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Signs and Symptoms of Acid Reflux and Heartburn

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Heartburn is a condition in which the liquid content of the stomach backs up (refluxes) into the esophagus. The most common and persistent symptom of Heartburn is a burning sensation centered in the middle of the chest and/or throat, brought on by stomach acid that churns up onto the lining of the esophagus.

Acid Reflux, also known as Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD), is a condition which has many symptoms that are similar to heartburn. In many cases, people suffering from Acid Reflux typically suffer from persistent heartburn two or more days per week. In the long term, this can be very serious since, over time, the reflux of stomach acid can erode or wear away the delicate esophagus lining. This can then lead to scar tissue, which causes swallowing problems. GERD has also been linked to an increased risk of esophageal cancer. However, some people have Acid Reflux without heartburn. In such cases, symptoms include chest pain, wheezing, coarseness in the throat, breathing problems, a bitter taste in the mouth, dry coughing, interrupted sleep, tightness in the throat, and halitosis or bad breath. Acid reflux can also lead to regurgitation of acid into the mouth, often due to overeating or bending down or going to bed right after a meal.

Causes of Acid Reflux

Just like other health conditions, there is not one specific cause of Acid Reflux and Heartburn. However, a malfunction of a band of muscle tissue called the Lower Esophageal Sphincter (LES) can ultimately lead to many of the problems and symptoms associated with Acid Reflux and Heartburn. The LES is a complex area of smooth muscles and various hormones, which is responsible for the opening and closing of the lower end of the esophagus when we eat and swallow. It normally keeps the stomach contents from regurgitating, but due to certain physical conditions it can weaken and lose its contraction control. If this happens, the LES fails to close up and cannot maintain the pressure barrier between stomach and esophagus. As a result, acid and pepsin from the stomach can back up and cause acidity and heartburn in the esophagus.

The most common causes of Acid Reflux and Heartburn include:

  • stress
  • some antidepressants and sedatives
  • elevated hormone levels during pregnancy
  • eating before going to bed
  • eating large meals
  • slower emptying of the stomach
  • frequently eating greasy, fried, and fatty foods
  • smoking
  • alcohol
  • drinking lots of bubbly (carbonated) beverages such as soda
  • diseases that weaken the esophageal muscle (such as scleroderma, mixed connective tissue disease, or hiatal hernias)

Home Remedies and Natural Cures for Acid Reflux Treatment

Acid Reflux Home Remedy Using Apple Cider Vinegar

Apple Cider Vinegar is an amazing remedy for Acid Reflux. It may sound bizarre to drink an acid as a cure for an acid problem, but there are good acids and bad acids and Apple Cider Vinegar is among the good ones.
  • Add 1 teaspoon of apple cider vinegar to 1/2 glass of water.
  • Sip this glass of water while eating your dinner.

Herbal Remedy for Acid Reflux Using Ginger Root

Ginger Root is an amazing natural herb that is known to absorb stomach acid and have the secondary effect of calming the nerves. For an effective natural remedy from the symptoms of acid reflux, try the following:
  • Purchase ginger root capsules from a natural health food or nutritional store.
  • Regularly take one capsule immediately after dinner.

Natural Cure for Acid Reflux Using Fennel Seeds

Fennel seed is an aromatic but powerful herb that helps in digestive conditions and has many other benefits. Fennel seeds contain a compound known as Anethole, which is known to suppress spasms of the stomach or gastrointestinal tract spasms. Therefore, it is considered to be an effective remedy for Acid Reflux.
  • Take half a tea spoon of Fennel Seeds and chew them slowly after your meals.

Using Anise and Lavender Tea as a Remedy for Heartburn

Here is a tea that you can make to help relieve the symptoms of heartburn, since it reduces the amount of acid you have in your stomach. Note that some variants of this remedy suggest adding peppermint, but this is NOT recommended since peppermint is known to relax the LES (described earlier), which is exactly what you don't want to do.
  • Mix together equal amounts of aniseed and lavender.
  • Boil 2 1/2 cups of distilled water.
  • Pour the boiling water over a teaspoon of the herbal mixture.
  • Let this tea sit for 3 to 5 minutes.
  • Strain the tea and add a little bit of honey as a natural sweetener.
  • Drink up to 8 oz of this tea in the morning and 8 oz in the evening to get relief from acid reflux or heartburn.

