION:
    Symptoms of acid reflux & hiatal hernia?
    What are the symptoms, other than heartburn?

    I have been diagnosed with both, and just want to see what symptoms other people have experienced.

    I feel nauseous often (idk if it's because of the acid reflux and hiatal hernia though), feel like there's liquid trapped in the top of my abdomen, and feel like I have to burp but can't. I also feel alot of pressure in my throat at times and find it difficult to swallow, and I feel like something triggers my gag reflex. Does any of that sound familiar?

    (I'm trying to see if the symptoms I get ARE caused my acid reflux or my hiatal hernia, because I got my gallbladder taken out 2 weeks ago and that was supposed to take care of my nausea)

    Thank you.

    • ANSWER:
      I have bad acid reflux (i have already had an upper GI (a few months ago) and i had an endoscopy on friday (and don't have the results back). I feel nauseous very often, i can feel food and stuff come back up as if I'm going to puke but i never do, i get bloated very easily and very often, i have a lot of pressure in my lower and upper stomach, when i swallow food and drink i feel as if i take a big gulp of air with it. My symptoms always get worse with school (because of stress and scheduled eating and not eating) and sometimes when i exercise my chest and throat burn badly and i feel sick. I'm on nexium as of now but that may change when i get my endoscopy results.

  22. QUESTION:
    Treating 2 month old with Zantac for acid reflux, symptoms ?
    I've been treating my 2 month old for acid reflux with Zantac for one week now. Before we started the medicine he was awake for five or six hour periods during the day, sleep for 20-30 mins top about twice. Sometimes he would get in two hours at a time. Putting him down for the night was terrible. He fussed a lot and just couldn't calm down to go to sleep until after three hours or so. He was fussy throughout the day as well. He wouldn't take a pacifier either until this week. My son has been this way ever since we brought him home.

    Since starting Zantac and especially just the last two days. My son spends most of his time sleeping however he's not lethargic. He was awake for two hours this morning and four hours this afternoon. It's now 8pm and he's been sleeping since 6:30p. His eating has gone down some but is still eating good. Taking 4 oz bottles every four hours where before it was 4-6 ounces every 2-3hrs.
    This is my first child so I can only compare to his behavior from before and I had thought before was normal.

    So my questions are:
    Does his behavior change indicate that the medicine is working? Or should I be concerned and what is a normal day for a 2 month old?
    Thank you " hearts" for being a moron.

    For the record. I have a liquid form of Zantac which is a prescription from the pharmacy which required a script from a pediatrician.
    Wow! Seriously!?!?! SO GLAD THAT I ALREADY SAID THAT THE ZANTAC IS A PRESCRIPTION FROM THE PEDIATRICIAN. Apparently some of us responding don't know how to read

    • ANSWER:
      Ignore the stupid people. My son is on acid reflux meds too, and has been since about 2 months old. Babies sleep a lot. my friends kid sleeps about 12h at night and has 2-3 2h naps a day. Dr says as long as she is developing normally it is fine. I noticed my son started sleeping better once the meds had taken effect, though not super. Sounds like baby is eating ok. Talk to your peds dr but my guess would be as long as he is gaining weight, developmentally on track and such he is doing ok. It sounds like the meds are working. Congrats. Took us two different meds, a few trips to emerg (as he stopped breathing from choking on the acid that he brought up) and many different doses to have something that finally worked!

  23. QUESTION:
    Can acid reflux symptoms be confused with general anxiety?
    I had an intestinal blockage about 7 years ago. They basically had to pump my stomach and remove all of its contents and anything in the intestines. Shortly after that I felt everyday and ALL day a general feeling of anxiety. Everything in my life was going fine, but there it was...this ever present tension....really bad tension. I have been going to a psychiatrist for the past year and he has prescribed me lorazapam and diazepam along with a myriad of anti-depressants. While they anti-axiety meds seems to work temporarily even the max dosage the doctor would allow wouldn't get the me through the day.

    The only "medication" that help get rid of everything was kratom...but is can be very addictive and very expensive since it's not found at the local drugstore or pharmacy. Most doctors have no idea what it is.

    And most of the general public have never heard of it. It is a plant grown in South East Asia, and while it is NOT an opiate is acts like one, but is not as strong. However, the strongest form of kratom (Ultra Enhanced Indonesian) has the worst withdrawal symptoms...much like heroin.

    When I'm on kratom the anxiety and depression (though I really don't think I have depression...just a withdrawal from the "euphoria" from the kratrom) disappear completely....while it is active in the body.

    Strangely enough my question is whether acid reflux, which is something I think I got when I had my stomach and intestines pumped (with all of the acids flowing on my esophagus) can feel similar to anxiety? I never had acid reflux disease so I really don't know what it feels like, but if it is similar to regular heartburn, but lasting all day long, then maybe I should be treated for that and not anxiety?

    Any thoughts?

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  24. QUESTION:
    How long after you eat can acid reflux symptoms occur?
    I've had bad symptoms after I eat and throughout the night (like 4 a.m.) and I was considering that it might be acid reflux. Specifically, I feel sort of nauseated and uncomfortable after I eat (a normal meal, nothing too big or bad food) and then I feel sick during the night. Often I throw up very early in the morning. This occurs maybe once a week.

    Any suggestions, or insight? If this isn't acid reflux, does anyone have any idea what it might be?

    If this continues, I will go see a doctor, but I was just sort of considering things on my own first.

    • ANSWER:
      These symptoms need a specialist to get the proper diagnosis. You can try not eating things like chocolate, or anything with caffeine. These are hard on the stomach and digestion. This doesn't sound like acid reflux. That's a burning like in the esophagus area, like in the middle of the chest. It also occurs shortly after eating too. The nausea isn't normal to happen after eating either. These symptoms need attention from a GI doctor. Then you can not only find the cause, but start the treatment to. To be perfectly honest, this sounds allot like an ulcer starting, or some other digestive problem. Please see a specialist asap. Your doctor can refer you to one and when you make the appointment be specific and let them know these symptoms. Then they will give you the first available one, possibly that very day too. Good luck and God Bless

  25. QUESTION:
    Can not eating for a while cause acid reflux symptoms to occur?
    For around the past year or so I've acquired what seems to be acid reflux. The only time I can really feel it is if I haven't eaten for around 6+ hours. My throat burns and it feels like acid coming up my throat and into the back of my mouth. It's really unbearable, I hate it. So does not eating for an extended period of time worsen acid reflux symptoms or cause them to come on? Is there anything that helps with this? I don't eat if I'm not hungry and I work a lot so sometimes I forget to eat and then the burning comes back and stays for quite a long time.

    • ANSWER:
      I think so. Cause ive had acid reflux since i was a kid, and during times when I felt sick I was always told to eat bread or something. I always imagined the acid in my stomach soaking into the bread, cause i figured without the bread there's nothing there for the acid to soak into so it just eats at my stomach instead. (or in your case, you feel it in your throat, which can happen)

      I have no idea if thats how it really works, but thats how I picture it. So if my theory is somewhat correct, then yes, not having food in your stomach will cause the acid to bother you

  26. QUESTION:
    What are the symptoms of acid reflux in babies?
    Is spitting up always symptom? I had heard that acid reflux babies have projectile vomitting and spitting up.
    My 3 mth old son is very fussy much of the day and will spit up, but no more than your average baby does. I've always just been assuming its colic, but I've tried all the popular colic remedies and nothing seems to help. So I've just been wondering if he could be having some reflux.
    He was also born 6 weeks early...

    • ANSWER:
      Spitting up is not always reflux, and reflux does not always produce (visible) spit up. Projectile vomiting is not reflux. A baby born premature is more prone to have episodes of reflux. Symptoms vary but can include screaming when laying down, spitting up, irritability when eating, refusing to eat (usually in older children), arching of the back with crying, frequent hiccups, and "wet" burps.

      My boys were also six weeks early and suffer from reflux. They each started out taking 3 different medications and sleeping on an incline. At 7 months of age we are finally down to just Prevacid and that seems to have helped the most. Call your doctor and see what he/she thinks- the sooner you get your baby in, the more comfortable you can both be.

      Good luck :)

  27. QUESTION:
    Symptoms of acid reflux? Need help/suggestions?
    I believe I may have acid reflux, but I don't know. The doctor was checking for heart problems, but did not find any there, and I don't think she's a good doctor so I'm trying to find a new one (but until then) I would like to know others who have experienced any forms of acid reflux. What did it feel like, symptons, what did you go through? Chest pains? Trouble breathing? Anything you can tell me that was in your diagnosis.

    Cutesy/smart alec remarks won't be read and probably just forwarded onto Yahoo so don't bother, I need assurances and suggestions to help the diet and see if I may have similar problems as you- and yes I will be seeing a doctor ASAP.

    • ANSWER:
      You have my same issue! u need to see a GI specialist and they will give you a colonoscopy and an endoscopy! Which is actaully a simple procedure I have had 3 endoscopies and a bravo surgery in my esophagus and Im only 23! Ive had acid refluxz amongst many other digestive issues for years now! Sometimes acid can get into your lungs and that can cause an issue with breathing... It also can cause chest pain and discomfort as well! They will probably put you on a proton pump inhibitor if you do have at such as aciphex, protonix, nexium, etc! I had issues with nexium but protonix is nice... I have acid reflux so bad that I have to take 2 a day! Avoid.... Caffine, Alcohol, Cigs, Weed, Spices, Chocolate, Fried Food, etc! I could give you the whole lowdown on what you need to do but Ill leave that for your doctor! Unfortunatley the only way to diagnose it is through an endoscopy... They wqill sedate you (which is quite nice) and stick a long camera tube down your throat... Into your esophagus, stomach, and first part of the small intestines too look for erosions, etc! Acid Reflux is very common! Ok as for my diagnosis I found out that I have acid reflux, I once was diagnosed with a hiatal hernia, I was also diagnosed with Colonic Inertia, and Gastritis... I have been where you are you will get through this it is manageable... If you have any further questions feel free to ask!

  28. QUESTION:
    I'm 14, could acid reflux symptoms be caused by hormonal imbalance or something?
    Sometimes I feel really sick and other times I feel fine. My doctor diagnosed it as acid reflux about a year ago, but it randomly got bad so she made me have an endoscopy. They said everything looked fine, like I didn't even have reflux :/ they said I was lactose intolerant though, and I eat a lot of dairy, but today I've had no dairy and i feel like I could throw up and have a burning like the acid reflux, my my doctor said I didnt even need it. I notice it comes up terrible a few weeks before and after my period, so I was wondering if it could be hormonal or something? I'm going to see the gyno in a day, even though I'm 14 will she make me take birth control, cuz all those commercials on tv scare me cuz they say they can cause blood clots and stuff. What could be the cause? Could it be hormonal because I do have a very weird cycle (48 days, next period is 35, that cycle continues)

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  29. QUESTION:
    hey doctors....swollen ankles and acid reflux symptoms of what??
    for the last few months i have been getting acid reflux about 4-5 days out of the week really bad, now just the last week my ankles have been swelling, and i'm always tired. heres a little back ground incase it helps: i am a 22yr old female, i smoke about a pack a day (since i was 14yrs old), i'm 5'6" 160lbs, i have a sitting job, i dont workout, and im not on any medication. i had my thyroid checked not too long ago and it was fine....so what could this be? is it all even related?

    • ANSWER:
      The water retention maybe related to too much sodium in your diet or a kidney or heart problems. Acid reflux maybe your diet or digestion problems. See your doctor.

  30. QUESTION:
    Are these symptoms of Acid Reflux?
    Hi, I was wondering if anyone had any advice on my symptoms

    A few weeks ago, I went to the doctor becuase I had a constant burning in my stomach and it would kind of burn my chest, actually, it kind of felt sore more than it burned. He prescribed losec and gastro bismol, and they seemed to have helped a bit.
    But now, especially when I lie down or sit of too long, I get this weird feeling when I breathe. I feel like I'm breathing in through my nose, but I don't feel like I'm exhaling. If I breath in too much, my chest starts to hurt. I feel like there's pressure against the back/roof of my mouth, but I don't feel like I have some kind of sinus infection. And sometimes my throat starts to feel dry and sratchy and like there's a lump in it.

    Has anyone had this before? What did you do about it? I'm also suffering from some anxiety issues, so I don't know if that's contributing to it as well..

    • ANSWER:
      yup I have acid reflux I have all those symptoms and thats exactely why im still up at almost 2am. I hate it!!

  31. QUESTION:
    What are the symptoms of acid reflux and do i have it?
    here are my symptoms;
    - nausea, ONLY at night
    - burning sensation in throat
    - burping a lot
    - sleeping problems

    that is pretty much it, but how rare are the symptoms of it??
    because it was horrible last night, it started at about 11:30 and i had to walk around cuz the nausea was so bad until like 12:00 at night

    and the last time before that was 2 weeks ago, so does it sound like i have it?
    oh, and since i can remember, ive always eaten dinner right before going to bed, thats how my family does it... lol

    • ANSWER:
      Sounds like you do have acid reflux, also known as heartburn or GERD (gastro esophageal reflux disease). You can buy Prevacid which is over the counter, which will treat the heartburn. If it persists longer than 2 weeks after starting the Prevacid, you should go see a doctor for further treatment.

  32. QUESTION:
    Anyone have good advice on minimizing or removing the symptoms of acid reflux?
    I developed this condition (or what I believe it to be) of acid reflux after having the flu and never becoming "violently ill." Or, at least, that is my theory. It seems like I have had the same flu as 5 months ago. I know it sounds silly, but I am constantly thinking about my stomach, unless of course my mind is focused on other things. I am scared to eat certain food because of my fear of it not digesting properly and me getting sick. During the day, I feel nausuous up to the point that I eat something, and it is mostly relieved. Later, I will either feel either indigestion, lower neck pain, or both. Dizziness and fatigue after meals is also very common for me. Lighter meals help, but then I experience food cravings afterwards. It is hard to find a balance in how much to eat. I am constantly thinking about what I eat in relation to how I will feel later. I take zantac 150 per night, but I am sick of taking the medicine (I had taken 300mg per night for about 3 months, and had reduced it down to only 150 now). I am thinking about going down to 75 per night, and then eventually stop taking the medicine all together. The reason I don't stop taking the medicine is because I am afraid that I will wake up in the middle of the night choking on acid. This has never happened before, but the following morning I get some throat pain and heartburn in my lower neck if I don't take my Zantac. So please, any suggestions on what steps I should take to eliminate this condition? I want to get back to the point where I am not afraid to eat foods that probably wouldn't even harm me in the first place! I have even had an Upper Endoscopy and they found nothing! Could this be all psychological?? I appreciate your input.
    I do that and I sleep on my left side... anything else? should i talk to my doctor before switching medicines or is that unnecessary?

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  33. QUESTION:
    I want to know if these are symptoms of Acid Reflux or High Cholesterol or both...I'm worried for my dad. HELP?
    He is a very hard headed man. I tell him to get checked out but he just won't listen. Well lately when he eats food. He says that it feels like his food is trying to come back up and it ain't food it's is the "oil/grease" from the food that he ate. There has been times when he sleeps at night and he will wake up and its like something blocks his airways and he can't breathe he gasps for air in a panic,until he breathes ok.What can it be?

    • ANSWER:
      The regurgitating feeling could be acid reflux, but I'm really not sure about the breathing. He could have sleep apnea or an asthma condition. He definitely needs to get to his doctor for a complete physical exam. Men can be very stubborn about seeing a doctor, even if they are not feeling well. Insist on it, and tell him you love him and want him to be around for a long, long time. Make an appointment for him, and go with him. Good luck! I hope you're successful, and that everything turns out okay.

  34. QUESTION:
    Do I have Acid Reflux or what is it?
    I have many of the symptoms of acid reflux, including the sensation of water in my throat, which makes me feel like I'm going to vomit sometimes. It gets worse when I lay down, and it gets worse when I eat spicy and fatty foods along with citrus fruits. I have been told that acid reflux can include pain in the stomach region or chest region, however, before I found out that I had acid reflux I had sharp, pressure-like pains right underneath my ribs (my mom said that's where the intestines are). Is it acid reflux or what is it? The doctor diagnosed me with it but they didn't take any tests or anything; they just assumed that's what I have because I have similar symptoms, and said I'm probably just under alot of stress and that I don't need to take any tests :-. Another thing I noticed is that I usually have a mixture of nausea and heartburn, and the feeling of having a full stomach hours after eating. Thanks, all help appreciated!

    • ANSWER:
      It sounds more like a hiatal hernia than acid reflux. I think docs are diagnosing everyone with acid reflux because now there are drugs for it. Ask your doc if he can check for a hiatal hernia. It's when a small portion of your stomach squeezes through the diaphragm where your esophagus goes through. It can feel like you're really full all the time or like you're starving all the time or it can hurt right under the breastbone. One easy thing to try is drink 2 or 3 glasses of water so your stomach is really full and heavy then bounce so the weight of the water pulls the stomach back down. It can really help and if it does that's a good clue to tell your doctor, My chiropractor gave me that tip so when it really hurts there's something you can do yourself.

  35. QUESTION:
    Can you have acid reflux without heartburn?
    I am planning on seeing my doctor, but lately I've been having trouble falling asleep because of what I think may be acid reflux. The symptoms are very subtle. I have either no heartburn, or very little heartburn. I usually experience the feeling of acid coming up right as I'm about to lose consciousness (half asleep). If I'm laying down fully awake, no problems. It's only when I'm about to fall asleep. It also doesn't seem to wake me up when I am asleep.

    Also, must an endoscopy always be performed to diagnose this?

    • ANSWER:
      The type of night time acid reflux is not uncommon. It can be a dangerous condition so you should take it seriously. However, there are may steps that you can take without needing to see a doctor:

      Here are a few helpful tips:

      1. Don't eat within 2-3 hours of bed time.
      2. Don't drink alcoholic beverages within 6 hours of bed time.
      3. Take an antacid such as Tums or Rolaids before bed.
      4. Consider an acid reducer such as Zantac before bed.
      5. Put blocks under the head of your bed to raise it 4 inches.
      6. Avoid Caffeine 6-8 hours before bed time.

      regarding the endoscopy, I think the answer depends on your doctor. I was treated with medication for years before I had to have an endoscopy done.

  36. QUESTION:
    Has anyone had the bravo test for acid reflux?
    well ive been living with symptoms of acid reflux for a year now, i only get an attack probably once a month ive been taking protonix and it doesnt seem to help, so i went and seen my specialist today and he scheduled me to get the bravo test done. my only concern is he said that he will sedate me, and my question to you guys is if you have had this done do you remember what happened or do you realize its going on? ive never been sedated before so this is all new to me if anyone could help id appreciate it.. thanks..

    • ANSWER:
      I used to get heartburn every day, and then my doctor perscribed Prilosic. I really like it, it stops all the heartburn but I get sore throats all've the time.

  37. QUESTION:
    What can I give my 6 week old for acid reflux RIGHT NOW!!!!????
    My baby is screaming and has every symptom of acid reflux but the pharmacy is closed. Is it o.k. to give her milk of magnesia? HELP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • ANSWER:
      NO DO NOT GIVE A BABY THAT NEW ANY MEDICATION WITHOUT DISCUSSING IT WITH HER DR.

      PLACE ER ON HER TUMMY AND RUB SMALL CIRCLES ON HER BACK... OR PLACE HER IN A VIBRATING CHAIR SO SHE IS SITTING UP RIGHT AND LET IT VIBRATE... THIS WILL HELP CALM HER...

  38. QUESTION:
    Symptoms???
    Im looking for a different opinion of that of my doctor. I'd just like to know if someone is presenting symptoms of acid reflux, heartburn, chest pain, nausea, slight wheezing, some difficulty swallowing, gas, bloating. What would the diagnosis be.

    Just asking because these are all symptoms i've had since May last year and im only now being given a barium meal despite going to doctors twice a week practically and being put on loads of different pills.

    • ANSWER:
      ok acid reflux will cause heartburn which will after a long time cause chest pain nausea, gas bloating now the swallowing i think is the acid has burnt your throat it can cause a slight wheezing you still have acid reflux.

  39. QUESTION:
    acid reflux problems?
    i have what seems to be acid reflux. a burning sensation and tingling or tghtening around the center of my tummy with somtimes dry heaving. but i have a few symnptoms that do not seem like acid reflux symptoms. somtimes my heart will start pounding and beating fast. and my whole body will get weak and prickly like feeling. somtimes i vomit soon after wich the fast heart rate usualy stops soon after. is rapid heartrate and weakness symptoms of acid reflux or should i be worried?

    • ANSWER:
      i've had acid reflux forever!!!!!!!! but, i have never heard of weakness and rapid heart rate .........i don't think that is related! check with your doc!

  40. QUESTION:
    I'm not sure what these symptoms are...perhaps acid reflux?
    I tend to have a bit of a "weak stomach" I guess you could say, but for the past year it's gotten very bad. I think it MIGHT be acid reflux, but I'm not sure. Here are the symptoms and if anyone knows a lot on the topic, please let me know:

    --after eating anything remotely greasy, my chest starts to burn and stomach begins to hurt...more often than not I am forced to throw it back up (sorry for the graphics) because it's the only way to get my stomach to stop hurting

    --often times if i eat anything even more than an hour before I go to bed, I'll wake up either in the morning or in the middle of the night with the same problem listed above....an incredibly bad stomach ache and the need to throw up.

    --a lot of times after I eat I go into these "fits" where I CANNOT stop belching...over and over. it's like there is an enormous pressure in my chest/stomach, and belching brings the only relief...this could last for an hour.

    is this acid reflux, some other disorder, or just a very weak stomach?

    • ANSWER:
      It definitely sounds like GERD (acid reflux). Pls see a dr so you can have a scope done. They give you a sedative and put a teeny camera down your throat.

      This will tell them if you have esophagitis, which can lead to esophagus cancer if untreated. Esophagitis occurs when the stomach acids come up the esophagus.

  41. QUESTION:
    Is this a Acid reflux symptom?
    ok ...I have Light Green Phlegm in my throat that I can cough up every now and then..but most of the time I have in stuck in my throat..I had this problem for years. I was on antibiotics for a chest infection..cause he heard a little wheezing..didn't go completely away i am still alittle phlegmy so went back to the same clinic..different doctor..didn't listen to my chest just asked what colour was my snot..I thought she meant like boogers..like the ones u pick but I think she meant runny SORRY for tmi lmao.so anyways I said Green.so she now thinks its a sinus infection and Im on ANOTHER antibiotics...so yea..IF anyone has acid reflux..do u have green phlegm? and what are other symptoms?

    I heard Acid reflux could cause cancer eventually so Im absoultely paranoied cause well im a hypochondriac lol...please any advice

    thanks

    • ANSWER:
      check wikipedia

  42. QUESTION:
    I have severe acid reflux and wish to be DQ'd from the army?
    I recently joined the army forces in cyprus a few months back, its easy to cope with however just before joining I was diagnosed with severe acid reflux from my doctor, due to various symptoms I had and was eventually suspicious of having GERD.

    The issue is, i've felt worsening symptoms that I never really had as much before the army, such as increased dyspepsia and dysphagia at times. I have been on Nexium 40mg medication from my doctor who also suggested a proper diet (Which i've tried to manage as much as I could, however I feel that before enlisting I had no diet whatsoever and had felt a lot better), but my reflux is chronic and as far as I know its quite hard to cure, and for me, curing my GERD is extremely important, not only for my health but also my future, since I am a musician and a singer, who plans on studying music and theater, however in the past few weeks ive had almost no voice at all, and it is a really degrading feeling. I also had bronchitis which is slowly fading away, but I still get the cough from now and then. As far as i'm aware this is also an acid reflux symptom.

    I wish to be DQd and start my treatment properly rather than trying to maintain some diet balance in the army, while generally experiencing my symptoms during training, however the army officials are really negligent towards my situation and tell me that Acid Reflux is not a disqualifier and that it is not too serious of an issue since alot of people have it (yeah, doesnt it depend on the severity of it though?!) As far as I'm aware and did my research, in the US Military for example according to AR 40-501 acid reflux is a disqualifier, therefore it is a proper issue.

    The army here suggests "post-poning" my service for 6 months (But even that is debatable they said), however I do not wish for that, since it is a waste of time for me and a hindrance for my future.
    I really need to deal with this, get out, treat it (I believe in treating it, because I have to. Im an ambitious person and a dedicated singer) and focus on my future.

    Is there anything I could do to emphasize my condition more to the officials? Should I print the section from AR 40-501 and also use it as backup? I really don't know what to do.

    • ANSWER:

  43. QUESTION:
    Do I have Acid Reflux?
    How can I be sure that I have acid reflux? Every once in a while, I will be sitting around, when suddenly, I get a burning stinging fluid in my mouth, and then it goes back down. What are the symptoms of acid reflux? How could I be sure about it?

    • ANSWER:
      It may be. I'm not a doctor or anything but I used to have acid reflux and the same thing used to happen to me. I also got heartburn. I think there are different extremes of it, but for me they told me to stop eating acid-contained food like pizza, spaggheti, or even mints. Also, no pop (or soda for non-michiganders). You may want to try an acid-free diet for a while and see if it keeps happening.

  44. QUESTION:
    acid reflux?
    what are the symptoms of acid reflux? and if you have it, what can you do to stop it?

    also is it genetic, and does drinking aclohol make it worse?

    • ANSWER:
      it can be genetic but i think in most cases it is due to the eating habits that are inherited. We tend to inherit diseases because we learn to eat from the same people who learned the same habits from people who also had those diseases. Anything that is not pure food; veggies and fruit and whole grains, can give you acid reflux. It is a hot burning feeling in your throat or can cause chest pains, heartburn, in your chest and an indigestion feeling in your solo plex. This tends to be strongest at night and is aggravated by water more than anything else. Propping yourself up at night can help or sleeping upright but if you have this it should be treated properly. If an over the counter reflux med doesnt work, get some zantac. You can't let this go untreated. You could burn a hole in you esophagus.

  45. QUESTION:
    Acid reflux question (Prilosec OTC)?
    I have been taking Prilosec OTC (Proton Pump Inhibitors) for a year and 4 months to treat symptoms of acid reflux. I ingest one (1) 20mg dose daily to treat symptoms including sore throat and burning sensation in throat. Over the last few weeks, I have been encountering additional symptoms that include chronic cough, throat irritation, and Laryngospasm (feeling like one can’t catch one’s breath), and Continual Throat Clearing. I have researched these symptoms and concluded that I may have laryngopharyngeal reflux (LPR). Do to this I have a series of question to ask below for assistance:
    •Are there any long term effects of taking Prilosec OTC? I have researched and discovered they may cause osteoporosis in the future. I take calcium citrate to attempt to offset signs of osteoporosis. Is this the correct thing to do? Is there any other long term effects? (i.e.cancer etc.)
    •Are there any home remedies (things I can do) to completely cure Acid reflux and laryngopharyngeal reflux (LPR)? Currently I am unemployed and do not have any medical insurance so if there is anything I can do at home or buy over the counter to relieve this it would be a great help.
    •Would this problem require me to have any type of surgery if left untreated for an extended period of time? (can this be fixed without surgery) How long would this have to linger to force surgery?
    •I have not been having a great diet I eat what I want and drink alcohol (once a week) so this might be the root of all this but over time I don’t want to get really sick from this.
    •Is acid reflux common?
    •Anything else you can tell me to prevent this from getting serious or requiring surgery.
    Thank you for your time.

    • ANSWER:
      Okay, throw away the acid blocker stat! New FDA black box warning on all PPI acid blockers is that they increase the risk of fractures and also they suggest only take 3 times a year for 14 days each....this is about time! The damage taking acid blockers long term is heart failure among hundreds of other effects.

      If you have a bit of spare change, go to the health food store and purchase digestive enzyme supplements. Not sure how much they cost, but here in Australia they are about for 90 tablets so this is good value. Digestive enzyme supplements are so amazingly effective i can't begin to tell you! If you do have acid reflux from the H Pylori bacteria you will need antibiotics to get rid of it. My mother suffered from GERD and LPR for 5 years and now has neither (after a few weeks!) from only taking digestive enzyme supplements before each meal. Now if you haven't any money for digestive enzymes, try apple cider vinegar (with the mother in it - stringy bits that contain digestive enzymes). All raw foods contain enzymes so eating cooked, processed foods and not chewing thoroughly all put a strain on your stomach and pancreas. I'll add some great websites to check out. Here is to your good health.

      Side effects of acid blockers:
      http://refluxdefense.com/heartburn_GERD_articles/side-effects-antacids-and-acid-blockers.html

      Reflux and H Pylori:
      http://h-pylori-symptoms.com/heartburn-is-not-caused-by-excess-acid/

      Digestive enzymes:
      http://www.natural-indigestion-relief.com/acid-reflux-remedies-digestive-enzymes.html

      Apple cider vinegar:
      http://www.articlesbase.com/medicine-articles/interested-in-the-apple-cider-vinegar-acid-reflux-home-remedy-413860.html

      How stomach acid works:
      http://www.jonbarron.org/weight-loss-program/03-12-2007.php

  46. QUESTION:
    Acid Reflux?
    What are the symptoms of Acid Reflux??

    • ANSWER:
      I have been dealing with this discomfort for around 14 years. The most common symptom of GERD is hearburn. However, since that word is used a lot today, it is a little vague for a full diagnosis of GERD. The typical symptoms of acid reflux can include: food regurgitation ( chewed food coming into the mouth - don't confuse this with nausea/vomiting ), a burning acidic sensation in the throat, and water wash (feels like saliva coming into the mouth). I have personally experienced a lump sensation in the throat ,which is known as Globus Sensation. These symptoms usually occur the worst after eating the biggest meal of the day, which is usually dinner. If symptoms like these occur frequently, the best thing that someone could do is to eat smaller meals throughout the day. Also, it is important to limit your fluid intake. In addition, antacids might help such as:Tums, Mylanta, and Gavison. There are also Histamine blockers ssuch as Zantac, which can help alleviate the symptoms and prevent esophageal damage.

  47. QUESTION:
    Do I really have acid reflux, because I have no heartburn only nausea?
    Do I really have acid reflux, because I only feel nauseated and have no heartburn?
    The only symptoms of acid reflux that I have is nausea and feel like I'm going to vomit that's it, and I do not have any heartburn. My stomach feels like it has something bad in it. Maybe it is acid because the area that feels bad is the top part of my stomach meets the esophagus. And also I have this bubbly cheesy saliva(I know it sounds gross. It is.).

    I'm 22 year old male

    I don't smoke or drink a lot
    Im not gluten intolerant because I eat cereal all the time

    The doctor only told me the I had gastritis and possibly Gastro-esophageal reflux disease ( basically acid reflux) and prescribed Prevacid. the Prevacid didn't really help. Some days I feel fine and have 2 or 3 months of relief. And now I've been feeling this way about a month and a half. So I don't know what's the deal. I'm thinking about buying health insurance again so I can see a doctor, but if all doctors are going to do is prescribe me Prevacid, then I don't see what's the point. So could someone give me some input on this.
    I had an endoscopy performed. the only thing the doctors said was that I had gastritis (inflammation of stomach) and the top of my stomach and esophagus was inflamed. They never said why.

    • ANSWER:
      Has your doctor done a celiac blood panel? because the ONLY way to know if you are gluten intolerant is to actually have the blood work or the endoscopy done. Just because you eat cereal doesn't mean you are not gluten sensitive or intolerant, it just means you are able physically to open your mouth, chew, and swallow cereal. Nothing more, nothing less. Many celiacs have gastric issues, some do not, some have absolutely no symptoms and it is discovered because of brittle bones or a relative gets diagnosed. Don't fool yourself, you can not rule out celiac just because, "you eat cereal".
      That being said, it is time to go back to your doctor. You need to be be re-evaluated. Prevacid may or may not be the best med for you, and to decide if they need to do further testing since you are not finding relief (ruling in/out H Pylori comes to mind).
      Good luck, make a call to your doctor. If you have not seen a gastroenterologist yet (depending on your insurance) you may want to ask for a referral.

  48. QUESTION:
    GERD/Acid Reflux problems...?
    I have had severe symptoms with acid reflux. At times I wake up with a fluid coming out my nose and sometimes I wake up with the sensation of drowining and then I'm in the bathroom trying to cough the burning sensation out of my throat.

    I am on nexium 40mg daily. I take it at 3pm and eat my last meal at 4:30pm. The thing is that I go to bed around 10pm and still wake up with these symptoms that really hurt and interrupt my sleep. There are times I am chewing tums, eating a few crackers, drinking pepto or even downstairs drinking straight out the milk jug just to get some relieve and nothing helps. I stay away from spicy foods/carbonated bevereages and like I said I eat my last meal at 4:30, sometimes 5 but go to bed 5--6 hours later and still have this problem.

    I have taken many prescribed meds, and the little purple pill (nexium) doesnt even help anymore. Do you think that surgery for this might be my only option? If so, what are the pros/cons to it.

    Thanks, and sorry this was so long. I just cant take it anymore.
    BTW..... I am 37 years old

    • ANSWER:
      I had GERD for 12 years... seemed like I tried EVERYthing... until my GI doc put me on a brand new (FDA-approved in Jan '09) med called KAPIDEX. I figured it would work just as well (or NOT well) as the rest... but she was right... it's like a miracle drug! I haven't had heartburn in months! it's also good for treating erosive esophagitis.

      as for surgery... it depends upon your age. I'm only 27 and my doc said they won't do it until you are older. she also said that while the surgery is initially very effective, that there is a high likelihood of it reversing itself (i.e. "slipping"). my friend is 41 and he just had the surgery a few months ago, but it was more for his voice than for the actual reflux. he definitely has less heartburn, but it's not all gone... so it's definitely not a miracle cure.

  49. QUESTION:
    Are my symptoms like that of having too much stomach acid?
    I started to get so nauseous yesterday that I couldn't stand up for more then a few minutes. The only other time this has happened in my life was when my gall bladder quit working and when I had the stomach flu. I went to the Dr. yesterday and after feeling my stomach I started crying because of the pain. She said I needed to go home and take ant-acids because I have too much stomach acid and that my anxiety was messed up (as I have had to take medicine for anxiety but the 3 times I was given it 2x ended up being because I was really sick such as I needed my gall bladder taken out as it didn't function and the other I had some very serious side effects to some medicine). I always thought that when you had too much stomach acid you would have symptoms like acid reflux/heart burn/gas/bloating so on. I was pregnant from March - Dec of last year and much of what I'm feeling feels NOTHING like the 'acid reflux' I had back then. I feel so sick to my stomach that I may get sick at any moment (24hrs a day), I have to cancel with my clients at work, and I have some horrible stomach rumbling and cramps, plus some pain below my pelvis (all things I mentioned except the stomach rumbling as that just started today), and else then a bowl of cereal yesterday (@5am) and some yogurt I forced myself to eat at 7pm I can't eat anything and just thinking of food makes me feel worse (this seriously reminds me of the stomach flu only without the throwing up).
    Just wondering if maybe my Dr is correct or if I should go back and try and see someone else in the practice - I just hate to keep spending on co-pay and give Dr. a reason to keep saying "See you keep coming back it's your anxiety" as I've been told that before going to see someone else and realizing I needed surgery.

    • ANSWER:

  50. QUESTION:
    What is the typical age of onset for Acid Reflux? What are the symptoms and whatr are the best treatments?
    Any thoughts? Any info?

    • ANSWER:
      They are giving babies acid reflux meds now (silly), and it depends on how you live your life, how well you care for your body, the foods you eat and family history, they is not a typical age. When you get it, you get it. Look for things in your eating habits that might be making it worst or causing it all together, wine is a big one (sadly)


What Can I Eat If I Have Diverticulitis

Written By: admin - Sep• 02•12

In order to eliminate your Candida issue, you need to change your diet - whether or not you use medications. Why? Because medication only treats your symptoms. Once you finish your medication, the Candida issue will arise again. Medication does not treat the underlying cause.

A lot of advice given about Candida is to starve it of sugar - and thus cut out Fruit or reduce fruit considerably in the diet. This, however, is bad advice. Yes, if you eat lots of fruit this will exacerbate the Candida, but the sugar in the fruit is not the cause and not the reason that the Candida is made worse.

