Re: How did people deal with gerd and lpr before ppis where invented?
This is a good question and an interesting one that I've thought about a lot. I'd never even heard of GERD and seems many Dr's still haven't heard of LPR! Now, acid reflux is all you see, hear or read about. I know many people (including myself) that relied on OTC meds for what we thought was a little indesgtion, upset stomach, something we ate........No idea at the time knowing what was going on and what damage this could be doing to our bodies. I've come to the conclusion that all this GERD stuff has been brought on by our ever changing life styles and our diets, which also has changed over the years. There's too much stress, deadlines, traffic, errands to run, more women working, juggling home and jobs, not to mention the economic and govermental problems we face. My Dr. told me to stop watching the news so much! It is a mechanical problem with our bodies but I don't have a hernia and many don't. I don't think it was that long ago that they discovered that ulcers were caused by a bacteria and could be cured with PPI's. While many of us don't develope ulcers, we still have problems with our stomachs mainly because of nerves effecting the gut. The LPR is more complicated and most Dr's aren't certain what makes some develope further symptoms from GERD. I do agree with the poster that suggested allergies and GERD/LPR went hand in hand. I sure hope they can figure out what will get us WELL and not just treat the symptoms, which PPI's don't work for everyone on those. I hope they finally discover what is really wrong with you and something to do about it. I felt that way for a long time before PPI's but not nearly as bad anymore. My heart goes out to you to be dealing with these and trying to lead a normal life and be a good mother.