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Reader Comments

Posted by Nat on Mar 25 2014 20:50:19
I found it works very good ginger tea with half apple inside cut into small pieces, i added a little tiny bit of honey too. Delicious and sorted it out. Saludos!

Posted by Get Rid of Acid Reflux on Mar 24 2014 10:34:21
A lot of people are searching for more natural methods to cure heartburn and acid reflux. I think it has to do with all of the side effects that the heartburn medications produce.

Posted by Loving Hands Ayurveda on Mar 22 2014 22:05:08
The only way to treat acid reflux is through diet and lifestyle specific to your khan particular body type. What is good for one is not good for all. That's what I love about ayurveda......it is completely individualized. Please contact me should you wish to help your acid indigestion using the specifics of ayurveda to help.

Posted by tommy on Nov 26 2013 01:09:39
Stay away from chocolate, BBQ sauce, red meat...Manuka honey, extra virgin olive oil, and apple cider vinegar was a life savor for me...i tried everything...literally everything and those three worked and still work for me, go the natural route

Posted by Jess on Apr 24 2013 07:10:36
Try eating a banana to reduce the acid reflux it works for me.

Posted by Ritu on Apr 09 2013 18:49:14
Finding a natural solution for a health ailment can sometimes be difficult. Everyone’s body is very unique and responds differently to all internal and external influences. Natural homeopathic remedies such as as (Acidity 30) and ayurvedic herbs (Alklearant (Chandanadi Tablet) and Alkoolize (Mouktikayuktha Kamdudha) help to combat against GERD signs and symptoms naturally and effectively.

Posted by emedoutlet.net on Apr 03 2013 04:07:29
Exercise regularly for about an hour helped me a lot to minimize acid stake up in the stomach.

Posted by GAI on Mar 30 2013 19:23:03
I had acid reflux for about two years. I went on the Atkins lo-carb diet & NO BREAD or wheat products. The acid reflux stopped. If I cheat and have a nibble of bread it comes right back. I also use oregano, thyme, turmeric, celery seed, garlic, cider vinegar and olive oil as a salad dressing and take ginger, cinnamon daily. I switched to potassium salt and cut out regular salt and my high blood pressure dropped back to normal.

Posted by Linda on Mar 23 2013 14:01:38
My reflux developed slowly over time. Tums used to work, Zantac etc till I progressed to the proton pump inhibitors. I just came off yet another 14 day therapy - this time Prevacid, and the next day the reflux was back with a vengence. Scared me to death. So I am DONE with all the pills. It's miserable, but I am sworn off of caffiene, chocolate and most alcohol. I used to drinks pots of coffee - so now I'm getting used to decaf. No more wine with dinner, but beer doesn't seem to bother me. I've learned the hard way - limit the offending foods.

Posted by Bipradas Ghosh on Mar 15 2013 03:11:53
I have been suffering from burning sensation of the left side of my throat due to the cause of acid reflux for last 8 months. Please advice me.

Posted by char on Feb 15 2013 19:46:59
baking soda and water helps i only took one dring and was able to go to sleep.

Posted by tim on Feb 14 2013 20:32:22
Hey just curious, does anyone respond to this questions being asked. Seems like alot of people need help, and any info in that direction would be helpful, and I for one am in that situation. Any help to my recent question would be deeply appreciated, thanks in advance.

Posted by tim on Feb 11 2013 09:00:52
Hi,I have just been diagnosed with hiatal hernia. I have a bad taste in my mouth that stays with me most of the day. I also get severe pains in my stomach at times right after I eat. I also have a mild case of acid reflux. Does the ring a bell with anyone? And any suggestions?

Posted by Val on Jan 24 2013 10:41:34
Hi I have a Hiatal Hernia and terrible acid reflux, ive been put on omeprazole by my doc and take am/pm. My symptoms are still there and had an episode where the stomach came into the esophagus, which was quite scary. The info on here is great but has anyone else had this happen and what did you do

Posted by jhosie on Jan 18 2013 11:24:44
I have an acid reflux once it atack me my blood pressure is too high so im worried what can i do please help....

