Post # 1
Ok bees need some advice. I’ve suffered from acid reflux and ulcers for several years. I’m on meds and most of the time they help. My acid reflux and ulcers are stress related. Every year around this time they manage to flare up. Does anyone have any advice with how to deal with it? Like I said I take medication, don’t eat fried foods, spicy foods, limit caffine, I’ve lost a BUNCH of weight but still I deal with it. My fiancee wants me to go to the doctor and have them do a scope but I’d really rather not. Any advice?
Post # 3
I threw up every morning and sometimes all day for months, and am now taking Prilosec. Thank goodness that seems to be helping. I went in for an endoscopy (they put you to sleep, it’s not bad – an upper one, so esophagus and stomach, not a colonic one) but it came up just fine, no ulcers or anything. If your insurance covers it, I’d say just do it – may I ask why you’re so hesitant? Other than that, and the meds, I’ve talked to different doctors and looked all kinds of things up but nothing else seemed to make much difference.
Post # 4
Oh wow, it seems like you’re doing everything right! Do you take any other, unrelated medication that could be making it worse? Mine first started acting up when I was on birth control.
Post # 5
No specific reason why I don’t want to, the whole thought of it scares me. People say its no big deal, but it doesn’t make me feel better.
No medication changes but I will be going on BC soon hopefully it doesn’t make it worse.
Post # 6
I was put on prilosec for a while. My doctor suggested I also change my diet (just like what you said you eat) before starting the meds to see if that helped – I too lost a bunch of weight. It didn’t so I began to take the meds.
About a month later I decided to get in better shape by not only eating better, but exerscising. This did it for me. I once forgot to renew my prescription and have never taken meds for it again. If I don’t work out for a few days I start to notice it flareing up again even if I’m still eating good.
Post # 7
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Mine is massively affected by stress. If I try to stay in control of stressful situations I feel better, though that’s more easily said than done. Watching my sleeping positions helps, too.
Post # 10
all PP are what helped me.. prilosec, sleeping more upright- no greasy foods, specially LATE- eat earlier ( If i am having burger, I cook it down in water 1st, this breaks down the fat and grease ) exercise, and i also found that when i do have a flare… eatting a peice of bread or pretzels help…and i know this is weird.. but doing the downward dog yoga pose takes pressure off of your stomach and helps releive it a lil! hope this helps!
Post # 11
I deal with ulcers/gastritis after a bad, mis-prescribed too strong antibiotic this past year. It ruined my stomach for good and I feel my entire life will be spent dealing with the results. :/
I watch what I eat, honestly eat light small and bland meals and the best remedy I’ve tried is drinking organic apple cider vinegar after meals, dilluted with water or juice. It’s helped a lot and I feel it’s cut down on the stomach issues 90%.
Post # 12
I agree with all PPs. Mine is definitely stress related as well, first year of law school made me horribly sick :-/ Smaller, more frequent (and bland-ish) meals, not eating or drinking much before bed, exercise, and the right amount of sleep/stress relieving activities really helped.
Also, I brushed my teeth FIRST thing in the morning. Not sure why, but my gag reflex just goes off when I’m stressed, and w/ GERD and a hernia, that meant tossing my cookies every morning. 🙁 If I brushed it ASAP after I woke up, before eating, I could usually fight through it without getting sick, and eat after my shower. Find out if there are things that ‘trigger’ for you (certain stressors, monitor if you’re more sick if you don’t get enough sleep or eat too late, etc), and try to work with that.
And I agree with PPs…as un-fun as a scope sounds, it really isn’t so terrible. They’ll put you under so you don’t have to deal with it mentally, and just request that they give you meds to help in the few days after if it irritates your stomach a bit. If insurance covers it, I really recommend that you try to get one. It helped me a lot in diagnosing and treating the issues, and they can measure the severity of your GI issues.
Post # 13
i have acid reflux i used to be on medicine buut now i just watch what i eat. not before i go to sleep, no orange juice, no lemons, no spices and most importantly, i try not to stress myself and do some yoga in the morning
Post # 14
If you already know that you have ulcers, I’m not sure an endoscopy will offer you much insight. Unless you think you might have some kind of deformation of the valve, but your problems wouldn’t be seasonal if that was the case. If you’re not under the active care of a doctor, get yourself to an MD at some point. There are a few ways to deal with/change the stomach environment to promote ulcer healing. Prescription strength Prilosec (omeprazole) works great for me, but there are other options if what you have isn’t working for you.
I see that you limit WHAT you eat, but have you tried limiting how much you eat? Sometimes I fill myself up so much that I end up with reflux just because my stomach is completely filled with food. You can try to multiple-small-meals plan? The more you eat, the longer your stomach will be exposed to the acid while it digests. I hope you feel better soon! It was a huge pain in my butt when I had GERD but wasn’t treating it.
Post # 15
I suffered 25+ years being told all my problems caused by Crohns disesase.
Nothing helped except the 5 medications helped mask some of the symptoms.
Someone from The Gluten File suggested I try a Girlfriend diet….WHAT?
Why? My dr says am NOT allergic to foods…but ha! HOW wrong they all were!