Sugar is very good for you in fruits. Sugar will pass quickly from your blood into your cells to feed them. It is when we have a diet of excess fat that the fruit in sugar exacerbates the Candida issue.

You see, fat is very hard for our bodies to digest and can take 12-24 hours to do so. As a result, the fat stays in our blood, so when you eat some fruit, the sugar from this cannot pass through the blood into the cells because the fat stops it. The sugar sits in your blood.

Candida feeds on this blood - it does so to bring the dangerous levels of sugar in your blood down, but by doing so the Candida population overgrows (Candida is a form of yeast that exists naturally in everyone. It is normally harmless and is simply present in the body for times like this!). As the American diet is very high in fat, the Candida continues to feed on the sugar and causes all sorts of problems in the person - infections, tiredness etc.

The only way to stop this cycle is to reduce the fat in our diets to around 10% of our caloric intake. This is the only way that we can eliminate our Candida outbreaks/problems.

Medication doesn't offer a complete solution - only relief from symptoms for a little while. To stop the recurring outbreaks, we must change our diet and reduce the fat. It is only then we will be free completely of Candida issue!

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    Diverticulitis - Diet to eat and Live Life - Normal Diet Do's and Don't?
    Well here we go i was diagnosed 2 days ago. And cant find details online to the answers I want. If you have any information not found on the first 2 pages of google and actually can answer my questions of stuff people with this condition need to read. like Ketchup? Onion Soup? Steak? Chicken? Fast Food and more. Think you can help. HELP! This will be a great resource for information with people that have and need help with a Divertiulitis Diet.

    Well here we go these are my real questions:

    can I have Ketchup? Mustard? Honey Mustard? BBQ Sauce? Mayo?

    Cheese? Cheddar? Mozz?

    What types of Yogurts (brand) When they say no seeds in it does that even mean some yogerts have seeds.. funny i never remember picking that out. Today i got a cherry yogurt and that had skin in it. So can I eat that? Do i need to strain it?

    What type of fruits? Anything as long as no skin or Pits?
    What if it had pits and i just didn't eat them?(Peaches, Seedless watermelon)

    Spices? Pepper?

    Can I have soups?
    French Onion?
    Brocolli Cheddar

    Ice Cream?
    Can I have it? What Types? Toppings?

    I found this website: http://www.everydiet.org/diet/diverticulitis#diet
    it has more info than anything i could find so much

    What can I eat at any fast food places?

    KFC, Checkers, Tacobell, Micky D's, Burker King, Panera Bread?

    What can I Order when I:

    goto a steak house?
    goto a burger joint?
    goto a french place?
    goto a Sushi place?
    goto a Italian restaurant?
    goto a pizzeria?

    Here is my problem. People tell me there is life after diagnosis. Well with this questions answered ill be on my way. Is there a book that can help me out?

    • ANSWER:
      Stop freaking out! You just have to limit the amount of seeds you eat. So if something has seeds, don't eat it!

  2. QUESTION:
    If you have Diverticulitis, what do you eat that helps the pain go away?
    I'm on antibiotics and a "low residue diet", I know the routine. But, this is my 5th attack in the last year. I'm supposed to be leaving on vacation tomorrow morning and starting day 3 of the antibiotics today. I'm still in a fair amount of pain. I'm worried about being on an airplane and having to wear clothing with a waste band (living in PJ pants the last two days) : (
    I was hoping someone would suggest a few things I could try adding (or taking away?) to my diet today that would help the soreness heal sooner? I think the antibiotics are actually working but the soreness remains.
    There is probably nothing new you can share with me that I might not already know or have been trying, but if there is just one tip that I haven't tried, it's worth asking.

    Note that my GP is sending me back to the gastroenterologist when I'm home from vacation for follow up as this attack is the 3rd one since the end of January. I am getting care.

    • ANSWER:
      Besides maintaining a healthy diet with plenty of fruits and veggies, I'd recommend looking into AloeElite natural supplements to help relieve the pain. A friend of mine suffers from diverticulitis and was lucky enough to avoid surgery thanks to AloeElite.

  3. QUESTION:
    How necessary/urgent is it to see a doctor about possible diverticulitis?
    I don't have health insurance or any money, so I only go to the doctor if I'm about to die. Last night I had severe throbbing, sharp pains in the lower left side of my abdomen, right above my hip bone. The pain was so bad I felt like I had to hold my breath. Today it is still happening, but it doesn't hurt nearly as bad. It's just sort of annoying today. I looked it up and diverticulitis seems to have the most accurate description even though I am only 20 and I am not overweight. Should I avoid eating/drinking what I ate/drank yesterday? If it is diverticulitis, how dangerous is it to leave it untreated? Should I avoid alcohol? How can I alleviate symptoms at home? I can deal with the pain, I can't deal with ridiculous medical bills!

    PS-I've read almost every article about this on medical websites, please don't copy/paste that crap. I want personal advice, not regurgitation of something webmd came up with.

    • ANSWER:
      Medical Discount Plan
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  4. QUESTION:
    very mild pain in lower right abdomen, diverticulitus? super bad cause for concern?
    Okay... I AM A BIT OF A HYPOCONDRIAC!
    but...
    I have been plauged with a bad stomach forever, but this is worrying me.
    someone suggested i have diverticulitis, as if i eat rough foods (nuts with shells, anything like that) and i do not eat enough fiber and water i have very bad problems going to the bathroom.

    Recently, after taking on sunflower seeds at work (they are in the shell, i was using my teeth to take them out the shell etc) i noticed that i had a mild tenderness on my right side... this happened two years ago, and has happened before, but never ever stabbing pain, just a dull throb, chances in consistency of bowl movements etc.

    the dull pain hardly hurts, and its located almost right on my pelvis bone. its not intefering with my daily routine and does not hurt, is just a little sore if i press against it, and its very specific as well.
    my back is sore, but its sorta always sore. joint pain, i figure can be a sign of the season and weather changing, and i am 30 now so maybe this is just what happens to joints.

    i have read that a flare of diverticulitis can be crippling. this is just a sorta nagging pain that doesnt even stab.
    i have felt a bit nautious (sp?) but have an appetite, which is good...

    does anyone have any any ideas? please help out here, i CANNOT afford a doctor now, and i am aware that appendicitis can be a killer but these do not have the qualities of a flare up...

    please help lend your opinion!

    • ANSWER:
      suck it up and poop it out youll be fine in a day or two

  5. QUESTION:
    What can I eat and not eat with IBS?
    I saw new doctor today, and I was very pleased with how my visit went. After nine months of struggling to find the reason for my mysterious stomach pains, I now know that I have IBS.

    Thing is, I am not really sure what I can eat! Foods are apparently a huge deal when it comes to diverticulitis or IBS. I have looked at several sites over the last few hours, but it seems that they mostly contradict one another.

    Will anyone who suffers from IBS or knows a great deal about it, please tell me what are some safe foods to eat, and some that I should avoid at all costs!(I keep hearing dairy needs to be cut out completely... is this really true? I don't know if I can do that haha)

    • ANSWER:
      I used to have IBS and the foods that I still avoid are: fatty, oily, especially those that have a lot of butter or animal fat in them and deep-fried foods. I react badly to butter and cheese, so I take dairy products only in small amounts.

      Foods that are helpful are: whole grain cereals and breads, fish (steamed or boiled), veggies, fruits.

      You must also avoid cold drinks, ice-cream and very acidic drinks.
      Eat a few slices of green apples a day, and if you have the time, stew an apple and eat it -- it really helps.
      Add pepper to your soups, and ginger to your cooking, they help digestion.
      Vit B complex also help in digestion.

      For myself, I also sought the Lord in prayer and now I am almost completely free of the problem.

      Be blessed

  6. QUESTION:
    What can be done if you have diverticula throughout your colon?
    I had a colonoscopy done and found out I have extremely large diverticulum thoughout most of my colon. I've been hospitalized several times for severe bouts of diverticulitis, but have been unable to get any answers to "what now?" or "how can it be treated or "fixed"?" The only thing I'm told is eat fiber and don't eat nuts, seeds or corn. Is there a "fix" for this?

    • ANSWER:
      That is the fix for it. Get your 40 g of fibre a day, and it
      will really help. Most North Americans only get 5-10g
      of fibre, so bumping up the fibre intake by x4 should really
      help.

      If your colon gets really infected and impacted, they can
      remove your colon, but you really do'nt want to do that,
      esp if you can rectify the situation

  7. QUESTION:
    Diverticulitis help!?
    Hi! So i was recently diagnosed with Diverticulitis and from tomorrow onwards I can have softfoods. I was wondering what some soft food could be...like maybe macoroni and cheese or grilled cheese ( with soft bread and cheese on a stovetop). Since I am already eating mashed potatoes and cream of wheat..i feel like i need some stamina in my body. So if you could please list some soft food and if the mac and cheese and grilled cheese is ok for me to eat. Also, if pasta is good too. Thanks a lot...

    • ANSWER:
      Hi. I assume that your doctor gave you this diagnosis. If he told you to eat soft foods, i don't understand why he wouldn't explain to you what foods are ok for you to eat, and which are not. You need the correct foods, so my advice would be to contact your doctor, and ask what kinds of foods are ok for you to eat. Please don't go by what people will tell you on Yahoo answers. We are not doctors, and could be giving you the wrong information. I have similar problems ( not the exact same thing ), so i know how important diet can be. Ask the doctor, that's what you pay them for. Best of luck to you. Feel better soon :-)

  8. QUESTION:
    can my husband have cream of mushroom soup on a brat diet?
    My husband has diverticulitis and the Dr said he needed to be on clear liquids for 48 hours, and then soft foods or the "brat" diet for 48 after that while he's on antibiotics. Well brat stands for banana, rice, applesauce, toast, which is what he has been eating but he's really getting sick of it! I'm trying to think of something else I can feed him and I was wondering if cream of mushroom soup would be ok? Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      I would say no. Pick a broth based soup like chicken and noodle.

  9. QUESTION:
    Help with diagnosis of abdominal pain?
    I am a fifteen-year-old female grade nine student. I don't eat regularly, or eat healthily most of the time. Usually I skip lunch or breakfast, and sometimes supper. I'm 5'3 ½ and I'm about the right weight for my height and age. I have trouble falling asleep, and am usually up until midnight-2am. I get up at 7 am. So I usually get between 5-7 hours of sleep a night. I don't exercise regularly, either.

    Since about February (so for like 2 months), I've been feeling near-constant pain in my lower and left abdomen. I often get chills and cramps so bad that I have to double over. I also have to double over to muffle the gurgling sound coming from my stomach.

    It's not a gurgling from being hungry. It's quite different, and it sounds like it comes from my left side. Also, I drink a substance to curve my appetite so my stomach won't growl from hunger in class - therefore, it's not growling from being hungry, as the drink makes me feel full.

    My symptoms include: Dull pain near the navel, loss of appetite, nausea soon after abdominal pain begins, abdominal swelling, bloating, inability to pass gas - or too frequent gas, dull/sharp pain near my left/lower abdomen, severe cramps, constipation, weight loss, pain in the chest, behind breastbone (once or twice), coughing, hoarseness, indigestion, (I get secondhand smoke), weakness, pain/tenderness in the lower left side of the abdomen, chills, fever, stomach cramps, tiredness.

    I get dull, gnawing stomach pain that comes and goes. The pain is often worse when my stomach is empty, and sometimes goes away after eating. I don't think I digest properly, and sometimes feel nauseated. Often, I feel like I have to pas gas, but sometimes I can't, or I have to hold it in.

    Also - "Abdominal pain in IBS is often characterized as being intermittent or constant, tender upon palpation and can be relieved by passing gas or having a bowel movement. It has also been described along a range from mild to severe. The pain can become so severe that it can affect the sufferer's quality of life and cause the person to miss school, work, and other social events."

    My pain on the left/lower side ranges from mild to severe, and sometimes can be relieved by passing gas, having a bowel movement, or eating. Recently, it's been getting worse and worse and I keep missing school, and I fear that I may fail or something. But it's not my fault - it's so distracting that I can't think or concentrate, and it's hard to try and work when you can feel and hear your abdominal organs messing around.

    My symptoms point to some of the following:
    -Appendicitis
    -Esophageal Cancer (I don't think I have cancer)
    -IBS; Irritable Bowel Syndrome
    -Diverticulitis
    -A stomach ulcer (peptic ulcer)
    -Gastritis (inflammation of the stomach lining)
    -Small or large bowel obstruction
    -Ulcerative colitis (with pain in the left side)
    -Dysentery
    -A mass
    -A hernia (both my mom and her brother have them)
    -An obstruction
    -Indigestion
    -Constipation

    I can't go see a doctor right now because my mom has to fill out some forms. I would go to the walk-in clinic, but I'm not sure how much help they'll be. What would I tell the doctors anyway? I couldn't just give them the list of my symptoms, it would probably be shrugged off as indigestion or constipation. And I don't think this can be shrugged off as constipation or indigestion if it happens so frequently unless there's something wrong with my diet/body/lifestyle. But then - how would my diet cause fevers, chills, and so much pain?

    The pain comes and goes so I can't ever say when it will occur. The pain usually begins between 9:20am and 10:45am and continues to come and go throughout the day, and make gurgling sounds and cause cramps and pain.

    When the pain starts early in the day, like today - it began when I woke up - then I know it will last a while. And it has - ever since it started this morning, it's been acting up horribly, as usual - so I came home sick.

    I don't know how to describe the pain/symptoms/illness to my friends/family, because I don't know what it is I have. All I know is that I experience pain, bloating, loss of appetite, fever, chills, inability to pass gas - or too frequent gas, constipation, coughing (sometimes), indigestion (sometimes), weakness (sometimes), tiredness and cramps the most - but mostly just horrible pain and gurgling sounds.

    When it hurts my left side - it hurts my entire left side of my torso - it's so bad that I have to literally clutch my side, and dig my fingers into my skin. Applying pressure helps sometimes, but I also experience lower abdomen pain, like around my waist.

    So - what do you think it is? I don't know if it is just constipation or indigestion, or what it is I have.
    I don't want to overreact, because I think I might be, but I'd rather be safe than sorry. And I haven't gotten my booster shot since my first one - do you think that will make things worse for me?

    • ANSWER:
      See your health care provider as soon as possible. Abdominal pain can be a sign of a serious condition. Fortunately, minor causes are much more frequent. Location of the pain can help in suggesting the cause.

      Appendix pain usually occurs in the right lower quarter of the abdomen.
      Diverticulitis usually hurts in the left lower quarter of the abdomen.
      Kidney pain, the back.
      Gallbladder, the right upper quarter.
      Stomach, the upper abdomen.
      Bladder or female organs, the lower areas.

      Exceptions to these rules do occur.
      Pain from hollow organs-such as the bowel or gallbladder-tends to be intermittent and resembles gas pain or colic. Pain from solid organs-kidneys, spleen, liver tends to be more constant. Stomach ulcers tend to create burning pain in the upper abdomen which usually gets better after a meal or a dose of antacid. There are exceptions to these rules as well.

      If the pain is very severe or if bleeding from the bowel occurs, see a doctor. Similarly, if there has been a significant recent abdominal injury, see the doctor-a ruptured spleen or other major problem is possible.
      Pain during pregnancy is potentially serious and must be evaluated. An "ectopic pregnancy"-in the fallopian rather than in the uterus-can occur before a woman is even aware she is pregnant. Pain in only one area suggests a more serious problem than generalized pain; again, there are exceptions. And good luck.

  10. QUESTION:
    Having Stomach Issues, Throwing up, constant nausea only when standing up not when laying down so much?
    I am wondering if anyone else has had these symptoms before in their life. Back in December (about 11 Months ago) my stomach started really really hurting early in the morning and I would get up and I would start throwing up every single morning. This lasted for about 3 months while i went in and out of Doctors, Gastrologists, and ER's...

    It finally went away after about another 2 months...(I started smoking pot which really helped a lot)...anyways I have quit since for the most part (except for last night) and my stomach issues started coming up again. This time its a little different though. Before my stomach would hurt all day, and now it hurts in the morning and then goes away by afternoon after taking nothing...I went to the doctor twice now and they have prescribed me the following:

    * Zofran
    * Xanax
    * Levsin
    * Zegerid

    PS. My mom died a couple of months ago and I am only 22...we were best friends and it really didnt affect me after a few days, but once i started feeling sick again, i lost it and started having panic attacks 5-10 times per day where i cant stop my breathing and there is lots of crying.

    I really just want to feel better. I don't like feeling like this because I can concentrate on whatever I am doing at the time. If there is anyone out there that has been through something similar or if there is a doctor on here that could possibly give me some hints as to whats wrong because I have heard everything from Diverticulitis - Stomach Cancer - Stress - Anxiety/Stress and a plethora of others like constipation and what not.

    Thanks you very much for taking the time to read this.

    Charlie

    Oh ya, I haven't been having diarrhea until this morning when I went to the bathroom...it looked like my poop was Black...which I have heard is not good...but it was black and green...so I don't know...Anyways. all I have been able to eat is Jello (red) Gatorade (blue), one piece of toast, I got stoned last night and ate a small piece of pizza only because I hadn't eaten anything in two day...and one of those frozen pops.

    I have diabetes in my family, some heart problems, I lead a pretty sedentary lifestyle although recently I have been trying to change that.

    Again thank you...and my stomach is feeling better...a little better after taking those combinations minus the Zegerid cause I was told to take it when I am feeling better.

    • ANSWER:
      Hmm. It sounds like the doctors think it's all in your head -- that it's depression and stress over you mom's passing away. I'm not sure that's true. It probably is, if all this started AFTER she died. If it DID, this is your body's way of dealing with feelings you try to ignore -- making you feel you've lost control of your life. The panic attacks, etc. are related to this type stress. You MAY even have given yourself an ulcer by worrying so much.

      As for the nausea, there are a number of things that cause it. People get nauseous when the haven't eaten in a while, and their blood sugar drops suddenly. They get nausea as a side effect to meds; or because they're ill. A weird reason is due to consipation. If you can't go for more than 2 days, you have it. What that means, is that your colon is so impacted it can no longer absorb anything you eat. That alone would account for the throwing up. That happened to me, and all I DID was throw up.

      It's like taking a tube, and filling it up, then packing it down till it's solid, and still trying to put more in. It won't go, so anything you try just comes back out. Your body has an accending colon, and a descending colon; the descending colon uses the anal canal [attached to your rectum] in order to remove it's waste buildup. When this process gets impacted, a person is nausous until the problem is fixed, ususally by an enema ordered by a doctor, or by taking laxatives.
      The laxatives gave me diarrehea, but with the blockage finally gone, the nausea and throwing up went away. That MAY be your problem where the throwing up is concerned.

      As for the no eating, try drinking a chocolate ENSURE protein drink. They come in small bottles, and taste best when really cold. And stay away from the vanilla flavor -- it tastes gross. Hopefully, it will help settle your stomach as it did mine. My nausea and pain was due to the side effects I got from chemotherapy. I had no interest in food, even though I was starving. The IDEA of being able to eat was there, but actually EATING made me nauseous. YOURS sounds more stress-related.

      If you feel a little better after moving your bowels along [colon function], then try eating a little soup. Add a slice of bread with peanut butter on it, toast, or just eat the peanut butter. Peanut butter also has the protein your body needs. Forget the jello, all it is, is sugar. Also, drink a lot of water if you can. Your body and blood need water in order to survive, especially your blood. Water also washing any toxins in your body away by flushing out your kidneys.

      As for the crying, etc., that is because you are depressed over your mom. Try saying prayers; going to her grave site and tallking to her -- leave a favorite flower there -- then go places the 2 of you went, and remind yourself WHY the 2 of you liked it. Any time you feel food will make the pain of losing her go away, push those thoughts aside. Take up walking as exercise instead. Mainly because after 20 minutes or so, your body releases endorphines from exercise, that makes a person feel more relaxed. I hope some of this helps. It helped me. Especially the protein drink and exercise.

  11. QUESTION:
    Pain with Diverticulosis, please help, whats going on?
    I was diagnosed with Diverticulosis a couple years ago, it was found on a CT scan with contrast by accident while i was being checked for a non-related issue i was having in 2008. I have had occasional pain with my condition but i have never had an actual Diverticulitis flare up, no fevers, no blood in stool, nothing. Just occasional lower left quadrant abdominal pain and crampiness. Well this weekend the pain got particularly bad, but still no fever or blood. I went to the ER and was given an abdominal CT w/out contrast as well as blood work and a thorough exam, the doc couldn't find anything wrong with me at all. He sent me home with some pain meds and gave me a shot of Tramadol in the ER which fixed my pain a lot but didnt totally get rid of it. Now it's been almost 48 hrs and i'm still having the abdominal pain, the ER doc told me i should follow up with my GP if the pain continues so i can get a colonoscopy and just make sure nothing else is going on. What could be causing my pain? I'm having regular bowel movements with out blood or any other issues. I just have these horrible LLQ pain with a burning/achy sensation in that area. What should i ask my GP about i have a followup with him on Thurs?..Should i go ahead and get the Colonoscopy exam or are there some other tests my GP should do? I make sure i eat lots of fiber and drink tons of water, i also eat yogurt eveyday to keep my digestive track regular but im still having pain. :-( what do i do?

    • ANSWER:
      Hi ☼▬krazegurl▬☼, Rhianna told me you were looking for my input.

      Your symptoms are consistent with mild diverticulitis, in someone with a past history of proven diverticulosis. ( I guessed you had to be medical BTW, you used the correct endings for the condition, many doctors don't!)

      You don't give your age, but you are perhaps aware that a huge percentage of the population of the Western World have a level of diverticulosis,as they, shall I say mature. Also your past ED might have contributed to the risk of its development.

      I have always quite liked the logic of the supposed pathophysiology of the condition, slow bowel transit allowing additional fermentation, raising the pressure in the large bowel and pushing out pouches. One can almost picture the process, nice, but unproven. However if you follow it to its logical conclusion, increasing fibre when you already have the condition could, at best, only reduce it increasing in severity, rather than do anything for pre-existing diverticulae.

      I think many people do get mild episodic flare ups without getting full blown, toxic attacks. Did the ER guy do a full blood work up? I might expect a raised white count, ESR/CRP even with a mild flare up. If this was not checked your GP should do them, even if they were any change in these results might also be helpful. I would stick to clear fluids only for the moment. I was pretty anti-antibiotics in general for the whole of my GP career, but I know some GPs who would automatically give them in even mild diverticulitis. I probably would not in the absence of fever or other definite signs of active inflammation.

      The most difficult question is if I were your GP what level would I pitch investigation? How often do you investigate someone that you know has diverticulosis when they get yet another flare up of probable mild diverticulitis? There is of course no correct answer. The safe choice, the American pay as go option, is every time of course, you miss less, but is it justified? Colonoscopies are uncomfortable. There is an argument for a watching brief, monitoring inflammatory markers and being aware of any warning signs that suggest the problem is more serious, or that there might be an alternative diagnosis.

  12. QUESTION:
    What could upper GERD & lower stomach issues be?
    Some acid reflux along with lower stomach issues similar to processing a heavy meal that occurs during the night. Also, I have a gas or slight pressure feeling on the lower left side of my abdomen that comes and goes usually after eating. The feeling of being on the verge of nausea comes and goes quite a bit. I definitely can not eat a heavy meal ( hot wings, pizza or spaghettie ) or I will be wiped out the next day and ill.

    In the spring, I was put on prilosec for GERD due to a hoarse throat that I though was from allergies or strep. My hoarseness cleared up, but then lower stomach problems have started and escalated. I have noticed feeling better since being on amoxicillin for a week due to wisdom teeth removal. I have since had blood work done but no H Pylori showed up which I think if I had could have been cleared up some by the antibiotics. My fear is I am still not completely well and I don't want to be on heavy stomach meds forever if there is a curable cause to this. I have been put on Dexilant now and I am waiting on sonogram results to officially come back. The tech said she saw no abnormalities though. I am 36 years old with a family case of colon cancer and diverticulitis in older relatives. I suffered shingles about a year ago and did take Ibuprofen due to breast feeding issues while nursing my daughter ( this was harsh on my stomach ). Other than that I have had good health all my life and one healthy pregnancy :)
    Thanks for reading and for any heads up!!! I believe in staying pro active....Elizabeth

    • ANSWER:
      Yoga will help you.

  13. QUESTION:
    How do you keep focus on the big picture?
    Most of my contacts are probably sick of my rants on how hard things are on me.. but I cant help myself.

    To say the least, I'm 16 and a mother of a very hard to handle 6 old. I do everything I can for our little family, I work two jobs, while going to school. He has everything plus more. It's hard, because I do it on my own. I live on my own, and I pay for everything myself, no child support, no WIC, no cash assistance. That alone is draining.

    My son has had a very complicated 6 months of life. He was born 2 months early. He had meckles diverticulitis at 4 months old, and had to have a major surgery to realign his intestines. He has colic, so he's always very very fussy. And now, he's had 4 seizures in the last 3 days. Were sitting in the hospital, because their running tons of tests thinking that my son has epilepsy. So for the past 3 days, I havent been able to work, stressing because I'm not making money and I'm worried about my sick son. I can't sleep because of any of this. If I dont make money, I wont be able to pay rent, my son wont be able to eat, I wont be able to eat, or pay for gas, and it's like I'm watching this happen.

    I guess what I'm asking is, when it gets too stressful, how do you maintain yourself? I try to look at my son and just smile, but I'm scared for where I'm going to end up.
    I meant to say 6 MONTH old.. sorry.
    I guess Im scared to ask for help because I dont want to be another statistic. I dont want to be looked down on, especially because I chose to have sex with some loser, and in the end got pregnant.

    • ANSWER:
      In reference to the last detail-edit you added, hunny I am in the projects. I know how people can be so judgmental, but it's not worth feeling bad over. You don't have to be 'the best' and you aren't always going to be praised for the things you do because everyone has an opinion on something, and there are a lot of people out there who look for things to nitpick for (and it is usually a way to defer attention away from their own shortcomings).

      I have been on WIC, and it isn't just for helping people who can't afford food, but it helps teach parents nutritional values that they can use in their parenting skills. You are never too smart to learn something new and no matter how old you get - there is always more to learn.

      I am on food stamps and I have been since my daughter was born. I made a 'mistake' with the wrong person, and I can't even sue for child support... but what is done is done. I can't run myself down trying to make ends meet, I need help. I'm not ashamed of that at all. Growing up, I had nearly nothing... things just weren't afforded to me. In 8th grade I wore the same pair of jeans every... single.. day... I was picked on harshly for that, I lived in a very 'rich' area in North Georgia and I didn't fit in at all. For 5 years I lived without running water and electricity, do you think I got regular showers? Nope. I had to be extra careful with the clothes that I did have, not to get them dirty because I couldn't wash them regularly.

      I grew up in foster homes for a while too. It was my dad's fault, long story that I won't get into. My point is, I have learned to be very thankful for everything I have and if I need help I can ask for it.

      The reason we have food stamps, wic, and families first are to help you because no matter how good you are at what you do, chances are you will need a helping hand sooner or later for something. The services provided by the government are there for temporary assistance, so that while you are trying to reach your goal (like finishing school) you will have a better chance of succeeding and eventually you won't need any help.

      People look down on you because they are standing on your toes - they aren't any 'higher' than you unless you let them make you feel they are. "No one can make you feel inferior without your consent." Get help if you need it. You are doing very well, and doing all the right things (and you ARE breaking the mold of the average teenage mother) but that doesn't mean that if you get help you will be less of a good person.

  14. QUESTION:
    Embarrasing Bowel Issues.. (might be kinda gross, don't read if you get grossed out easily)?
    Hi, this is so embarrassing to talk about, but I'll try to explain it so it doesn't sound so gross.
    So, when I live at my parents house, we eat rather healthy with lots of fiber in our diets (considering my dad is getting older and he recently had a case of diverticulitis). When I'm away at college, my diet consists of whatever is in the cafeteria, and unfortunately no matter how hard you try to eat balanced, sometimes things... don't settle well. For the past few weeks since I've returned, I've had times where I have had sudden bowel movements to the point where if there is no bathroom in sight at THAT MOMENT, there is trouble. I also find myself very very gassy and the bowel movemens I get aren't so... solid? I know this sounds gross, but I want to know what's happening because it's starting to become an issue. I have a strong feeling it's the change in diet and lack of fiber (hence the not-so-stooly stools).
    What can I do to fix this problem?

    -Embarrassed.

    • ANSWER:
      Well adding fiber to your diet would definitely help. A fiber supplement would help harden your stool. I recommend starting slowly though with a smaller dose of fiber at first. Too much fiber right away would probably just make your gas worse. So if you use Metamucil start with a smaller dose and work your way up. More dark green veggies, plain water and whole grains. If you can get them. College eating is hard but if you can spend the morning of your Saturday making a few meals for the rest of the week they will be healthier and let you have a sit down meal. Stress is probably also playing a big role in your problems. Stress always whacks your body for a loop. Try to take a breather once in a while. That's why a few sit down meal is a good idea. It helps you unwind. A simple dinner with salad and friends a couple times a week or a movie night would be a nice idea.

      Well good luck with your problem. Hope I helped!

  15. QUESTION:
    What can cause someone to have have a singler maroon coloured stool?
    I hate too talk or even write about pooping, but I went to the loo yesterday and found that I dumped a strange coloured stool. It was a bit darker than normal and had slight maroon tinge. I know it can be a sign of many conditions like:
    •Diverticulitis
    •Vascular malformation
    •Intestinal infection
    •Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
    •Tumor
    •Polyps
    •Colon Cancer
    •Bleeding Ulcer
    •Gastritis
    •Esophageal variances (e.g. heavy consumption of alcohol for long periods)
    •A tear in the esophagus

    But I never had this coloured poop before and it is already going back to normal. When I went to the loo this morning, only parts of it were that colour with rest of it being a normal brown. I'm not a doctor, but I think that if the colour was due to bleeding or any other condition, the whole lot would be like that and it won't go away so quickly. I know that food can also change the colour of poop. When I was a kid I went to South Africa, a VERY long flight. I remember that the airline food made my poop a strange yellow colour, YUCK!! Foods like beat root, meat and red wine can make poop maroon, but the only food I ate recently that I think would make poop that colour is carrots and sausage. Coz it's summer down here, my family has been having a lot of bbq's and a diet high in protein can also make poop that colour, but I haven't had any sausage or steak for four days so I don't think it would be that. Can changing one's diet to more alkaline foods cause poop to change colour? Until recently, I have had very mild stomach cramps and a bit of gas (gross, I know!) even though I eat plenty of fiber and I'm not constipated. I have read that high acid foods can cause this, so I changed my diet a bit and I haven't had any cramps since. I'm not worried, coz this was seems to be a once off and it is definitely not a chronic problem, I just think it's strange. XD

    • ANSWER:
      It was probably something you ate, maybe it had red food coloring in it or something. If you're concerned that it's blood, you should be able to buy a fecal occult blood test at a pharmacy.

  16. QUESTION:
    What else can I do to stay alive?
    I have diverticulitis, hypothyroidism and pancreatitis. I have battled with sqaumous type 4 cancer and had a complete hysterectomy. I excersize daily and walk about 1 mile a day. My diet consists of fresh green juices (I make them myself from spinach, kale, collards and such) I do not eat any red meats/pork or any thing made of them. At the moment I have also knocked chicken/turkey out of my diet temporarly. I drink artisian well water. But am still having problems.
    triclycerides-823
    cholesterol - 303
    ldl - 8293 (astounding)
    My doctor has just started me on Tricor 48mg. and upped my synthroid from 25mcg to 125mcg. We know that the results are correct because we did all the tests 3 times.
    So if anyone out there has any advice for me or can give me some recipes that don't involve sugars or sweeteners(including honey and fructos) or any high sugar veggies (carrots, beets, peas,corn) I would appreciate it. By the way I can't use milk,wheat or soy either.

    • ANSWER:

  17. QUESTION:
    What should I do?? Family question?
    My mom is 55 years old and there are several things that worry me now. First one is that she suffers from high blood pressure and has been since she was in her late 30s. Lately stress has been trying to take it's toll on her because financial problems and other everyday stresses. At one point she got a mild case of diverticulitis. Idk if that's still affectig her not but my other concerns are that she doesn't eat very well, she is overweight, she stays up allll night and sometimes skips breakfast, headaches at times, etc. I'm worried because she could possibly have a stroke or something one day due to the stress and bad habits. What can I do as her daughter to try to help her live a better lifestyle? Parents are rather stubborn but I rather not just take that and leave this alone. I always say go to her doctore but it's just not getting through. Help :-(

    • ANSWER:
      It's really difficult to live through, with a smile on your face, the fact that a fifty + years are taking a toll on your body. I am almost 52 and I can tell you that "things" start to go downhill and it's not easy to accept. Your mom being overweight is not helping her self-esteem. She sounds depressed and that plays out in many different forms, high blood pressure is just one of many symptoms. What you can do is imagine yourself in your mom's position. Validate her feelings, stress and concerns which means that you have to put your feelings as her daughter, (expectations, desires, etc.) behind for now. You'll get your mom back to the mom you knew when she is treated as such. For instance, you already know that It sucks to feel like your physical being is no longer the same that you always knew. It sucks to be over-weight and feel like your life is out of control because of financial stress etc. and on top on that feel like your too "old" and tired to completely change your lifestyle in order to make your life better. Old habits are hard to break and they are even harder when you don't feel well and "alive". Be compassionate. Leave out any and all negative comments concerning her situation. Focus on the things that she used to enjoy doing but understand that she is feeling like life has become nothing more than an up-hill battle. Do things for her without her asking you to do so. Set up a weekly "date" that she can count on you whether it's to help clean her house, rent a movie or anything that provides the relief that she needs to pull herself by her "boot-straps" so that she can move on. Ask her if she would be willing for both of you to get counseling together because it's a healthy thing for mother and daughters to do and it would be great to share that time with her. I could go on and on but I'm sure that you get my drift. Your mother is feeling sad, depressed and like her life is no longer under her control. Try to give that feeling back to her without her feeling like she is a burden to you or you are condemning her. You'll be amazed at the results. I hope that I have helped and please let me know how things are going, Kindness, love, patience and compassion are the keys here. Take Care.

      Nancy
      nme1022@yahoo.com

  18. QUESTION:
    What happens to your baby if you're in the hospital and there is no one to watch him?
    I have been having severe stomach pain and have not been able to eat or drink without throwing up for the last 2 days. I want to go to the emergency room. Unfortunately, my fiance is away at pre-deployment training. I am staying at my mom's house, but she just got admitted to the hospital for diverticulitis and is getting surgery. I have no one else to watch my 14-month-old son. Can he stay in the hospital or will they take him away somewhere? I am trying to deal with it and stay at home because I don't want to take him taken away, but I don't know how much longer I can stand this. Thanks for any replies. I'm very scared/worried.

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  19. QUESTION:
    No doctor can figure out what's wrong.. any suggestions?
    Last year I started developing horrible headaches and my vision became worse. I figured it was because I have a lazy eye and my strong eye was weakening from it. My doctor agreed and I got new glasses with a stronger prescription but the headaches continued. Then it was ruled as a "sinus" problem and left along. Until my heart began acting up and I was told I had mitral valve prolapse.

    About a month and a half ago I was hospitalized with horrible stomach pains. The doctors said they believe I had an ovarian cyst that ruptured. Except when they did the cat scan and vaginal ultra sound they found no evidence of a cyst. I went to see an obgyn shortly after she said it was digestive not anything to do with a cyst.

    The stomach pains have continued.. the hospitalization was on nov. 30th 2008. Everytime I eat I am doubled over in pain. I have had cat scans done on my stomach, appendix, gal bladder, and liver. Nothing works. They have ruled out diverticulitis and now I am still waiting for an answer.

