Acid Reflux (AKA The Hell That Lives in My Body)
For over a year now, I’ve been plagued by a curious predicament. I lacked energy, was constantly thinking my allergies were atrocious because I had the worst post-nasal drip, kept gaining weight…and then I went to an ear, nose and throat doctor and was finally given an explanation. Diagnosis: acid reflux, otherwise known as gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD.)
While I’m glad I finally have a name and plan of attack for this, I’m pretty frustrated and bummed. This is the reason why my 10K sucked balls. I have zero energy. I sleep all the time. I huff and puff just going up the stairs in my home. I started sprouting cold sores like I had the plague, t0o. (Too much acid in the body makes Tishy a very blistered girl apparently.) But the most annoying part of this whole reflux situation? The mucus. Oh, the mucus. I feel like I’m constantly being choked; almost as if my collar is too tight or something. It’s a terrible nagging feeling.
I’m a health gangsta, though! I plan on beating the crap out of this predicament. I have eliminated the trigger foods and drinks from my diet, which means no alcohol, no onions, no eggs. I’m taking probiotics and enzymes, drinking aloe vera juice, and going as alkaline as I possibly can. A friend of mine, Emma Goodman Desilva, is a nutritional health coach who hipped me to the alkaline products she currently uses and recommends to her clients. I’ve just started using the Greens product, which tastes pretty darn good, considering it’s a beautifully weird dark-green color.
My doc says a lot of people band-aid their GI issues with anti-acids, so I’m trying my hardest to stay away from that option. I’m two weeks in. Hopefully I can report back to you in a couple weeks that I have my old, wonderful energy back—that I no longer feel like I’m choking and I can run to my heart’s delight. Fingers crossed!
Have you ever experienced acid reflux? What worked for you? —Tish
Have you tried going gluten-free for a few days?
I need to! I think at this point I’m having one product with gluten in it a day (a sprouted wheat bagel for lunch) but if that could be the cause then I will gladly give up that carb!
Timely & relevant. My GERD is somewhat better after I made a few improvements in my diet. I still feel it lurking though in case I flub it. Good luck with all the changes you are making.
Have you had a thyroid test? Trouble swallowing, weight gain and lethargy are all symptoms as well,.
I never had the stomach problems but my throat was always scratchy, sinuses crazy, etc. thought it was allergies but the allergy medicine wasn’t cutting it. Finally went to the doctors and she diagnosed me with acid reflux. Read the book Dropping Acid by Jamie Koufman. It has really helped me. Unfortunately, chocolate gets my reflux acting up so I try not to eat it and when I do give into my craving and eat it then all my symptoms come back. Good luck!
I use baking soda when mine acts up, meds did not work, Bake soda did!!!! Have not had a problem since…a little bake soda in a glass of water!
I am really interested in the problems you’ve been having because I also am experiencing almost all of the same difficulties. I have had really bad heartburn since the beginning of the year, to the point of vomiting multiple times a day. Hating to go to the Dr. I ignored the problem until my fiance implored me to go. They diagnosed me with GERD, did an endoscopy, told me I have ulcers and need to take prilosec daily. While that has cut out the vomiting, I still experience nausea, and can immediately tell if I forget to take my meds, and still frequently turn to antacids.
What really interested me here were your other symptoms. I have ZERO energy, which has definitely affect my workout schedule, and have found it nearly impossible to lose weight. Additionally, I have developed horrible allergies, and feel I am constantly sniffly and sneezy and getting sinus infections as a result.
I never thought the two can be related and would be interested in what resources you are using to help find natural cures.
You might want to try an Artichoke extract. They work well for indigestion too.
sometimes I buy at the market in the form of jelly in a variety of flavors. When I was a kid, my parents also sometimes put aloe vera gel to the hair to nourish hair and I sometimes find aloe vera in the shampoo. I now know better that this plant is really has many benefits. I have not written aloe “vera for gerd” on my blog :).
You might like to have a look around http://www.marksdailyapple.com, if you’re not familiar with the site. A great many people have had GERD-killing success and talk about it there.
http://chriskresser.com/is-gerd-an-autoimmune-disease Try reading this… It’s actually really interesting but more and more a lot of GI doctors are beginning to believe that acid reflux is caused by INSUFFICIENT stomach acid. Sounds crazy I know, but I’ve had it FOREVER. I finally kept drinking the Aloe and got off the antacids and actually started taking HCL with Pepsin (available in Whole Foods) to increase my stomach acid production – symptoms the tightness, the choking, the fullness and bloating and burning GONE.
So, I really hope that article can be informative to you!!! I lived on antacids way too long and now feel 10000% better and you can too!
Bummer for you that you’ve joined the GERD club. I’ve been suffering with it for at least 8 years. I’ve never connected the mucas to my GERD but I definitely have that issue as well. Hmmm… going to have to do a little research on that. Interesting article just came out in NYTimes showing that half of GERD sufferers still have issues even with medication and the problem may not be stomach acid – here’s the link: http://ow.ly/fi7Ao I’m one of those people that the medicine does not totally control the symptoms. In addition to med’s and watching what I eat the one thing that has really helped me is sleeping in an adjustable bed. The ability to raise your head and torso really helps the nighttime heartburn. I bought my adjustable bed from Easy Rest Adjustable Sleep Systems. The website is http://www.easyrest.com if you are interested.
I finally quit my acid meds over the summer as they were what was activating my IBS. (was on since 2006–wish I had done the research then!)
I now do: DGL supplements before every meal and Acid Soothe (ENzymedica) if things get bad–which they rarely do. I have been Paleo for three months and now only have reflux problems if I drink to much red wine before bed (oops).
Glad to see that I am not in this alone. I will definitely be using some of the above suggestions. I did a detox/diet change 2 years ago and something triggered me to have acid reflux. I am medicating but as someone stated that is just a bandaid. My doctor has said I need to follow a bland diet. She didn’t say it but I also need to lose weight and get back to working out. I try to always drink a lot of water and always easy eat at least 3 meals a day. i had some erosion on an endoscopy I had 2 years ago and will be getting a follow up in a few months.
very beneficial medicine for acid attack victims ,aloevera have great medicinal properties in it
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