And a good friend…Acid reflux…Gerd was daily trial…until he stopped eating Wheat and went GF!…its changed his life and he’s very happy…as am I!
I’m OFF ALL medications for Corhns…had 2 bowel resections and far too many ERCP’s and colonoscpys to count…but none of these test found the problems was all caused by Gluten!…just try it…won’t hurt you and may make you all better soon!
God great joke I tell my Gstro docs…they LOVE this one…ok…here goes…
Whats the difference between those two hoses?…I mean they’re both black, long, sleek, have camera’s on end…do you ever get mixed up?
Dr….how do you tell the diffference? ….then they start explaining…so NO…
IT’S the TASTE!
OK…gotta find humor in this…esle I would have died long ago…
Going Girlfriend changed my life!…thank God!
PS…you’ll loose weight too! once your body starts working properly…and be sure to take Methyl B12…NOT the Cyano B12….you’ll stop having fatigue if you take the Methyl B12…order online or better health food stores carry Methyl B!
Post # 16
@CryTears: I can get behind this possibility. For some reason, Celiac disease isn’t a go-to diagnosis for a lot of doctors. I see “Mystery Diagnosis” episodes all the time where a girl basically lives 35 years of her life on a toilet and no on ever diagnosed her with Celiac previously. Though I’m not sure if you’d be experiencing upper-GI distress with Celiac and it definitely wouldn’t be seasonal, maybe you just become more sensitive because of the stress during this time of year. It’s worth a try.
Post # 17
@Mewcakes: I do NOT have celiac sprue, but a friend who experienced serious reflux for years finally got the right Gastro who was able to find damaged areas where the biopsys taken…and I was seen by too many Gastros who NEVER diagnosed my being so seriously Gluten intolerant….and for many years took 5 diffferent medications for Crohns disease which I do have a frank diagnosis for having but…once I stopped eating Wheat and foods with gluten….within days, I began to heal and a few weeks my gut healed and no more diarreah or stomach aches…and now all my symptoms gone unless I eat anything with wheat or gluten…
Imagine saving $250 worth medications that only masked symptoms!
It won’t cost you anything to go gluten free for a few weeks…unless you purchase those delicious Girlfriend frozen foods….be careful as these are very fattening! Especially Amys brand of Girlfriend Mac’n’cheese…major nommy-noms!
Post # 18
I think you’ll find a ton of answers on “The Gluten File”….there’s a wealth of information and years of persoanl experiences.
One of their members “bugged” me for 2 years…pleading with me to just try a Girlfriend diet…finally my grand daughter begged me to try this for her BD…so April 3 four years ago is when I changed my diet…was supposed to be just for few weeks so could prove them wrong and I could say “I told you SO!” but wow!
was THEY who TOLD ME SO!…and had this person not been so insistant, I probably wouldn’t be here typing…my diareeah was always so bad, I visited the toilet at least 4-5 times a night…and that was on a good day! For Christmas I’d asked for heated toilet seat and TV installed in our master bath. I’d take a pillow and blanket to rest my head…would often fall asleep sitting on the toilet…too fatigued to go back to bed, only to get back up again….when my d’reah too bad, I’d wear adult diapers…imagine a middle aged woman having to wear those!
I’m no old lady…but I for sure was reduced to one back then! Thank God I wasn’t too stubborn and tried a Girlfriend diet…won’t say is easy but…just thinking about bread, pasta makes my stomach churn….except will say I do miss Sour Dough bread! And foolishly eat it when the op arrises…My husband knows to NOT book any flights thru San Fransisco because he knows I’ll buy their famous Sour Dough Bread they have all throughout the terminals…San Jose as well!…I just can’t help myself when comes to that…stupid I know…after eating few bites of anything with wheat, in less than 20 minutes, I feel my pain increase…within an hour my joints aching so bad I’m crying and having to take strong pain meds.
Please take my advice…at least check out the Gluten file and give it a try…..you should know after watching all those Mystery Diagnosis that some ppl suffer needlessly all because their doctors failed to make a proper diagnosis…you would NOT believe my story…is amazing I’m still alive…on top of everything else I had a baseball sized intestinal AVM/anyeurysm that leaked, bled so badly, caused me severe anemia, had a 5.1 hgb…thats deadly! And needed more than 50 blood transfusions until was found. Then had double bowel resection…they didn’t give me B12 shots after taking half my small intestines…the only place one absorbs B12…big time DUH…but they didn’t even catch this until I nearly died and had serious Perpheral Neuropathy…my life sucked big time until I got on Methyl B12 and the AVM removed.
People need to be their own doctors, but be careful…the internet is loaded with kooks pretending to know or be…is scary! Doctors DON’T diagnose over the internet…and just because are a doctor does NOT mean they’re good at what they do! I’ve got 2 sisters…ones a psychologist…the other has 2 PhD’s….and my husband has PhD as well but…doesn’t mean they know a thing…I mean, look at what I went thru and all thier knowledge didn’t help me!…and my freind witih C-sprue…he too is a doctor! so…what does this tell you? …scary thoughts!