    The problem continues now, I don't know if it is related but I know that something is wrong. My headaches that i mentioned before still occur and are worse than ever. I cant lift my head up or open my eyes the pain is so severe. At work my arms and legs feel heavy and i black out because and wake up on the floor. I work in retail.. not a great place for this to happen. One doctor said it was my heart causing this so I believed it. But it has gotten worse. I am now very disoriented. I find myself having horrible anxiety attacks, nightmares, and vision problems. I was sitting with friends today and my vision started shifting as if my eyes were a camera lens and it was adjusting. I can be sitting still and all of a sudden question where i am, how i got there and why I am there. I feel off nervous and my headaches are constant. I feel like my head is swelling then releasing then swelling again. I feel like pressure is building up and its going to explode.

    My boyfriend has become worried because he will be talking to me and i wont hear a word he says. He says I just get a blank look on my face like i have completely checked out and then i come back questioning what he said. I feel myself loosing focus and I thought it was from the change in diet from my stomach. I have seen 8 doctors looking for an answer and noone could help me. Which is why I am now coming to yahoo answers. If anyone can give me any input or recommend a doctor in the westchester, ny area I would really appreciate it. I should also mention I am only 20 years old as of december 1st, 2008.

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  20. QUESTION:
    Why am I having skinny stools, constipation, and abdominal pain/bloating?
    I am a 22 yr old femal and have always had constipation issues; however, I have a very healthy lifestyle in which I eat mostly natural foods, fruits & veggies, Omega 3's, exercise and drink plenty of water. The last couple of weeks after going away for the weeked I have been more bloated and constipated then usual. I went to the gastro & they examined the lower part of the intestine and did blood work - all is normal. Now, I'm still constipated, my stools are really skinny if I ever do go, I'm bloated, I'm gaining weight, my left side of the lower abdomen hurts a bit and when I use the restroom I feel as if I don't get everything out like if maybe something is stuck in that place where it bothers in the abdomen. The gastro just tell me to take all these laxative type things which I dont agree with because my body can get dependent on such things. Should I go to the ER and get a CT scan? Or what doctor can I see? What do I do and what can this be? Also, my mom has had diverticulitis. Thanks.

    • ANSWER:
      First find a new Gastroenterologist. Make sure this one is board certified. You may prefer a woman doctor as most of the male doctors I encountered are quick to make a diagnosis. You said they examined the lower part of your intestine. I presume they did a Sigmoidoscopy; which, is done in the doctor's office where the doctor inserts the scope in your anus and lower colon. The tube allows the doctor to inspect the rectum and sigmoid colon. Other tests may be needed because thin pencil-like stools can be a sign of other problems.

  21. QUESTION:
    Acute Abdominal Pain: Every so often, out of nowhere, usually in the middle of the night, I wake up with the ?
    Every so often, out of nowhere, usually in the middle of the night, I wake up with the most severe abdominal pain I have ever felt in my life! It comes on very suddenly and feels like labor pain. (No, I am not pregnant) There is very little warning. Within 10 minutes I am keeled over in pain in the upper abdomen. I have had many, many tests. So, I will tell you what it's not...it's not an ectopic pregnancy, or gall bladder, appendix, or any other organ problem. It's not diverticulitis or Crohn's or Acid Reflux. It's not IBS or anything I ate or drank. Aside from the severe pain, there's also nausea, cramping, constipation that eventually subsides to diarrhea. I also break out into a cold sweat, soaking wet, and I get the shakes. I can actually feel the spasms working it's way through my gut. I have had blood tests, CT Scans, Sonograms, Swallowed the Camera, Colonoscopy, and Endoscopy. All showed normal findings. I was just prescribed an antispasmatic drug that I put under my tongue at onset, which seems to help as well as pain killers for the pain that doesn't go away when the spasms do. Just wondering if anyone out there has ever experienced this kind of "episode" and if it's been diagnosed. I am starting to think I am crazy! I have tried googling the symptoms, etc but I can't find anything related to what I am going through! Any help or thought would be appreciated! I was supposed to call 911 and go to the ER at onset of the next episode, but given the symptoms it's almost impossible.
    Thanks so much for responding! I tried the GYN, I do have fybroids, but it's unrelated. Definately a GI problem. It doesn't seem to be an allergy or intolerance to anything I am eating or drinking. It's very random and happens hours after I have eaten anything. I have kept a food diary for that reason. I was asked to write down everything I ate or drank 24 hrs prior to having an attack. It used to be every few months or so, now it's escalated to every few weeks. The pain is in the upper abdomen, right smack in the middle. I will mention the blood tests to my doc next time I speak with him!

    • ANSWER:
      Firstly from someone who has been sick in the stomach for almost 7 weeks trust me when i say that i know how horrible this must be for you, i cant imagine having to put up with the amount of pain you have. Have you been along and been checked out for a vaginal or pelvic infection? It was the only thing on your list above that i think you missed, and has the possibility to have the same effects and symptoms? Have you been tested for helicobacter-pylor infection? This is another common one and one i myself am going to need to be checked out and tested for. Other tests you should probably look into are things such as Fructose Malabsorption, and the allergy ones such as Gluten and Lactose intolerance tests. These are relatively easy tests that arent as invasive as endoscopy and colonoscopy and would probably do with just getting checked right? If you need someone to chat to about it, feel free to drop me a line i know how you feel. Get better soon, cheers.

  22. QUESTION:
    THIS IS MY COLLEGE ESSAY, IS IT READY TO BE SENT TO COLLEGES?
    I would like to share with you something about my current medical situation. Ordinarily I would not do so, as I am an intensely private person, but I now accept that my physical limitations have quite possibly impacted my high school performance in a negative manner, and I feel that it is only fair that you have this information. Therefore, I am reluctantly going to allow access to information that I would never, otherwise, speak of.

    For the past several years, I have been afflicted by a physical situation that has sometimes interfered with my ability to focus, both in the classroom and out. I do not wish to be too specific about the symptoms of my disease, except to say that they are digestive in nature and sometimes require me to spend long periods of time in the Ladies’ Room. Despite my terrible discomfort, I refused to accept that there might be something wrong with me, and would not seek treatment. I know now that I should have been less determined to suffer in silence and more willing to accept help. Finally, my parents insisted on bringing the matter to the attention of a physician. I was tested, over a period of several weeks, for colon cancer, Crohn’s Disease, intestinal obstructions, diverticulitis, ulcerative colitis, gastroesophageal reflux disease, Barrett’s esophagus, Heliocobacter pylori (commonly known as ulcer), celiac sprue (commonly known as wheat allergy), lactose intolerance, gallstones, bile duct stones, sclerosing cholangitis (the narrowing of the bile ducts), “Sphincter of Oddi” dysfunction and pancreatitis. You can imagine how relieved I was to learn that I had none of these terrible diseases.

    Finally, I received the diagnosis of Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS). IBS is sometimes known as spastic colon, nervous colon, nervous stomach, mucous colitis and spastic colitis, and is distinguished by abnormal bowel habits, such as diarrhea (loose stools), constipation or sometimes, as in my own case, both. It is well known to experts in this field that periods of stress can intensify the severity of IBS. I have certainly found my busy schedule of six honors/AP classes, Varsity field hockey, swimming and track teams, performing lead roles in three consecutive Spring Musicals, volunteering at the local animal shelter, tutoring at-risk children, and working three evenings a week plus all day Saturday at The Gap to be, at times, stressful, but of course it is impossible to say what has caused me to be afflicted with this very horrible syndrome.

    In fact, doctors do not know what causes IBS, or why people who share my disease feel the need to have a bowel movement soon after eating, causing diarrhea, or why the prolonged spasm of the large intestine causes stool to stay in one area for too long and get dried out, resulting in small hard stools (constipation). As of today, palliative treatments are only in the experimental stage, and the hard truth is that there is no cure for IBS.

    It has been very difficult for me to accept this diagnosis at my young age. I do not know what the future will hold for me and other IBS patients, and I understand that I may be facing a long battle, but I am committed to facing this challenge with the same determination I have faced every other challenge in my life. I am not a quitter, and I am not a complainer, and you should know that, if I am admitted, I will never allow my illness to have a negative impact on my academic, athletic, charitable, creative and social activities in college.

    • ANSWER:
      Honestly, no I don't think it is ready to be sent to colleges.

      Right off from the beginning, it seems like you are making excuses for yourself. It may seem overly harsh to say but your first paragraph is very weakly worded and overly defensive about your possibly sub-standard performance in high school.

      Your second paragraph seems contradictory to your first paragraph in terms of your word choice. You say "I do not wish to be too specific" while in your first paragraph you say " I am reluctantly going to allow access to information that I would never, otherwise, speak of". This negation of thought weakens the emotional impact that you are trying to go for in your essay.

      As for your third paragraph, you should entirely remove the second half of it. Colleges will have your transcripts as well as your application so they will know everything that you have done. As a rule of thumb, you should never list all of your accomplishments in your essay. Your essay is supposed to be an insight into you, not you naming everything you have done. It comes off as bragging to those reading your essay, so stay away from it.

      In your last paragraph you say "I am not a quitter, and I am not a complainer, and you should know that, if I am admitted, I will never allow my illness to have a negative impact on my academic, athletic, charitable, creative and social activities in college." However in you first paragraph you wrote, "I now accept that my physical limitations have quite possibly impacted my high school performance in a negative manner". If these things 'possibly' affected your high school performance in the past, then what is to prevent them from affecting you in the future? If, as of now, there is no treatment for IBS, then what will prevent you from being distracted in class.

      I would say re-write your entire essay but you don't have to choose a different topic. You could write about the day you got your diagnosis and how it felt. Stop making an excuse yourself through your letter, and use it to highlight what you have been though.

  23. QUESTION:
    This is my college essay, how is it so far?
    I would like to share with you something about my current medical situation. Ordinarily I would not do so, as I am an intensely private person, but I now accept that my physical limitations have quite possibly impacted my high school performance in a negative manner, and I feel that it is only fair that you have this information. Therefore, I am reluctantly going to allow access to information that I would never, otherwise, speak of.

    For the past several years, I have been afflicted by a physical situation that has sometimes interfered with my ability to focus, both in the classroom and out. I do not wish to be too specific about the symptoms of my disease, except to say that they are digestive in nature and sometimes require me to spend long periods of time in the Ladies’ Room. Despite my terrible discomfort, I refused to accept that there might be something wrong with me, and would not seek treatment. I know now that I should have been less determined to suffer in silence and more willing to accept help. Finally, my parents insisted on bringing the matter to the attention of a physician. I was tested, over a period of several weeks, for colon cancer, Crohn’s Disease, intestinal obstructions, diverticulitis, ulcerative colitis, gastroesophageal reflux disease, Barrett’s esophagus, Heliocobacter pylori (commonly known as ulcer), celiac sprue (commonly known as wheat allergy), lactose intolerance, gallstones, bile duct stones, sclerosing cholangitis (the narrowing of the bile ducts), “Sphincter of Oddi” dysfunction and pancreatitis. You can imagine how relieved I was to learn that I had none of these terrible diseases.

    Finally, I received the diagnosis of Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS). IBS is sometimes known as spastic colon, nervous colon, nervous stomach, mucous colitis and spastic colitis, and is distinguished by abnormal bowel habits, such as diarrhea (loose stools), constipation or sometimes, as in my own case, both. It is well known to experts in this field that periods of stress can intensify the severity of IBS. I have certainly found my busy schedule of six honors/AP classes, Varsity field hockey, swimming and track teams, performing lead roles in three consecutive Spring Musicals, volunteering at the local animal shelter, tutoring at-risk children, and working three evenings a week plus all day Saturday at The Gap to be, at times, stressful, but of course it is impossible to say what has caused me to be afflicted with this very horrible syndrome.

    In fact, doctors do not know what causes IBS, or why people who share my disease feel the need to have a bowel movement soon after eating, causing diarrhea, or why the prolonged spasm of the large intestine causes stool to stay in one area for too long and get dried out, resulting in small hard stools (constipation). As of today, palliative treatments are only in the experimental stage, and the hard truth is that there is no cure for IBS.

    It has been very difficult for me to accept this diagnosis at my young age. I do not know what the future will hold for me and other IBS patients, and I understand that I may be facing a long battle, but I am committed to facing this challenge with the same determination I have faced every other challenge in my life. I am not a quitter, and I am not a complainer, and you should know that, if I am admitted, I will never allow my illness to have a negative impact on my academic, athletic, charitable, creative and social activities in college.

    • ANSWER:
      your essay is bad. Frankly, nobody wants to read a list of illnesses you just named. Also, your college essay is not a place where you brag about what sports you did and what classes you took, theres a place on a college application where you are supposed to list such things.

  24. QUESTION:
    just got a good treadmill from my friend, it originally cost 1500.oo dollars?
    I am doing at least 2 hours a day to start at 25 to 30 speed. only got m pulse up to 125. also i put the incline on 3. Should i go faster to reach a higher pulse rate and raise the incline? I am 5'8" tall and now 170 lbs. Due to a back injury i have been mostly sedentary. My goal is to lose the 20 lbs. I am eating healthy, lots of fruit salad, tossed salad, bean salad, fish and chicken for protein, and lots of veggies, olive oil margarine, etc. I have checked my thyroid so I so it is okay. my biggest problem my lower abs and I look 6 months pregnant. I have had diverticulitis and was hospitalized 3 times. The other 2 times were not as serious and just needed antibiotics. Can depression cause weight gain I lost my eldest daughter and suffer from what i call situational depression. I researched all my meds and none of them cause weight gain. My goal is lose 20bs. At that weight i fit in a size 10
    i just want to get rid of my hugh stomach. Any ideas? With my back injury if suffered, 1 disc protusion,in my c spine another in my thoracic spine, and two in my lower back. I also ride a stationary ry bike about 30 minutes a day. Any Suggestions?

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  25. QUESTION:
    Lower left adbominal pain for 4 days?
    What could I possibly have?

    At first I thought I was bloated, and contributed my discomfort to some canned tuna I ate. Then the pain became centralized in the colon-area, and started increasing by the day. It feels like a "gassy" pain which for the most part is rather dull & achy. When I press on the area, it is tender and feels sore.

    When I get those "number 2 urges," that's when the pain becomes rather sharp & shooting, but once I eliminate, it goes back to being dull & achy and only really hurts if I suck in my stomach or move in a certain way.

    My bowel movements are pretty much the same, so I've ruled out IBS. Could it be diverticulitis? Ulcerative colitis? Any other GI ailment? They all sound so similar that it's hard to distinguish the symptoms.

    • ANSWER:
      I think it could be irritable bowl syndrome or similar, your bowl movement has changed in the form of pain worsens when you need to open your bowls, or you might be suffering from trapped wind, but as with most health issues that cause pain or make you uncomfortable, a health professional is most likely someones opinion would help you best.
      Hope my answer helps you a little.

  26. QUESTION:
    Can someone tell me what can possibly be wrong with my stomach, Dr's maybe? plz?
    Okay so I'm, 14 years old, female, yada yada yada... Okay so, I've had an off and on pain in the lower left side of my stomach for about 3 years or more. It sometimes feels like a pulled muscle, cramps fromm drinking to much water or something even though I haven't, light/mild sharp pain sometimes(the pain is sharp but it isn't excruciating), and probably other things that I can't think of right now. I've noticed that my stomach, lower left, makes noises when I'm eating or pushing my stomach in and out. The sounds sound as if there's a lot of air trapped in there. I sleep on my stomach, so every morning I wake up, my stomach hurts. I was having a lot of gas at one point, no smell though, but that stopped. And during this time I still had the same sound in my stomach. Earlier I felt nauseous, but I drunk about 1/4th(you know, half of a half) of a bottle of water, and now I feel fine.
    I did some research online about where the pain could possibly becoming from and I don't think its coming from my stomach, I believe it can be coming from either my :descending colon, pelvic colon,Sigmund colon, jejunum,spleneticcflexede of transverse colon, or small bowel... I also found that it could possibly be Diverticulitis because I've been seeing a lot of the same symptoms.
    Before I go to the doctors I wanted to getsome moree suggestions or what it could possibly be, so that I can tell the doctor when I go...
    Sorry for the novel... Thx....

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  27. QUESTION:
    THIS IS MY COLLEGE ESSAY, IS IT READY TO BE SENT TO COLLEGES?
    I would like to share with you something about my current medical situation. Ordinarily I would not do so, as I am an intensely private person, but I now accept that my physical limitations have quite possibly impacted my high school performance in a negative manner, and I feel that it is only fair that you have this information. Therefore, I am reluctantly going to allow access to information that I would never, otherwise, speak of.

    For the past several years, I have been afflicted by a physical situation that has sometimes interfered with my ability to focus, both in the classroom and out. I do not wish to be too specific about the symptoms of my disease, except to say that they are digestive in nature and sometimes require me to spend long periods of time in the Ladies’ Room. Despite my terrible discomfort, I refused to accept that there might be something wrong with me, and would not seek treatment. I know now that I should have been less determined to suffer in silence and more willing to accept help. Finally, my parents insisted on bringing the matter to the attention of a physician. I was tested, over a period of several weeks, for colon cancer, Crohn’s Disease, intestinal obstructions, diverticulitis, ulcerative colitis, gastroesophageal reflux disease, Barrett’s esophagus, Heliocobacter pylori (commonly known as ulcer), celiac sprue (commonly known as wheat allergy), lactose intolerance, gallstones, bile duct stones, sclerosing cholangitis (the narrowing of the bile ducts), “Sphincter of Oddi” dysfunction and pancreatitis. You can imagine how relieved I was to learn that I had none of these terrible diseases.

    Finally, I received the diagnosis of Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS). IBS is sometimes known as spastic colon, nervous colon, nervous stomach, mucous colitis and spastic colitis, and is distinguished by abnormal bowel habits, such as diarrhea (loose stools), constipation or sometimes, as in my own case, both. It is well known to experts in this field that periods of stress can intensify the severity of IBS. I have certainly found my busy schedule of six honors/AP classes, Varsity field hockey, swimming and track teams, performing lead roles in three consecutive Spring Musicals, volunteering at the local animal shelter, tutoring at-risk children, and working three evenings a week plus all day Saturday at The Gap to be, at times, stressful, but of course it is impossible to say what has caused me to be afflicted with this very horrible syndrome.

    In fact, doctors do not know what causes IBS, or why people who share my disease feel the need to have a bowel movement soon after eating, causing diarrhea, or why the prolonged spasm of the large intestine causes stool to stay in one area for too long and get dried out, resulting in small hard stools (constipation). As of today, palliative treatments are only in the experimental stage, and the hard truth is that there is no cure for IBS.

    It has been very difficult for me to accept this diagnosis at my young age. I do not know what the future will hold for me and other IBS patients, and I understand that I may be facing a long battle, but I am committed to facing this challenge with the same determination I have faced every other challenge in my life. I am not a quitter, and I am not a complainer, and you should know that, if I am admitted, I will never allow my illness to have a negative impact on my academic, athletic, charitable, creative and social activities in college.

    • ANSWER:
      The essay you wrote is just about 95% IBS. In otherwords, DOESN'T TELL THEM WHY YOU DESERVE TO BE THERE. Go back and redo the entire essay. Make it be a plain simple paragraph and part of the reason why you want to go. This reason is so pointless, I don't even see why it should be a part of it. Klg.

  28. QUESTION:
    THIS IS MY COLLEGE ESSAY, IS IT READY TO BE SENT TO COLLEGES?
    I would like to share with you something about my current medical situation. Ordinarily I would not do so, as I am an intensely private person, but I now accept that my physical limitations have quite possibly impacted my high school performance in a negative manner, and I feel that it is only fair that you have this information. Therefore, I am reluctantly going to allow access to information that I would never, otherwise, speak of.

    For the past several years, I have been afflicted by a physical situation that has sometimes interfered with my ability to focus, both in the classroom and out. I do not wish to be too specific about the symptoms of my disease, except to say that they are digestive in nature and sometimes require me to spend long periods of time in the Men's Room. Despite my terrible discomfort, I refused to accept that there might be something wrong with me, and would not seek treatment. I know now that I should have been less determined to suffer in silence and more willing to accept help. Finally, my parents insisted on bringing the matter to the attention of a physician. I was tested, over a period of several weeks, for colon cancer, Crohn’s Disease, intestinal obstructions, diverticulitis, ulcerative colitis, gastroesophageal reflux disease, Barrett’s esophagus, Heliocobacter pylori (commonly known as ulcer), celiac sprue (commonly known as wheat allergy), lactose intolerance, gallstones, bile duct stones, sclerosing cholangitis (the narrowing of the bile ducts), “Sphincter of Oddi” dysfunction and pancreatitis. You can imagine how relieved I was to learn that I had none of these terrible diseases.

    Finally, I received the diagnosis of Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS). IBS is sometimes known as spastic colon, nervous colon, nervous stomach, mucous colitis and spastic colitis, and is distinguished by abnormal bowel habits, such as diarrhea (loose stools), constipation or sometimes, as in my own case, both. It is well known to experts in this field that periods of stress can intensify the severity of IBS. I have certainly found my busy schedule of six honors/AP classes, Varsity field hockey, swimming and track teams, performing lead roles in three consecutive Spring Musicals, volunteering at the local animal shelter, tutoring at-risk children, and working three evenings a week plus all day Saturday at The Gap to be, at times, stressful, but of course it is impossible to say what has caused me to be afflicted with this very horrible syndrome.

    In fact, doctors do not know what causes IBS, or why people who share my disease feel the need to have a bowel movement soon after eating, causing diarrhea, or why the prolonged spasm of the large intestine causes stool to stay in one area for too long and get dried out, resulting in small hard stools (constipation). As of today, palliative treatments are only in the experimental stage, and the hard truth is that there is no cure for IBS.

    It has been very difficult for me to accept this diagnosis at my young age. I do not know what the future will hold for me and other IBS patients, and I understand that I may be facing a long battle, but I am committed to facing this challenge with the same determination I have faced every other challenge in my life. I am not a quitter, and I am not a complainer, and you should know that, if I am admitted, I will never allow my illness to have a negative impact on my academic, athletic, charitable, creative and social activities in college.

    • ANSWER:
      Your personal statement is supposed to give colleges an idea of who you are. Your essay unfortunately does not give us much information about who you are. Instead of talking about how you have been diagnosed with IBS, you should very briefly mention that you have IBS and how you have persisted in the face of this unfavorable diagnosis. If you can be more creative about how this disease has not stopped you from living your life, your application (and you) will stand out, and this, of course, will be an advantage to you. Good luck!

  29. QUESTION:
    THIS IS MY COLLEGE ESSAY, IS IT READY TO BE SENT TO COLLEGES?
    I would like to share with you something about my current medical situation. Ordinarily I would not do so, as I am an intensely private person, but I now accept that my physical limitations have quite possibly impacted my high school performance in a negative manner, and I feel that it is only fair that you have this information. Therefore, I am reluctantly going to allow access to information that I would never, otherwise, speak of.

    For the past several years, I have been afflicted by a physical situation that has sometimes interfered with my ability to focus, both in the classroom and out. I do not wish to be too specific about the symptoms of my disease, except to say that they are digestive in nature and sometimes require me to spend long periods of time in the Ladies’ Room. Despite my terrible discomfort, I refused to accept that there might be something wrong with me, and would not seek treatment. I know now that I should have been less determined to suffer in silence and more willing to accept help. Finally, my parents insisted on bringing the matter to the attention of a physician. I was tested, over a period of several weeks, for colon cancer, Crohn’s Disease, intestinal obstructions, diverticulitis, ulcerative colitis, gastroesophageal reflux disease, Barrett’s esophagus, Heliocobacter pylori (commonly known as ulcer), celiac sprue (commonly known as wheat allergy), lactose intolerance, gallstones, bile duct stones, sclerosing cholangitis (the narrowing of the bile ducts), “Sphincter of Oddi” dysfunction and pancreatitis. You can imagine how relieved I was to learn that I had none of these terrible diseases.

    Finally, I received the diagnosis of Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS). IBS is sometimes known as spastic colon, nervous colon, nervous stomach, mucous colitis and spastic colitis, and is distinguished by abnormal bowel habits, such as diarrhea (loose stools), constipation or sometimes, as in my own case, both. It is well known to experts in this field that periods of stress can intensify the severity of IBS. I have certainly found my busy schedule of six honors/AP classes, Varsity field hockey, swimming and track teams, performing lead roles in three consecutive Spring Musicals, volunteering at the local animal shelter, tutoring at-risk children, and working three evenings a week plus all day Saturday at The Gap to be, at times, stressful, but of course it is impossible to say what has caused me to be afflicted with this very horrible syndrome.

    In fact, doctors do not know what causes IBS, or why people who share my disease feel the need to have a bowel movement soon after eating, causing diarrhea, or why the prolonged spasm of the large intestine causes stool to stay in one area for too long and get dried out, resulting in small hard stools (constipation). As of today, palliative treatments are only in the experimental stage, and the hard truth is that there is no cure for IBS.

    It has been very difficult for me to accept this diagnosis at my young age. I do not know what the future will hold for me and other IBS patients, and I understand that I may be facing a long battle, but I am committed to facing this challenge with the same determination I have faced every other challenge in my life. I am not a quitter, and I am not a complainer, and you should know that, if I am admitted, I will never allow my illness to have a negative impact on my academic, athletic, charitable, creative and social activities in college

    • ANSWER:
      I don't have any hard facts about this, but I'd be wary about basing your personal essay on the impacts of IBS. It's alright to discuss causal factors that negatively affected your GPA. Usually this can be done with one or two sentences. But IBS, unfortunately, is not well known and, based on anecdotal from what I hear from others, is kind of controversial. Some believing that IBS really is a disease and others ... well ... discredit it, considering it silly. It's like attention deficit disorder: a lot of controversy over it and a negative stigma attached to it by those who are skeptical about it.

      Lastly, whether it is IBS or cancer, be careful about framing yourself as a victim. Admission officers are aware that certain medical conditions create unnecessary obstacles. They're more interested in learning how you responded, how you've perservered, indications of your character. Think about it, what message are you sending to the admissions committee with the following ridiculously long sentence (and probably filled with redundant info that can be found elsewhere in your application):

      "I have certainly found my busy schedule of six honors/AP classes, Varsity field hockey, swimming and track teams, performing lead roles in three consecutive Spring Musicals, volunteering at the local animal shelter, tutoring at-risk children, and working three evenings a week plus all day Saturday at The Gap to be, at times, stressful, but of course it is impossible to say what has caused me to be afflicted with this very horrible syndrome."

      You've not only failed to share anything insightful about yourself, but, in some respect, this paints a negative image of you, ironically. You sound like a whiner. "Look at me." "Look at schedule, which I CERTAINLY believe is busy and stressful." "And let me shove it in your face again, I have IBS."

      The best thing about this essay is the last paragraph. I'd like to see the focus be on that, and, when tying IBS into your essay, show how you've reflected and learned from your experiences.

      Good luck and I'm sorry if I came off as harsh, but my criticism is meant to help improve your essay and, hopefully, when your essay is revised, put yourself in a more competitive position at your top schools.


What Causes Acid Reflux

Written By: admin - Sep• 02•12

You have just enjoyed a heavy, delicious meal and are looking forward to relaxing. Suddenly, you encounter a painful and burning sensation in your throat. This is called acid reflux. If you experience this frequently, you will be unable to enjoy your meals. Persistent acid reflux (or heartburn) can also lead to permanent damage of your esophagus. When this problem occurs more than twice a week, you should consider it serious. If you are suffering from this problem, do not worry. Here are some tips to cure this problem.

What is acid reflux?
Acid reflux disease occurs when the acid from your stomach enters your esophagus repeatedly. This is due to the weakness and relaxation of the sphincter muscles that lie between the esophagus and stomach. Since the acid does not encounter any barrier, it returns again and again to the esophagus.

What causes acid reflux disease?
High fat foods are the culprits that give rise to this problem. They weaken the muscle temporarily.
How do I treat the acid reflux problem?

There are some simple methods to treat this problem.

Since high fat foods are the primary cause, control your intake of such foods.

Change the position of your bed. Sometimes, you might get immediate relief by raising the head of the bed. Keep 4 to 6 inch blocks below the bed bedposts. This keeps the acid away from the esophagus due to force of gravity. But it does not work in all the cases.

Use antacids. But use this as a short-term method or if you suffer from the problem rarely. If you use antacids for a long time, the acid in your stomach decreases, giving rise to other problems.

Change your lifestyle habits. Quit smoking if you are a smoker. Reduce or quit drinking. Include more fiber in your foods. Eat small and more frequent meals to ensure that your stomach does not get totally full. Eat more complex carbohydrates like fruits, vegetables and whole grains. Cut down on your intake of fatty and fried foods. Include herbs like ginger in your meals. This is the best, healthiest and a long-term solution.

Further reading: Acid Reflux Symptoms.

Read more about what foods to avoid if you have acid reflux: Acid Reflux Diet.

More about acid reflux symptoms: What does acid reflux feel like?.


What Can I Eat If I Have Gerd

Written By: admin - Sep• 02•12

Diabetes is a condition that is permanently experienced by the person afflicted with it. If you have been diagnosed with diabetes, do not lose hope as there are ways to cope with your disease. You can even control the symptoms of your disease and improve your overall well-being if you know how to do so. In relation to this, it is very important for you to know what to eat and not to eat if you have diabetes.

The ballooning number of people that are diagnosed with diabetes each year have become very alarming so before this condition afflicts any more people, we should take a close look at our diet. For those who suffer with diabetes, a diet that is high in fiber but low in fat should be followed. Staying away from saturated fat and sugar should also be done.

Diabetics are required to have a fiber intake and one of the best fiber-rich foods include fruits and vegetables. Fruits have carbohydrates and natural sugars which have to be taken in moderation. Two to four servings of fruit every day is needed for a diabetic diet.
Vegetables should be included in a diabetic diet and must be served three to five times a day. Vegetables that are perfect for diabetic people include carrots, tomatoes, cabbage, spinach, cucumbers, broccoli and lettuce.

Since carbohydrates are very important in a person's diet, it follows that a person afflicted with diabetes has to have some in his diet as well. Carbohydrates are important because it is a good source of energy, vitamins, and minerals. It even has the necessary fiber that maintains blood sugar levels. Whole grain products are recommended for diabetics since it takes a longer time for the body to break it down thus keeping the body from releasing unpredictable amount of sugar. Best sources of carbohydrates include beans, oats, barley, corn, potatoes and pasta.

Dairy products such as milk and cheese must be limited since they are very rich in carbohydrates. If you are a lover of dairy products, then you might consider going low-fat and unsweetened as you need two to three servings of dairy products per day.

Protein should also be included in your diet albeit only having to consume six ounces a day spread over three meals. Best sources of proteins include fish, beans, nuts, and poultry.

Though fats and sweets are necessary for our body to function at its optimum, it has to be taken in moderation and must be strictly under control.

Knowing these what's and whatnot's will help you control your diabetes and will help you eat a balanced diet. With the type of food we have today, it can be said that only 20% of the necessary nutrients is given to our body, which is why a lot of people are suffering from conditions like obesity and diabetes. With a proper diet, you will be able to control the symptoms associated with diabetes. It is very important to maintain this so that the body's glucose levels are held at a safe and normal state.


Ways To Cure Acid Reflux

Written By: admin - Sep• 01•12

Treatment for high uric acid would not should depend on drugs; there are pure solutions out there. However whichever you select, high uric acid needs therapy because they can lead to some critical complications. Right here, you will get an overview of the 2 options; Modern and Natural Treatment.

Excessive uric acid levels within the blood can result in extremely painful gout. This is the reason, as a gout sufferer, you have to decrease these levels. You'll be able to treat high uric acid by drug-based drugs or by completely pure means. The choice is yours; but all the time consult your medical doctor.

It is worth going over the causes of high acid levels with a purpose to higher perceive the treatment choices and which option could be the very best for you.

Gout might be brought on by numerous issues however probably the most typical trigger of it is the body's inability to flush uric acid efficiently. This is a widespread downside for people who find themselves older, overweight and eat loads of meats and dairy.

Whenever you eat meat, seafood or dairy merchandise, your body will convert the purines from these meals into uric acid. Your body will usually flush the uric acid by way of your urine. Unfortunately, the body is sometimes unable to flush it shortly and the end result could possibly be gout crystals forming between joints.

Uric acid is the results of a chemical process in your body the place chemical compounds called "purines" breakdown as they assist to produce your protein and energy needs. When they breakdown, uric acid is produced. Your kidneys will then course of and expel extra acid through the urine, leaving adequate ranges in your blood to behave as useful antioxidants.

However should there be an excessive amount of uric acid being produced, or, your kidneys cannot course of the traditional acid ranges being produced, then the result is too much uric acid circulating in your blood. This excess then collects in and around your joints in the shape of very sharp microscopic crystals that cause your gout.

Now, aside from being very painful indeed, often recurring gout can result in damaged kidneys and completely damaged joints which you obviously need to keep away from at all costs. Plus, as soon as having had even one gout attack, you are very, very prone to undergo more. So you'll be able to see the rationale why excessive uric acid therapy is essential.

1.Begin to make water your beverage of choice. Water can naturally flush the uric acid and try to be ingesting no less than 2.5 liters in case you have frequent attacks.

2. Keep away from eating meat merchandise, seafood and dairy products whilst you treat your symptoms. It's best to attempt to get your protein intake from legumes, spinach and protein shakes.

3. Exercising often may help flush uric acid and assist you to lose weight.

4. Consuming a eating regimen rich in water soluble fiber could be very important. You should eat loads of greens and fruits.

5. Supplement vitamins A, B5 and E as a result of most victims are poor in these vitamins.

6. There are additionally quite a few fruits which have shown to neutralize the acid that's inflicting the pain. You need to supplement strawberries due to their potential to neutralize uric acid. 1 cup throughout an assault is helpful.

7. Similar to cherries, blueberries have excessive ranges of anthocyanins which are reknown for their anti-inflammatory properties. It is best to complement not less than 1 cup throughout an attack.

8. Grapes are high in alkalines which will lessen the acidity of the uric acid.

9. You must also supplement folic acid at 10 to seventy five mg per day because it inhibits xanthine oxidase which is required for uric acid production.

10. Parsley is loaded with fiber and is a pure diuretic which may also help flush the gout inflicting acid from your body.


Ways To Stop Acid Reflux

Written By: admin - Sep• 01•12

Cold sore home remedies? Look no further.

Right now, in this article, you will discover 8 excellent cold sore home remedies that you can begin using 00004000 to eliminate your outbreak.

Cold sore home remedies usually are more effective than store-bought treatments. Drug companies want you to continue spending money on their products. But now you do not need to - with your own cold sore home remedies listed here.

In recent years, thanks to the internet, we have learned quite a few new home remedies for cold sores - from every corner of the world. Some are very simple and provide great results. A few are a little more complicated and must be used correctly to achieve success.

Below, you will learn a few clear, powerful and effective cold sore home remedies that will work for you time after time. And you will now discover how to use them for best results.

Perhaps you are currently using one or the other of these treatments. Wonderful. But, quite often, the greatest success is found by combining with new remedies and fine-tuning for your specific needs.

LYSINE - The herpes virus that causes cold sores reproduces by using arginine stored in the cells. Lysine replaces arginine and makes herpes reproduction impossible. During an outbreak, sufferers can take up to 8000 mg. daily of supplemental lysine. Between cold sores, as a preventative, 500 to 1000 mg. daily is common.
FLOUNDER - Many have reported eating one pound of steamed flounder in a single day and totally wiping out their cold sores. The key here - flounder is extremely high in lysine. Flounder has about 14,000 mg. (14 grams) of body-ready lysine per pound.

ALOE VERA - A live plant is best and very easy to grow in your home. Nip off a bit of the leaf and use the sap on your sore. You can put the unused portion in a plastic bag in the refrigerator for future applications. This is an awesome first-aid plant to have around your home.

CORNSTARCH - The cold sore virus likes an acid environment and does not do well in an alkaline climate. A paste of cornstarch will increase the pH of the sore area to an alkaline state, and repel further virus action.

ACIDOPHILUS BACTERIA - The bacteria that creates yogurt is also a very good fighter of cold sores. Commercial yogurt is pasteurized to kill all the bacteria. You need to buy active acidophilus in capsules. Take the capsules orally with milk. Also you can open the capsules, make a paste using milk or yogurt, and put directly on the sore.