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Posted by charlene karras on Jan 01 2013 04:18:25
ok all of you, Ive tried many things over the last few years to find the cure, and so far it boils down to gold kili ginger drink. When you find yourself having acidic attacks, or before you eat something have at least one cup of ginger tea. Doctors did a study saying it relaxes the lower esophagul sphincter, well there freakin wrong they just want you to think that so they can have you pay for more visits and pills with them, even if it kills you. Ginger is a well known herb that crreats stimulation of the digestive tract and tones the stomach muscles, I repeat TONES the stomach muscles, meaning it will strengthen your most suffered muscle along with your stomach, the lower esophagul sphincter. Ive tried drinking this tea for two days, and I have seen a decrease in acid regurgitation, illiminated pain in my esophagul sphincter and I can feel it contracting in my abdomen, I know exactly where it is Iam a spa therapist. Listen to my advice because if I have suffered for at least ten years of this crap and studied the anatomy, I know what Iam talking about. But yet again, if you think it is doing the less desired effect, it might not be for you, I dont want to make it worse, all I know is it works 100 percent for me, it is a well known fact around the internet that ginger is a stomach muscle toner. Please try it hope it helps, good luck to all of you.

Posted by charlenekarras on Dec 31 2012 02:44:24
CHARLENE THE FIRST PERSON I SAW ON THIS LIST WAS YOU BY THE POWER OF GOD, AND IM HOPING YOUR STILL ALIVE, IAM PUTTING MY LIFE IN HIS HANDS TO FIND YOU THE CURE TO YOUR LIFE, I HAVE A DAUGHTER OF 6 YEARS OLD AS WELL WITH THIS PROBLEM, DOCTORS CANT DO ANYTHING, WE ALL HAVE TO SAVE OURSELVES AND FIND THE PROBLEM WITH OR WITHOUT THEM. I HOPE IAM NOT TOO LATE FOR YOU, BECAUSE IAM TOO NAMED CHARLENE AND FOR THE REASON I RAN INTO YOUR MESSAGE, THERE WAS A REASON, PLEASE HEAD WAY FOR RECOVERY AFTER I FIND OUT THE PROBLEM, IVE HAD GERD FOR AT LEAST 6 YEARS NOW AND SUFFERED FROM ACID REFLUX FOR AT LEAST 10. PLEASE READ THE COMENT BELOW THIS ONE. THANKYOU.

Posted by charlene karras on Dec 31 2012 02:29:00
ALL OF YOU POOR PEOPLE I HAVE SUFFERED WITH YOU LONG ENOUGH WITH GERD FOR YEARS IAM USING MYSELF AS A GUINEAPIG FOR ALL OF YOU TO FIND THE ULTIMATE CURE FOR THIS DISEASE, BY THE VOICE OF GOD HIMSELF HE HAS TOLD ME SOMETHING VERY IMPORTANT THAT I NEED TO TAKE FOR ALL OF YOU, I WILL TELL YOU WHAT THE CURE IS FOR GERD WHEN I FIND OUT. I WILL MAKE SURE OF IT THAT YOU DO NOT NEED TO GO ON ANY DIET AND THAT IT WILL BE THE EASIEST, PERMANENT WAY TO CURE YOURSELF. LET US ALL PRAY TO EACHOTHER THAT WE FIND HOPE IN OUR SAVIOUR. THANKYOU FOR LISTENING. IF THIS WORKS, I WANT YOU ALL TO SPREAD THE WORD ABOUT IT PLEASE TO SAVE OTHERS.

