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    Old 10-12-2010, 10:27 PM   #16
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    Well, it seems like I have breakthrough symptoms a lot lately. My doctor put me on Prevacid 30mg and said I didn't need to take the magnesium, but I really don't feel much better. So far, Pepcid AC has been the only thing that makes me feel better than the rest, and I've tried them all. I asked my doctor to let me try Nexium instead of Prevacid, so we'll see. I stopped taking magnesium so maybe I should go back. I am still not eating better, as I should, so I guess I have only myself to blame. Still, I cannot make any connection between the foods and drinks I consume with when I'm going to have breakthrough symptoms. All I know is they will last several days and it's debilitating, as in I don't want to go out and exert myself. It does seem to get worse when I excersice or do a lot of physical activity. Lying down is the only thing that helps.

    So I still can't say for sure any more that magesium is the answer. Maybe I should try some enzyme supplements next. I wish there was more conclusive evidence out there for how to help GERD sufferers, sometimes it feels like we're just guinea pigs trying everything we can.

    P.S. I am also going to try Apple Cider Vinegar, I've heard great things!
    Apple cidar vinegar and antiacids cancell one another out. PLEASE MAKE YOUR DR> DO AN ACID TEST TO SEE IF YOUR STOMACH EVEN MAKES ACID and you reflux is not BILE WITHOUT ACID at all, because if that's the case, YOU ARE MISDIAGNOSED and it's a SAD EPIDEMIC where Dr.'s are not TRAINED appropriately, and the whole medical profession needs to be SUED TO CATCH ON and the ANTIACIDS companies will get SUED I'm sure, antiacids and things like what you are taking STOP any residual acid your body is TRYING TO MAKE to protect your health and give you nutrition, and it's not stopping GERD, it's masking am uch more dangerous problem called Achlorhydria(lack of stomach acid), when your stomach acid production drops after age 40, it goes low enough it isn't strong enough to be sensed by the VALVE in your throat that is called the LES(Lower Esophageal Spinctor) so it stops closing and you get reflux. Reflux from LOW stomach acid, not from HIGH stomach acid. Just in having low acid means your body is going to get SICKER and sicker because your body wont digest your food and undigested stool will smell weird when you go to the bathroom,then you'll know you are in trouble! It's HCL(hydrochloric acid in higher levels that need to be taken to suppliment lack of stomach acid enough to trigger the LES to close) and actually stop reflux ina safe manner. Please read up on it, you could get sicker and sicker, regular Dr.'s ar not naturopaths or holistic Dr.'s and are mistrained, the don't know anything about this REAL DANGEROUS chronically misdiagnosed problem.

     
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    Old 10-14-2010, 06:26 AM   #17
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    Re: Magnesium supplements cured my acid reflux

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    Reflux from LOW stomach acid, not from HIGH stomach acid.
    That's interesting. I will definitely ask my doc. I will say, however, that I have no stomach pains, I'm not losing any weight, have no diahrrea or constipation, I have no discomfort swallowing, and I have felt the reflux immediately after eating something bad (presumably when acid production kicks in). So I wonder what other symptoms I should look for to indicate LOW acid.

    So far the Nexium seems to be helping a little, combined with drinking 2 Tbs of Apple Cider Vinegar a day, also back on 250mg Magnesium and taking an enzyme supplement. H Pylori test came back negative.

    I had the upper GI which showed mild reflux occuring. All of this was sudden onset about 6 months ago after a night of heavy drinking. Could it be nerve damage from alcolhol that caused this? I'm 37 and otherwise healthy. Partied a lot when I was young, probably drank too much, although was never an alcoholic per se.

    Also, most of my discomfort seems to come from not being able to burb when I need to. I think this is what causes the chest heaviness I feel sometimes. When I am having breakthrough symptoms and I burb, I always feel A LOT better.

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    Old 10-14-2010, 10:53 PM   #18
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    Re: Magnesium supplements cured my acid reflux

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    That's interesting. I will definitely ask my doc. I will say, however, that I have no stomach pains, I'm not losing any weight, have no diahrrea or constipation, I have no discomfort swallowing, and I have felt the reflux immediately after eating something bad (presumably when acid production kicks in). So I wonder what other symptoms I should look for to indicate LOW acid.

    So far the Nexium seems to be helping a little, combined with drinking 2 Tbs of Apple Cider Vinegar a day, also back on 250mg Magnesium and taking an enzyme supplement. H Pylori test came back negative.

    I had the upper GI which showed mild reflux occuring. All of this was sudden onset about 6 months ago after a night of heavy drinking. Could it be nerve damage from alcolhol that caused this? I'm 37 and otherwise healthy. Partied a lot when I was young, probably drank too much, although was never an alcoholic per se.

    Also, most of my discomfort seems to come from not being able to burb when I need to. I think this is what causes the chest heaviness I feel sometimes. When I am having breakthrough symptoms and I burb, I always feel A LOT better.
    and the gas related issue islikely from rottting undigested food staying in your system too long due to low stomach acid. Are you over 40? Then it's a higher risk you have low stomach acid, I suggest you do more research before blindly trusting your Dr.. They really have this screwed up in the med. profession.

     
    Old 10-18-2010, 12:44 PM   #19
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    Re: Magnesium supplements cured my acid reflux

    I hate Nexium, but, found out that I can take a 40mg every 3 days, and be ok, stomach wise. Over 40, gb removed 2 yrs ago. Too much Nex and my food is with me 24 hours later, truly disgusting. I take potassium and magnesium, seems to help with breathing better. Just ran out of probiotics, not sure they did anything anyway. But it's worth a shot I guess.

     
    Old 01-08-2011, 09:24 PM   #20
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    Re: Magnesium supplements cured my acid reflux

    Bumping on this.
    Did anyone else did this and was effective in curing GERD?

     
    Old 01-08-2011, 10:39 PM   #21
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    Re: Magnesium supplements cured my acid reflux

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    Bumping on this.
    Did anyone else did this and was effective in curing GERD?
    There is no "cure" for GERD unless, I suppose, one has the surgery to try to correct the weak LES valve. There are remedies that seem to help and some help some people more than others. I think probiotics, ACV, magnesium and all those probably help and some help some people more than others. But I honestly don't think, having tried them all, that any of them "cures" GERD.

    There are people here who have found certain foods or medications aggravate their GERD symptoms, and modifications in the diet help keep heartburn at bay. For me it is low carbohydrates, eliminating caffeine, red wine and carbonated sodas.

    Anything that helps digestion and keeps food moving probably helps GERD. I think Magnesium does that, but I don't think it is a cure for GERD. I take it daily and still experience heartburn when I drink coffee or red wine or some days just because, unfortunately.

    I think there is a bit of a placebo effect with all these remedies because we want them to work so badly. I continue to use some because, like magnesium, I don't think they do me any harm. But the only way that I can minimize heartburn and reflux is to eat small portions, cut back on those carbs and eliminate the offending foods and drinks that make the stomach produce more acid.

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