ALCOHOL - A great universal antiseptic for keeping the area as sterile as possible. It also helps prevent secondary bacterial infections. Use a cotton ball or swab to protect your fingers from contamination and spreading the sore. Throw-away alcohol pads are available and very handy for work or travel.

TEA TREE OIL - Tea tree oil is the oil of a tree native to Australia. This oil was used extensively during WWII as a powerful wound dressing. Only for use externally. It tastes and smells like turpentine but is a very effective antiviral and antiseptic. It also keeps the scab oiled - reducing painful cracking.

GARLIC - Down through the ages, garlic has been one of the most powerful and well proven remedies for any illness caused by virus, bacteria or fungus. Both an internal and external remedy for cold sores. Fresh is best. Cut a clove and rub the fresh oil on the cold sore. Use fresh garlic cloves in your salad.

These time-proven cold sore home remedies are just a few of the best treatments for cold sores known today. Quite often they beat the drug store or prescription remedies in results and cost.

Although these treatments work for the vast majority of people, individually they may not all work the same for you. By experimenting, researching and combining various proven methods, you will be able to design your own arsenal of cold sore home remedies.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    anyone know the best way to stop acid reflux?
    or atleast calm it down. I have had it now for 8 years and it is ruining my life. I have tried all different kinds of madication, currently taking domperidone but it isnt doing much any more coz been taking it for the 5 years.

    • ANSWER:
      CURE ACID REFLUX

      REMEDY #1: APPLE CIDER VINEGAR

      Recipe to Cure Acid Reflux:
      2 Teaspoons of Apple Cider Vinegar in water, 3x a day. Take a stronger concoction (i.e., more vinegar, less water) directly after a heavy meal if you are treating acid reflux.

      http://www.ask.com/bar?q=home+remedies+for+acid+reflux&page=1&qsrc=2352&ab=0&u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.earthclinic.com%2FCURES%2Facid_reflux.html
      Acid Reflux or GERD is a very common condition in which the liquid content of the stomach backs up into the esophagus. It can be extremely painful and linger on and on. However, we believe that with patience, a healthy diet and a few home remedies, you can cure acid reflux!

      As often seems to be the case, we start with Apple Cider Vinegar and its amazing potential to improve overall health. It may seem counterintuitive to use acid to cure an acid problem (check out our Question and Answer section to see how often that query pops up), but it has worked for so many of our readers that we can no longer doubt it. Still, everyone is different, in sickness and in health! If ACV won't work for you, there are over 75 more methods to be found below that have brought relief to our online community.

      MOST POPULAR ACID REFLUX REMEDIES:

      REMEDY NAME # of YEAS
      APPLE CIDER VINEGAR 250+ BEST!
      DIETARY CHANGES 39
      PICKLE JUICE 34

      APPLES 21
      DIGESTIVE ENZYMES 10
      ALOE VERA 13

      BAKING SODA 5

      I'm going to show you how to completely eliminate Acid Reflux.
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      In an absolutely sensible and natural way.

      First of all, acid reflux is not a true disease in the way we understand the word. The dictionary defines disease as "a malfunction of an organ". We are more inclined to think of disease as something contracted from someone else, or something caused by a bug or virus. Something that needs a vaccine or a drug to combat it.

      Forget that! This is a Food Related Condition and it's surprisingly easy to correct. Yes, that's what I said. Acid Reflux Disease is A Condition That's Easy To Correct! As well as many of the associated disorders such as Irritable Bowel Syndrome.

      Stomach acid has absolutely nothing to do with acid reflux other than the fact that it's in the stuff you reflux and it's responsible for that burning sensation. Medicine is at a dead end here because, while it's so fixated on stomach acid, it's blind to the real cause.

      All the drugs and all the antacids try to accomplish just one thing. Reduce or eliminate stomach acid. What does that do? It interferes with the natural digestion process, nothing more. You already know that they don't in any way attempt to actually fix the problem.

      The food in your diet is solely responsible for acid reflux disease and I will show you why.
      ************************************************

      By the way, diet works to let you know what foods you need the extra acid to digest. When there is not enough acid in the stomic you get your reflux, and if you add a bit more acid, it goes away within seconds. Otherwise the old one eyed brain sponge has us brainwashed into taking a patented medicen cure... that only works by depriving the body of what it needs so the bidy over-produces it... causing acid burns all over the place.

      ME!

      .

  2. QUESTION:
    Natural way to stop acid reflux?
    ???

    • ANSWER:
      Avoid alcohol, caffeine , coffee, cola etc.
      Avoid very spicy foods.
      Lose weight.

  3. QUESTION:
    how to stop Acid reflux during pregnancy?
    i havent experienced any heartburn but have horrible acid reflux!! it burns so bad on the back of my throat, i've never had it before i was pregnant. is there any ways of reducing the symptoms? i dont want to take medicine or anything so home remedies are a must, any help would be great. oh and i'm 29 weeks pregnant with my first child

    • ANSWER:
      I have acid reflux sometimes too..my sympathies..I know how horrible it can be. My doctor gave me a list of Safe Medications to take during pregnancy: You can take: Tagament, Zantac, Pepcid, Tums, Mylanta, Maalox, Gaviscon and PeptoBismol.

      I was so excited though when I read in my natural remedies book that KIWI FRUIT can help acid reflux. I didn't believe it.... but I ate one and felt a little better. After eating two, the discomfort was gone!!! My book says the fruit has soothing enzymes that help nuetralize the acid. A few weeks ago I tried dried kiwi and it seemed to help as well.. although I bet fresh fruit works better.

  4. QUESTION:
    My dog has acid reflux... any way to stop it?
    We went to the vet because of my eight month old puppy diagnosed with acid reflux. The vet suggested surgery for the puppy, but not everyone agrees on it. Any suggestions?

    • ANSWER:
      As with any case of acid reflux, you are looking at dietary changes for the puppy. Definitely avoid anythings with oil, sugar, fats... and probably stick to dry foods.

  5. QUESTION:
    How can I stop Acid Reflux/Heartburn?
    I think i have Acid Reflux or Heartburn! Its this feeling in the middle of my chest that feels tight and like I can't get a good breath. I know you can change your diet to fix this but is there anything else that i can do the natural way besides changing what i eat?

    • ANSWER:
      try to take prilosec,you can buy it without prescription.but you have to go to your doctor ,acid reflux can get worse .so the doctor can decide what medicine you should take ,but until you go to the doctor .take prilosec to prevent getting worse.stay away from any food or drink with acid like orange juice lemon,....also from alcohol or caffeine.and most of all STRESS.take care

  6. QUESTION:
    Stopping acid reflux after it has started. Is there a way?
    I know there are lots of things you should do to prevent acid reflux. However, if it starts and slavia is being generated and it is impossible to swallow, what can be done to stop the symptons?I tried to take a pill with a sip of water but it all started again.

    It has been going on now for 5 hours.

    • ANSWER:
      Try a little bicarbonate of soda in half a glass of water. Later don't drink any liquids at least two hours before going to bed and use an extra pillow to raise your head.

  7. QUESTION:
    would this plan stop acid reflux for good?
    If i were to eat only when im ONLY half way hungry or 50% full, sleep in a rocking chair instead of a bed and drink my recommended water.All doing this for 30 days. Will this plan actually show good results for acid reflux and allow time to heal my esphogus since no one hardly eat up to only 50 percent? and how can i tell if im only 50% full

    • ANSWER:
      I think that the better and more comfortable method would be to simply eat the bigger meal in the morning, and snack your way through the day ending any eating at 7pm. Wait around 3-4 hours and simply sleep with your upper body elevated. Also for the first week or two... take alka-seltzer or mylanta before sleep.

  8. QUESTION:
    How can I stop an acid and gastric reflux attack quickly and naturally?
    I stupidly have run out of tablets and have to wait until Tuesday before I can gets some more, which means by 8pm this evening, I am going to be suffering! I have an hiatus hernia, so get dreadful acid problems, which is now effecting my gastric tube. I just would like to know if there is a natural way I can use to keep me going until Tuesday?

    • ANSWER:
      Try gurgling or even drinking a teaspoon of *baking soda* in warm water,
      Because it is an alkaline it will balance the PH of the acid.

      Other tips are; be aware of foods with acids escecialy tomatoes, at the bottom I've supplied you with a link of foods high in both acid and alkaline, but what you need is less acid and more alkaline...

      Another tip is do not eat heavy meals before bed, because gravity and the pressure of the food will cause your stomach muscles to relax and release acid, so it is best to raise the head of your bed to let the acid go down, and eat an hour or two before bed time.
      Also sleep on your left side, recent studies showed this reduces acid production during sleep!
      Also remember to eat proportional meals...

      Do not wear tight pants, and try to loose belly fat as it can increase acid reflux problems.

      Do not eat cold foods then hot, or hot foods then cold this for me is the biggest problem.

      Do not chew gum, or eat mint or candy,
      two reasons for this; when you chew gum, constant saliva enters your esophagus relaxing the muscles of your stomach and opening it, also mint is an acid, and peppermint in general relaxes your stomach and causes it to open and reflux, instead chew raw parsnip if you must...and a vegetable drink that is green without tomato may help.

      You might be on Nexium or Prevacid or prilosac, but were I live we have Domperidone it empties the stomach out by stimulating the bowels. Nexium can lead to more acid reflux, because it is only temperarily shutting off the Proton Pumps, or Histamine 2 receptors, these areas are what create acid, by shutting them down temperarily the acid production stops or slows down, but as soon as the acid production begins again the acid reflux causing cells(parietal cells) have been patiently waiting in line so that the door opens to stimulate more acid.....
      That is why I recommend domperidone, unless Nexium or whatever you take is actually working well for you..............

      Also my condition is called "Gastroesophageal reflux disease" or GERD

      Good luck, although I have the same problems, I eventually had a hernia operation called a
      laporoscopic nissen fundoplication...it is where you tie the bottom of the stomach to the top, so that it strengthens the sphinchter, but let me tell you I am still having problems....

      Good luck with everything, I hope this helped ;)

      PS: milk is not for everyone, it can worsen acid reflux like in my case....

  9. QUESTION:
    What is an efficient and immediate acid reflux pain reliever?
    I want to know any way to relieve the pain immediately, is there any medication, food, beverage or any other suggested intake to stop the major pain of acid reflux?

    • ANSWER:
      For INSTANT relief, I've only found 1 product that works. It's Pepcid Complete, best darn medicine they've come out with in a while!!!

  10. QUESTION:
    any natural way to get rid with gastric and acid reflux?
    Kindly help me and tell me some natural way to get rid of Acid reflux and Gastric as its true that once I stop taking medicines, the symptoms return back. Its been a month since I'm suffering with it.

    Please help!!!!!!

    • ANSWER:
      eat very small meals every few hours. This will minimize the time your stomach is empty, allowing stomach acid to build up and disturb you. Also, drink lots of water. Perhaps look into a probiotic supplement to aid digestion, they work amazingly, I take it everyday. Yogurt also contains probiotics.

  11. QUESTION:
    How do i get rid of acid reflux?
    I been having acid reflux for a couple years and had been taking nexuim to stop it but now it seems the nexuim stopped working and now I'm getting acid reflux more constantly. So I would like to know a sure way to get rid of it cause it's got to the point that it's unbearable. So can someone please help me and tell me if there's any other way to get rid of it?

    • ANSWER:

  12. QUESTION:
    How Long Will Apple Cider Vinegar Cure Acid Reflux Permanently?
    For example If I Take 1 1/2 tablespoon of it daily, how long will it stop it permanently. Can you give me about a good estimate time. This way i always don't have to depend on it all the time, cause it nasty and yucky. Can you give me a time period? I DON'T suffer from severe acid reflux, just moderate and comes frequently throughout the day. I have ONLY been suffering with it for 18 months.

    • ANSWER:
      I don't see how acetic acid will cure acid reflux. What a crazy notion. Using one acid to fix another acid problem? It doesn't make sense. You're just putting more acid in your stomach and it will reflux along with the gastric acid. Acids don't neutralize acids. Bases neutralize acids. But even bases won't prevent what's causing the acid reflux in the first place.

      See your doctor to find out the cause of yours. It can be due to various conditions, including abnormal biologic or structural factors.

  13. QUESTION:
    Connected to Acid Reflux?
    Hey Guys, ive been diagnosed with acid reflux (im 15, by the way) and it can be really bad at times, but sometimes i can get it under control. It's weird though, because ive noticed whenever i go out someplace exciting or i get really nervous or any extreme emotion i immediately start feeling the acid and feel really sick, to the point where i could be somewhere as common as the movies and be forced to go to the bathroom to throw up. Anyone know if this is related to my Acid Reflux, and if there is any way to stop it? (besides perscription medication) Especially since im going to the movies tonight, and im already having trouble and i really dont want to get sick. =[

    • ANSWER:
      Hi, i've heard pure liquorice from a health store can help, if you chew a couple of sticks a day.

  14. QUESTION:
    What's a good pizza recipe for someone with acid reflux?
    I have more than likely got Acid Reflux, and anytime I eat pizza, I get so sick. I always know it's going to make me sick, but I still eat. Tonight, I got the sickest I've ever been. So I'm going to completely stop eating it... Unless there's a way I can eat it without all the grease and stuff that makes me sick?

    • ANSWER:
      Try the chicken ranch pizza, it doesn't have tomato and spices like regular pizza.
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      2 cups grilled or cooked chicken breast, torn or cut into bite-sized pieces
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      1/4 cup sliced green onion (optional)
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  15. QUESTION:
    Acid reflux method relief?
    What im currently doing is taking apple cider vinegar mixed in water, and honey and it taste so unpleasent. so my question is what if i were to use the same method, BUT take the apple cider vinegar first and then drink the honey mixed with the water. this way i dont have to add the vinegar in the water, cause it taste so awful. could i do that instead, this way i get about all the wonder taste of honey water, for 3 times a day?and could you give me an estimate of how long it will stop my acid reflux forever, cause i saw on the internet one lady did it and she suffered with acid reflux for 6 years and in 10 days she had no more heartburn by using this stuff, vs i only had it for 18 months.

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  16. QUESTION:
    everytime i eat sausage or pickled eggs i get acid reflux why?
    when i eat sausage either way later that day or the next day il have acid reflux the whole day.. i have stopped eating sausage cause of it. and now i found out that pickled eggs does it too. why is this? an i hate to stop eating pickeled eggs there so good. but those are the two things that i noticed that only gives me acid reflux. im nto sure if this happens to other people too or its just me

    • ANSWER:
      Acid reflux is from a few things, two of which are in the things you are talking about.

      1) Sausage: It contains spices that will promote acid such as garlic, spicy peppers (with some sort of capsicum range), herbs like thyme, rosemary etc.

      2) pickled eggs: They contain acid (vinegar) which also will agrevate the acid in your tummy and create a reflux. you will probably find a similar result with pickles, olives etc.

      You might want to check with your doctor and see what kind of diet you should work on.

      Good luck,
      Cheers.

  17. QUESTION:
    Is acid reflux stopping me from???????????
    i have acid reflux... ive had it since i was born. and i heard that the acid that comes up messes up your throat, and can even kill you eventually if you don't take care of yourself... i have a question though. i really want to start singing. but i hate my singing voice, i dont like the way it sounds. can this be because of acid reflux?

    sometimes i feel like i have no control of my voice... i wish i could sing with a loud raspy voice.. but i dont even like the way my voice sounds and like i already said i have no control over it sometimes. like it feels weak.

    can anyone help?

    • ANSWER:
      Hi and I hope I can help.

      I have had acid reflux (GERD) for as long as I remember, for which I have been taking Zantac 150 twice daily for several months.

      The "death" you refer to from not taking care of GERD is (I believe) Bennet's Esophagus (damage to the esophagus due to exposure to stomach acids). While you can minimize your health risks with this condition with diet maintenance, it is important that you seek help from a professional vocal coach on how to care for your throat and voice, if you plan to be a singer as a career.

      Hope this helps and good luck!

  18. QUESTION:
    Acid reflux, anxiety, or something else?
    For awhile now, I've had some symptoms that seem similar to what I've seen being described by sufferers of acid reflux. Occasionally I'll have slight chest pain (heartburn). I often have extremely uncomfortable bloating and/or gas (sorry for the TMI). This doesn't always happen immediately after eating--sometimes it happens without eating at all, and sometimes I eat and am fine. Those symptoms may be something unrelated or they may be a part of the following. I very, very often experience an uncomfortable sensation in my throat--I rarely (hardly ever) actually burp (have always been that way), but it's a feeling that I need to do so (and can't) or that I'm going to be sick (which I haven't actually done since elementary school). My stomach itself isn't usually the source of any discomfort (except with the bloating)--it's a sensation in my throat. When it occurs while/before eating, it makes it very difficult to finish/continue eating (even if my stomach is fine). It also makes it extremely difficult to talk, especially in one-on-one conversation where I have to talk for a long period without a break--because it's like I start breathing faster and feel extremely sick (throat/chest only, not stomach), and have to stop. It's also happened on occasion when I'm not having to talk or eat, and usually in a "social" situation. I'm not a shy person at all, and don't mind being in front of crowds--yet this has become a huge problem. I basically embarrassed myself during a friend's wedding in which I was reading a passage as I had to stop, breathe deeply, and basically looked like I was trying not to puke (which is what it felt like)--in another wedding, I wasn't speaking at all, but I was a bridesmaid and had the same feeling and response--got very fidgety, hand touching throat, etc. The thing is, it's become worse over time. It's gotten to the point now where I experience a similar feeling anytime I'm with someone I'm not totally comfortable with (by comfortable, I mean able to share anything--best friends, immediate family) and/or especially in one-on-one conversation or where I'm the focus. Eating with others (excluding immediate family/close friends) is difficult. Since I'm not a shy person and I actually had a good bit of experience with public speaking when I was younger (without experiencing this problem), this confuses me. I'm not sure if it's an anxiety issue showing up with physical symptoms or if it's a physical issue (like acid reflux). Either way, I'd like to find a way to control it--it's interfering with regular activities (like dating--ever tried hanging out one-on-one with a guy you've just met and are interested in and not been able to hold a conversation without seeming like you're constantly burping/hiccuping or about to have a panic attack?). I'm only 22 and healthy (or so I believe!).

    I realize that a doctor could also be of help, but I wanted some input here from people who may have experienced similar symptoms. If there's an OTC product that you think could help control the symptoms, or any other techniques, please share.

    • ANSWER:
      Hey mate yeah that definatly sounds like acid reflux. You can get over the counter medication for that. Just ask for intergestion tablets, like quickeaze or simething. If that doesn't help with it you will need to get a prescription for a more porwerfull medication like Nexium. It's an anti-proton pump inhibitor (in a tablet :) )that will fix the problem.

      Hope it gets better.

  19. QUESTION:
    how can i cut the pain of acid reflux fast when it happens at night?
    once in a great while i tend to get it sometimes, i take zantac 150mg before supper. and it ONLY happens at night time,and im worried about it alot because of the taste and pain, but mainly because of the horrid burps.. i want to know if theres a way to at least stop the bad taste of burps or the pain or maybe it altogether WHEN ITS HAPPENING, thank you in advanced

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  20. QUESTION:
    I have acid reflux disease and I have this bitter Phlegm like taste in the back of my mouth, Please Help!?
    I have had acid reflux for the past 3 years now. My doctor put me on Prilosec and zantac and I was taking these for 3 years but they didn't help at all. So I stopped taking them back in December of 2008 and tried to look for natural ways to cure my acid reflux. I avoid the spicy foods, sauce, citrus etc etc etc. The problem that I am having is that for the past month I am getting this bitter Phlegm like taste in the back of my mouth. When I eat something that bitter taste goes away but after i finish eating that bitter taste sits in the back of my throat. What is causing this? What can I take to eliminate this taste from the back of my mouth. My doctor told me that I should see a GI specialist but I will never want to do an endoscopy. I am too scared to do that plus I am looking for Natural cures. Anyways How can I get rid of this nasty Phlegm mucus like taste in the back of my mouth and how can I cure myself of this acid reflux. Thanks

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  21. QUESTION:
    How do I drink beer with acid reflux?
    Ok so I'm 16 years old and have had acid reflux for a while and it hasn't really bothered me until about a year ago. So then I started going to a doctor who told me to stop drinking milk and start taking these meds. A year later he tells me that I can stop taking the meds but to still not drink milk. I'm fine with all that but during the past year I've been partying a lot too with my friends and I can't drink. I can usually get through about half a beer and I end up throwing up. It's so hard to drink too. Every sip I get this really nasty acidy feeling in my stomach and I start salivating a lot. If I take a really big sip, I'll either throw up or spew out spit into the sink and pray that I won't throw up. At first I thought it was me not being used to alcohol so I used to practice trying to drink at least one beer but I never could. After looking online, I found that people with acid reflux react badly to alcohol. I really want to be able to drink and I feel like I'm missing out when everyone is drinking at partys and I'm totally sober. So I'm wondering is there any way to permanently cure acid reflux so that I can drink beer and milk. I don't want to go through life missing out, especially in college.
    Guys please don't tell me not to drink. I live in America and most kids that I know drink and it isn't a big deal. Also my next doctor appointment is in 6 months and I don't know about my doctor. He always tells me what to do but never explains why. I didn't even know I had acid reflux until 6 months after I had been taking my meds.

    • ANSWER:
      Ask your doctor what to do. It safer than listening to advise from a bunch of us Yahoos. The most important thing is that you are too young to drink. In most places anyway. As far a a cure that is another good question for you doctor. It really puzzles me that you don't ask a doctor these things. Its too bad but maybe alcohol and milk is just not meant to be a part of your life.

  22. QUESTION:
    Help, Acid reflux/ulcer pain during school?
    I'm not sure what's wrong, but I think I have that Acid Reflux thing.. EIther that or an ulcer. A lot of times like right now I''m in school and I'll get these pains like the acid in my stomach feels like is burning a hole in me.. it comes with nausea and a burning pain too, but I never seem to throw up. Salt seems to help it sometimes. It starts up when I get upset, or exited, or even just tired of talking... I have trouble calming myself down when I get anxious too, so that doesn't help trying to concentrate on school work either... Can anyone teach me some techniques, maybe there's some kind of breathing one can do that might help settle their stomach... I know one breathing technique to calm down during a panic attack but it doesn't really help the pain at all... My aunt gave me OTC meds for people with stomach ulcers for about a week before, and they helped while I was on them, but she can't get them anymore or something, or won't... If there's any way to improve an unclers condition naturally tell me? And ways to temporarily make it stop burning?

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  23. QUESTION:
    I have had acid reflux 1-3 times every month and then that night puked and the nexy day been fine. HELP!?
    I dont know what is wrong with me I am only 14!! I need some answers on how to make it stop. why it might be happening and ways to get rid of it!!

    • ANSWER:
      There are many acid reflux causes. One of the known cause is overeating! Other reasons of acid reflux includes alcohol consumption, smoking or allergies to certain medication.

      You can consider trying out some of the so called home remedies for acid reflux. It is easy to make. You can use vegetables and fruits as ingredients. Just check out recipes for acid reflux and you will have an idea how to create one.

      Hope the above helps reducing your acid reflux problems

  24. QUESTION:
    Hello can anyone help me on this issue(acid reflux)?
    My stomach get bloated after eating and drinking. Could it be acid reflux on or a ulcer that making my stomach really that way please help. i went to the doctors three years a go they say it was acid refux then it stop for a while then it came back with the bloating everytime i eat.

    The doctors didnt take no testing they just felt my stomach no testing . should i go back to the hospital

    • ANSWER:
      try taking prilosec. That's a once a day tablet and you should notice improvement in a couple of days. What you wrote almost sounds more like a gas problem, in which case beeno works sometimes.

  25. QUESTION:
    Ways to stop vomiting?
    I've been vomiting almost everyday for five months now, and the doctors don't know what's wrong. They've done ultrasounds, HIDA scans, put me on acid reflux meds, on various other meds, did an endoscopy--and they still don't know why I'm vomiting.

    As it is the GI specialist thinks it's because of stress (and the vomiting is the only thing stressing me out) and no other doctors can figure out anything.

    Anyone have any good ideas for stopping vomiting? It's really bad to day and I have a horrible dehydration headache.
    I can't even keep ginger ale or pedialyte down. It's completely random, not around a certain time.
    Edit: Never been bulimic (throwing up goes against my control freak nature) and I'm 21.

    • ANSWER:
      My mother went through something similar last year, and only after her doctors had exhausted all other avenues did they think to check her gall bladder. All of the tests missed this, and she was seeing a gastroenterologist!

      Removing the gall bladder stopped the vomiting, and allowed her to regain some of the 70 pounds she had lost during this ordeal. She very nearly died.

      As another person has already suggested, you may have an inner ear disorder.

      It could be stress, H pylori, a neurological disorder, or any number of things.

      I would strongly advise seeking out new physicians who are in no way affiliated with each other, or to the hospital in which you have had your tests, or where they might have privileges.

      It's time now to start fresh in seeking a diagnosis. I am very sorry that you are having to go through this. I've seen it, and I have some understanding as to just how difficult this is for you. Again, I feel for you. This has got to be unbearable.

      I have no advice as to how to relieve the vomiting.

      Only the best to you, and hang in there. This problem has a solution, it's just a matter of finding it. I hope you are feeling better soon.

      ((((((((( Big hugs)))))))))

  26. QUESTION:
    Acid reflux/GERD help?
    How long will it start working? Changing Omeprazole to Protonix for GERD help?
    I had left my GERD untreated for 3 months and now I went to see a doctor. My doctor told me I had GERD. Doctor put in a camera and saw red bumps on my throat and probably my esophagus is eroded too. Prescribed me Omeprazole (Prilosec) 20 mg twice a day and I took it for 3 days had some tingling side effects couldn't sleep, so I stopped using it. I switched to Pantoprazole (Protonix) 40mg a day every morning, so far I took it for 2 days and no side effects, but I was unsure if it is working for me or not. I heard you need to wait 8 weeks (2 months) in order to see improvements. My doctor told me taking the PPI should help me with healing my red bumps in my throat. I was unsure if i had stomach ulcers yet, because my doctor told me it would usually hurt in the stomach if i did have it. So far my stomach has not hurt yet. Doctor told me if the medication doesn't work, then I'll have to see a gastroenterologist for help. I am scared, but I know I really have to watch what I eat now because I don't want a hole in my stomach or esophagus. Before I ate spicy, white vinegar, fried foods, and a lot of unhealthy foods. Right now I have to stop eating McDonalds and fried food and spicy and soda and coffee because it would just worsen my stomach. My acid reflux went all the way up to my nose which is quite bad and it started one night at bed time. It was scary and my throat was burning. Anyone have red bumps in their throat and how did you heal it? Can I eat red apples? I need to drink more water and eat more vegetables. If I eat more meat will it cause more acid in my stomach?

    Does taking azithromycin antibiotic kill the H. pylori that causes ulcer in stomach?

    • ANSWER:
      There is good reason why esophageal cancer is one of the fastest, if not the fastest growing cancers in America today. Look at how the medical profession is dealing with acid reflux, or GERD as they like to name it so they can call it a diagnosis. Do you actually think your body is deficient in a drug?

      I am completely amazed that intelligent people that doctors are supposed to be have bought into this DRUG COMPANY farce that is promoting antacids to the tune of billion dollars per year in sales.

      I have patient after patient come to me with GERD and taking that DRUG solution of antacids, but when they learn the truth and understand what is going on, they cannot believe they have been hoodwinked into taking that expensive antacid garbage that STOPS THE NORMAL DIGESTIVE PROCESSES IN THE BODY! ! ! Looking at the literature from pharmacies about GERD or listening to your doctor you would think you are producing the huge amount of hydrochloric acid that is burning up your insides!

      The problem is exactly the opposite.

      The problem is that as we age, we produce less and less hydrochloric acid and eating processed foods uses it up even faster. By the time you are 70, you will be producing about 5% of the HCL you did at 25. Ever wonder why young children don't get acid indigestion and older people do? At 18, you are producing the maximum HCL you will in your lifetime. Meat eating animals make HCL in their stomachs; plant eating animals do NOT. Plant eaters have a small gland just before the small intestine that secretes HCL to sanitize before entering the small intestine.

      If you take a once living source HCL just after eating, any reflux or indigestion will be gone within less than 3 minutes. Lactic acid from rotting, undigested, putrefying food is what causes the indigestion and the methane gas from the disgusting food mass causes the bloating and reflux.

      If you want to see what happens in your stomach, make an additional table setting of what you are eating. Put it all in a blender, and then set it out for a while and watch what happens. Without HCL, or digestive enzymes, the food will do what it is doing in your stomach.

      You need to stop eating the McMaggots food, sodas, fried foods, etc., but not because of reflux, but because it is killing you. If you take the HCL & DIGEST as indicated by a nutritional therapist, you will find you don't need the medications and will actually be digesting your food like you have not in years. You will lose the belly fat and get more energy. Taking those drugs (antacids) will shorten your life and keep you sick.

      EDIT: "Mr. E" is also correct that getting proper chiropractic help can be of great help to this problem as well. When the nerves are not working well going to various organs, those organs cannot work well. Your stomach is no exception to this.

      good luck to you

  27. QUESTION:
    What is Acid Reflux Disease?
    Hi I would like to know whats Acid Reflux Disease and what are the signs to it. what are the food to stop this or any way to heal this. Also I'm not obese I'm only 136 pd and 5ft2. Please give me a good answer and appreciate for your help.

    • ANSWER:
      Acid Reflux disease is a condition in which the stomach acid regurgitates slightly upwards into lower esopahus. The result? Burning sensation behind your chest bone or heartburn, it may sometimes even come upto your larynx and cause throatburn.
      Causes: Some ppl are predisposed to it, belly fat, sitting in a half sitting n half lying position, spicy foods, hyperacidity, hernia.

      Try to avoid spices and loads of salt in diet, they are notorious for more acid production.
      Sit upright after meals.
      Antacids.
      Drink ice cold water to calm the acid.
      Have a proton pump inhibitor first thing when you wake up, eat breakfast 30 mins after it e.g Pantoprazole or Lansoprazole. Take it for a week.
      P:S: I'm a doctor so dont worry about any wrong info.
      Take care.

  28. QUESTION:
    Drinking to much pop cause Acid Reflux?
    I drink nothing but pop...i know its bad for you but that is just the way it is. anyways i have been getting horrible acid reflux!!!!!!! i mean to the point where i feel like throwing up. its non stop!!!!!! how do i know when it starts to get to bad and go to a doctor? and is it because of pop??? (i dont eat anything out of the ordinary) thanks a bunch for helping

    • ANSWER:
      It could be the pop. Stop drinking it to see. If it persists, see a doctor.

  29. QUESTION:
    I found a cure for acid reflux. Has anyone else done the same?
    I was on acid reflux medication for ten years. I could not sleep at night without the purple pill or Zantac. After being diagnosed with a kidney disorder that developed from a long term regimen of low dose medication, (aspirin and reflux medicine), I decided to search for the root of the problem that causes acid reflux. The Nexium pills and other types treat the symptoms of bad health, they are not the cure. If the body is not functioning correctly, there is an underlying cause that needs to be addressed. My doctor said that most people would rather keep eating what ever they want and take pills the rest of their lives than to change their diets which is the best way to eliminate the problem of acid reflux. So after researching a little I found that a diet of more raw fruits and vegetables and no fried foods with transfats etc will help my situation, but the most important thing that I found was that a major cause is caffeine. Caffeine causes certain muscles in the esophagus to relax which not only allows stomach acid to rise up into areas it should not be in but is also cases the stomach to produce more acid. As soon as I Stopped all caffeine and made moderate changes to my diet, within 3 days I was off of acid reflux medication completely and that was 3 months ago and I haven't had caffeine or needed medication since. Some doctors will not tell you these things and will prefer to keep you on medication which is how they are trained to treat problems. I am happy to say that I am healed from a bad case of acid reflux that lasted for many years thanks to a few basic changes and I believe you can be healed as well. Best wishes.
    To all who say that my situation does not apply to everyone else, I never said it did. Caffeine was not the only change that I made in my diet. I cut out fried foods, fast foods, sodas, tea, processed sugar and added more fruits and vegetables to my diet. I also waited 3 months before I reported my results. As far as all the reports and studies that some of you share here, they may be correct or they may be the result of drug companies trying to create false information to keep selling their drugs. I don’t know, but what I do know is I made a few simple changes in my life and experienced significant results. Before you discredit my story by pointing to a bunch of scientific studies, you should try for your self and see if moderate changes in diet will work. If anything your health will greatly improve and I would bet your acid reflux condition will improve as well.

    • ANSWER:
      1] I am very glad that this worked for you; but
      2] it will NOT work for everyone
      3] some common triggers are caffeine, fried or spicy foods, being overweight, etc.
      4] any 'acid reflux' that is not releived by over the counter meds, and/or diet changes should be checked out by a doctor

  30. QUESTION:
    I found a cure for my acid reflux. Has anyone else done the same?
    I was on acid reflux medication for ten years. I could not sleep at night without the purple pill or Zantac. After being diagnosed with a kidney disorder that developed from a long term regimen of low dose medication, (aspirin and reflux medicine), I decided to search for the root of the problem that causes acid reflux. The Nexium pills and other types treat the symptoms of bad health, they are not the cure. If the body is not functioning correctly, there is an underlying cause that needs to be addressed. My doctor said that most people would rather keep eating what ever they want and take pills the rest of their lives than to change their diets which is the best way to eliminate the problem of acid reflux. So after researching a little I found that a diet of more raw fruits and vegetables and no fried foods with transfats etc will help my situation, but the most important thing that I found was that a major cause is caffeine. Caffeine causes certain muscles in the esophagus to relax which not only allows stomach acid to rise up into areas it should not be in but is also cases the stomach to produce more acid. As soon as I Stopped all caffeine and made moderate changes to my diet, within 3 days I was off of acid reflux medication completely and that was 3 months ago and I haven't had caffeine or needed medication since. Some doctors will not tell you these things and will prefer to keep you on medication which is how they are trained to treat problems. I am happy to say that I am healed from a bad case of acid reflux that lasted for many years thanks to a few basic changes and I believe you can be healed as well. Best wishes.

    • ANSWER:
      Let me put it to you gently, i was active mormon for 20 years. or so,
      and i never drank coffee and still had acid reflux

      for me i seemed to identify the remedy to a poison that caused the refluc, neither the poison nor the remedy did i ever take.

      acid reflux could simply be caused by being "full" all the time.

  31. QUESTION:
    suffering with acid reflux and miserable (help!)?
    kso i got acid reflux really bad about 2 weeks ago. i was sick for that WHOLE week. I had been taking omeprazole once a day every morning and it kinda helped but after i got somewhat better i've been feeling nauseated and having that feeling of acid still in my stomach NON STOP! i'm just sick of feelin this way constantly it's makin me miserable sometimes i cry because its just too much. I cant even get a good sleep at night because thie nauseating feeling wakes me up. Then i have to force myself to eat because i havent been having much of an appetite. Throughout this whole thing i've lost ten pounds. Every time i'm about to eeat i get worried because i dont know if i'm gonna get sick and throw up or what. Basically i just need to know what else i can do about this. Please help me i'm extremely tired of feeling miserable. PLEASE HELP ME!
    i know i probably sound like a cry baby but i've never had this before and i've never been this sick before.

    • ANSWER:
      You need to see (or re-see) a gastroenterologist. GERD or whatever this is that is this bad will need a closer MD look.

  32. QUESTION:
    bad acid reflux during late pregnancy?
    37 weeks pregnant and i get acid in my throat when i am trying to sleep, or just lying in bed. it is horrible!! i cant find any way to get rid if it. it keeps me from sleeping a lot of times.
    has anyone had this experience, and know some way of stopping it. or even slowing it down? i cant stand it much longer!!

