I have had severe GERD for four months. Bad enough to send me to the ER three times. I have had stomach issues my whole life but I took DEXILANT - H2 drug - (had a seizure from it) and suddenly my life changed. $8000 ER visit, I dropped 20lbs and couldn't eat anything for a month until I almost passed out from lack of nutrients.
DRUGS ARE BAD. Take the least amount possible and research natural options.
I have tried so many methods (diets, drugs, natural stuff). Relied on another prescription out of desperation. When I stopped taking my Pantoprazole(Protonix) - PPI Drug - and I had a rebound with severe pain and Tinnitus got worse. Went back on and pain still wouldn't go away.
I started DGL tabs before meals (I eat 4-5 times a day) and Slippery Elm capsules. The first day I didn't notice anything but the second day the pain subsided. Be careful of the German Chocolate DGL. I liked the flavor the best also but I wasn't getting relief from it. Found out, later, that it has SORBITOL which I am allergic to. I always get IBS symptoms from fake sugars especially anything ending in TOL. Malitol etc, sugar alcohols. The DGL I take now has dextrose and that isn't as bad a sugar as others (FRUCTOSE etc).
Be careful of water PH. I tested mine with pool strips and the tap was neutral (7.0) and the bottled was 4.0 (acidic). I bought a reverse osmosis system and now my neutral tap water is acidic!! So I am back to a PUR filter which lowers the PH only a little bit.
Still working on it day by day, no cure yet. May not be a cure but I will try to get back to some form of normalcy.
Hope this helps someone. These boards have helped me 100 times more than my expensive group of specialists.
Couldn't agree more with what you say. Drugs (PPIs in my case) have caused me so much unbearable pain, at one time I wondered how i could go on living.
How they can be allowed to give out drugs which have such a radical effect is beyond me... and then deny they have such an effect!
It has made me think totally differently about drugs. If something has such a strong effect it can stop pain - what exactly is it doing to your body? What is it blocking or stopping or stimulating? And what is the effect of that meddling with nature?
I had severe heartburn for 5 years unitl I tried Concious foods digestive mix, it is a jar of seeds from indis which you chew for 20 mins after each meal, no what I am now completly cured. they sel it on Amazon
I find Calcium/magnesium works 500:250mg tablets or higher. Usually two tablets does the trick,. If my reflux is so acidic its making me wretch, I put a level teaspoon of bicarbonate of soda in 500ml of filtered/water whatever you have and avoid acidic teas and anything that is going to make my stomach more acidic. Hope this helps.