Posted by Roger on Dec 29 2012 09:02:47
I have pulmonary fibrosis and suffer constant coughs. I have been taking Natokinase and Serrapeptase that I buy online in Arizona. These enzymes help me lower my blood pressure (without giving up Pritor) and help me control my cough and resistance to fatigue. Recently, I started taking turmeric powder tea. I learned that it is anti-inflammatory and helps alleviate arthritic pain. Later, I used fresh yellow and white ginger which I boil slowly in 30 minutes plus pandan leaves and wheatgrass. I take this concoction throughout the day. However, a few days ago, I started to have acid reflux. I stopped all my herbal medicines. However, acid reflux does not go away. I tried apple cider but my stomach squirked. Now I am taking Motillium but it gives me only temporary relief so I have to take it 1 or twice daily. I am afraid my esophagus would be damaged if I cannot stop AR. I need any herbal meds that will permanently cure my AR. Any suggestion is welcome. I come from Manila, Philippines.

Posted by Sabs on Dec 17 2012 23:48:33
Nothing is helping me. Planning to do a detox and get tested for celiac disease. Also planning to quit my job so that I can try out natural remedies (they are time consuming) and ultimately quit the Nexium and other medicines.

Posted by H. Woodward on Nov 24 2012 05:44:08
I have discovered after many years of reflux issues that cheese is the star of the reflux melodrama and that sipping plain old tap water gives close to instant relief.

Posted by alma on Nov 21 2012 04:28:24
i would like to share a cure to reflux acid sufferer because i am one of you before. simply drink the wheatgrass powder. 3 tables spoon to 1 glass of normal or cold water 200 ml. dissolve the powder and drink it first thing in the morning when you wake up. at least 3 times aday in between meals because it is best with empty stomach take it for a months as long as you like. i am already cured and can eat normally now i am just trying to avoid sour, chilly fatty foods.

Posted by Jenn on Oct 31 2012 14:54:28
I have been suffering with acid reflux for 2 years, and nexium didn't work for me either. I am going to try the artichoke and aloe to see if that works (i am crossing my fingers) Just curious, how many of you have kidney stones as well?

Posted by Sabs on Oct 21 2012 14:55:44
Has anyone tried elevating their body with a foam wedge? Is it comfortable? I tried putting bricks under the head of the bed but was very uncomfortable and couldnt sleep.

Posted by sabs on Oct 21 2012 00:56:56
This is a great discussion board. I've been suffering from GERD for more than a yr now n nexium has stopped working. afraid 2sleep 'coz of reflux n have no energy left. I'll try d apple cider vinegar, olive oil n GNC products n post on whether they work. praying for all of u fellow sufferers out there.

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Posted by June on Sep 29 2012 01:22:11
One of the best remedies for acid reflux is Kombucha Tea. For virtually all the info you need to know-even how to brew your own, much more affordably than purchasing it in a health food store, or Whole Foods: Go to: www.getkombucha.com.

Posted by Anonymous on Sep 22 2012 07:41:59
Has anyone had bone loss due to taking Nexium? There's research indicating long term use could lead to bone loss. The doctor never mentioned that and I have had both hips replaced since. Thanks for all the options since Nexium is not one for me. Please ask your doctor about bone loss if you do take pump inhibitors.

Posted by Richard Flynn on Aug 22 2012 16:45:54
A Cure for Acid Reflux I use Sauerkraut instead of any of the prescription or over the counter anti-acids, some are acid blockers which by blocking the production of stomach acids reduce the amount of acids needed to process your foods, others neutralize the acids present. Foods not properly digested can set and rot in your stomach and intestines. Cabbage when fermented in the process of becoming Sauerkraut creates a natural enzime that causes the stomach acids to do their job without causing undue discomfort also the juice works as well, in some countries Sauerkraut juice is sold for just stomach relief. I used to suffer from acid reflux and was using a large bottle of tums regularly, then used Prilosec OTC. After using Sauerkraut I have not used any other anti-acids (some of which are very hard on your liver) for over 5 years. Hope this helps, give it a try ! Richard Flynn; http://alternativetostatins.info

Posted by Neil Meharg on Aug 22 2012 13:29:00
The herb slippery elm helps me. Also when sleeping try to lie on your left side,acid will not travel up the espohagus.

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Posted by Marybeth on Aug 08 2012 20:36:10
I am referring to a shot glass for mixing drinks. It is aloe vera juice extract not okra. Please try the aloe juice and artichoke combined as per my post on June 20, 2012. I felt results within 24 hours. Today for lunch I had nachos with jalapeños and salsa and have no problems. I no longer need to take anything for heartburn and acid reflux. It costs around to try this cure. I know I spent a lot more on Nexium and Prilosec which didn't work that well, nor cure it.