    • ANSWER:
      Ive been struggling with it a little bit and im only 24.4 weeks but a glass of milk or Gaviscon tablets help also try using an extra pillow sitting up a bit while sleeping helps DONT drink caffeine drinks like coffee or eat chocolate, and dont eat anything 2 hours b4 bed. these are just a few ideas. oh and just think not long now :)

  33. QUESTION:
    I'm not sure what these symptoms are...perhaps acid reflux?
    I tend to have a bit of a "weak stomach" I guess you could say, but for the past year it's gotten very bad. I think it MIGHT be acid reflux, but I'm not sure. Here are the symptoms and if anyone knows a lot on the topic, please let me know:

    --after eating anything remotely greasy, my chest starts to burn and stomach begins to hurt...more often than not I am forced to throw it back up (sorry for the graphics) because it's the only way to get my stomach to stop hurting

    --often times if i eat anything even more than an hour before I go to bed, I'll wake up either in the morning or in the middle of the night with the same problem listed above....an incredibly bad stomach ache and the need to throw up.

    --a lot of times after I eat I go into these "fits" where I CANNOT stop belching...over and over. it's like there is an enormous pressure in my chest/stomach, and belching brings the only relief...this could last for an hour.

    is this acid reflux, some other disorder, or just a very weak stomach?

    • ANSWER:
      It definitely sounds like GERD (acid reflux). Pls see a dr so you can have a scope done. They give you a sedative and put a teeny camera down your throat.

      This will tell them if you have esophagitis, which can lead to esophagus cancer if untreated. Esophagitis occurs when the stomach acids come up the esophagus.

  34. QUESTION:
    is there any way to stop your throat from closing?
    i sometimes have the feeling that my throat is closing its caused by my acid reflux but it only lasts for a few minutes then goes away its not life threating but is there any way to stop this from happing while its going on? id like to know because it really freaks me out sometimes...

    • ANSWER:

  35. QUESTION:
    Acid reflux or GERD help?
    I have had the worst acid reflux. It all happened at night when i was lying down on my bed and my stomach was bloated. Then some kind of liquid went up all the way up to my throat and nose which I think was caused by stomache acid. I have it untreated for 3 months and my doctor diagnose that I have acid reflux now or is it (GERD)? The doctor is telling me to take (omeprazole) 20 mg 2 tablets a day, which is a generic medication for Prilosec. I have taken it for 3 days and I have these tingling side effects and i stopped taking them. The acid has left burning and itchy sensation in my throat for months now and I was sure my esophagus might be damaged without knowing. I am scared of stomach ulcers and cancer someday if it is untreated early. Please tell me if this has happened to anyone and what PPIs or antacids work for you and cure you from GERD and acid reflux? Do you think what I have is GERD and not Acid reflux now since it has been months now and hasn't gone away? Thanks. I wished Prilosec has worked for me but it caused side effects, do you think Prevacid or other brands will help? I am willing to try if it helps reduce stomach acid from coming up into my esophagus as well as healing it. Was there OTC medicines you tried that helped cured it? How long did it take if so?

    I should avoid spicy, vinegar, citrus, fried foods. I am going to start a diet for my GERD or acid reflux now so I can heal my burnt tissues. I was told not to drink carbonated, caffeinated, coffee, tea. I should also drink more water and eat more vegetables and less meat because meat causes more acid in stomach. I have to avoid orange, lemon, lime, garlic, onion, tomato too. I heard ginger is good for stomach so I bought some capsules to take. I was also told not to eat a heavy meal at night before going to bed. Tell me what foods to avoid and what foods to put into my diet that will help promote faster healing. What are some alkaline foods to help neutralize the acid in my stomach? What are other acidic foods i need to avoid too?

    • ANSWER:
      avoid tomatoe and tomato juice, lemon and other acidic foods.. also avoid coke
      medication called H-2-receptor blockers,are a different type of antiacids and might be useful: cimetidine (commercially Tagamet HB) or famotidine (commercially Pepcid AC) can be used.
      Tums is another type of antacids which might be useful .
      H2 blockers are good for night and may be benificial during the day
      but if you get a reflux during the day PPI's (omperazole and others) are your best choice.. try taking another PPI , if it doesn't work for you.. then change to H2 blockers which shouldn't give you the side effects.
      best of luck

      *** if all this doesnt work, see a specialist, you might have a diaphragmatic hernia or other medical condition requiring surgery or more aggressive treatment

  36. QUESTION:
    My dog has acid reflux....?
    My dog has Acid Reflux. He's been taking 2 Pepcid 10mg tablets a day...morning/night. I would like to know if your dog has acid reflux and what the vet presibed you, or told you what to do about it. Buddy is still throwing up when its almost time to give him his next pill. I don't want to overload him with antacids though. By the way..Buddy is a 10 month old Lab mix that weighs in a t 70pds. And he gets Iams Lamb and rice dry food. 3-4 times a day. I just some insight before I take him to the Vet again...we've been there quite often. I just want him to stop throwing up!!!He's happy and healty besides the Reflux. Thanks for any help.
    He has had this problem for a few months now...Its not from the recalled food. Which by the way I did find a few cans of the recall in my cabinet!!!!

    • ANSWER:
      Hi Crazeescrub!
      Heartburn occurs often if your pet eats a very fatty or heavy meal, or big amounts of food.
      Since heartburn is mainly a medical condition with biological reasons there is not much you can do. Just always try to provide your dog with a healthy balanced nutrition and do not let him eat too much at once. Also I would recommend that you moisten your dogs diet, feed at least 2 meals a day, and raise your dog meal off the floor.

      A lot of dogs suffer from ingestion after eating their meal from the floor level. This is because as a dog gulps their food, they ingest air at the same time. This air moves into the digestion system and causes ingestion. By raising the food off the floor (raised feeder or ergonomic feeder), you bring your dogs diet up to shoulder level and minimise the amount of air ingested.
      Jason Homan

  37. QUESTION:
    Why is my acid coming up all the time?
    To put it this way, every time i eat something, i get acid, and it comes back up, like acid reflux. How can i prevent this because i am getting it almost everyday! I'm 16 and i want to know how to stop this.

    • ANSWER:
      You may need some medication to keep this under control. And, never lie down in a reclining position for at least 2 hours after eating a meal. There are over the counter medications which can help control this - most people start with Tums or Rolaids and later advance to Zantac, Prilosec or Pepcid.

  38. QUESTION:
    How do i stop myself from clearing my throat constantly?
    I've been constantly clearing my throat for months now and i'm due to have an endoscopy in 1 months time. But it's getting unbareable (i've followed all the rules for acid reflux because thats what he thinks it is) and i've tried physically stopping myself and theres still always something there and it gets in the way of my talking. I've also tried gargling bicarbinate of soda water and salt water. suggestions?

    • ANSWER:
      Sounds like it might be Post Nasal Drip, which is mucus constantly forming at the back of the throat in the nasal passage, which in turn causes you to keep clearing your throat. Look it up on Google, but you really need your doctor to prescribe something such as an inhaler or other medication to try and shift it. The month-long wait will drive you, and others, crazy while you wait for your endoscopy. Drink lots of water and try cutting down on hot drinks.

  39. QUESTION:
    Have both acid reflux and abnormal cravings for food while full...?
    I'm a thirteen year old girl, and I think that I eat way more than I should. But I'm skinny and healthy - I'm 5"3 and 95 pounds. Whenever I eat, it's ALWAYS something healthy - like oatmeal or broccoli or granola bars. Also, I feel full but I KEEP ON EATING - it's like my mouth craves the taste. It was ok before, because as I said I always eat healthy things and I exercise at least 30 minutes every day.

    The thing is, I was just recently diagnosed with acid reflux. Now I can't eat as much as before, but I can't stop it! I'm full but my mouth really, really craves the taste! Help, please! =(

    How can I stop eating so much and is it normal to have cravings like that while I'm full?

    (BTW: I don't like gum, so please don't offer that as an alternative.)

    • ANSWER:
      No, this could be the possible start of either an eating disorder, or you may need your thyroid checked. When was the last time yo saw a doctor as you really need to see one asap. These problems can not be ignored and can only diagnosed through a full physical with blood work and maybe some kind of x-rays. Please let your mom know so she can make you an appointment. The sooner you do this, the faster you can find the problem. Good luck and God Bless

  40. QUESTION:
    Is this acid reflux and how can I treat it while pregnant?
    I'm almost 25 weeks pregnant with baby #4 and the last week I've had pain under my right shoulder blade. It is close to the spine and it burns whenever I drink something. I've also felt like burping a lot and my stomach feels acidy and I have burning all the way up my throat.
    I know the pain in my shoulder blade is NOT from gallstones as my gallbladder has been removed. Could acid reflux cause pain in my shoulder blade when swallowing? What can I take while pregnant to make it stop?
    Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      I thought tums was rubbish. I took gaviscon all the way through my daughters pregnancy and found it worked much quicker and kept it away for longer. X

  41. QUESTION:
    what to do about acid reflux?
    i have been trying so remedies and even sometimes took medcine for acid reflux, and it basically got me any where? i have know been having this problem for almost 16 months and it mild to moderate heartburn, BUT it seem like it doesnt go away. I tried water cause i know it does wonder to heal, but it only seems like it help only if i drink it. anyways why i answered this question is, what could i do to end this problem. I'm fixing to turn 19 years old and i shouldnt have to go through this problem at my young age. I am scared that this will lead to a close up in my esphogus or LES Barretts cancer like 10 or plus years from now, and i also am scared to take medcine cause they say that can potenically cause health problems and possibly forming cancer also from taking it. So what should i do, i feel like im stuck in infinite maze trying to find my way to heal finish line. Help me im scared/annoyed at the same time. what could i do to end this problem. EVEN if it doing excerise methods, remedies or inc, whatever that can stop this problem, just no medcines? anyone?

    • ANSWER:

  42. QUESTION:
    Heart problem/acid reflux question?
    I recently got back from a big trip to georgia and down to florida and back and drove the whole way there and back. We stopped a lot of places and ate a bunch and during my time there I did have an incidence of bad heart burn. Ever since the trip I have not been able to use the bathroom properly, and once in a while I get heartburn. I also have been experiencing chest pain and a sort of heaviness. Sometimes it starts hurting below my rib cage. I have been under a lot of stress and I went to the doctor because I was worried it was my heart, It has hurt in that area. They did an ekg, listened to my heart and said everything read fine. I also have mitral valve prolapse which was another big concern but they said it wasn't that and they maybe it was acid reflux and gave me nexium to try. Below the ribs in the middle where your stomach starts is real sore. Sometime when I sit up straight and lay upward it helps with the pressure. Does this sound like acid reflux? Can acid reflux make you feel like something is stuck in your chest and maybe if you burp you would feel better but you can't burp? I'm going to go back and tell them what's been going on. I'm in my 20's and I eat pretty healthy and I'm active and never had problems like this before. Thanks.

    • ANSWER:
      Yes. I suggest you increase your water intake. Water helps treat stomach problems.

  43. QUESTION:
    Does acid reflux have anything to do with tooth decay?
    I have pretty bad acid reflux (I am a teenager), and here is the story (if there is anything else you need to know about it, let me know):
    I began having acid reflux quite a while ago, and when we finally figured out what it was, I began taking medication which helped a lot. I finished the medication, and went back to the doctor for a check up and was told that I probably didn't need to take it anymore, but if the reflux came back, to start up again and gradually reduce the dosage. After stopping the meds, it got WAY worse, so I started again, but this time around, I haven't been very consistent. Sometimes I will take it twice a day, the next few days I won't take it, then I will take one a day, etc. Recently, it has gotten unbearable. I didn't go to school a few days ago because of a severe stomach ache that made me feel like throwing up. Before lunch, I realized what it could be and took an acid reflux pill, and felt a lot better.
    Which brings me to the fact that I have a dentist appointment in a couple of days. As I was brushing my teeth (Twice a day, and flossing before bed, plus mouthwash) I noticed how yellow my teeth are and that particularly around my gums they look like I haven't brushed in ages. Sometimes they bleed when I floss, but I don't eat a lot of sugar, and I thought that surely they couldn't be that bad naturally.
    I am wondering if the acid reflux could possibly have anything to do with what appears to be tooth decay? What does my dentist need to know?
    If it matters, I am a vegetarian, although I don't eat a lot of sugar and have a pretty balanced diet. I am also not bulimic.
    Thank you for taking the time to answer my question :]
    Erin, thanks! I will try to remember to update the question with all of the details... What you have already told me is very helpful!
    *This question will also remain open so that I can get more opinions.
    Thank you both for responding! BeachHaven: The ginger sounds like a pretty cool idea, and I appreciate that you considered my health and diet when you answered, it was very sweet of you. I may try it, because I know that when I chewed some ginger anti-nausea gum it worked immediately!
    Erin: I went to the dentist, and it wasn't really thought to be very severe. They said that there were a few areas to watch, and brush them extra carefully (on my molars, you were right!!) and that it seemed like I still need to take the pill. Also, if it gets to much worse I'm supposed to let them know. Part of it was apparently that my teeth were a bit stained from black tea and coffee, and the stains have texture, hence them feeling extra gross in the morning.

    • ANSWER:
      LOL... I am a newer dental assistant and Ill try to share my knowledge with you. So acid reflux will def effect your teeth. It can wear away the enamel on your teeth and then the dentin (the yellow you might be seeing) will show through. But this should be more on your molars. The fact that you have the acid reflux is going to help wear your teeth down just like a bulimic. Its going to have the same effect. But your gums should not be that bad. Puffiness and red gums don't just go away in a short amount of time. So maybe if you just started flossing now, the gum may be irritated. If you continue to floss... it should go away eventually. If you do floss regularly... maybe mention it. BUT you should def tell your dentist about the acid reflux because it can effect your oral health greatly. He will put it in your chart and treat it in the way he sees fit.
      Hope everything goes ok... you should def update this question... Im kind of curious to how you make out :P

  44. QUESTION:
    Should i have had a x-ray too or is just a ecg ok? Chest pains..sent home with him saying it was acid reflux?
    Since saturday night i have been not feeling well i been having random numbness in my arm,non stop burping and chest pains. The chest pains vary from the upper right side like right above my breast to the left side same spot down to the middle of my chest on the right or left side.I was a little nervous so i went to the hospital last night and they did a ECG and they said my heart was fine the test came back fine so he told me it was just heartburn(acid reflux) and gave me meds. All day today with taken the med i still had the burping and the random chest pains(mostly hurting when i move a certain way). I went to sleep tonight and before bed my back was hurting bad and i went to sleep and woke up an hour later to a really bad chest pain and i was sweating like crazy. I stopped sweating but my chest still hurts alittle and my shoulder,my back is fine now.

    My question is was the ECG enough or should they have given me a chest x-ray also? Im really scared :(

    • ANSWER:
      ECGs and Chest x-rays test two different things. ECGs test your heart where Chest x-rays are more for your lungs or when they don't find anything wrong. I usually see ECGs and Chest x-rays go hand in hand. But if they listened to your lungs with a stethoscope and didn't hear anything abnormal (and you weren't complaining of having difficulty breathing) and ruled out any fractures then that's possibly why they didn't do one.

      It could be possible that your pains are from some intense acid reflux. Have you been taking your meds? It is also possible this is something else on top of acid reflux although I'm not sure an x-ray would have shown much of anything if it has to do with your heart and/or muscles/digestive system. It is possible they missed something in your first ECG or you will need a chest x-ray.

      If you are taking your meds and are still feeling this much pain at night you should bring it up with your doctor asap. They may have to give you a different dose or will do further testing to find out what it is.

  45. QUESTION:
    Acid Reflux & Difficulty Swallowing.?
    I was diagnosed with Acid Reflux when I was 15 (I'm now 20) and I've had trouble swallowing since about 15 too. The doctor told me that it was probably also due to the Acid Reflux so I was given medication and sent on my way.

    That didn't help and I am now 20 and my swallowing and acid reflux is just as bad as ever, so bad that sometimes I actually choke on the food and can't breathe and have to force myself to cough it back it. It's nearly gotten to the point where I am even scared to try to eat therefore I eat small portions throughout the day with a drink near by to help it go down.

    I have also stopped eating out in public because of this for the fear that something may happen and I'll end up making a scene in front of a bunch of strangers.

    Does anyone know what I should do? I've been back to the doctor [two different doctors] and they both have said the same thing.

    Any help?

    • ANSWER:
      All of this sounds like what has been going on with me for numerous years.

      I have recently solved the problem with a simple solution. I thought I was allergic to yeast or wheat and stopped it all. My throat would constrict until I was frightened. I also had unbelievable acid reflux..

      Through the Internet I have searched to try to solve the problem. My symptoms all come up under Candida. (Google and read about it) But the solution is colon cleansing. Your bowels do not empty fully and get coated and we get sick from the problem. If your bowels do not empty daily, your stomach is staying full too long and the acid from your stomach is backing up into your throat for acid reflux. After that came the allergy and throat constriction problems.

      I am drinking a fiber Like Citrusil(from the Pharmacy) in juice every morning and night before bed. I am also taking a stool softener about three or four times a week. Eating dried plums and drinking prune juice will help with this problem also. All of these are natural solutions and should cause no problems at all.

      In just the first week my throat problems went away and my acid reflux along with a ton of other allergic symptoms. My digestion is perking along. Thanks to a simple solution.

      Please give it a try , It can't hurt and you will feel better. Try to eat as healthy as possible.

      Good Luck.

  46. QUESTION:
    HELP! Anxiety or Acid Reflux???Ok it all started I was at a fair with my gf.?
    I had just finished smoking a cigarette and my mouth became very dry.. all of the lines for the water were like a mile long so i wasnt able to get to any water. I started having lots of nausea and It felt like little burps were getting stuck in my throat.. I would suck the burp up and i would feel better for about 30secounds.. Then another one would become stuck in my throat. i dry heaved like four times:( On the way home i stopped to get something to eat to settle my stomach... I had no appetite so i just packed up my meal and went home.i got home i felt better my appetite came back a little and i was able to get a little food down. The next day I was supposed to go to the lake with some friends of mine.. I packed all of my things and started heading down the stairs to the car.. As soon as i was at the car i felt sick again, I went back home and didnt go. i get nausea all the time now. one doctor told me anxiety and one doc said gerd what do you think?

    • ANSWER:
      it might be both but try to stop smoking and slow down,did your doctor prescribe some medications?do get enough rest.and take of yourself.

  47. QUESTION:
    Have you experienced this postpartum?
    so i had my daughter oct 2009 and had heartburn badly throughout pregnancy and before being pregnant i don't think i ever had heartburn at all. Now i have it all the time like while being pregnant. anyone else experience this? the food i really notice is pinto beans like refried because give me bad heart burn or bean dips anyone know why this food in particular any way to stop this?

    also acid reflux like my stomach is burning and if i burp i might vomit a little

    • ANSWER:
      I have it while pregnant, but since your still having it I would check with your Doc. Chances are its Gastroesophagael Reflux Disease.

  48. QUESTION:
    1 month old with acid reflux......?
    doctor put my baby on meds for it but it doesnt fully help... i am switching back n forth between mylicon n gripe water dependingh on time of day is wen it helps her, i am also putting cerial in her bottles b/c this is the only way i can get her to stop throwing up and it doesnt even help all the time....

    did any one else do this??? or have this problem??

    • ANSWER:
      My exclusively breastfed daughter had severe reflux until she was 8 months. She spit up over 50 times a day, and changing my diet (no dairy, no wheat, etc) did nothing to help that. Reflux in babies is a mechanical problem, not really a feeding problem.

      No medication they put her on will really stop it from coming up. The medications (like Zantac and Prilosec) are to decrease the acid so it doesn't burn her throat and cause pain and damage.

      Medications like Reglan are supposed to make her digest the food quicker, but I have yet to find anyone who it has helped, and Reglan can have some really scary side effects.

      I would discontinue the cereal. She is far too young for it, and I have never found anyone that found solids to do anything for reflux except make the baby throw up in different colors.

      Try to keep her upright after feedings, and you may look into a crib wedge that raises one end of the mattress by a couple of inches so the baby sleeps at an angle. You can find one at a baby store for about . None of these things helped with my child, but they do help some.

      Mylicon is for gas and will not help a child with reflux. It's not even close to being the same thing.

      If your child is in a lot of pain, I would recommend seeing if you can eliminate the formula and just breastfeed or see if you can relactate if you are not nursing at all.

      Even though reflux is a mechanical problem, the reason for breastfeeding is that breastmilk is digested MUCH faster than formula, which means that it won't stay in her stomach as long. That translates to more milk getting digested so she gets more nutrients, and less spitting up that can damage her esophagus. Also, regurgitated breastmilk is less damaging to the esophagus than regurgitated formula.

  49. QUESTION:
    To mommies with children who have acid reflux... I have a few ?s?
    So I do not know if my daughter for sure has acid reflux because her pediatrician has not done any tests, but I truly believe she does. She over the last 3 weeks has had this little cough and burps a lot more. After coughing or burping it sounds like there is water in the back of her throat. My daughter never cries except when she runs I high fever, but for the first time last night about 15 minutes after I laid her down she begin fussing and crying. I picked her up and with in 2 minutes of sleeping up right on my chest she stopped fussing. She never spits up either and recently she has spit up a lot more. I am sure that there are plenty of things like just an upset stomach that could make her have these symptoms too, but acid reflux runs in my family. My mom had reflux so bad when she was a baby, they took her off formula and put her on 7-up. This was in the 60's and I am not sure why they did that... but my grandmother said she had it bad. This suddenly came on about 3 weeks ago with my daughter. Oh, and when she burps she does this shiver and gets this "bitter beer face". It's sad... and that's the only way I know to describe it.

    What do they do to test for Acid reflux?
    If your child has it, are the symptoms similar to my daughter's symptoms?
    Are there things that I can do to make her more comfortable?

    Any and all advice is appreciated! Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      No offense to the other two who answered you, but acid reflux and colic do not go hand in hand. My son is 6 1/2 months old. At 2 mos. he had symptoms of acid reflux and the dr. confirmed it without any tests. (If it were severe, the Dr. would perform an upper GI to confirm). Symptoms of my son: after eating he would scream in pain, arch his back, and cough. He would regularly spit up most of his formula, and he would pull away from and even refuse the bottle. Laying him down only made it worse. We talked to our Dr. and he recommended putting him on 3ml of liquid Zantac (prescription) 2x a day until he began sitting up. He also said to use a wedge when putting him to sleep so he would not lay flat and changing his formula to Similac RS (made with Rice Starch so it thickens in the stomach). He wasn't necessarily gassy, but we tried those gas relief drops. We weren't thrilled putting him on medication, but it saved us (and my son) a lot of heartache. The pain went away instantly and he was a different baby. Talk to your Dr. again. If your baby is screaming, arching her back, and coughing and spitting up a lot after eating, then maybe she has acid reflux. If she were colicky, she'd be crying all the time. Good luck!

  50. QUESTION:
    ugh why me acid reflux???can you help?
    so for the past 4 months iv had acid reflux disease and the only meds that work for me are nexium but some time 4 weeks ago i got sick cuz of stress [family problems] anyways i stopped eating but i was still taking nexium lol on a empty stomache any how i got worse with doin that of course so i havent been on any pills for my acid reflux for almost a month now but barely today i feel like my neck is swollen and fat and i feel like my esophagus is in pain right now like its burning me super bad going down to my tummy and of course i have heart burn now my question is why is my neck feeling fat just feels like uncomfortable not in pain just feel ewwyy

    i swear ima get back on my nexiums tomorrow but anything is that i have severe acid reflux so if i miss 1 day of a pill my throat acts up and its been almost a month with out meds whats wrong with my throat is it suppose to be feeling this way??

    • ANSWER:
      I totally empathize with you as I was diagnosed with GERD about 6 years ago. Totally can relate to the burning you are describing. It is horrible!! I had a hard time finding a med that would consistently work for me.

      Your throat is burning because the acid in your stomach is going up your throat. This can be serious....lesions/erosions can form in the esophagus and over time the esophagus tissue can thin. So it isn't anything to mess around with.

      If you continue to have problems with acid reflux and nothing seems to work i would have them look at the functioning of your gallbladder. I recently found out that my acid reflux is the result of bile reflux because my gallbladder isn't working at all. HOpefully that isn't your case but just something to keep in mind...it took me SIX years of dealing with severe acid reflux to get this figured out. I wouldn't wish that on anyone else!

      Take care!


Vinegar Cure For Acid Reflux

Written By: admin - Sep• 01•12

Let's do juicing! Just the mention of juicing and one conjures up visions of celebrity super bodies relaxing around the LA pool, soaking in the sun and sipping some colourful concoction through elegant, sometimes flashy straws.

Well however you prefer yours, I've got no problem, but juicing is here to stay - thankfully, at long last, it's taken its rightful place on the podium with the kings and queens of dieting.

There are many wonderful benefits to juice dieting. To be frank, it's the simplest, most convenient road into the invigorating lifestyle associated with a healthy, vibrant body. Your body belongs to you and its up to you to take control of its well being. We've been led along the path to ill health and sickness long enough and the giants of the food and drink conglomerates have only been too willing to take us there.

What to Expect From Your Juice Diet

At the outset, juice diets are not to be mistaken for any other liquid diet. A diet based on fruit and vegetable juices is quit unlike a regular liquid diet. When you undertake a course of juice dieting your intake is set around consuming about 8 tall glasses, each of 12 ounces, of specially formulated juice per day. The super packed foods, which you will consume, are not the odd bottle of shop bought Tropicana from the local gas station on the way from a hard day at work.

Special Formula Juice Diet

For the juice diet to be successful you need to drink the expressly formulated juices which are obtainable online and in health food stores. These drinks are designed with the added vitamins and minerals your body needs in larger amounts than would be achievable with fresh fruit juices alone.

Once you embark on a correct fruit and vegetable diet you'll be amazed at just how you begin to feel. That feeling of wellness extends to greater levels of energy and a sense of complete vigour and this is a feeling that great many people have never before experienced, especially as you consider the act that the average diet consists of junk food that we have been fed since childhood.

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Rapid Results from a Fruit Diet
In most cases your body will be able to tell the difference in just two short days. That's all that's needed to begin to feel a new person, even after decades of neglect.

Convenience

Don't forget the convenience factor - you can put away your pots and pans and just pull out that juice extractor and get juicing for a new you.

Juicing is the natural way to revitalise your body and I'm ever more convinced of this fact. Over the years family, friends, associates and colleges have all testified to the fact that they now feel years younger, more vitalised and energised than ever before. Simply put, juicing is the most natural, convenient and delicious way of restoring the years the locust has eaten.

I wish you every blessing as you seek health and restoration, as you seek to take the initiative and live life to the full.

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Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    How Long Will Apple Cider Vinegar Cure Acid Reflux Permanently?
    For example If I Take 1 1/2 tablespoon of it daily, how long will it stop it permanently. Can you give me about a good estimate time. This way i always don't have to depend on it all the time, cause it nasty and yucky. Can you give me a time period? I DON'T suffer from severe acid reflux, just moderate and comes frequently throughout the day. I have ONLY been suffering with it for 18 months.

    • ANSWER:
      I don't see how acetic acid will cure acid reflux. What a crazy notion. Using one acid to fix another acid problem? It doesn't make sense. You're just putting more acid in your stomach and it will reflux along with the gastric acid. Acids don't neutralize acids. Bases neutralize acids. But even bases won't prevent what's causing the acid reflux in the first place.

      See your doctor to find out the cause of yours. It can be due to various conditions, including abnormal biologic or structural factors.

  2. QUESTION:
    How long do i have to use apple cider vinegar to cure acid reflux for good?
    I been using it because I heard on the internet that milllions have used it and stopped acid reflux forever. And dont say it doesnt work, cause that what some people will say and it not true. I been taking it 1 1/2-2 tablespoon a day, 5 days and continueing and been feeling al relief and no acid reflux for 18-24 hours or until i take it again. anyway to the matter of my question, how much do consume of it, and how long do i have to depend on it. If someone can give a time i really, really appriate it thanks

    • ANSWER:

  3. QUESTION:
    Have any seniors heard of the apple cider vinegar cure for Acid Reflux?
    This is known to be a cure all for acid reflux and also for weight
    loss too. It has natural compounds that help the liver break down cortisol, insulin, and fat storing hormones. Taking 1 oz. mixed with 8 oz water 2x daily experts say, you will drop weight
    within a week. And for acid reflux, you will feel immediate results. My hubby says it works for him and sees' his tummy
    going down. Worth a try, don't you think? I couldn't stay on the
    reflux pills, so I'm going to try it now.
    The results my husband has seen with
    losing ten pounds also, is from just one
    weeks' use. He doesn't mix with water
    tho. He swigs down what he thinks is
    the 1 oz of apple cider vinegar. Make
    sure you buy none other. As this is the
    one to buy for results. He bought ours at
    a grocery store, rather than a health food store. He's also drinking more
    bottled water, and juices, and iced tea.
    Keeping hydrated is good for you also.

    • ANSWER:
      I'm not a senior but I know this is a very good solution for stomach upset. The most important affect of vinagar is that it will ward off food poisening. A person who has had a table spoon of vinegar with some water is less likely to have food poisening from bad meat or fish. Very popular in places that eat raw fish. Fish with vinegar (instead of salt)

      The pharmacudical companies don't want us to know these simple cures for so much of what ails us. If this catches on, they'll be charging medical prices for vinegar!

      Another idea. Vinegar is good for washing your face also. It causes the blood to come to the surface of the skin and that is healthy. Just as people used vinegar for douches and for putting in laundry, vinegar is a wonderful, soothing bath and facial wash.

      Keep it simple and save tons of money on cosmetics. It works just fine.

  4. QUESTION:
    Is applecider vinegar a cure for acid reflux?

    • ANSWER:
      Heaven's no...it's an old wives tale...as I GI nurse, I have never had a patient that it worked for who had REAL acid reflux. I remember a couple of patients saying they heard of using vinegar. Quite the opposite actually.

  5. QUESTION:
    does apple cider vinegar have a possible cure for acid reflux?

    • ANSWER:
      I have a blog for different uses of Apple Cider Vinegar. You should try ACV with a dash of cayenne and cinnamon in your favorite juice.

      http://curezone.com/blogs/m.asp?f=179&i=33
      Food for Thought: http://www.earthclinic.com/Remedies/applecidervinegar.html

      http://www.stockwellfarms.com/apple_cider_vinegar_testimonials.htm

      http://remedyfind.com/rem.asp?ID=10126

      http://www.earthclinic.com/CURES/acid_reflux.html

      http://xserve.ctems.net/mt/mt-comments.cgi?entry_id=1264

      this is a great string http://forums2.gardenweb.com/forums/load/herbal/msg0809125923115.html

  6. QUESTION:
    Can I use Balsamic Vinegar as an acid reflux reliever?
    I'm at work right now and the only kind of vinegar available is balsamic vinegar. My doctor has prescribed Apple Cider Vinegar which is a widely known cure for acid reflux, but I have no access to any kind of acid reducer at the moment and I'm having really, really bad acid right now. I've tried drinking a ton of water and it's not relieving it at all. There is no baking soda here either, which I usually use as an immediate cure. Any ideas? Will it help or hurt to take a teaspoon of balsamic vinegar? Is there anything else I can do?! Thanks!

    • ANSWER:

  7. QUESTION:
    What Kind of Apple Cures Acid Reflux?
    I have been getting acid reflux so bad recently. Apple Cider Vinegar isn't helping. I heard that apples help and yogurt? Does anyone know what kind of apples work? And what yogurt?
    Or does anyone have any other home remedies? I don't want to take meds as those just make it worse.

    Thanks. 10 points for a cure!

    • ANSWER:
      Apples contain special acids which may help neutralize the acids in your stomach, but after a while you just go back you feeling the same way again. If you are having trouble sleeping try sleeping on your left side because it causes your stomach to go lower than your esophagus so acid cant flow into it. I have tried lots of cures for my acid reflux (which I later found out was actually Acid Reflux Disease) some of the things that helped me were baking soda, pickle juice, lemon juice.

  8. QUESTION:
    I have acid reflux, and i want to get rid of it for good!?
    Ok, so i'm not sure if this is something that will stay in my for ever or what! But if someone could answer i would much appreciate it, Once i get rid of acid reflux am i more likely to get it back if i eat wrong, because i've had it before? And also i heard that taking Aloe VERA juice and Apple cider vinegar will cure acid reflux, does it actually CURE acid reflux as in get rid of it? or just ease the pain? Can i take apple cider vinger and aloe VERA juice at the same times?

    • ANSWER:
      See a gastro-enterologist.

  9. QUESTION:
    Need help with natural cure to acid reflux and ibs?
    I already take aloe supplements, and acidophilus and papaya enzymes and yogurts and do not eat trigger foods

    I am not asking for opinions, or health sermons
    just other natural ways to cure it

    I have acid reflux because I have celiac's disease and only found out in 2002 so have been eating glutens for over 15 years without knowing i had it

    does apple cider vinegar really work also?
    thank you

    • ANSWER:
      First, I posted a link below with some AWESOME information about the digestive system. Just scroll down to that part.

      My best friend has celiacs and I have been helping her naturally deal with it.

      First, you should take fish oil, vitamin D3, and B vitamins. People are deficient in all of these. Also, if you want to take apple cider vinegar, you should take it with magnesium because most people are magnesium deficient. You mix 7 parts (oz, whatever you want) apple cider vinegar with 2 parts milk of magnesia. Do NOT get the flavored kind. Mix in a jar and take 2 tablespoons every day. Take it with a meal, or put it in a water bottle and drink it all day.

      You need something to heal and sooth your digestive track. You should try to get bitters into your diet, especially bitter greens. You can get arugula and dandelion greens at the grocery store. If you go to the health food store you can get HerbPharm's Bitter Tonic. Take that a half hour before meals. Bitters help promote the flow of bile, which help you digest your food better and absorb more nutrients out of your food. I know you're thinking "I have acid refux!" The bitters should help though, bile isn't bad, it's just bad if it is coming up your throat. Your esophageal sphincter may be weak, which means you need an herb to tone and tighten the tissue (an astringent).

      Herbs you should take should tone and tighten your stomach and digestive track (astringents) and also mucilaginous herbs (soothing think of mucus). Plantain is very healing (not the green bananas). It is best to do in a tea. If you can make a plantain tea with marshmallow, that would be great after meals. To get herbs, check out mountainroseherbs.com or your local store. You should also get slippery elm powder. You can make a gruel out of it if you feel constipated and it will help get things going. You should also try to drink a relaxing tea such as chamomile or catnip. Your stomach is irritated so it needs to be calmed down.

      If you can, you should see a local herbalist. Good luck!

  10. QUESTION:
    how to cure acid reflux when it has begun?
    ive looked around looking for solutions, but the problem is when it happens it feels pretty bad and im not able to swallow...barely swallowing my own saliva

    i have not tried the baking soda or vinegar yet...and im not sure if i will be able to when the time comes

    any help, thanks in advance

    • ANSWER:
      Acid reflux can be caused by an excess in acid production in your stomach, excessive intake of acidic food in your diet or an increase in pressure from your belly (pregnancy or, in males, just gaining weight around the midline) While losing weight can often be beneficial, the most immediate answer to your question is medication. Medicines available over the counter can reduce your production of acid such as Prevacid or Zantac but others can neutralize acids like alka seltzer or baking soda, if you don't mind the taste. All of that being said, I am concerned about your complaint that you are not able to swallow. If you mean, you are disgusted with the taste and do not wish to swallow, then that is less concerning. If you really are stating that you are having trouble swallowing, that may be a sign of esophageal spasm and while also painful, this requires an entirely different treatment and is absolutely something for which you should seek your doctor's advice.
      Good Luck, I hope this helps
      robnshrn
      Pediatric MD
      By the way, vinegar is an acid and would not be helpful in making you feel better

  11. QUESTION:
    Using Acid to Cure Acid Reflux?
    You would think that Apple Cider Vinegar would be the last thing anyone would want to take for Acid Reflux. But As it turns out; many say it really works!
    http://www.stockwellfarms.com/apple_cider_vinegar_testimonials.htm
    Well the argument is that Acid reflux is caused by not enough acid rather than too much. So the Vinegar acts as a way of balancing it. Things like Milk actually neutralize stomach acid making digestion more difficult. And some antacids get rid of all stomach acid which is not something you want to do!
    When you take the Vinegar it will make you belch. Thats normal. I would not recommend taking alot of it! you know all you need is a tablespoon in a glass of water or juice. Acid reflux is caused by a surge of stomach acid. The surge comes as the body lacks acid and all of a sudden realizes that it must produce acid. the result is: Huge amounts of acid start pouring into your stomach as the body tries to replace what isn't there. Antacids actually are very harmful. Because they eliminate all of the acid. And when you eat the body has to pour in enormous amounts to replace what the antacids took away. Vinegar helps to balance the acid in your stomach.
    Well anymore I would be more worried about the motives of the FDA. I'm not saying All Doctors are bad people. I take Apple Cider Vinegar for other things besides acid reflux. To say Vinegar is harmful would be saying to remove just about everything you eat! All condiments contain vinegar! Its the "Cheap Distilled" Vinegar but its everywhere!
    You have to have stomach acid! You would not live long without it! I wouldn't have a problem with the antacids if they eliminate "some" of the acid. But instead they eliminate "all" of the acid. This can really put your G.I. tract out of wack!

