anyone have GERD?

Discussion in 'Fibromyalgia Main Forum' started by bpmwriter, Nov 4, 2005.

  1. bpmwriter

    bpmwriter New Member

    hi all,

    i'm actually asking this question for my mother. i'd like to get her something natural to try to address her gastrointestinal reflux disease. she currently takes prilosec. can anyone recommend something? i'm assuming the natural alternative is enzymes but what kind? good brands?

    thanks,
    eddie
    [This Message was Edited on 11/04/2005]
  2. patches25

    patches25 New Member

    There are lots of enzymes on the market and I think most probably work fairly well. However, the best is to learn what things really cause this to happen. For me it is anything starchy, citrus, or canned tomatoes in foods.

    A food diary is a good way to keep tract of it. If possible she could start with a diet mostly of veggies, (non starchy cooked and fresh), and meats. After several days hopefully her stomach will have settled down and then start adding in things that she is suspicious of causing trouble.

    It is hard to stick to some diets but it certainly is worthwhile. And when I know I am going to eat a no-no I take a tagamet before and then enzymes with the meal and get by okay. But I do try to eat things that don't cause problems most of the time. I wish her good luck finding a solution. E.
  3. bpmwriter

    bpmwriter New Member


    i figured it all came down to diet. my mom has a sugar tooth and she's rather stubborn about it. i'd like to get her something that might help her, but i don't want to be an enabler either!

    thank you for the suggestions,
    eddie
  4. Pianowoman

    Pianowoman New Member

    You have gotten lots of good advice and I agree, diet, enzymes and probiotics are important.
    There is one product that I find helpful. It is called DGL, licorice root lozenges. You can take them up to 5 times a day between meals or before meals.They coat the esophagus and help prevent the reflux.
    I don't take them all the time, just when I start having problems.

    Kathy.
  5. JLH

    JLH New Member

    Hi Eddie!

    I have GERD and take prescription Omeprozole for it and it works great. With my copay it's only $10/month which is probably cheaper than me buying something all natural.

    Janet
  6. Pianowoman

    Pianowoman New Member

    I have taken Losec off and on for many years and it is a helpful drug. Lately, as I learn more about a lot of things, I have been more concerned.
    It inhibits the production of stomach acids. These are, in fact, essential to efficient digestion. Since most of us have problems with digesting and absorbing food properly, I wonder if it is wise to use a drug like this over the long term.
    I would be interested in other opinions on this.

    Thanks
    Kathy.
  7. CanBrit

    CanBrit Member

    If you're mother can get a natural supplement to help her GERD, that would be good.

    In my case, my GERD is too severe to risk not have effective medicine. I have had it for at least 10 years. The danger is that acid erosion, over time, can cause esophogitis and possibly cancer. Don't want that I can tell you.

    My Dr. recently switched me from Losec to Prilosec. Took the first one last night. I think that my body had just gotten too used to Losec to be effective any more. Let me tell you, there's nothing worse (except an FMS flare) than getting that horrible pain, burning and pressure. Usually keeps me up all night.

    I've had the acid affect my ears (travels in to the ear canal when you're lying down) as well as aspirated some into my lungs. That hurt.

    Good luck in your quest.

    Eileen.

  8. bpmwriter

    bpmwriter New Member


    this is the main reason why my mom would like to try something natural. i have read that most of the prescription meds for GERD inhibit the production of stomach acid, which obviously helps since there's no acid there to come back up! but we need stomach acid for digestion!! like most western medicine, this is treating the symptom, not the cause. GERD is actually caused by a faulty valve between the stomach and esophagus which causes things to back up, not due to excessive stomach acid. studies show that over half of GERD patients have abnormal nerve or muscle function in the stomach. the stomach muscles do not contract normally, which causes delays in stomach emptying, increasing the risk for acid back up.

    eddie
  9. jess

    jess New Member

    Besides DGL there are other products which may help. Some are Nature's Lining by Lane, Zinlori, Potters Acidosis from Great Britain which is supposed to work really well and Digest RC also a European product. I believe that it is easier to cure Gerd if you don't have cfids or fibro. We have muscle function problems and I think the cause of Gerd is different for us.I can't get rid of it unless I'm on Prilosec. I have tried many products. I think ours is all related to autonomic dysfunction. HOpe your Mom feels better. Jess
  10. TXFMmom

    TXFMmom New Member

    My mother had GERD, without the symptoms of heart burn and she developed this awful, unrelenting cough which they had trouble pinning down.

    When I visited and heard it, I told her I thought she had GERD, she went back, got an upper GI and SHE DID.

    However, the stuff caused her to develop ASTHMA and she has not been able to clear it up.

    NEXIUM HAS CLEARED THE ESOPHAGUS, HOWEVER.

    I have GERD and I take Nexium. IT IS EXPENSIVE BUT SO FAR, WORTH IT FOR ME.

    Other anti-acids can work, some are now non-prescription.

    As long as I can get Nexium I'll use it.

    Some herbal and other things are supposed to help.

    For some people, curcurmin is used to settle stomachs and in others, it causes stomach upsets.

    However, MD Anderson had a GANG BUSTER STUDY ON CURCURMIN AND DISCOVERED IT HAS NON TOXIC CANCER FIGHTING CAPABILITIES WHICH AMAZED THEM. JUST MAKE SURE IT IS THE HIGHEST POSSIBLE PURITY.

    GO TO THEIR WEB SITE FOR THE RESULTS.

    I know peppermint and licorice are used for heart burn, as well.
  11. lilione

    lilione New Member

    is a big no-no for reflux, along with caffeine, coffee or tea, chocolate, alcohol, spicy foods, cooked tomatoes, eating less then three hours before bed, and fat. Eating 6 small meals, also helps, and rasing the bed 6-8 inches from floor at night. Never lay down until at least 45 minutes after meals during day.
    These all helped me. Lili
  12. catsmeow369mi

    catsmeow369mi New Member

    I used to take papaya pills. They taste pretty good & worked pretty good. Its in vitamin supply area
  13. Toga

    Toga Member

    that I coughed for 18 months. (This was before my FM dx.)

    My primary kept giving me Z-packs. My side hurt all the time and I coughed so much, I was exhausted.

    Then at 1:00 a.m. on Christmas Eve I coughed, heard something pop, and felt awful pain. My husband took me to the ER. I had broken 2 ribs.

    My primary finally sent me to a Pulmanary Specialist. He dx'd GERD. I thought he was crazy. I didn't even have heartburn.

    I took the medication he had given me samples of and slowly the pain in my ribs went away and so did the cough.

    I will continue to take the medication for the time being. I may try something natural when I get the FM under control. But breaking my rib was so painful and I was also told about the possibilty of cancer, I decided to do what they said.

    Toga

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