Posted by Tester on Aug 06 2012 06:01:22
I was diagnosed with acid reflux a few years back, but could not stick to a diet. I dislike bland foods, enjoy going out with my friends, and travel at least once or twice a month for business.

Posted by Rita on Aug 04 2012 12:45:14
@ Charmen - I think M is trying to say "give it a try" by saying "give it a shot". It doesn't sound like she's referring to any amount of okra juice. I hope it helps!

Posted by charmen on Aug 04 2012 08:53:34
@mayb what do u mean by shot? please reps....shot of glass or tablespoon?

Posted by M on Aug 01 2012 18:59:46
Acid reflux can be caused by a lot of different reasons. Things that worked for others might not work for you. You have to keep trying different things until one sticks. For me raw okra juice worked like a charm.. Please give it a shot. Make sure the okra are immature and small and also remove the seeds.

Posted by Maryb on Jul 20 2012 18:19:35
Steph, I don't know about homage aloe juice. I used the GNC brand, it does not have a slimy texture. The artichoke extract and the aloe juice together worked well.

Posted by PattMeredith on Jul 20 2012 06:10:03
I read online to try eating an apple if you have acid reflux. TRY IT! I have had a pretty bad case of reflux and ate an apple (I used Empire or Cortland) and unless I have been really bad about what I have eaten, one apple does it. It is worth a try before having to use drugs (that tell you not to take them for longer than X days/months and has negative side effects.

Posted by Linda on Jul 12 2012 19:40:18
@ Cheri, Try taking 3-4 drops of Oil of Oregano under the tongue or mix it in a glass of water or mango juice, depending on your tolerance level. I take it before going to bed and it helps me with coughing throughout the night. Remember it is very bitter, so Swallow it as fast as possible and have a glass of water or juice ready if you are taking it under the tongue. And if mixing in drinks, mix in small amount of water or juice so that you can drink it fast :) I hope it helps!

Posted by Steph on Jul 12 2012 11:29:13
MaryB Do u know if I can take the artichoke extract with ALoe Vera juice made at home, I dont have pain but I keep feeling the acid from my stomach on my thorat and this morning I feel like I have something stuck on my throat, please respond to me I am really wanting something that will take away this bad acid reflux asap. Thanks

Posted by Cheri on Jul 12 2012 08:19:11
I have been coughing for 10 months and recently diagnosed with "silent reflux". I cough all the time and mostly when I lay down at night. I have been on Nexium for 2 months and it isn't working. I have also been on pepcid and prilosec. Just wondering if there is a natural remedy to help with this cough that won't go away.

Posted by rodney on Jul 06 2012 18:42:28
the best thing to use for acid reflux disease is baking soda mixed with 250 ml of water

Posted by MaryB on Jun 20 2012 20:01:42
I cured my acid reflux in 5 weeks.  I had gone the route of apple cider vinegar( hated the taste and burning in my throat), then Prilosec, and Nexium.   Then I met an  Herbalist.  She had me go to GNC and get the Natures Way Artichoke Extract.   I took two capsules right when I finished breakfast and two capsules right after dinner every day.  She also had me get Natural Brand Aloe Vera juice extract (wildberry is my favorite).  I would take two shots right when I woke up an two shots right before I went to bed. Sometimes I would take a shot mid afternoon ( not very often).  I quit the Nexium after being on the artichoke and aloe for 24 hours and had no burning   I still followed the bland acid reflux diet.  But at five weeks I forgot to take the artichoke one morning and had no burning, so I decided to back off the artichoke and aloe Vera in the next couple of days. Then quit i it. I slowly started eating spicy foods again and had no issues.  It has been a year now.   I told one of my husbands customer about it. (she had been on Nexium for around a year). She called me the next morning an said she slept all night for the first time in ages, she stopped the nexium that day and was cured in 5 weeks with no more issues. My daughter told a coworker about it and hers is cured too.  The artichoke help control the bile.  The aloe helps heal.  Please try it.  IT WORKS!!