    • ANSWER:
      Yes, it works. What people don't understand, is that acid reflux is caused by the stomach lacking in acid. You add it, and it stops. I've known that for many years and it works.

  12. QUESTION:
    Are the "Cure your Acid Reflux Now!" ebooks on the internet a scam?
    I've had Acid Reflux for about 3 months, medication (omeprazole) has not helped at all, neither has changing my diet to bland foods, or using apple cider vinegar or slippery elm bark powder tea. Wanting to try out the Acid Reflux "cures" on the internet, but want to know if they are legit, or a scam, before I hand over my hard earned , to find out how to cure myself with their "ebook" information reports online. (My Doctor just keeps prescribing more medication which is not working.) Any ideas? Has anyone tried buying the Acid Reflux "Cures" over the net?

    • ANSWER:
      I had acid reflux for 4 years. You need to see a Gastroenterologist. You will firstly need a Endoscopy and they will insert a Bravo capsule into you whilst you are asleep. It will monitor your levels of reflux. If consider severe enough (mine were about 3-4x normal level) you qualify for surgery (Laproscopic Nissens Fundoplication) which involves tightening the sphincter valve in your oesophagus. You have to then go on a diet for 6+ weeks - 1st week mush, 2nd week toast, 3rd week maybe mince etc and work your way back to normal food. I had that operation nearly 5years ago and have been reflux free ever since :)

      Invest your in seeing a gastroenterologist instead, if you want a real cure.

      Also, has your dr tried you on different medications? Losec, Pariet etc?

  13. QUESTION:
    Natural acid reflux cures?
    I'm looking for drug-free, surgery-free solutions for acid reflux. I've had it for awhile now, and i refuse to have to become dependent on drugs for a solution, and i can't afford to pay for surgery (or drugs for that matter ) for a cure. I've heard Apple Cider Vinegar ( which is amazing, but it's an acid........) and baking soda ( which seems a bit more realistic ). Has anyone had any luck with natural solutions???

    I know diet and sleeping with the upper body elevated. The change in sleeping habits don't work, and the diet just barely works. I'm looking for more reliable solutions that work better. I've just been using antacids, which work well, but only for an hour or two.

    Thanks in advance

    • ANSWER:
      Great article that explains how digestion works. Excerpt >>>

      "The bottom line here is that most people are very confused about the role stomach acid plays in health. Most people:

      Think they have too much, when in fact they have too little.
      Treat the symptom and suppress stomach acid production, ultimately leading to long-term health problems.
      Ultimately lose the capacity to produce sufficient stomach acid as a result of dietary abuse and continual use of medications to suppress the body's ability to produce it.

      Don't get into that trap.

      Use digestive enzymes with all your meals.
      Drink aloe vera juice.
      Use probiotic supplements with confidence.
      Use proteolytic enzyme supplements with confidence.
      And, if needed, use apple cider vinegar or betaine hydrochloride supplements to make up for stomach acid insufficiency."

      Stomach acid >>>
      http://www.jonbarron.org/enzymes/proteolytic-formulas-digestive-health-stomach-acid

  14. QUESTION:
    Natural Cures for Acid Reflux?
    I need a good Natural Cures for Acid Reflux.
    Ive been on prednisone prescription and caused me terrible acid reflux tried apple cier vinegar didn't work so I need others

    • ANSWER:
      Well, there are a few herbs that can help to neutralize the acid in the stomach like Ginger, Licorice (especially DGL, Deglycyrrhizinated Licorice), Chamomile, Slippery Elm, and Horehound.
      It can sometimes take a little time for those to help, so in the mean time, you could take some Calcium, Magnesium, and/or Potassium to help when the reflux kicks up while taking those. In any case, I wish you good luck!

  15. QUESTION:
    Are there any reasonable cures for heartburn/acid reflux?
    I don't really have any of the fancy remedies such as raw almonds or apple cider vinegar.

    • ANSWER:

  16. QUESTION:
    Acid reflux or GERD help?
    I have had the worst acid reflux. It all happened at night when i was lying down on my bed and my stomach was bloated. Then some kind of liquid went up all the way up to my throat and nose which I think was caused by stomache acid. I have it untreated for 3 months and my doctor diagnose that I have acid reflux now or is it (GERD)? The doctor is telling me to take (omeprazole) 20 mg 2 tablets a day, which is a generic medication for Prilosec. I have taken it for 3 days and I have these tingling side effects and i stopped taking them. The acid has left burning and itchy sensation in my throat for months now and I was sure my esophagus might be damaged without knowing. I am scared of stomach ulcers and cancer someday if it is untreated early. Please tell me if this has happened to anyone and what PPIs or antacids work for you and cure you from GERD and acid reflux? Do you think what I have is GERD and not Acid reflux now since it has been months now and hasn't gone away? Thanks. I wished Prilosec has worked for me but it caused side effects, do you think Prevacid or other brands will help? I am willing to try if it helps reduce stomach acid from coming up into my esophagus as well as healing it. Was there OTC medicines you tried that helped cured it? How long did it take if so?

    I should avoid spicy, vinegar, citrus, fried foods. I am going to start a diet for my GERD or acid reflux now so I can heal my burnt tissues. I was told not to drink carbonated, caffeinated, coffee, tea. I should also drink more water and eat more vegetables and less meat because meat causes more acid in stomach. I have to avoid orange, lemon, lime, garlic, onion, tomato too. I heard ginger is good for stomach so I bought some capsules to take. I was also told not to eat a heavy meal at night before going to bed. Tell me what foods to avoid and what foods to put into my diet that will help promote faster healing. What are some alkaline foods to help neutralize the acid in my stomach? What are other acidic foods i need to avoid too?

    • ANSWER:
      avoid tomatoe and tomato juice, lemon and other acidic foods.. also avoid coke
      medication called H-2-receptor blockers,are a different type of antiacids and might be useful: cimetidine (commercially Tagamet HB) or famotidine (commercially Pepcid AC) can be used.
      Tums is another type of antacids which might be useful .
      H2 blockers are good for night and may be benificial during the day
      but if you get a reflux during the day PPI's (omperazole and others) are your best choice.. try taking another PPI , if it doesn't work for you.. then change to H2 blockers which shouldn't give you the side effects.
      best of luck

      *** if all this doesnt work, see a specialist, you might have a diaphragmatic hernia or other medical condition requiring surgery or more aggressive treatment

  17. QUESTION:
    Has anyone been using the apple cider vinegar to lose weight I mentioned?
    A couple weeks ago, I asked if anyone had used this to cure
    acid reflux, as it has helped us get rid of it. Now my husband
    has lost 30 pounds in about three weeks. His pants are all getting too big to wear. But he said he had to buy the organic
    type, as the regular apple cider vinegar is much too sour. So
    for those who mentioned they'ed try this, switch to the organic
    for a much pleasant taste. I'd like to know if anyone has lost
    weight besides my husband!
    Make sure you buy the ORGANIC and
    not the more sour, regular type. Hubby is also using all organic foods and not
    the packaged ones with additives. He
    is drinking more bottled water. He takes
    a swig of the organic apple cider vinegar, and then drinks from his bottled
    water til refreshed. No drinking of any-
    thing with aspertame, which is poison in
    the long run. Use agave nectar, or honey. Only natural products. There are
    so many poisons were getting daily and
    he and I want to extend our lives if we
    can. I now have a gall stone, and where
    that came from, I can only guess. From
    somewhere in the easy to fix pasta meals, or frozen food entrees? No more. Rice and potatoes and all organic
    from now on. And small portions of
    meat too. And fish is iffy. Don't buy from
    fish farms or from China. Mercury is a
    problem with fish we have to be careful
    not to injest. It's also in immunizations.
    Like the yearly flu shot. Email me for
    the name of a helpful book.

    • ANSWER:
      I have been sipping "Bragg's" apple cider vinegar for years and have had great results. I found an old book all about the benefits of apple cider vinegar with remedy's and recipes.
      It cleared up my stomach problems in a couple of weeks.
      Now, if I get indigestion, I just take a sip wash it down and instantly I am fixed.
      I recommend mixing it with clean filtered water, as hard tap water may have some reactions with the vinegar. Just mix to taste ....maybe some lemon juice....or garlic...or garlic salt to make it a bit easier to take. Now, I can take it straight and chase it with clean water.
      It's my cure all .....from indigestion to jock itch.

  18. QUESTION:
    what is a cure for.....?
    what is a cure for acid reflux i hate it it hurts anyway the apple cider vinegar does not work my frend told me about it

    • ANSWER:
      Ack! Vinegar is an acid, which will only make your reflux worse!!!

      Go to a doctor and make sure it is simple acid reflux, rather than treating yourself.
      In the meantime, don't lay down after eating. Raise the head of your bed a few inches while sleeping. Stay away from alcohol and caffeine, including chocolate. Eat frequent small meals, not just 3 large ones.

  19. QUESTION:
    Can i take apple cider first and then drink the honey water?
    Im doing a cure for acid reflux and it says to drink it with the vinegar in it, but it taste awful. so just wondering if i can use the vinegar by itself and then drink honey water. will this method be good to consume 3x day

    • ANSWER:
      this has nothing to do with beer, wine, or spirits. Oh, and cures and cleanses are pseudo-science at best. There's a reason the advent of modern medicine saw greatly increased life expectancies and lower instances of disease. Put down the bong and talk to a real doctor already.

  20. QUESTION:
    Acid reflux question. Do the 2 "grocery store items work?"?
    I have been told I have acid reflux, although I do not usually feel heartburn. I usually have to clear my throat frequently after meals and my throat looks like a washboard effect, indicative of acid reflux. My boyfriend is also having severe symptoms and will go to the doctor tomorrow.

    My question is, when I try to find out about it, the websites advertise how to cure it with 2 grocery store items but you have to "Buy" the report. Has anyone bought it and do these actually work?

    I did go to a GNC store who said that it is actually your body lacking enzymes and gave me a test to take and then find out which enzyme my body is lacking. I will take that test and will find out if he is right.

    Thank you for your kind answers.

    Vinegar really doesn't work like others have told me, if you can even swallow it. Yuck.

    • ANSWER:
      If the "2 grocery store item" worked, physicians would tell you about it. No, vinegar doesn't work either. Why?

      GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disease) happens when the lower esophageal sphincter http://www.nbc10.com/2006/0209/6867277.jpg doesn't close properly and acid backs up into the esophagus.

      Acid reflux does not always hurt as it inflames and erodes your esophagus, resulting in precancerous cell changes called Barrett's Esophagus. I have seen people in their 30's die of esophageal cancer from untreated GERD.

      Regarding the enzyme theory, some nutritionists claim that there are up to 3000 enzymes you can be deficient in; the short story is that lack of these enzymes cause hypersecretion of stomach hydrochloric acid http://www.puristat.com/digestiveenzymes/index.asp. Please be aware, if you take enzyme supplements, that the FDA doesn't regulate them, so you aren't guaranteed a uniform product (i.e., some capsules may contain more or less of the product than the bottle claims).

      If you decide not to go with the digestive enzymes, you may want to consider traditional treatment, i.e., proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) such as Protonix, AcipHex, Nexium, and Prilosec (Prilosec is available over the counter). PPIs stop the production of most stomach acid and allow your esophagus to heal, usually by about 8 weeks.

      Read more about GERD at
      http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/gerd/DS00967

      Read about foods you should avoid at
      http://www.midwestgastro.com/diet_nutrition/GERD.html
      http://www.gicare.com/pated/edtgs03.htm

      I suffer from GERD. I have taken Protonix, Nexium, and AcipHex. They all worked for me.

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    • ANSWER:
      tums

  22. QUESTION:
    Really bad acid reflux. How can I treat it?
    So, the heartburn is so bad that it lasts most of the day, every day. I've been on Nexium for a while. It works, for the most part, but the side effects of diarrhea and abdominal cramps are problems. I tried pepcid, since that doesn't have those side effects, but it doesn't work as well. It keeps the heartburn at bay for perhaps half a day, and I end up having to take two pills when I'm only supposed to take one. And sometimes it just fails to work.
    So I've started dabbling into the natural cures. Milk has always helped, but it's very temporary. A friend suggested I take Apple Cider Vinegar pills. I did some research on those and found that it could make heartburn even worse. I tried it anyway. At first I took only one pill once a day instead of the labeled dose of two pills twice a day. It didn't help or make things worse. So I took the normal dose, and it made the heartburn a little worse. Either way it didn't work. Is there anything else I can try? Something that works as well as Nexium, but doesn't have those GI side effects?
    Actually the Nexium worked in one day. If it didn't have those side effects I wouldn't mind taking it still.

    So just normal vinegar? And I need it to work within a day or so because it doesn't go away. I might get an hour or so a day of relief, but it's very painful and lasts throughout the entire day. I can't wait a few days or more.
    I haven't been taking any teas. I can't stand to. It tastes like dirt and twigs. I did take St. John's Wort and Echinacea for a while, but I stopped taking those almost a month ago. The only other things I take are Claritin for my allergies, One Daily Women's, a Vitamin C supplement, and Culterelle because it helps my IBS.
    I haven't seen a food allergist. Where could I find one?

    • ANSWER:
      Have you seen a food allergist? You may be eating something that's stimulating overproduction of acid. (Certain herbs do that - if you've been using any herbal "digestive tea" to aid with indigestion, stop that at once - those usually work by stimulating stomach acid.)

  23. QUESTION:
    Apple Cider Vinegar and Baking Soda- Has anyone heard of this or seen good weight loss results from it.?
    Ok, so I heard about this from a friend. He said that a friend of his has been doing this and is losing alot of weight. That it not only helps for weight loss, but migraines, no energy, acid reflux, etc. Wondered if anyone had tried it or heard anything about it.
    Thanks!
    Heres a link on it:
    http://www.earthclinic.com/Remedies/acv_baking_soda_cures.html
    From what I understand is you sue the combination of baking soda to reduce the acidity of the vinegar becuse its not good for your teeth or your gut. Just wanting to find out if anyone has done it.

    • ANSWER:
      ACV always cures an upset stomach for me. I know it's very good for you because it helps your body's ph become alkaline which is perfect. A friend of mine drinks it before every meal and has helped her lose weight and gain energy. It also clears pimples.


What Are The Causes Of Acid Reflux

Written By: admin - Sep• 01•12

Most people who suffer from Acid Reflux will particularly suffer at night, often causing them to have a lot of trouble sleeping and they are left feeling very uncomfortable.

Apart from the unpleasantness of the reflux symptoms, the effects of lost sleep over several nights can cause the sufferer to become very tired and totally miserable.

There are some steps you can take to help ease the night-time Acid Reflux and decrease the occurrence of the symptoms.

  1. Take a look at your diet. There are certain types of foods that will trigger your acid reflux, these are likely to include spicy foods, very acidic foods, foods or drinks with a high sugar content. Consider moving to a healthier diet, this can help you to get a good nights sleep.
  2. Take your time when you eat, chew your food slowly and thoroughly.
  3. Drink herbal tea or water instead of sugary drinks.
  4. Keep the consumption of alcohol to a minimum
  5. Ensure that you don't overeat either, it is better to eat 4 or 5 small meals during the day and avoid a large dinner at night
  6. Eat fresh papaya / pineapple / root ginger to aid digestion
  7. Do not eat within three hours of going to bed.

The main reason that you experience reflux at night is because of your body laying down, where during the day your body is largely upright. The contents of the stomach will naturally go to the lower section of the stomach when you are sitting or standing, this keeps them well away from the junction of the stomach and esophagus. When you lay down the contents of the stomach can very easily come into contact with the junction of the stomach and esophagus and if the anti-reflux barrier is not functioning correctly, reflux can occur.
Elevate your bed higher at the head end, the incline will naturally encourage the acid to stay the stomach.

You can buy an adjustable bed, there are a number of motorized beds available. These beds allow you to quickly and safely adjust the height of the head of your bed, they are also great for watching TV in bed, reading books or eating in bed.

A low cost alternative to an adjustable bed is simply to place a couple of boards or bricks under the legs at the head of the bed, make sure that the bed remains stable with movement on the bed. Ideally the bed should be raised 4 to 6 inches.

Try using a thicker pillow or one that has been specifically designed just for acid reflux reduction. The pillow needs to raise your entire upper body, raising just your head will not be effective.

Research carried out has shown that lying on your left side while sleeping will also help to reduce the chances of Acid Reflux occurring, this is because of the junction between the esophagus and the stomach will be at the highest possible position.

If you regularly suffer from night time Acid Reflux then do something about it. Reflux is not hard to cure and you do not need to take antacids or other medication to cure it.

Everyone benefits from a good night sleep, don't let night time acid reflux take that away from you.

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Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    What causes Acid Reflux?
    Ive been having a problem with acid reflux everyday! and i take tums at least 4 a day but its obviously not helping much! i know its not heart burn, its like a burning feeling in my throat and I burp alot! i don't drink carbonated drinks, i drink alot of water, and sometimes jucie or tea. I dont know If I should go to the doctors or not? Can stress or anything else besides the foods I eat cause this?

    • ANSWER:
      Acid reflux is caused by too much acidity so you need an alkaline diet to neutralize the excess acidity.

  2. QUESTION:
    Running causes acid reflux?
    When I go running or jump rope, I get acid reflux very badly. My doctor has told me that I have GERD and I follow the guidelines of what to eat and I'm fine mostly, but I still get the acid when I run or do anything "bouncy" like intense step aerobics.

    I love to work out, and my doctor says to take tums before I work out or bike or do something different which sometimes helps.

    This is fine, but I plan to run anyway. I really need to vary my workouts or I "slip".

    Does anyone have any suggestions beyond tums that have helped them with this?

    • ANSWER:
      Do not eat for at least 2 hrs before exercising.

  3. QUESTION:
    Is there something in store bought spaghetti sauce that causes acid reflux episodes?
    I have not been diagnosed with acid reflux disease (not yet anyway) but I often have heart burn episodes with certain foods. My wife makes spaghetti with a store bought red sauce. This causes me great pain later in the evening.

    However, I made homemade red sauce (much tastier besides) and put it over pan grilled boneless chicken (lots of oregano and basil). I had no trouble from this and I ate a very generous amount. I didn't skimp on anything in the sauce: garlic, onion, oregano, basil, anise seed, etc.

    What is in the store bought sauce that causes me such a problem?

    • ANSWER:
      could be the sugar content. sugar is like second item on most of those prepared tomato sauces.

  4. QUESTION:
    What causes acid reflux in babies?
    I would like to know the cause. My friend is being a know it all as usual and saying it can only be contracted by eating spicy foods and babies as we know, can only drink from a bottle or breast feed but the baby I am talking about takes from a bottle.

    I ask this because I am wondering how it is contracted. I have the theory that babies are born with it and not really obtained by any other source. My friend says that babies constract it from something after being born.

    What do you think is correct? And do you have anything to add? I am just tired of the know-it-all medical "experts" who think they are smarter than a doctor. But then stupidly knows no bounds. Intelligence apparently does.

    • ANSWER:
      "In gastroesophageal reflux (GER), irritating stomach acids are regurgitated into the esophagus causing pains that adults would call "heartburn." GER is caused by a malfunction of the valve- like muscles between the stomach and the esophagus"

      From http://www.askdrsears.com/html/10/T106000.asp

      When babies are first born, this valve is immature causing acid to come up. That is why they outgrow it by time, when this valve becomes mature enough.

      So, yes, they are born with it, it is nothing we did to them.

  5. QUESTION:
    Hit from back in car accident. Is it possible for neck/esophageal muscles to be weakened causing acid reflux?
    What kind of doctor can confirm this?

    I think this is why i suddenly have persistent heart burn mostly after I eat and when I wake up in the morn.

    • ANSWER:
      not necessarily but you should see a gastroenterologist - raise the head of the bed about 3-4 inches and take a glass of cold milk last thing before going to bed .Get a CT/MRI scan done of the abdominal area to check if there is any problem due to the accident.

  6. QUESTION:
    What are the common causes of acid reflux?

    • ANSWER:
      Often there is no known cause for acid reflux or GERD.

      Abnormalities in anatomy (i.e. a hiatal hernia), obesity, pregnancy, and smoking increase your risk for developing acid reflux. But often the cause is unknown, particularly in younger people.

      You can learn much more through the links below:

      http://digestive.niddk.nih.gov/ddiseases/pubs/gerd/
      http://www.medicinenet.com/gastroesophageal_reflux_disease_gerd/article.htm
      http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/gerd/DS00967

  7. QUESTION:
    Questions about acid reflux?
    I have had acid reflux now for the past couple of years and I have a few questions about it.

    1. What causes acid reflux?
    2. What can be done to prevent it? (other than medication, eating less acidic food, eating earlier in the evening)
    3. What, if any, are long term side effects of acid reflux if left untreated?

    • ANSWER:
      Acid reflux is caused when the lower esophageal sphincter does not close properly. Instead of using its mighty energy for digestion, the defective valve lets acid out of the stomach and allows it to reflux back up into the esophagus. This can cause heartburn, throat problems, chronic coughing, and, if untreated, can even lead to cancer of the esophagus.

      Everything you've mentioned in number two will help. Also try to eat smaller, more frequent meals (grazing). If you lose weight, this also helps, as does wearing loose clothing. Basically, you want pressure off your stomach. You can also try sleeping with your upper body elevated. Get a special foam wedge for this (available at medical supply stores). Don't try to double up on the pillows. This only elevates the head and actually puts more pressure on the stomach.

      Truthfully, the thing that helped me most was medication. I now take a daily dose of Prilosec, have no side effects, and feel 100% better.

      Hope some of this helps!

      Debbie

  8. QUESTION:
    What are some of the more common causes of acid reflux?

    • ANSWER:
      Eating anything in excess... that's the number one way to get acid reflux. It also depends on WHAT you eat. Acidic foods will more likely want to make their way back up! Mexican food is a big cause of acid reflux... eaten in decent portions (drinking lots of water).. helps.

      However, while I was pregnant with my first child, I developed Acid Reflux. It was horrible. I don't normally eat a lot of food anyway... my mother always said I eat like a bird. However, when you're pregnant, everything changes. I ate more than I normally would, whether I wanted to or not! I was hungry more!

      I am paying for it now. Coffee is a huge problem for me, and I hate that. I LOVE COFFEE! I am just careful to drink a load of water. That helps balance it all out!

      Tums is helpful and it has a load of calcium - which is good. I chew about 6 a day whether I have reflux or not.

  9. QUESTION:
    I found a cure for acid reflux. Has anyone else done the same?
    I was on acid reflux medication for ten years. I could not sleep at night without the purple pill or Zantac. After being diagnosed with a kidney disorder that developed from a long term regimen of low dose medication, (aspirin and reflux medicine), I decided to search for the root of the problem that causes acid reflux. The Nexium pills and other types treat the symptoms of bad health, they are not the cure. If the body is not functioning correctly, there is an underlying cause that needs to be addressed. My doctor said that most people would rather keep eating what ever they want and take pills the rest of their lives than to change their diets which is the best way to eliminate the problem of acid reflux. So after researching a little I found that a diet of more raw fruits and vegetables and no fried foods with transfats etc will help my situation, but the most important thing that I found was that a major cause is caffeine. Caffeine causes certain muscles in the esophagus to relax which not only allows stomach acid to rise up into areas it should not be in but is also cases the stomach to produce more acid. As soon as I Stopped all caffeine and made moderate changes to my diet, within 3 days I was off of acid reflux medication completely and that was 3 months ago and I haven't had caffeine or needed medication since. Some doctors will not tell you these things and will prefer to keep you on medication which is how they are trained to treat problems. I am happy to say that I am healed from a bad case of acid reflux that lasted for many years thanks to a few basic changes and I believe you can be healed as well. Best wishes.
    To all who say that my situation does not apply to everyone else, I never said it did. Caffeine was not the only change that I made in my diet. I cut out fried foods, fast foods, sodas, tea, processed sugar and added more fruits and vegetables to my diet. I also waited 3 months before I reported my results. As far as all the reports and studies that some of you share here, they may be correct or they may be the result of drug companies trying to create false information to keep selling their drugs. I don’t know, but what I do know is I made a few simple changes in my life and experienced significant results. Before you discredit my story by pointing to a bunch of scientific studies, you should try for your self and see if moderate changes in diet will work. If anything your health will greatly improve and I would bet your acid reflux condition will improve as well.

    • ANSWER:
      1] I am very glad that this worked for you; but
      2] it will NOT work for everyone
      3] some common triggers are caffeine, fried or spicy foods, being overweight, etc.
      4] any 'acid reflux' that is not releived by over the counter meds, and/or diet changes should be checked out by a doctor

  10. QUESTION:
    I found a cure for my acid reflux. Has anyone else done the same?
    I was on acid reflux medication for ten years. I could not sleep at night without the purple pill or Zantac. After being diagnosed with a kidney disorder that developed from a long term regimen of low dose medication, (aspirin and reflux medicine), I decided to search for the root of the problem that causes acid reflux. The Nexium pills and other types treat the symptoms of bad health, they are not the cure. If the body is not functioning correctly, there is an underlying cause that needs to be addressed. My doctor said that most people would rather keep eating what ever they want and take pills the rest of their lives than to change their diets which is the best way to eliminate the problem of acid reflux. So after researching a little I found that a diet of more raw fruits and vegetables and no fried foods with transfats etc will help my situation, but the most important thing that I found was that a major cause is caffeine. Caffeine causes certain muscles in the esophagus to relax which not only allows stomach acid to rise up into areas it should not be in but is also cases the stomach to produce more acid. As soon as I Stopped all caffeine and made moderate changes to my diet, within 3 days I was off of acid reflux medication completely and that was 3 months ago and I haven't had caffeine or needed medication since. Some doctors will not tell you these things and will prefer to keep you on medication which is how they are trained to treat problems. I am happy to say that I am healed from a bad case of acid reflux that lasted for many years thanks to a few basic changes and I believe you can be healed as well. Best wishes.

    • ANSWER:
      Let me put it to you gently, i was active mormon for 20 years. or so,
      and i never drank coffee and still had acid reflux

      for me i seemed to identify the remedy to a poison that caused the refluc, neither the poison nor the remedy did i ever take.

      acid reflux could simply be caused by being "full" all the time.

  11. QUESTION:
    Calcium causes me Acid Reflux?
    Hello.

    When I eat foods high in calcium I get acid reflux so I stopped eating these foods and now I decided to take Calcium Supplements but still have the same problem. I'd like to know which type of calcium supplements I should take. I see that there are calcium citrate, carbonate and a bunch of others,, some of them even contain SOY, which perhaps that can be my problem? What do you guys recommend me? thank you very much.

    • ANSWER:
      For immediate relief chew tums. For longer relief take Zantac which can be purchased a a generic now.

      You might be potassium deficient.

  12. QUESTION:
    Is there any LEGIT guide on foods that are non-acidic and good for acid reflux sufferers?
    I keep reading conflicting reports all over the internet. I find one website that says Spinach is non acidic and good for people who suffer from heart burn, then I find another that says spinach is one of the worst because it opens up some sphincter thingie in your stomach that allows more acid reflux to get ya. Im just using spinach as an example........Does anyone know a website that is the real deal? A website that is a creditable health organization that actually talks about its studies on these foods and what REALLY causes acid reflux and what doesnt? I got chemical poisoning from rubbing alcohol in my organs so its very important I dont eat acidic foods, but since I got the poisoning accidentally by trying to make something bad out of it and smoke it, the doctors have no pity for me and didnt give me any information on foods and stuff like that.
    credible**

    sorry im just upset. i wish I could eat something or knew what im allowed to eat.
    There are a few sure things that I know dont cause heart burn such as apple cider vinegar, but I want to know what real foods I can eat. I dont want to eat salads with apple cider vinegar the rest of my life.

    • ANSWER:
      First off, milk contains fat. Fat = indigestion. Sorry.

      Basically, you need to stay away from 4 types of food. Caffeine, spicy foods, fatty foods and anything with alcohol. The best diet would probably be: http://heartburn.about.com/cs/dietfood/a/heartburnfoods1.htm
      this one.

      I am on one similar but have increased my tolerance to spicy foods. It's taken a while and has been a gradual increase but I still get heartburn occasionally.

      It is important to keep this under control because if left unchecked, GERD can lead to more severe illnesses. You need to speak with a Gastroenterologist. They will be able to get you set up with the right medications and give you good diet advice.

  13. QUESTION:
    what are the causes of acid reflux?

    • ANSWER:
      Weak esophageal sphincter and/or too much acid production

  14. QUESTION:
    Not drinking enough water throughout the day causing acid reflux?
    I am 22 and recently I have been working at a physically demanding job. I had what I thought was a stomach flu which lasted about 3 weeks, and then kind of cleared up (Might have been acid reflux the whole time? It was severe stomach pain). I have been having what seems to be acid reflux issues for the past couple months, and my diet is not too bad, not much fast food or sodas (one day in a week I might go out for In-N-Out). I should have more veggies and eat a couple hours before bed, instead of right before. But what I think might be causing the acid reflux is the "lack" of water.

    I work as a drain technician unclogging drains, and at times I am in a “hot box” room, or outside in the sun working hard and fast, which makes me sweat out enough liquid to fill my shirt with enough water to have it dripping off me. Now I drink about a half a bottle of a 1.5 liter of water, plus 2 bottles of vitamin water (to help with electrolytes). I am now figuring that maybe I am not drinking enough water, which is causing me to have too much acid in my stomach. My pee most of the time is not too yellow, just a little light yellow, but most time, just almost clear.

    Also When I go from job to job, I am in a hurry so I chug water, and I mean chug, then I carry on with work. It is like this all day. at times my only break is driving from job to job, but I have this energy to carry me job to job. I do not casually drink water throughout the day it usually right after the job and on my way to another, which is about every hour and a half or so, which I will chug about a couple of glasses of water.

    I have been experiencing muscle aches around body (doctor told me that this could be electrolyte loss) that are compared to a pinch in a nerve, which come and go, nasal drip, minor headache, upper back pain, and of corse the big one, abdominal and chest pain, and lack of ability to fall asleep at night, waking up a couple hours after sleep, even. All this I have thought could have been brought about by acid reflux, which at first probably brought about by stress from the new job.

    In concluding, I sweat out enough water to where I need to replenish quick, and drinking that amount of water is just disgusting, you know what I mean when you are demanding a lot of liquids and water just gets old. So, the two of my questions are , Am I not drinking enough water, which is causing acid reflux, and what can I do to get more water in my system without getting grossed out with all the water intake... Mix powder in with water, to add a flavor? Gatorade has a lot of acid in it and I do not want to drink this every day, it will ruin my teeth.

    Thanks - Kevin

    • ANSWER:
      supplements like digestive enzymes,msm,zinc l carnosine and biotin will help you....google it and also drink lots of water.....use green tea also it helps.......

  15. QUESTION:
    What else can cause acid reflux?
    After 10 years of chronic problems with acid reflux I finally have gone to see a GI specialist excited of course thinking that I am going to get some long awaited answers. Anyway, it is not working out that way. I had an upper endoscopy done and they could not find a cause. Everything came back normal. My doctor told me to go off my medication and now I feel like my throat is on fire 24 hours a day. I have acid reflux all the time it seems. I get very little relief from it as tums and pepto do next to nothing for it, I feel nauseated and sick all the time and I now have no prescription. Does anybody know if there is something else out there that can cause acid reflux, that would not show on an upper endoscopy? Or does anybody at least know something else I can try for some relief?
    I don't seem to be getting an answer I don't already know so I thought I would add some more details. I have already changed my diet and been on prescriptions that my doctor unfortunately took me off of. They did help but not 100% And if I missed a pill I would feel it for at least 2 days. No certain foods seem to set the acid reflux off. I get it from everything even water. I am always nauseated and constantly have a burning in my stomach that gets considerably worse if my stomach is empty. But nothing was found on my upper endoscopy. My doctor thinks maybe I have IBS because I have other digestive problems as well but she doesn't think my acid reflux is related. Anyway she pretty much told me I'm crazy and it's all in my head. I don't know what person would want to pretend acid reflux but not me! And definitely not for 10 years! Other medical history is, migraines, a slight hormone imbalance, and anemia. Could the acid reflux be related to any of these?

    • ANSWER:
      Wow I feel for you. I had something the same but it wasn't has bad as you have it. I had very bad acid reflux almost a year and a half ago and it was so bad I couldn't eat anything just because i would always vomit back up and it burnt like crazy. My stomach was burning, I would get constant heart burns, also my throat burnt to (usually after vomiting and after a heart burn), and my mouth as always tasting disgusting like a bitter sour tase (YUCK). I was constantly under stress and I was going through depression at this time of my life. I had this Acid Reflux for 6 month. I went to the doctor and he just did some test for ulcers but it came back negative (thank god!!) but he gave me this medication which is new in pharmacies (none of the over-the-counter drugs worked like tums) It's an actual prescription and it is called "Nexium" If you try Nexium I bet it will really help you because it really helped me a lot.

      Also try to stay away from Acid foods don't eat at night before you sleep. Also after you eat do not lay down as this can cause acid reflux to flare up again.

  16. QUESTION:
    3 week old with acid reflux on Zantac and Reglan..?
    My daughter is 3 weeks old and was recently diagnosed with Acid Reflux and prescribed Zantac (0.8 ml 2x a day) and Reglan (0.4 ml 4x a day). She's been on the Zantac a few days and it seems to be helping a little bit and she's had no kind of side effects or anything to it. She took the first dose of the Reglan this morning and so far no signs of allergy or anything. What I'm wondering is what should I be watching for with the Reglan? I've heard some pretty scary stories, but how common is it for babies to actually have bad side effects like that? What causes Acid Reflux in babies? Is there anything I can do to help her besides the medication? Anything organic that she can take? Thanks in advance for any answers.
    She has been seen by three different doctors and they all say its acid reflux. They have her on similac sensitive rs formula and say that's supposed to help. Her ped said most babies outgrow reflux and they have her on the reglan for a month and then she wants to try prevacid...

    • ANSWER:

  17. QUESTION:
    what would cause acid reflux in an 18 year old?
    Hi i am an 18 year old female. I am not overweight at all- im thin. I have asthma and allergies. recently i've been having reflux and im just wondering what the heck? it was bad yesterday because of the thanksgiving food. I am a vegetarian, don't really like tomatoes or other acid foods, and dairy. What is causing this? do i have some kind of stomach problem??? It seems like every time i eat it comes back up and burns, i know this is bad but, i don't know what to do.
    And it seems worse recently because i have pneumonia now. Would that make it worse?
    Real answers Thanks.

    • ANSWER:
      If I'm right it comes up in your throat when you lie down ? you have acid reflux caused by just about anything. The stomach acids are being allowed to come into the esophagus vie the stomach sphincter, this in tune is burning the opening.
      This could be from your diet, alcohol, smoking, a number of things. Try taking Metamusel twice a day for roughage and see if this helps. Stay away from spicy foods, if some type of foods cause this then stay away from them.

