| | Intoduce Myself-GERD/IBS
I wanted to take this moment to introduce myself and a bit of history. Hopefully it will help others and add the discussion.
I have struggled with quite a few things in my life. Carpel Tunnel/RSI, Plantar Fascia, and Panic Attacks. Through this I have learned that on the most part modern medicine hasn't helped me, but getting information has. Doing your own research, reading, and trying a variety of things has helped me overcome the list above. The only thing I tended to get from doctors was talk and presciption of medication, surgery, or anything that just delt with the symptoms and not the underlying cause. Doctors know a lot things generally, but they don't know many things specifically. Even specialists.
Second thing I have learned is that what works for one person isn't going to necessarily work for the next person. Our bodies are different and other than God we know our bodies better than anyone. So a trial and error process of finding what works best for you is the best response.
Now getting to my Acid Reflux/IBS. My symptoms are not severe, but bad enough to cause problems. About 6 months ago I started to feel heartburn. Then I started to have some symptoms of IBS. Then some bad acid reflux. During that time I was trying some enzymes. The enzymes seemed to work if I was consistent with them. I wasn't before and that is part of the reason it progressed. The other reasons I believe it has progressed is a bad diet, my being a bit out of shape/a little over weight, and just not chewing my food well.
When I had my bad experience with some bad Acid Reflux for almost a month I got the knot in my throat feeling, it being hard to swallow, and even worse IBS symptoms (knowing these things are connected).
Currently my IBS symptoms are dissipating to almost gone for about 3 weeks now. I get some heartburn and a little acid reflux here and there for the last 3-4 weeks.
What I have done: I basically am talking A LOT of Enzymes. Well actually not that much. A few with ever meal. I also include Candidase and a Probiotic. I watch my diet a bit more, but nothing really radical in change, and I am still planning on getting in shape and losing some weight. I'm 5'4 and 135, so I'm not massive over weight, just a bit out of shape really. I think my small frame probably means I have a smaller stomach than most and maybe makes a difference in a bit of weight gain.
The last thing I have learned with this and other medical problems I have faced is that if you want to go with a non-medical underlying cause way of treating your illness you have to be patient. Medication works right away, but for the most part it doesn't deal with the underlying problem. I'm not totally against medication if the problem is extreme and it is to deal with the symptoms for a short time. But healing takes a while especially if we have been treating our bodies badly (bad diet, stress, and just common breakdown) for years. I have been taking enzymes heavily for about 2 months now. They say taking it for 2 months is the norm. I may have to take them longer. I just know I have to be patient.
I had a little flare up today, but nothing to big. A little frustrating, but I have to figure having a couple cups of coffee, a couple cups of tea, some sweets and more or less two full meals with just a little flare up compared to what it was before isn't bad.
So I hope my little run down of my life and story helps others. I encourage those who are just dealing with this for the first time to educate yourselves and act right away. Don't assume the medication is the answer all the time. For those who have been struggling with this for years maybe you have to re-evaluate what you have been doing. That is easy for me to say I know. I'm not in your shoes. You have to make the decisions. It's difficult I can only imagine. Many times in my life I figured I'm going to have panic attacks for the rest of my life and be on medication, or I'm going to have carpel tunnel and eventually get surgery. But I'm Anxiety free and carpel tunnel free without medication or surgery. It looks bleak at first, but there is a light at the end of the tunnel (and NO it isn't a train). God Bless.