The reason why there is so much difference is because everybody's body is different. You have to work to find out your issue. In my case its low stomach acid - which is the easiest to treat. ITs also VERY common. A shot a lemon juice cures the heartburn in 5 to 10 minutes. IF that works, then that's your problem. If it makes it worse, then take tums and that's NOT your problem. This is the easiest and cheapest to test.
But there are so many possiblities and the doctor spends so little time working on you then you will never find out whats really wrong unless you do it yourself. YOU are the only one that can find out, and you have keep studying and reading. Unfortunately, that's how it is. If your Doctor was like your mechanic and really studied you to the find the problem life would be different. When was the last time the Doctor said "Ok, I've found the problem, it will be $700 and you'll be fixed on thursday" ?
Whats the cause? I believe it is caused 80% by the food we eat and 20% by stress. People in the mountains of Peru don't get this stuff, or even cancer ( I have been there). But they don't eat Mcdonalds, injected beef and chicken, and pesticides in their vegetables. How long do you think you can eat lettuce spraid with RAID before it affects you? Want the cure? Their is none, it's like curing being overweight - you have to change your life. No magic "pills".
Try different doctors, alternative guys, chiropractors, everything. Good luck and DON"T give up. When you find your problem, get back on this board and tell us when helped you.
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JOG you are so right about that conflicting informations... some say to eat this and some say no some say to take this and some no.. do this don't do this! I am just so having enough of this myself! I am also at lost most of the time on what to do! I have lots of tests and still for months now my condition remains the same. I am also now about to try the alternative method, acupuncture... I have read alot of people had success with it... but then again we wont know if its true or just a product of online marketing... well no harm in trying... maybe most of the things are up to us to find out what the real thing really is.. good luck to us .. please update me on the result of your acupuncture...
I started acupuncture about a month already. I go once a week. It has help me with my reflux and my anxiety. My acupuncturist also suggested some oriental medicine, ie herbs, which are also helping me with my condition. I can't say it is totally gone but I am finally functioning like a normal human being. Good luck if you try it.
Last edited by Mike137100; 11-19-2006 at 06:50 AM.
Thanks Mike Id definitely go for the acupuncture... by the way.. how long before you feel the effect of it on you? My main concern ismy chest discomfort.. will it help in that too?? thanks
I have had about 5 to 6 treatments so far. It really has helped me. I know what you mean about the chest pain, that is the worst part for me and reflux. It just feels so scary it seems that something is wrong with my heart, that of course will throw my anxiety into high gear! Good luck with it
Just beware that everytime a doctor diagnosis acid reflux, you get the latest and greatest Pharmecutical solution. Years ago, it was called heartburn and all you did was take baking soda, but nobody made money on this. Look for other signs, here are some clues:
Do you get more heartburn when you eat fatty foods or big meals?, or does it matter?
If it occurs with fatty foods or big meals, you could actually be LOW on stomach acid, which has the same syptoms as acid reflux.
If you eat a salad with vinegar and oil, does it feel better or worse?
Do you crave salty, sour foods?
If you drink a full coke after a meal, does it help the heartburn or make it worse? If it helps, viola you have low stomach acid. Coke is only slightly less acidic than lemon juice. Your stomach should be at a PH of 1.5 to 2.0, that is VERY acidic. Only a car battery is stronger at .5
Oldman is exactly right "you will never find out whats really wrong unless you do it yourself." This has certainly been my experience. Even within the med. profession the buck is passed to a specialist who performs a specific test but has no time to really discover who you are and talk about the "whys" of their diagnosis.
So, start a folder. Keep all your data and ASK your physician(s) questions; you are your best advocate!
Also, American medicine offers only one slant. With the Net you can access all kinds of data from Europe.