  18. QUESTION:
    Does H. Pylori infection cause acid reflux?
    I have been having really wierd chest pains(behind the sternum, and spreading a little below it) for the last few months. I went to see a doctor and they told me it was Acid Reflux. They put me on medicine, and after a month, the meds werent helping the problem. I went back, and they sent me to have and endoscopy done. They did a biopsy of my stomach which was erythemic, and turns out I have H. Pylori, so they put me on antibiotics. I am on my 9th day of the antibiotics, however the pain hasent gone away. I have this wierd fear that there is something else wrong that is causing the pain, and was contemplating asking for an MRI or something, however I dont want to sound rude. I know the doctors are well educated, however I am wondering if there is something else that could likely be causing the pain. It is excruciating sometimes. I have tried watching what I eat, changing my sleeping habbits, taking 3 different medicines, and nothing seems to help the problem. And advice would be appreciated, although I know noone can actually diagnose anything online, lol... Just want to know if there is something else out there that can be causing the problem, or maybe a different medicine that might work (I have tried tums, zantac, prilosec, prevacid, bysmuth)?

    • ANSWER:

  19. QUESTION:
    Can not eating for a while cause acid reflux symptoms to occur?
    For around the past year or so I've acquired what seems to be acid reflux. The only time I can really feel it is if I haven't eaten for around 6+ hours. My throat burns and it feels like acid coming up my throat and into the back of my mouth. It's really unbearable, I hate it. So does not eating for an extended period of time worsen acid reflux symptoms or cause them to come on? Is there anything that helps with this? I don't eat if I'm not hungry and I work a lot so sometimes I forget to eat and then the burning comes back and stays for quite a long time.

    • ANSWER:
      I think so. Cause ive had acid reflux since i was a kid, and during times when I felt sick I was always told to eat bread or something. I always imagined the acid in my stomach soaking into the bread, cause i figured without the bread there's nothing there for the acid to soak into so it just eats at my stomach instead. (or in your case, you feel it in your throat, which can happen)

      I have no idea if thats how it really works, but thats how I picture it. So if my theory is somewhat correct, then yes, not having food in your stomach will cause the acid to bother you

  20. QUESTION:
    really bad acid reflux...?
    i am 27 weeks pregnant and i have terrible acid reflux! tums didn't help. before i was pregnant i drank some pepto and it helped but i cant drink it now that i am pregnant. milk helps for a little bit but not for long. what else can i do. its so bad i cant even eat and im burping up the acid. gross =( please help!

    oh and it is true that if i have acid reflux, the baby will have a lot of hair? i heard it was an old wives tale but i think i heard something like they have proof that its true now. something with the enzymes that makes the baby's hair grow cause acid reflux. i could be wrong tho.

    • ANSWER:
      I'm actually going to disagree with the poster who said to drink water...just because that hasn't worked for me. I've had terrible acid reflux since I was 16 and now that I'm pregnant it's WORSE. I was told just to take Tums, but try not to drink anything with them because when new food and drink hits your stomach, you stomach naturally begins to make acid to break it down - just take the Tums and nothing else. Also, before I was pregnant I took Prevacid daily and that helped (you can still take it while pregnant - I just coincidentally stopped taking it before I found out I was pregnant) so I'd ask a doctor about a daily pill to prevent it from happening.

  21. QUESTION:
    Question about acid reflux?
    I finally went to see a doctor yesterday after dealing with a weird throat problem for about a week. What I mean by throat problem is I was feeling tightness in the throat and sometimes my throat felt twisted and also sometimes it felt like there was something stuck in my throat when I would swallow. At first I was thinking it was a thyroid problem or maybe a goiter (cause my dad and my grandma used to have goiter problems). I discussed this with my doctor and he felt my throat area and he didn't feel any goiters but he decided to run a thyroid test just to be sure and the thyroid test came back okay and there was nothing wrong with my thyroid.

    My doctor then told me that it could be acid reflux. He told me to take Prilosec OTC. After paying more attention to my symptoms for the past couple of days it seems that this throat feeling starts mostly around lunch time and also for the past few days I end up getting heart burn after lunch. My question is what would cause acid reflux?
    I just think its kind of weird cause I haven't been eating anything out of the ordinary. I do have digestive problems so I'm always careful what I eat and I also keep a food journal and I've looked at my food journal many times just to pinpoint what food it could be thats causing the acid reflux. I guess I'm just looking for answers trying to figure out what could be causing this.
    Well this problem started when I had my period a couple of weeks ago. My husband and I have been trying to get pregnant but considering I had my period is it even possible to get a period and be pregnant?

    • ANSWER:
      Are you experiencing more stress in your life right now? Stress can cause stomach problems.

      Could you be pregnant? From almost day one of my pregnancies I had acid reflux because my uterus was pushing everything up.

  22. QUESTION:
    What other stuff can acid reflux cause? Like more serious wise?
    I've had it for a while and now I have a pain on the right side of my chest it hurts constantly pretty bad doesn't get worse or better with anything. I just wanted to know what it might be causing I have protonix but it's not helping.

    • ANSWER:
      Thinkin about it this is acid we are talking about and acid burns through things. The stomach acid has a low pH which makes it acidic to relieve this pain most medicines will contain base typed chemicals which in reaction will neutralize each other. If you don't use medicine then the acid might damage your organs. Go see your doctor for help.

  23. QUESTION:
    can acid reflux cause your chest to feel hot?
    I had all kind of test last year.They still cant figure out what is wrong.they though it was from crohns to even colitis, all biobsy were negative .I still show inflamation in 3 parts of the intestine .I wakeup in the middle of the night with heat,on my chest literally is hot in the outside of my chest.I am tired of this not know what is going on.

    • ANSWER:
      It's possible, but I'd visit a doctor to make sure it isn't anything serious like a heart attack. Also, it could be due to lots of stress in your life. For the inflammation in your intestines, have you considered using alternative medicine to relieve it? AloeElite helps relieve a lot the pain and inflammation in your digestive system, which may help your body overall. Give them a call and see if that's something that can work for you.

  24. QUESTION:
    I am 12 wks prego and could my vomiting be caused by acid reflux?
    I always feel like food is rising in my throat and thats what makes me vomit most of the time, I dont really get sick on my stomach! Someone please help!

    • ANSWER:
      YES! Talk to your doctor about Previcid. It was the only thing that helped my sister in-law and she described her symptoms the same.

  25. QUESTION:
    Can Acid Reflux cause constant hunger?
    So I went to my doctor today because I have been experiencing some acid reflux related symptoms. I told him how I have been feeling and he thinks that I am developing early stages of acid reflux and so he prescribed me some prilosec. The only thing is, I was really wanting to ask him if acid reflux can cause constant hunger. I forgot to ask him, I was really wanting to know what causes it and how I can stop it. For example, I could be like not really hungry, but hungry enough to eat something. Then after I eat, I end up being hungrier than before. What causes this? Acid in my stomach? Would eating saltine crackers help? Thanks in advance.

    • ANSWER:
      You can train yourself to not feel hungry, although not advisable, and you will start to feel lethargic when hungry. It can also lead to further reflux. What your body is doing is demanding something that you are missing from your diet. What that could be is forms a massive list, from iron/salt/vitamins to just plain old water. With acid indigestion you may also encounter more saliva being produced, which when swallowed will help to wash away the stomach acid in the esophagus, however provide a phantom ingestion of food which the body isn't actually receiving. Drink water more often (I always drink milk due to the extra energy and it's thickness) and eat a slice of bread, allowing time for the body to recognise the input. A distraction such as exercise is also advisable as the digestion process will become less prominent in the body's overall functionality while oxygen is being supplied to the more exterior muscles.

      Eating too much will cause acid indigestion and will also stretch the stomach meaning you will have a feeling of hunger sooner as it's getting empty. Unfortunately if this is the case you will have to control the amount of food (trying smaller servings more regularly) until it's normal size is re-found.

      Apart from that, try reducing the amount of acidic foods and drinks you take. Alcohol (especially white wine and spirits) will also be a large factor to encourage reflux, and when the full onset hits it will digest the lining of your esophagus which will take up to years to repair without a very strict diet and medication.

  26. QUESTION:
    What is the cause of acid reflux disease?
    Please explain

    • ANSWER:
      -if your eating habits are irratic
      -if you are bulimic
      -if you eat too much acidic food eg. fruit
      -fizzy drinks

      x

  27. QUESTION:
    questions about acid reflux disease?
    so i'm 15 male and i think that i have acid reflux disease, it's like whenever i eat tomatoes or pineapples i like violently throw up later that night...i'm wondering if anyone that knows about this sort of thing can tell me..what part of the tomato is the part that causes the acid reflux? tonight i had a dressing that had little tiny pieces of tomatoes in it and i'm hoping that i'll be fine. anyone have any help for me here?

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  28. QUESTION:
    What's causing my acid reflux?
    My acid reflux started suddenly when I've never had it before and it has been continuing for the past week and a half. I started on the two-week course of prilosec and have been following a bland diet but it doesn't seem to be going away. I have four more days left to take prilosec, but don't seem to be improving very much. I'm 18, exercise regularly, and not overweight.

    • ANSWER:
      There are several things that cause this, but I can tell for sure that a DEFICIENCY OF DRUGS is NOT the problem and taking that total garbage prilosec will just make the problem worse and create lots of toxins in your body.

      You first need to make sure you are well hydrated.

      The average person needs water at the following rate:

      Take your total body weight and divide by 2. That number is the amount of water in ounces that you need to drink each and everyday. Along with that, you should consume 1/4 teaspoon of "air dried sea salt" in conjunction with each quart of water you drink. This puts the electrolytes in your body that will give you proper hydration. The typical white table salt you buy in stores like the Morton Salt, for instance, is terrible for you and has loads of chemicals added. Avoid that junk. If you drink ANY diuretic drinks like, sodas, coffee, tea, alcohol, commercially prepared fruit drinks, energy drinks, etc., these all dehydrate you and you will need to add more water to the total to compensate for the water loss due to these diuretic drinks. Take the total ounces of the diuretic drinks and multiply by 1.5 and add that total to the original total to come up with the proper amount of water you need to drink each day.

      The next thing is realize that acid indigestion and reflux come from not having enough hydrochloric acid to digest your food and when this happens, LACTIC ACID forms along with methane gas from food that rots and putrefies. If you don't have enough HCL to lower the pH of the stomach, you will not sanitize your food and the food will sit there and rot creating the LACTIC ACID problem and bloating from the methane gas.

      The solution is simple and elegant. You need to take some digestive enzymes before you eat and then some Betaine HCL after you eat and the problem will go away. At 18 years old, you should not be having this problem, but since you do their may be some extenuating circumstances causing this. If you are eating lots of sugar and carbs, low fat, low salt, and processed foods, this can cause the parietal cells to be subdued as a result of excess Candida Albicans overloading your mucus glands in the stomach. A doctor is the wrong person to ask about this because they will only treat the symptoms with antacids. That is a very dumb thing to do because it STOPS the digestive process of the body and you get lots of toxic build up. Doctors do not understand nutrition and how the body works in that regard.

      If you are interested, just e-mail me and I will steer you to a high quality, low cost source for the proper nutrients to help you.

      Good luck to you

  29. QUESTION:
    Acid Reflux and Chest Pains?
    Can acid reflux cause random chest pains which can be mistake for a heart attack? I have had a ton of test and they say my heart is fine but i get sharp pains Thur my chest on heart side. What is causing this? Can Acid reflux do this? I'm taking 40MG of Nexium a day but i still have chest pains. I agree i have reflux but part i want to go away is the sharp chest pains.

    • ANSWER:

  30. QUESTION:
    Has Anyone Had Acid Reflux Cause Them Stabbing Abdominal Pain & Back Pain?
    4:45 am I eat a Rice Crispy butterscotch and chocolate bar that is made with corn syrup, sugar, and peanut butter as well. We make these all the time so this is something new that I've eaten. I don't have a history of Acid Reflux and I've only heartburn when I was pregnant and on very rare occasions I've had some bad heartburn after eating a chocolate bar but all of my pain was in my chest or esphogous.

    10 mins after eating I start to feel very warm & my stomach starts to hurt. I try to lay down & find a comfortable position but nothing helps. It progressively gets worse & I start to feel sharp stabbing pains in my stomach and it is radiating up my back, waist up. I stand and try to get in to different positions, like on my knees, head down, you name it, and nothing was working. The pain was getting so severe I was starting to cry & I had to wake my husband up for help. I drank some water, nothing, and then I drank some Mylanta and I didnt notice anything different. My husband gave me some milk and nothing changed. I finally had enough and was going to throw up what I ate which I tried to do but couldnt. I laid on the tile floor after trying for a few minutes and the pain was starting to get a little better so I got up and moved back to my room and sat up for another 10 mins until the pain was finally gone. I woke up at 8am and felt like I was hung over as I was exhausted and my stomach was queasy and felt a dull ache. I had to ask my husband to let me go back to bed & he take care of the kids & it wasnt till 11am did I finally wake up enough that and start to get moving. It's 5pm, central time, right now and I still havent eaten anything as I still feel queasy.

    I called my doc today & they come back to me saying that my incident was nothing more than acid reflux. Now my husband has acid reflux and he has never had anything like I just described happen to him. I asked the nurse if I didnt have a sugar reaction from eating a ton of sugar on an empty stomach. I'm not diabetic, but it does run in my family and when I was younger I had similar incidents when I would wake up & have a glass of juice I would get a bad stomach ache, I would get the shakes, and I would sweat a lot for about 15 minutes and then I would feel fine. She reassured me that it was nothing more than acid reflux. I told her that I've never heard of anyone with stabbing pains in their stomach when having acid reflux & she tells me it can happen but she will relay my message back to the doc again.

    My doc hasnt been the most reliable when it comes to medical issues I've had in the past in regards to proper diagnoises or knowing the problem & doing nothing about it till much too late. So I have to ask everyone if this is common with acid reflux or is my doctor not listening to my symptoms & giving me a proper answer. I'm in good health, age 35, and take 2 meds for ADHD and chronic pain which I've been on for 4 years now so nothing new on that front. I don't drink coffee or alcohol and the soda I do drink are all diet sodas. I'm 10lbs overweight so my weight isn't a real factor I don't think and at this time I am not a diabetic or have had issues with blood sugars except from my 2008 pregancy which was the only time in my life I had elevated blood sugars. Thanks for your help!

    • ANSWER:
      Yes acid reflux can really hurt i have had it since i was 13 and i am 20 now i would have sharp pains in my stomach and chest and i went to the hospital alot before i knew it was acid reflux because i thought i was having a heart attack it sucks i know but some meds are great for that but i really didnt find one that was great but change the way you eat and it should get better in time i did for me at least and i hope it does for you GOD BLESS :]

  31. QUESTION:
    Need help with question about acid reflux and tums?
    I found out in 2002 I have acid reflux- i avoid caffeine and when I have spaghetti i only use about 2 tbsp- 1/8 c sauce- always had liked just a little sauce. Anyway, I take protonix 2x a day because I have a ulcer (lots of stress going on) the ulcer is healing

    my question is i also take tums and just wanted to know what peoples thoughts were on tums? I take the ultra strength 1000

    I do avoid acid causing foods and drinks and
    I do EXERCISE
    this questions is about tums and nothing else- but if anyone wants to add info on other alternative ways to calm acid let me know

    also I have acid reflux because i was born with celiacs disease- anyone who has it is born with it but develope it later on
    My mom said I threw up my formula and all the times in my life I was sick we know why now- I found out in 2002 and it is what caused my acid reflux- years of eating what i shouldn't- now i am on a strict gluten-free diet and I love it and even wrote my own cookbook
    susiecat- thank you- you are a doll!
    baking soda is ok but i am 40 amd tums is better because it has calcium- any extra calcium is good- esp since bone degeneration may run in the family
    lyric- keep your site to yourself- stop solicitng on Y!A

    • ANSWER:
      I do not have the medical history you do, but I do have acid reflux! (It was definitely diagnosed as GERD)
      I have been on Prilosec for quite a few years - but sometimes, I have breakthrough acid.
      My gastroenterologist said it is perfectly safe to use Tums now and then (avoid any that have the ingredient sorbitol (this can cause digestive problems of its own.) Some forms of Tums, I believe have sorbitol)
      Stress and anxiety can cause extra acid - and you have to try to reduce these conditions (not easy)
      Everything you are doing is very positive - and I applaud you for your efforts.
      Other than, Tums won't hurt you, I can't really offer anymore suggestions.
      You sound like you are doing everything right.
      It wouldn't hurt to ask your doctor about the Tums - Just to be on the safe side.
      TakeCare!

  32. QUESTION:
    Acid Reflux caused by food Allergies?
    My 16 yr old she got really ill after fried coconut shrimp at a well known beach side resturant. HER entire digestion system started shutting down pain in her breast bone and stomach area that moved around. After going to Dr for 10 days of her suffering, the urgent care dr came up with internal food allergies causing the problem including her Reflux, which was like a LUMP under her breast bone, no burning, and hard to eat anything she lost 8 pounds in 10 days cuz she couldnt even drink broth gave her pain. Hard for her to swallow at times too. So glad I kept going back ever time till some one helped her, took the urgent care dr remember what you ate that day it all started, and DONT EAT IT AGAIN! Hers was shrimp we think.. too bad too she LOVES her shrimp, She is still suffering from this but at least the Dr knows what happen, and gave her meds to put her on the mends, http://ezinearticles.com/?What-Are-Acid-Reflux-Allergies?&id=1130727 Good luck!

    • ANSWER:
      hey! OMG! this is the answer to my quesition! if you have time can you email me the hole story like what happened and everything! kuz i went to the dr with the EXACT same symtoms! if you check my histery of Q`s today you will find i was looking for this answer, the dr said it`s acid reflux and im on pink pills, but they dont really help me any. can you tell me what she has. and if its curable, any treatments she had,im suposed to go for a breath test to see whats goin on! but i can only go in sept. so if you can help me i would be VERY happy! laura-pinkrules"hotmail.com (shit my ...at...sign aint working) i just need help! im on sooo much pain

  33. QUESTION:
    Acid reflux causing so many problems,Getting really annoying.?
    First I want to apologize for the long post but I need some kind of remedy that will work for me. I was diagnosed with a fairly bad case of acid reflux. Its been going on for a while and its not gettin any worse but its definitely not getting any better and im almost done with my prescription. My voice is always hoarse and I sing so its really a debilitating factor.. I can deal with the throat issues, stuffed up ears, and overactive sinuses but I need my voice back. Can anyone please give me a remedy or something to help. Its really affecting my overall mindset at this point. I am currently doing a few different things to calm the acids in my stomach in additon to medicine but I need something that will directly effect my larynx also. Its pretty much horrible, my range is completely restricted and when I do sing it puts me in a bad mood. Any help or advice would be much beyond appreciated. I have been letting this stupid gerd bs control my life. I cough constantly, always have a dtrange sensation in my throat of it bulging out from inflamation, my nose is always stuffed but I have extreme nasal drip going on 24/7, my ears are filled with fluid anthey pop crack and hurt at random times, I have to prop myself up at night, take several different mixtures in the morning along with my pill, nasal sprays, can't drink, have to watch what I eat, blah blah and so on. Its maddness. Someone please give me some sort of remedy.
    I also used to smoke heavily but quit instantly when i noticed what was going on. Been about six months since I stopped but this gerd has most obviously been going on much longer than that. I have gone to my doctor about everything going on with me more than once and im under the impression that he's a complete moron, filled with "well I think" and "we will try this and see". Kinda at the desperate stage as of now. I'm taking Dexilent 60mg, a mixture of apple cidar vinegar, aloe vera juice, and a bit of honey, and a nasal spray for sinus crap.

    • ANSWER:

  34. QUESTION:
    Can acid reflux cause constant hunger?
    I am pretty sure that I have acid reflux. (not diagnosed by a doctor yet) And I have been have these constant hunger feelings in my stomach for like 3 weeks now. Sometimes it goes away on its own or if I drink alot of water or eat alot of ice it goes away. I could be like not really hungry, and then eat something and the hunger gets worse. So usually the hunger gets worse after eating something. Has this ever happened to anyone before? Is this supposed to happen witrh acid relux? what can I do to make it stop? Thanks in advance.

    • ANSWER:
      I struggled with acid reflux for months before I was diagnosed, exact same symptoms you describe.

      I take tums or rolaids an hour after eating with a glass of water, that stops it right away

      I remembered last night, I took prilosec in the beginning for two weeks only, that really helped immediately, then the tums and rolaids now as maintenance.

  35. QUESTION:
    Do I have acid reflux?
    What does acid reflux feel like? What are the symptoms?
    I have been burping a lot these past few weeks usually, after I eat. Most of the time it comes up with stomach acid, like I'm throwing up, and I have to swallow it back down. Gross I know. And when I get up early, I feel like throwing up. ALWAYS. The only thing is is that I thought that acid reflux caused pain? What could this be! Any advice welcome, please!

    • ANSWER:
      Acid reflux or GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disease) is a health condition that causes damage to the lining of the esophagus. The liquid content of the stomach travels back into the esophagus, which inevitably builds-up.
      It would be best for you to see your doctor to know what it is, and before it possibly turns into something more serious.

      In the meantime, sipping on fennel tea or chamomile tea can have a very soothing effect and it has been successfully connected to the relief of stomach acid discomfort for many people.

      Ginger in almost any form can be great for reducing stomach acid. (NOT ginger-ale)

      Drink more water and avoid all alcohol, caffeine products, and carbonated beverages (coffee, tea, pop, etc..) Alcohol & caffeine dehydrate your body and can aggravate the irritated stomach lining.
      Carbonated beverages can build up more acid and help push it up the esophagus.

      Do not smoke. Smoking actually aggravates the symptoms of stomach acid and acid reflux.

      You may want to try an alkaline diet.
      An alkaline diet can help overcome the effects of stomach acid and acid reflux:
      - cutting out acidic foods
      - do not eat fatty foods (deep-fried, greasy, oily, sauteed, high-fat, etc..)
      - increase the amount of water you drink daily
      - avoid all carbonated beverages and caffeinated beverages
      - do not drink any alcohol

      Alkaline Foods include: almonds, coconut, buttermilk, yogurt, raisins, melons, figs, olives, bananas, avocado, grapes, potatoes (not french fries), pumpkin, spinach, lettuce, artichokes, broccoli, cucumber, and mushrooms (steamed or cooked)

      Almonds are a great way to help reduce or eliminate the effects of stomach acid and reflux. Each morning chew on a few unsalted almonds, and then again (2 or 3 almonds) after each meal.

      Foods to Avoid:
      All Deep-fried food, oily food, foods high in fats (butter, margarine, salad dressings, etc..) Salty foods, tomatoes, raw onions, high-fat pastries & cookies, chocolate, vinegar, lemons, oranges

      Beverages to Avoid:
      Wine, liquor (all alcohol), coffee (all caffeine), Orange juice, Cranberry juice, Grapefruit juice, Lemonade, all Carbonated Beverages

      - http://www.acidreflux-heartburn-gerd.net/acidreflux/acidrefluxfoods.html
      - http://acidrefluxsymptomshq.com/what-foods-to-avoid-with-acid-reflux/

  36. QUESTION:
    Nausea from acid reflux?
    I have had acid reflux since I was 9 and I'm 14 now.
    I normally have issues with tomatoes and spicy food and like, milk products.
    I have not had it too bad in a while, but i think its getting worse.

    Today, I had lizania for dinner (tomato, spices, cheese..) and now I'm super nauseous. I kind of feel at bit of burning up the back of my throat.
    Can acid reflux cause nausea? Is this acid reflux? What can I take? Oh, and I took a laxative after dinner, so I dont know if it would effect a medicin.

    • ANSWER:
      Yes, definitely.
      I have had reflux since birth and nausea was one of my symptoms when I was younger.
      The nausea comes because the spicy food you ate isn't agreeing with your stomach so basically the food is going up and down your oesophagus thus making you feel really sick. I would recommend taking gaviscon or chewing fruit flavoured chewing gum. I don't know why chewing gum helps but trust me it really works.
      I know how you feel. The horrible sick, nauseous feeling.
      I really hope you feel better soon.

  37. QUESTION:
    Acid Reflux Disease? Any at home methods that can help?
    I know I probably have something wrong with my stomach, but I dont know how to help it. Every few weeks I have a string of days where I get brutal heartburn. Lately I have noticed it to be so bad that it hurts to breathe and I feel frequent cramps and burns. When I burp it sometimes tastes eggy. Ive been taking tums everyday and use tagamet. Weirdly though the heartburn is strongest during the day. Last night at midnight I felt fine, infact very hungry. When I get hungry I tend to eat whatever I want. I get heartburn from whatever I eat, so why not have something I like? I take lexapro for anxiety, and my anxiety right now is crazy bad. That and combined with feeling smothered and heratburn, i cant stand to do anything, at all. At this point I have no idea how to handle it. What should I do? What can calm me down and rid the heartburn at the same time? Is the acid reflux causing anxiety or is the anxiety causing the heartburn?

    • ANSWER:

  38. QUESTION:
    Sensitive Teeth Caused By Acid Reflux?
    I'm sorry, this might be a little complicated, but I'd really appreciate some help.
    My teeth have been very sensitive lately. it feels like my whole mouth stings and my teeth hurt so bad they all feel like they all have cavities in them. But I know they don't. I brush my teeth daily with an extra soft crest spinbrush, recently saw my dentist a couple weeks ago and he checked my teeth and he said my teeth were fine. He even took 5 x rays of my mouth. So I know don't have cavities or gingivitis ('cause cavities take a while to appear, and this has only been happening for about 3 days.)
    Then when I was talking to my best friend last night, she asked me if maybe one of my medications could be causing the problem, so I did an investigation, and found that one of my medications, Spironalactone, (I take it because I have too much testosterone in my system and I get thick dark man facial hair. This stuff helps to remove it.) has acid reflux listed as a side effect. (I have had problems with acid reflux before I was on this medication, I even had to go to the hospital when I first got reflux because it burned so bad. I did see a specialist for it and gave me some medication,) Now here's my question/problem. Everytime I take my spironalactone and get a reflux attack (or just get a reflux/heartburn attack in general) my teeth sting like crazy. What can I do to make this cycle stop? All I really have to stop the pain is sensodyne for my stinging teeth and my prevacid for my reflux. Is my Spironalactone the root of this vicious cycle? And if it is, what should I do? (*I do get electrolysis treatments for my manly facial hair, so if I stopped taking the Spironalactone it wouldn't make any hair grow back) I'd appreciate ANY AND ALL feedback! Thanks so much!!!

    • ANSWER:
      well if you can't get off the drugs that cause the acid reflux the best you can do is try to treat the acid reflux at the root of the problem

      but do not treat it with more drugs that will cause more side affect. try some natural remedies that will not cause anymore side affects.

      apple cider vinegar a couple spoonfuls a day unto the reflux goes away. is just one natural option there are also several herbal options that are very affective at treating the problem at the source

  39. QUESTION:
    Want to eat healthy but have bad acid reflux?
    I want to eat healthier and improve my mental stability (I'm Bipolar). So I researched a list of "brain foods" that I think would work best for me. Most of them are listed on this site : http://www.lifehack.org/articles/lifehack/brain-food-eat-for-productivity.html

    The trouble is, I'll need to eat mostly citrus fruits, nuts, milk (for cereal) and drink lots of water, all of which seriously aggravate my acid reflux (caused by Hiatal hernia). My insurance doesn't pay for my acid reflux medicine.

    What can I do to eat better without killing my stomach and esophagus?

    • ANSWER:
      Please try this site instead: http://www.myfoodpyramid.gov. It will guide you to the balanced diet you really need and then talk to your physician about getting a statin drug for your acid reflux. That really shouldn't go unchecked....cancer and all of that. You can try to take some over the counter Zantac. I suggest 150mm if you really can't afford a statin drug.
      I'm studying psychology and would like to see you say, " yeah, I'm bipolar, but that is a very average thing". You can be bipolar and okay. I'm schizophrenic but I really think most of us are a little bit. So there. That is my advice. Good luck little buddy.

  40. QUESTION:
    Cause of acid reflux, sore throat and swollen right lymph node?
    I nearly never get sick (maybe 4 times in 10 years), yet recently I have been having some odd issues.

    It began with severe acid reflux (severe to me), so bad it felt like battery acid in my throat. Days later I got a sore throat. Now I have a swollen and tender lymph node under my right jaw. This has all remained for a good week or two and is beginning to worry me.

    Is there anything I can take (OTC please, as I have no health insurance) to remedy these issues? All three issues are new to me, but they are kicking my butt. I'm awake @ 3am right now because sleeping is near impossible, I just toss and turn all night long. It really gets bad when the acid reflux kicks in (almost always at night, sometimes early morning).

    Today my sore throat isn't as bad, but the acid is still there and my right lymph node began to hurt. What is going on with me? How do I fix it?

    • ANSWER:
      It can become a serious issue get help before it gets worse. Avoid coffee. Soda, reassess your sleeping pattern.

  41. QUESTION:
    Please help, I think I have Acid Reflux but I need to go to sleep.?
    I think I have acid reflux cause my Dad has it and I think its genetic. My thought's been feeling really dry the past few days and when I layed down to go to sleep it felt like my throat was closing or something. It says I should wait 3 hours before going to sleep and in these three hours I shouldn't drink or eat anything including water. But since I had a dry throat I drunk a bunch of water. What am I supposed to do its 1:44 a.m. and I'm really tired.
    Well I do feel a slight burning sensation and it hurts when I try to yawn in my chest.

    • ANSWER:
      Sorry to tell you but you have GERD or Acid Reflux. Trust me i know the same thing use to happen to me. And i've tried every medicine out there to cure my acid reflux. But it turned out i had more than just acid reflux but i won't get into that here. But i can tell you that it is genetic because not only did my mom have it i was a premature & they damaged my valve on my stomach which causes acid to come back into my esophagus. The same things your experiencing are the same thing i've experienced i've felt that my throat was closing up & my doctor or my G.I. doctor said that it could be to stop the acid from coming up. But you probably don't have the second part that worsens me acid reflux but u diffidently have the same exact symptoms i had & i was in fact diagnosed with Acid Reflux & GERD(Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease) so what you should do for now is try Nexium (purple bottle little purple pills you can get then at just about any pharmacy or wal-mart) then go to you family doctor, tell your doctor about what's going on, then your doctor will refer you to a G.I. specialist to help &/or get rid of your acid reflux if its not to late. If you have any ?'s feel free to email me & i'll be glad to help. Good Luck.

  42. QUESTION:
    Can vinegar actually cause more acid reflux?
    This is by far the worst acid reflux attack I've ever had, in that it's lasted almost three weeks. For four days I took three prilosecs otc's, then went back at my doctors's increased level of two a day. Relief at first, then I overate again and it came back. I will be making an appointment with a G.I. doctor tomorrow. But I'm exasperated and was crying because I couldn't eat anything that didn't cause belching and a sore throat. Exasperated, I researched home remedies, and found out about apple cider vinegar. I only have white distilled vinegar, but also found a dosage level for that. I took one teaspoon as suggested, and nothing--well, almost nothing. It didn't do what I was told it would, so I decided to call a pharmacist. He said that any more acid is a no-no; it just creates more acid when I'm trying to cut down on the acid. I'm confused!
    And yes, I was using Mylanta, but to no avail, cuz I found out that the milk I was using for baby rice cereal is hard for the stomach acid to digest. Though the pharmacist suggested Tums, I will call my regular pharmacist tomorrow and see what he says.

    I am also in the middle of a bentonite clay detox, which is supposed to carry toxins out of the body. But I will stay on my prilosecs until I can get back on Nexium if the insurance covers it.
    btw, bentonite clay carries all toxins out of the body, and cleanses the GI tract, often helping with acid reflux.
    Back In April the bentonite cleansing worked very well, but I don't know if it's going to work so well this time.
    Oh, and yes, Jodith, I'm taking Mylanta, those tums never do any good.

    I've also just started taking digestive enzymes, they break up food when the stomach needs help with it--foods that are harder to digest. I think it's working. Screw the vinegar, the enzymes are better.

    • ANSWER:
      I'm assuming you are using something like tums or mylanta to help reduce existing acid? Prilosec helps inhibit the production of acid, but won't help acid that is already present. A product like tums or mylanta can help buffer the acid that is already present in your stomach.

      Definitely keep the appointment with the GI. Prilosec is a fairly strong medicine. If it's not keeping your reflux down, you'll need to try something else.

      It is true that vinegar is an acid. I've read also that it can help reflux, but it always seemed so counter-intuitive to me that I never tried it.

  43. QUESTION:
    is there a codition that could cause sever acid reflux along with allergy type symptoms?
    I have been to see a doctor, and they keep telling me I am having an allergic reaction to something, and that I ALSO have acid reflux. Both things started happening at the same time. The allergic reaction type symptoms will often show up as little welts, in one spot. Not always the same spot, but usually warmer areas, like my stomach or my thighs. I have also had wierd things where my eyes, or my lip swells up. Almost looks like I got punched in the face, however there are no welts. These dont cause any problems with breathing or anything like that, only on the surface. It gets a bit embarrasing when it happens to me when I am in public. It comes and goes, sometimes several times a day, and lasting for several hours or more (last night went to bed with a swollen eye lid, and woke up with it still swollen). I also started having sever chest pains at roughly the same time. (within a few days of eachother). I went to the doctors, and they did an endoscopy down my esophagus, and into my stomach. They told me I had an H. pylori infection, however I took antibiotics to get rid of the bacteria. Its gone now, but the pain is still there. I have gone through 4 or 5 different medicines to try and help the pain, and only this most recent one seems to help at all, but it doesnt stop it, it is sucralfate. I have tried all of the other ones I can get my hands on, from generic zantac, tums, prilosec, milk of magnesia, pepto etc...nothing else does anything for it. I am starting to wonder if there is maybe a condition that could have both of these symptoms, or if maybe its not really acid reflux, maybe there is something else wrong, like the gastroesophageal sphincter might not be opening or closing like it should. Any advice would be much appreciated! Im at a loss of what to do. I am only 24, and these sudden medical issues are really starting to get me worried. I have watched everything from what I eat, to how I sleep. Even different perfumes and soaps etc. I cant figure out what is going on, and it's been happening for almost 3 months now!!!

    • ANSWER:

  44. QUESTION:
    How can i cure white tongue, with sore throat/mouth caused by acid reflux?
    I have had acid reflux for years and ive never had it this bad. I take prolosec otc once a day, or at least when i remember to, pepcid, and i try to eat healthy. A week ago the roof of my mouth started hurting and looked discolored, that discoloration was tracing back to my throat which also hurts a lot. Its like a greyish color when i shine a light up in my mouth. I noticed tonight i have white tongue with red bumps starting small and as you were to look more towards the back of my mouth the bumps get bigger and more swollen. My guess is the reflux got really bad and overtime burned my tongue severely but im not doctor to assume thats the case. Please if anyone has any tips on what is going on that would be appreciated.

    • ANSWER:
      eat some yogurt and also visit a doctor

  45. QUESTION:
    What can I do to get rid of a sore throat caused by acid reflux?
    I've had pretty bad acid reflux for a while, and recently it's gotten to the point where my throat hurts pretty much constantly. My doctor told me to try a different dose of the drug I'm on for the reflux, but is there anything I can do in the meantime to get rid of the sore throat? It's bad because it kind of hurts to talk and i need to be able to talk consistently because i'm kind of an actor. would lozenges like ricola help or not?

    • ANSWER:

  46. QUESTION:
    Symptoms of acid reflux & hiatal hernia?
    What are the symptoms, other than heartburn?

    I have been diagnosed with both, and just want to see what symptoms other people have experienced.

    I feel nauseous often (idk if it's because of the acid reflux and hiatal hernia though), feel like there's liquid trapped in the top of my abdomen, and feel like I have to burp but can't. I also feel alot of pressure in my throat at times and find it difficult to swallow, and I feel like something triggers my gag reflex. Does any of that sound familiar?

    (I'm trying to see if the symptoms I get ARE caused my acid reflux or my hiatal hernia, because I got my gallbladder taken out 2 weeks ago and that was supposed to take care of my nausea)

    Thank you.

