Hello all. I recently had an Endoscopy/colonoscopy procedure. Diagnosed with gastritis, Hiatal hernia, Refux, and a "ring" on my esophagus. Have been taking Protonix 40mg. Although it seems to help a little, there seems to be side effects.(Bloating, gas, headaches/ diahrrea) Seem to have all kind of medical issues now. Insomnia, sinusitus from allergies, fatigue, etc. Immunity system seems to be down as I get sick easily.Have had all kind of bloodwork/ testing done for bacteria/parasitic infections, chrohns, celiac, sleep apnea. All negative.I was wondering now if a Nutritionalist/homeopathic specialist might be in order? I take probiotics and drink aloe vera that helps somewhat, but I can't take this see-saw cycle of pain//sickness/tiredness anymore. I don't smoke, although I average 12 beers a week.Blood pressure and cholesterol levels are high. Was prescribed Toprol and lipitor.I am not overweight, but do not exercise as much as I probably should.I really would like to get off these meds if I could. I believe essentially I need suggestions from ya'll on boosting immune system, treating the stomach disorders and naturally lowering blood pressure/cholesterol levels. I really need input as sometimes I feel like life isn't worth living. Thank you for reading and God Bless. Will probably post this in other areas for help.
You mentioned that you take Probiotics. Can you describe what you're taking such as the number of Strains & Microorganisms (how many Billions) per capsule. It's possible that it's not powerful enough. I'm taking NSI Probiotic 15-35 which contains 15 Strains & 35 Billion Microorganisms (Good Bacteria). This has resolved the Acid Reflux that I developed.
Ultimate 10 probiotic by The Vitamin shoppe.13 billion live organisms 100 mg of l. Rrhamnosus, L. casei, L. acidophilus,L.plantarum,L.bulgaricus,L.s alivarius,Enterococcus faecium, Streptococcus thermophilus,Bifidobacterium longum,Bifidobacterium breve and Fructo-oligosaccharides 300 mg. man that took a long time to type.
Looks like you actually have a clean bill of health and your main problem may be acid reflux. I have a couple of suggestions which will help with that as well as your high cholesterol and blood pressure and get you out of the medicine/side effect cycle.
What you need is to control your diet (and I don't mean just calories) and add lots of exercise. Learn which foods give you acid reflux and elliminate them. Eat lots of veggies, whole grains, protein. These are unlikely to give you acid. Eliminate sugary, fried and processed foods, bad for you in general and bad for acid reflux.
Now, for exercise. Do not underestimate what it can do for your health, every aspect of your health. Do about 30 minutes of pretty intense cardio at least 3-4 times a week and do weight training 3 times a week. You will be amazed at how good you will start feeling once you make the changes in your diet and start working out. You don't need to depend on medicines for making you feel better. Some of the side effects are as bad as the condition you are treating.
So don't wait and do something good for yourself. Try my suggestions and see what happens.
I'm familiar with the probiotic product you're taking and I decided against it since I felt it didn't have enough Strains or Microorganisms. 13 Billion microrganisms a day is much too low. Since you already have the product take 3 caps a day or 39 Billion. Take all 3 caps after breakfast. A much better product also available at Vitamin Shoppe is Garden of Life Primal Defense. It's a whole food with 14 Strains and far more Microorganisms. Consider this product. Purchase Licorice Root Extract 450mg. Take one capsule after each meal. Visit your local supermarket and in the dairy section look for KEFIR (a cousin of yogurt). This is a Probiotic and very tasty and comes in several flavors. Drink at least 16oz a day. Give all of these additions a few weeks to work. Look for a list of Acid friendly foods. All of these recommendations should help. If so, let us know.
Last edited by Mike In NY; 05-24-2007 at 01:09 PM.
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I know Licorice root is good for digestive tract, but will it raise blood pressure. Seems like I read in fatigue threads that it does. My blood pressure/cholesterol levels are pretty high already.
If you would like to get some professional help for these isssues (which I think is a good idea) you should see a Registered Dietitian. Dietitians are regulated nutrition professionals. They must have a minimum of a 4-yr science degree in nutrition plus a one year hospital-based clinical internship. They work in hospitals and medical clinics and you can get a referral to one from your doctor if you ask for it. They are trained specifically in nutrition therapy for medical issues.
Someone called a "Nutritionalist" is not a regulated professional (anyone can call themselves this), so they likely will not have sufficient education. As well, the term "nutritionist" is not regulated in most states, so they probably will not be credible either. Homeopaths are not qualified to provide dietary recommendations.
Here are some general dietary guidelines for the conditions you stated:
Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD)
- Elevate the head of your bed 6-8 inches when sleeping (or use pillows)
- Maintain upright posture during and for 45-60 minutes after eating
- Avoid eating 2-3 hours before bedtime
- If you smoke...stop
- Limit caffeine intake
- Maintain a healthy body weight
- Avoid high-fat / deep fried foods
- Avoid foods that you know cause distress (this is very individual)
- Reduce / Limit "unhealthy" fats - saturated and trans fats
- Increase fiber - especially soluble fiber (oatbran, psyllium, fruits and veggies)
- Increase physical activity
High Blood Pressure
- Reduce sodium (salt) intake
- Lose weight if you need to
- A diet containing low fat dairy products, whole grains and more than 5 servings daily of fruits and vegetables has shown to improve blood pressure.
Zigwyth - Just out of idle curiosity, when you had all that testing done, did they test your thyroid? FYI, thyroid problems can cause all the symptoms you're having, including the high colesterol and blood pressure, acid reflux, fatigue, sinus problems, etc.