    • ANSWER:
      I have bad acid reflux (i have already had an upper GI (a few months ago) and i had an endoscopy on friday (and don't have the results back). I feel nauseous very often, i can feel food and stuff come back up as if I'm going to puke but i never do, i get bloated very easily and very often, i have a lot of pressure in my lower and upper stomach, when i swallow food and drink i feel as if i take a big gulp of air with it. My symptoms always get worse with school (because of stress and scheduled eating and not eating) and sometimes when i exercise my chest and throat burn badly and i feel sick. I'm on nexium as of now but that may change when i get my endoscopy results.

  47. QUESTION:
    Is what I'm feeling acid reflux?
    Lately I've been having a lot of stomach/ intestinal pain and I've been to the ER and to a GI clinic for answers. I had an endoscopy done and apparently I have a hiatal hernia and a damaged/swollen esophagus caused by acid reflux. I was given medication to take for it, but lately I've been getting this weird chest pain that is dull/ achy/ tight. I can also feel it in my back.

    I'm asking this question (even though it's been asked before) because I've also never felt any of the common symptoms of acid reflux, and have only had heartburn a few times in my life.

    If this does sound like something related to acid reflux then I'm going to have to ask my GI what gives because I've been taking the medication they prescribed (and it hasn't done anything to help my other symptoms.)
    nothingdone - It sure feels like an ulcer, but the endoscopy (where they literally stuck a camera down my throat and took pictures of my guts) did not show any ulcers. They also took biopsies of some of my guts and those came back normal.

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  48. QUESTION:
    white foamy spit associated with acid reflux?
    I have acid reflux, 17 in HS senior. I get white foamy spit i know it sounds unpleasant, so i spit it out rather than swallow it because it upsets my stomach. When i spit it out, my mouth gets dry, and swallow it it upsets my stomach, and i think that it is the cause of my acid reflux.

    all the doctor has given me is prev-acid, but what about the white foamy spit?

    • ANSWER:

  49. QUESTION:
    I have acid reflux problem.but not often but recently it is comin often.. is it bcoz of jogging or the coffee?
    i started jogging only before two weeks and i drank about 250 ml coffee in the morning. what s the cause of frequent acid reflux. i am 20 yrs old.

    • ANSWER:
      You could stop drinking coffee for a few days and see if that helps. If not, try taking something else away. Acid reflux is caused by different things in different people. Some people just get it regardless of what they eat.

  50. QUESTION:
    What is the treatment for a cyst?
    I have a friend who has just been diagnosed as having a cyst. It was causing acid reflux and she couldn't sleep laying down. The doctor is saying "let's wait and see if it goes away on it's own". Is this a good course of treatment? I there something she can do on her own to help the situation?

    • ANSWER:
      A lot of cysts dissolve on their own, It is important to see if this happens naturally because if it doesn't depending on where the cyst is it may have to be surgically removed.

      The doctor will monitor the cyst to ensure it is not cancerous or if it is not getting to big.


Vinegar Acid Reflux Cure

Written By: admin - Aug• 31•12

Acid reflux, also known as GERD (gastro esophageal reflux disease) is the phenomenon where stomach juices including acid travel back (reflux) to the esophagus from the stomach. Research done recently shows that some one in five people in the developed world must put up once a week with symptoms related to acid reflux, while a further one in five suffer from the distress and sometimes pain of these symptoms at least every month. However, most patients do not really know what GERD is.

What are the local causes of acid reflux?

Gastro esophageal reflux disease happens when the lower esophageal sphincter (the name for the circle of muscle that is the valve between the stomach and the esophagus) does not shut correctly and lets stomach juices be thrown back up, or reflux, into the esophagus. When the esophagus lining is impacted by these juices, this produces the burning sensation in the chest and/or the throat, which is called heartburn.

Although it seems strange, heartburn may also be symptomatic of too little stomach acid. The level of stomach acid has to be enough for digestion to be effective, and prevent the stomach from being obliged to work much harder for the food to be digested. In time, the extra effort of the stomach can lead to acid reflux happening.

As well as the immediate factors leading to gastro esophageal reflux disease, there are also genetic factors (beyond our control) and several other internal factors and cofactors, that make for a context encouraging GERD. A long-term solution can only come from treating the internal factors primarily responsible for causing GERD.

What are the symptoms of acid reflux?

Healthy people also get occasional heartburn, and this alone does not mean that you have a gastro esophageal reflux disease. Diagnosis of GERD is typically based on a recurring (twice weekly or more) manifestation of heartburn. Symptoms may be different for some GERD patients, such as chest pains, morning hoarseness or problems swallowing. Other patients experience a sensation of food getting stuck in their throat or choking or stricture. Recurring dry coughs are also symptoms for this last group of patients.

What are the dangers of acid reflux?

Neglected GERD can have not only unpleasant, perhaps painful symptoms, but can also generate grave complications. Firstly, tissue damage scars can cause constriction of the esophagus and problems in swallowing. Secondly, gastric acid can inflame the esophagus over time to lead to ulcers or bleeding. Thirdly, some victims can develop a condition where cells in the lining of the esophagus take on abnormal shapes and colors, a condition known as Barrett's esophagus. Protracted Barrett's esophagus may result in cancer, notably for adults who are more than 60 years old.

Solutions for acid reflux

Treating gastro esophageal reflux disease can be done in one of three ways: a surgical operation; prescription or over-the-counter medicaments; and holistic therapy, using dietary and lifestyle changes, detox, and specific herbal supplements. In very many cases, gastro esophageal reflux disease can be resolved and stopped by natural solutions, avoiding the dangers of surgical treatment or prescribed medicaments. This holistic approach to GERD is also confirmed by a review of recent research that indicates that acid reflux is a medical condition provoked mostly by factors of diet, lifestyle and behavior.

So what is acid reflux? Seen in the context of conventional medicine that compares it to other similar recurring conditions, acid reflux is to be treated by constantly ingesting drugs, antacids and over the counter medicament that only bring temporary relief.

Seen from the holistic viewpoint, gastro esophageal reflux disease is the danger signal for a major internal imbalance that must be corrected. Alternative treatments 00004000 for GERD therefore (homeopathic cures, herbal treatment, diet and lifestyle alterations and detoxification), by solving the internal cause of acid reflux, are inherently better compared to conventional cures that only bring superficial relief.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    How Long Will Apple Cider Vinegar Cure Acid Reflux Permanently?
    For example If I Take 1 1/2 tablespoon of it daily, how long will it stop it permanently. Can you give me about a good estimate time. This way i always don't have to depend on it all the time, cause it nasty and yucky. Can you give me a time period? I DON'T suffer from severe acid reflux, just moderate and comes frequently throughout the day. I have ONLY been suffering with it for 18 months.

    • ANSWER:
      I don't see how acetic acid will cure acid reflux. What a crazy notion. Using one acid to fix another acid problem? It doesn't make sense. You're just putting more acid in your stomach and it will reflux along with the gastric acid. Acids don't neutralize acids. Bases neutralize acids. But even bases won't prevent what's causing the acid reflux in the first place.

      See your doctor to find out the cause of yours. It can be due to various conditions, including abnormal biologic or structural factors.

  2. QUESTION:
    Does drinking apple cider vinegar really cure acid reflux?

    • ANSWER:
      No

  3. QUESTION:
    Is is true that drinking apple cider vinegar can help cure acid reflux? thanks!?
    I heard from a cousin that it works, now i want to hear from others if its really true :) thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      Yes, it really does work for alot of people. Everyone is different, but only way you will know is to try it.

      Here is a site that has alot of testimonials and remedies. This is the section on acid reflux http://www.earthclinic.com/CURES/acid_reflux2.html#ACV_48830

      As you will see out of the ratings on the site, most people far prefer the apple cider vinegar!

      It's a great site to look up almost any remedy and you will be able to also read what other people have done and if it worked for them. Some change it up a little and add a bit of honey to it for example.

      Hope it works for you!

  4. QUESTION:
    Have any seniors heard of the apple cider vinegar cure for Acid Reflux?
    This is known to be a cure all for acid reflux and also for weight
    loss too. It has natural compounds that help the liver break down cortisol, insulin, and fat storing hormones. Taking 1 oz. mixed with 8 oz water 2x daily experts say, you will drop weight
    within a week. And for acid reflux, you will feel immediate results. My hubby says it works for him and sees' his tummy
    going down. Worth a try, don't you think? I couldn't stay on the
    reflux pills, so I'm going to try it now.
    The results my husband has seen with
    losing ten pounds also, is from just one
    weeks' use. He doesn't mix with water
    tho. He swigs down what he thinks is
    the 1 oz of apple cider vinegar. Make
    sure you buy none other. As this is the
    one to buy for results. He bought ours at
    a grocery store, rather than a health food store. He's also drinking more
    bottled water, and juices, and iced tea.
    Keeping hydrated is good for you also.

    • ANSWER:
      I'm not a senior but I know this is a very good solution for stomach upset. The most important affect of vinagar is that it will ward off food poisening. A person who has had a table spoon of vinegar with some water is less likely to have food poisening from bad meat or fish. Very popular in places that eat raw fish. Fish with vinegar (instead of salt)

      The pharmacudical companies don't want us to know these simple cures for so much of what ails us. If this catches on, they'll be charging medical prices for vinegar!

      Another idea. Vinegar is good for washing your face also. It causes the blood to come to the surface of the skin and that is healthy. Just as people used vinegar for douches and for putting in laundry, vinegar is a wonderful, soothing bath and facial wash.

      Keep it simple and save tons of money on cosmetics. It works just fine.

  5. QUESTION:
    Did you know that 1 tsp. of vinegar will cure acid reflux. when taken daily?

    Marthe, Give it a try and tell me what you think.
    Use Apple cider vinegar(cold and pressed)

    • ANSWER:
      no, I thought it would make it worse.

  6. QUESTION:
    How long do i have to use apple cider vinegar to cure acid reflux for good?
    I been using it because I heard on the internet that milllions have used it and stopped acid reflux forever. And dont say it doesnt work, cause that what some people will say and it not true. I been taking it 1 1/2-2 tablespoon a day, 5 days and continueing and been feeling al relief and no acid reflux for 18-24 hours or until i take it again. anyway to the matter of my question, how much do consume of it, and how long do i have to depend on it. If someone can give a time i really, really appriate it thanks

    • ANSWER:

  7. QUESTION:
    Is applecider vinegar a cure for acid reflux?

    • ANSWER:
      Heaven's no...it's an old wives tale...as I GI nurse, I have never had a patient that it worked for who had REAL acid reflux. I remember a couple of patients saying they heard of using vinegar. Quite the opposite actually.

  8. QUESTION:
    does apple cider vinegar have a possible cure for acid reflux?

    • ANSWER:
      I have a blog for different uses of Apple Cider Vinegar. You should try ACV with a dash of cayenne and cinnamon in your favorite juice.

      http://curezone.com/blogs/m.asp?f=179&i=33
      Food for Thought: http://www.earthclinic.com/Remedies/applecidervinegar.html

      http://www.stockwellfarms.com/apple_cider_vinegar_testimonials.htm

      http://remedyfind.com/rem.asp?ID=10126

      http://www.earthclinic.com/CURES/acid_reflux.html

      http://xserve.ctems.net/mt/mt-comments.cgi?entry_id=1264

      this is a great string http://forums2.gardenweb.com/forums/load/herbal/msg0809125923115.html

  9. QUESTION:
    Does Apple Cider Vinegar Pills Protect You From Acid Reflux?
    I Tried It And It Stopped About All My Acid Reflux In 3 Days. But My Question Is If You Took Them On A Daily Bases, Well They Permantly Cure Acid Reflux Forever?

    • ANSWER:
      Apple cider vinegar helps with insufficient stomach acid (a common cause of acid reflux). Another supplement to help with low stomach acid is betaine HCL with pepsin which retrains the stomach to produce adequate concentrations of hydrochloric acid without the further need for supplementation. Bitter greens like kale, collards, beet greens, arugula may help to encourage the release of your own stomach acid. Lemon, olive oil and ginger help as well.

      Also, if you're overeating, eating junk food or other food that is hard to digest, eating when stressed, living under stress, chances are much greater that you don't make enough hydrochloric acid or digestive enzymes and your symptoms stem from that.

      "The bottom line here is that most people are very confused about the role stomach acid plays in health. Most people:

      Think they have too much, when in fact they have too little.
      Treat the symptom and suppress stomach acid production, ultimately leading to long-term health problems.
      Ultimately lose the capacity to produce sufficient stomach acid as a result of dietary abuse and continual use of medications to suppress the body's ability to produce it.

      Don't get into that trap.

      Use digestive enzymes with all your meals.
      Drink aloe vera juice.
      Use probiotic supplements with confidence.
      Use proteolytic enzyme supplements with confidence.
      And, if needed, use apple cider vinegar or betaine hydrochloride supplements to make up for stomach acid insufficiency."

      Digestive Health, Stomach Acid & Enzyme Formulas >>>
      http://www.jonbarron.org/enzymes/proteolytic-formulas-digestive-health-stomach-acid

      Betaine HCL with pepsin >>>
      http://www.modernherbalist.com/betaine.html

      Insufficient stomach acid >>>
      http://www.gallbladderattack.com/hcl.shtml

      Digestive enzymes >>>
      http://www.natural-indigestion-relief.com/acid-reflux-remedies-digestive-enzymes.html

  10. QUESTION:
    Can I use Balsamic Vinegar as an acid reflux reliever?
    I'm at work right now and the only kind of vinegar available is balsamic vinegar. My doctor has prescribed Apple Cider Vinegar which is a widely known cure for acid reflux, but I have no access to any kind of acid reducer at the moment and I'm having really, really bad acid right now. I've tried drinking a ton of water and it's not relieving it at all. There is no baking soda here either, which I usually use as an immediate cure. Any ideas? Will it help or hurt to take a teaspoon of balsamic vinegar? Is there anything else I can do?! Thanks!

    • ANSWER:

  11. QUESTION:
    What Kind of Apple Cures Acid Reflux?
    I have been getting acid reflux so bad recently. Apple Cider Vinegar isn't helping. I heard that apples help and yogurt? Does anyone know what kind of apples work? And what yogurt?
    Or does anyone have any other home remedies? I don't want to take meds as those just make it worse.

    Thanks. 10 points for a cure!

    • ANSWER:
      Apples contain special acids which may help neutralize the acids in your stomach, but after a while you just go back you feeling the same way again. If you are having trouble sleeping try sleeping on your left side because it causes your stomach to go lower than your esophagus so acid cant flow into it. I have tried lots of cures for my acid reflux (which I later found out was actually Acid Reflux Disease) some of the things that helped me were baking soda, pickle juice, lemon juice.

  12. QUESTION:
    I have acid reflux, and i want to get rid of it for good!?
    Ok, so i'm not sure if this is something that will stay in my for ever or what! But if someone could answer i would much appreciate it, Once i get rid of acid reflux am i more likely to get it back if i eat wrong, because i've had it before? And also i heard that taking Aloe VERA juice and Apple cider vinegar will cure acid reflux, does it actually CURE acid reflux as in get rid of it? or just ease the pain? Can i take apple cider vinger and aloe VERA juice at the same times?

    • ANSWER:
      See a gastro-enterologist.

  13. QUESTION:
    Need help with natural cure to acid reflux and ibs?
    I already take aloe supplements, and acidophilus and papaya enzymes and yogurts and do not eat trigger foods

    I am not asking for opinions, or health sermons
    just other natural ways to cure it

    I have acid reflux because I have celiac's disease and only found out in 2002 so have been eating glutens for over 15 years without knowing i had it

    does apple cider vinegar really work also?
    thank you

    • ANSWER:
      First, I posted a link below with some AWESOME information about the digestive system. Just scroll down to that part.

      My best friend has celiacs and I have been helping her naturally deal with it.

      First, you should take fish oil, vitamin D3, and B vitamins. People are deficient in all of these. Also, if you want to take apple cider vinegar, you should take it with magnesium because most people are magnesium deficient. You mix 7 parts (oz, whatever you want) apple cider vinegar with 2 parts milk of magnesia. Do NOT get the flavored kind. Mix in a jar and take 2 tablespoons every day. Take it with a meal, or put it in a water bottle and drink it all day.

      You need something to heal and sooth your digestive track. You should try to get bitters into your diet, especially bitter greens. You can get arugula and dandelion greens at the grocery store. If you go to the health food store you can get HerbPharm's Bitter Tonic. Take that a half hour before meals. Bitters help promote the flow of bile, which help you digest your food better and absorb more nutrients out of your food. I know you're thinking "I have acid refux!" The bitters should help though, bile isn't bad, it's just bad if it is coming up your throat. Your esophageal sphincter may be weak, which means you need an herb to tone and tighten the tissue (an astringent).

      Herbs you should take should tone and tighten your stomach and digestive track (astringents) and also mucilaginous herbs (soothing think of mucus). Plantain is very healing (not the green bananas). It is best to do in a tea. If you can make a plantain tea with marshmallow, that would be great after meals. To get herbs, check out mountainroseherbs.com or your local store. You should also get slippery elm powder. You can make a gruel out of it if you feel constipated and it will help get things going. You should also try to drink a relaxing tea such as chamomile or catnip. Your stomach is irritated so it needs to be calmed down.

      If you can, you should see a local herbalist. Good luck!

  14. QUESTION:
    how to cure acid reflux when it has begun?
    ive looked around looking for solutions, but the problem is when it happens it feels pretty bad and im not able to swallow...barely swallowing my own saliva

    i have not tried the baking soda or vinegar yet...and im not sure if i will be able to when the time comes

    any help, thanks in advance

    • ANSWER:
      Acid reflux can be caused by an excess in acid production in your stomach, excessive intake of acidic food in your diet or an increase in pressure from your belly (pregnancy or, in males, just gaining weight around the midline) While losing weight can often be beneficial, the most immediate answer to your question is medication. Medicines available over the counter can reduce your production of acid such as Prevacid or Zantac but others can neutralize acids like alka seltzer or baking soda, if you don't mind the taste. All of that being said, I am concerned about your complaint that you are not able to swallow. If you mean, you are disgusted with the taste and do not wish to swallow, then that is less concerning. If you really are stating that you are having trouble swallowing, that may be a sign of esophageal spasm and while also painful, this requires an entirely different treatment and is absolutely something for which you should seek your doctor's advice.
      Good Luck, I hope this helps
      robnshrn
      Pediatric MD
      By the way, vinegar is an acid and would not be helpful in making you feel better

  15. QUESTION:
    Are the "Cure your Acid Reflux Now!" ebooks on the internet a scam?
    I've had Acid Reflux for about 3 months, medication (omeprazole) has not helped at all, neither has changing my diet to bland foods, or using apple cider vinegar or slippery elm bark powder tea. Wanting to try out the Acid Reflux "cures" on the internet, but want to know if they are legit, or a scam, before I hand over my hard earned , to find out how to cure myself with their "ebook" information reports online. (My Doctor just keeps prescribing more medication which is not working.) Any ideas? Has anyone tried buying the Acid Reflux "Cures" over the net?

    • ANSWER:
      I had acid reflux for 4 years. You need to see a Gastroenterologist. You will firstly need a Endoscopy and they will insert a Bravo capsule into you whilst you are asleep. It will monitor your levels of reflux. If consider severe enough (mine were about 3-4x normal level) you qualify for surgery (Laproscopic Nissens Fundoplication) which involves tightening the sphincter valve in your oesophagus. You have to then go on a diet for 6+ weeks - 1st week mush, 2nd week toast, 3rd week maybe mince etc and work your way back to normal food. I had that operation nearly 5years ago and have been reflux free ever since :)

      Invest your in seeing a gastroenterologist instead, if you want a real cure.

      Also, has your dr tried you on different medications? Losec, Pariet etc?

  16. QUESTION:
    Using Acid to Cure Acid Reflux?
    You would think that Apple Cider Vinegar would be the last thing anyone would want to take for Acid Reflux. But As it turns out; many say it really works!
    http://www.stockwellfarms.com/apple_cider_vinegar_testimonials.htm
    Well the argument is that Acid reflux is caused by not enough acid rather than too much. So the Vinegar acts as a way of balancing it. Things like Milk actually neutralize stomach acid making digestion more difficult. And some antacids get rid of all stomach acid which is not something you want to do!
    When you take the Vinegar it will make you belch. Thats normal. I would not recommend taking alot of it! you know all you need is a tablespoon in a glass of water or juice. Acid reflux is caused by a surge of stomach acid. The surge comes as the body lacks acid and all of a sudden realizes that it must produce acid. the result is: Huge amounts of acid start pouring into your stomach as the body tries to replace what isn't there. Antacids actually are very harmful. Because they eliminate all of the acid. And when you eat the body has to pour in enormous amounts to replace what the antacids took away. Vinegar helps to balance the acid in your stomach.
    Well anymore I would be more worried about the motives of the FDA. I'm not saying All Doctors are bad people. I take Apple Cider Vinegar for other things besides acid reflux. To say Vinegar is harmful would be saying to remove just about everything you eat! All condiments contain vinegar! Its the "Cheap Distilled" Vinegar but its everywhere!
    You have to have stomach acid! You would not live long without it! I wouldn't have a problem with the antacids if they eliminate "some" of the acid. But instead they eliminate "all" of the acid. This can really put your G.I. tract out of wack!

    • ANSWER:
      Yes, it works. What people don't understand, is that acid reflux is caused by the stomach lacking in acid. You add it, and it stops. I've known that for many years and it works.

  17. QUESTION:
    Apple Cider Vinegar Role in Acid Reflux?
    I am only 16, and I have a really bad case of acid reflux. I can not concentrate on anything anymore, I just want to throw up all the time, I cant eat regularly anymore, its really ruining my life. I heard that apple cider vinegar is suppose to be some magical cure to this. Well it would be helpful if someone took the damn time to tell me how to consume the apple cider vinegar... Am I suppose to put it in a shot glass and just down it once a day? Or mix it with water and if so how much?

    • ANSWER:
      my brother cured himself of gerd (aciid reflux) with a simple cure which I detail here be sure to read all the post on the thread by knowledgeseeker as I got more info form my brother I posted further down

      http://curezone.com/forums/fm.asp?i=1391353#i

      a study done in prison on this showed nearly every prisoner was cured/

      Kevin trudeau (the guy on tv with that book natural cures they do not want you to know) recommended the vinegar but I would prefer the raw cabbage juice myu brother did as it never came back foir over 8 years so far.

      if you are doing hew apple cider vinegar,

      1 it must be raw apple cider vinegar (in glass bottles not plastic which is unhealthy to conusme

      The most common brand names for raw vinegar containing the mother are braggs and spectrum. do a google search to see what the bottle looks like.

      They are sold at health food stores and in the health food section of many grocery supermarkets like krogers and giant eagle.

      2 take before meals 3 times a day

      3 put about the width of 2 fingers in a glass then fill with water (warm or cold) sometimes you can add sea salt instead of honey.

      Many people add honey (raw honey is best).

      also check out this link for more advise under ulcers

      http://www.kingmaker.net/DeadDoctorstxt.html#1.%20Ulcers,%20caused%20by%20stress?

      in that first link on my brother, I give specific directions, you will need a juicer though

      Often one can find them for under 10 dollars at thrift stores..if not, go to a big box store like meijers etc

      generally taking vinegar straight is not recommended that much, but I feel the cabbage juice works as I saw it work with a relative.

      Good luck

  18. QUESTION:
    Natural acid reflux cures?
    I'm looking for drug-free, surgery-free solutions for acid reflux. I've had it for awhile now, and i refuse to have to become dependent on drugs for a solution, and i can't afford to pay for surgery (or drugs for that matter ) for a cure. I've heard Apple Cider Vinegar ( which is amazing, but it's an acid........) and baking soda ( which seems a bit more realistic ). Has anyone had any luck with natural solutions???

    I know diet and sleeping with the upper body elevated. The change in sleeping habits don't work, and the diet just barely works. I'm looking for more reliable solutions that work better. I've just been using antacids, which work well, but only for an hour or two.

    Thanks in advance

    • ANSWER:
      Great article that explains how digestion works. Excerpt >>>

      "The bottom line here is that most people are very confused about the role stomach acid plays in health. Most people:

      Think they have too much, when in fact they have too little.
      Treat the symptom and suppress stomach acid production, ultimately leading to long-term health problems.
      Ultimately lose the capacity to produce sufficient stomach acid as a result of dietary abuse and continual use of medications to suppress the body's ability to produce it.

      Don't get into that trap.

      Use digestive enzymes with all your meals.
      Drink aloe vera juice.
      Use probiotic supplements with confidence.
      Use proteolytic enzyme supplements with confidence.
      And, if needed, use apple cider vinegar or betaine hydrochloride supplements to make up for stomach acid insufficiency."

      Stomach acid >>>
      http://www.jonbarron.org/enzymes/proteolytic-formulas-digestive-health-stomach-acid

  19. QUESTION:
    Natural Cures for Acid Reflux?
    I need a good Natural Cures for Acid Reflux.
    Ive been on prednisone prescription and caused me terrible acid reflux tried apple cier vinegar didn't work so I need others

    • ANSWER:
      Well, there are a few herbs that can help to neutralize the acid in the stomach like Ginger, Licorice (especially DGL, Deglycyrrhizinated Licorice), Chamomile, Slippery Elm, and Horehound.
      It can sometimes take a little time for those to help, so in the mean time, you could take some Calcium, Magnesium, and/or Potassium to help when the reflux kicks up while taking those. In any case, I wish you good luck!

  20. QUESTION:
    Are there any reasonable cures for heartburn/acid reflux?
    I don't really have any of the fancy remedies such as raw almonds or apple cider vinegar.

    • ANSWER:

  21. QUESTION:
    Acid reflux or GERD help?
    I have had the worst acid reflux. It all happened at night when i was lying down on my bed and my stomach was bloated. Then some kind of liquid went up all the way up to my throat and nose which I think was caused by stomache acid. I have it untreated for 3 months and my doctor diagnose that I have acid reflux now or is it (GERD)? The doctor is telling me to take (omeprazole) 20 mg 2 tablets a day, which is a generic medication for Prilosec. I have taken it for 3 days and I have these tingling side effects and i stopped taking them. The acid has left burning and itchy sensation in my throat for months now and I was sure my esophagus might be damaged without knowing. I am scared of stomach ulcers and cancer someday if it is untreated early. Please tell me if this has happened to anyone and what PPIs or antacids work for you and cure you from GERD and acid reflux? Do you think what I have is GERD and not Acid reflux now since it has been months now and hasn't gone away? Thanks. I wished Prilosec has worked for me but it caused side effects, do you think Prevacid or other brands will help? I am willing to try if it helps reduce stomach acid from coming up into my esophagus as well as healing it. Was there OTC medicines you tried that helped cured it? How long did it take if so?

    I should avoid spicy, vinegar, citrus, fried foods. I am going to start a diet for my GERD or acid reflux now so I can heal my burnt tissues. I was told not to drink carbonated, caffeinated, coffee, tea. I should also drink more water and eat more vegetables and less meat because meat causes more acid in stomach. I have to avoid orange, lemon, lime, garlic, onion, tomato too. I heard ginger is good for stomach so I bought some capsules to take. I was also told not to eat a heavy meal at night before going to bed. Tell me what foods to avoid and what foods to put into my diet that will help promote faster healing. What are some alkaline foods to help neutralize the acid in my stomach? What are other acidic foods i need to avoid too?

    • ANSWER:
      avoid tomatoe and tomato juice, lemon and other acidic foods.. also avoid coke
      medication called H-2-receptor blockers,are a different type of antiacids and might be useful: cimetidine (commercially Tagamet HB) or famotidine (commercially Pepcid AC) can be used.
      Tums is another type of antacids which might be useful .
      H2 blockers are good for night and may be benificial during the day
      but if you get a reflux during the day PPI's (omperazole and others) are your best choice.. try taking another PPI , if it doesn't work for you.. then change to H2 blockers which shouldn't give you the side effects.
      best of luck

      *** if all this doesnt work, see a specialist, you might have a diaphragmatic hernia or other medical condition requiring surgery or more aggressive treatment

  22. QUESTION:
    Has anyone been using the apple cider vinegar to lose weight I mentioned?
    A couple weeks ago, I asked if anyone had used this to cure
    acid reflux, as it has helped us get rid of it. Now my husband
    has lost 30 pounds in about three weeks. His pants are all getting too big to wear. But he said he had to buy the organic
    type, as the regular apple cider vinegar is much too sour. So
    for those who mentioned they'ed try this, switch to the organic
    for a much pleasant taste. I'd like to know if anyone has lost
    weight besides my husband!
    Make sure you buy the ORGANIC and
    not the more sour, regular type. Hubby is also using all organic foods and not
    the packaged ones with additives. He
    is drinking more bottled water. He takes
    a swig of the organic apple cider vinegar, and then drinks from his bottled
    water til refreshed. No drinking of any-
    thing with aspertame, which is poison in
    the long run. Use agave nectar, or honey. Only natural products. There are
    so many poisons were getting daily and
    he and I want to extend our lives if we
    can. I now have a gall stone, and where
    that came from, I can only guess. From
    somewhere in the easy to fix pasta meals, or frozen food entrees? No more. Rice and potatoes and all organic
    from now on. And small portions of
    meat too. And fish is iffy. Don't buy from
    fish farms or from China. Mercury is a
    problem with fish we have to be careful
    not to injest. It's also in immunizations.
    Like the yearly flu shot. Email me for
    the name of a helpful book.

    • ANSWER:
      I have been sipping "Bragg's" apple cider vinegar for years and have had great results. I found an old book all about the benefits of apple cider vinegar with remedy's and recipes.
      It cleared up my stomach problems in a couple of weeks.
      Now, if I get indigestion, I just take a sip wash it down and instantly I am fixed.
      I recommend mixing it with clean filtered water, as hard tap water may have some reactions with the vinegar. Just mix to taste ....maybe some lemon juice....or garlic...or garlic salt to make it a bit easier to take. Now, I can take it straight and chase it with clean water.
      It's my cure all .....from indigestion to jock itch.

  23. QUESTION:
    Acid reflux question. Do the 2 "grocery store items work?"?
    I have been told I have acid reflux, although I do not usually feel heartburn. I usually have to clear my throat frequently after meals and my throat looks like a washboard effect, indicative of acid reflux. My boyfriend is also having severe symptoms and will go to the doctor tomorrow.

    My question is, when I try to find out about it, the websites advertise how to cure it with 2 grocery store items but you have to "Buy" the report. Has anyone bought it and do these actually work?

    I did go to a GNC store who said that it is actually your body lacking enzymes and gave me a test to take and then find out which enzyme my body is lacking. I will take that test and will find out if he is right.

    Thank you for your kind answers.

    Vinegar really doesn't work like others have told me, if you can even swallow it. Yuck.

    • ANSWER:
      If the "2 grocery store item" worked, physicians would tell you about it. No, vinegar doesn't work either. Why?

      GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disease) happens when the lower esophageal sphincter http://www.nbc10.com/2006/0209/6867277.jpg doesn't close properly and acid backs up into the esophagus.

      Acid reflux does not always hurt as it inflames and erodes your esophagus, resulting in precancerous cell changes called Barrett's Esophagus. I have seen people in their 30's die of esophageal cancer from untreated GERD.

      Regarding the enzyme theory, some nutritionists claim that there are up to 3000 enzymes you can be deficient in; the short story is that lack of these enzymes cause hypersecretion of stomach hydrochloric acid http://www.puristat.com/digestiveenzymes/index.asp. Please be aware, if you take enzyme supplements, that the FDA doesn't regulate them, so you aren't guaranteed a uniform product (i.e., some capsules may contain more or less of the product than the bottle claims).

      If you decide not to go with the digestive enzymes, you may want to consider traditional treatment, i.e., proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) such as Protonix, AcipHex, Nexium, and Prilosec (Prilosec is available over the counter). PPIs stop the production of most stomach acid and allow your esophagus to heal, usually by about 8 weeks.

      Read more about GERD at
      http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/gerd/DS00967

      Read about foods you should avoid at
      http://www.midwestgastro.com/diet_nutrition/GERD.html
      http://www.gicare.com/pated/edtgs03.htm

      I suffer from GERD. I have taken Protonix, Nexium, and AcipHex. They all worked for me.

  24. QUESTION:
    what is a cure for.....?
    what is a cure for acid reflux i hate it it hurts anyway the apple cider vinegar does not work my frend told me about it

    • ANSWER:
      Ack! Vinegar is an acid, which will only make your reflux worse!!!

      Go to a doctor and make sure it is simple acid reflux, rather than treating yourself.
      In the meantime, don't lay down after eating. Raise the head of your bed a few inches while sleeping. Stay away from alcohol and caffeine, including chocolate. Eat frequent small meals, not just 3 large ones.

  25. QUESTION:
    Can i take apple cider first and then drink the honey water?
    Im doing a cure for acid reflux and it says to drink it with the vinegar in it, but it taste awful. so just wondering if i can use the vinegar by itself and then drink honey water. will this method be good to consume 3x day

    • ANSWER:
      this has nothing to do with beer, wine, or spirits. Oh, and cures and cleanses are pseudo-science at best. There's a reason the advent of modern medicine saw greatly increased life expectancies and lower instances of disease. Put down the bong and talk to a real doctor already.

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    • ANSWER:
      tums

  27. QUESTION:
    Really bad acid reflux. How can I treat it?
    So, the heartburn is so bad that it lasts most of the day, every day. I've been on Nexium for a while. It works, for the most part, but the side effects of diarrhea and abdominal cramps are problems. I tried pepcid, since that doesn't have those side effects, but it doesn't work as well. It keeps the heartburn at bay for perhaps half a day, and I end up having to take two pills when I'm only supposed to take one. And sometimes it just fails to work.
    So I've started dabbling into the natural cures. Milk has always helped, but it's very temporary. A friend suggested I take Apple Cider Vinegar pills. I did some research on those and found that it could make heartburn even worse. I tried it anyway. At first I took only one pill once a day instead of the labeled dose of two pills twice a day. It didn't help or make things worse. So I took the normal dose, and it made the heartburn a little worse. Either way it didn't work. Is there anything else I can try? Something that works as well as Nexium, but doesn't have those GI side effects?
    Actually the Nexium worked in one day. If it didn't have those side effects I wouldn't mind taking it still.

    So just normal vinegar? And I need it to work within a day or so because it doesn't go away. I might get an hour or so a day of relief, but it's very painful and lasts throughout the entire day. I can't wait a few days or more.
    I haven't been taking any teas. I can't stand to. It tastes like dirt and twigs. I did take St. John's Wort and Echinacea for a while, but I stopped taking those almost a month ago. The only other things I take are Claritin for my allergies, One Daily Women's, a Vitamin C supplement, and Culterelle because it helps my IBS.
    I haven't seen a food allergist. Where could I find one?

    • ANSWER:
      Have you seen a food allergist? You may be eating something that's stimulating overproduction of acid. (Certain herbs do that - if you've been using any herbal "digestive tea" to aid with indigestion, stop that at once - those usually work by stimulating stomach acid.)

  28. QUESTION:
    Apple Cider Vinegar and Baking Soda- Has anyone heard of this or seen good weight loss results from it.?
    Ok, so I heard about this from a friend. He said that a friend of his has been doing this and is losing alot of weight. That it not only helps for weight loss, but migraines, no energy, acid reflux, etc. Wondered if anyone had tried it or heard anything about it.
    Thanks!
    Heres a link on it:
    http://www.earthclinic.com/Remedies/acv_baking_soda_cures.html
    From what I understand is you sue the combination of baking soda to reduce the acidity of the vinegar becuse its not good for your teeth or your gut. Just wanting to find out if anyone has done it.

    • ANSWER:
      ACV always cures an upset stomach for me. I know it's very good for you because it helps your body's ph become alkaline which is perfect. A friend of mine drinks it before every meal and has helped her lose weight and gain energy. It also clears pimples.

  29. QUESTION:
    Does Apple Cider Vinegar Pills Protect You From Acid Reflux?
    I Tried It And It Stopped About All My Acid Reflux In 3 Days. But My Question Is If You Took Them On A Daily Bases, Well They Permantly Cure Acid Reflux Forever?

    • ANSWER:
      No.