Posted by Mary Clever on Jun 14 2012 16:30:39
Be very very careful. I read about apple cider vineger helping people on the internet and tried it...following all instructions, adding it to water. Well, I have ulcerative colitis and the apple cider vineger was like drinking acid. It burned my intestines so badly, I had to have my large intestine completely removed. I now have to spend the rest of my life wearing an ostomy bag. A reversal is impossible because the small piece they leave in for that procedure is also covered with ulcerative colitis. The large intestine they removed was covered with abcesses and they said i was dying of Toxic Mega Colon...had to have 14 blood transfusions. Even with the Ilestomy, I am still bleeding rectally and in daily pain, so ...PLEASE... be careful of apple cider vinegar. Mary C.

Posted by Angie on Jun 14 2012 10:29:05
Jesus, you are sadly mistaken. I'm 18 years old and have been running cross country, indoor and outdoor track for the past 6 years. In addition, I've eaten extremely well since a very young age. So no, I wouldn't say I "already caused a more serious condition" or that I'm a couch potato by any means. Good try though!

Posted by Lisa on Jun 14 2012 00:42:00
Hey Leigh, Why don't you try taking one table spoon of Apple Cider Vinegar diluted in a glass of water. Also mix a pinch of salt to it. It works wonders! Good luck!

Posted by Leigh on Jun 12 2012 16:46:19
Um, Jesus, I have GERD and been eating the same healthy, vegetarian diet for 14 years. I just started getting symptoms this year & my diet has not changed. I also am an aerobics instructor, rock climber, and triathlete- it's not all lifestyle.

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Posted by Jesus on Jun 03 2012 22:09:23
face it people reflux and gerd are caused by poor diet and eating with lack of excerise. and if changing your diet doesn't work make sure you are pooping right. you may just have digestive problems causing an acid backup.stay active don't be a couch potatoe and if this still doesn't give you some relief in a couple weeks you have probably already caused a more serious condition to result.

Posted by vivek yoganand on Jun 01 2012 00:19:30
Dear sir/madam,I am suffering last one month this symptoms plz tell me wt should i take to recover Belching after the meal. Heart burning and Chest burning. Some times both hand burning. how many day will take to cure sir/madam.

Posted by JJ on May 23 2012 00:24:45
A warning...I've been on Nexium for 20 years and it has, I just realised, contributed to or caused, my HAIR LOSS, so choose, HAIR LOSS in a woman is very depressing, or you can try some of these other natural ways to control acid reflux. Losing your hair is not fun. I haven't tried any of these remedies yet, but will. Thanks.

Posted by Anonymous on May 18 2012 11:38:22
Taking Organic Apple Cider Vinegar helps with Acid reflux. Just make sure you dilute it in water and add a pinch of salt so it doesn't harm the teeth enamel! Good luck everybody! I hope you all feel better!

Posted by Adnan on Apr 27 2012 16:23:32
and one more thing, when you chew this root, you need to swallow the saliva, and spit out the used root parts after.

Posted by Adnan on Apr 27 2012 16:19:41
I have found a herb that have cured my GERD. I chewed this root 3-4 times a day for about 4 minutes, for 2-3 months, and GERD disappeared. Well, here you go, this is the magic cure!!! http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Acorus_calamus

Posted by K.C. on Apr 23 2012 21:21:28
I am so confused! I have found dairy helps my heartburn but it always comes back shortly after. I am heart burn free in the morning and it comes on around 3-5 pm. I just got off my omeprazole because of side effects and want to get rid of it naturally. I don't do any of the no-no's (except dairy since it helps). I have started eatting Activia every day along with fresh mangoes. I drink ginger tea by Traditional Medicinals. I don't know why it comes or how to get rid of it. It doesn't seem food related...more time related. If anyone has a clue please help me. It has been two weeks off my meds and I am ready to give up. Please help if you can. I also have a spastic colon so apples are out. :( Though I just picked up the apple cider vinegar to try that for relief(whihc it only worked for 15 mins).

Posted by ron on Apr 09 2012 23:37:20
CARROT JUICE FOR INSTANT RELIEF!!! 2 TABLETS DGL BEFORE BED FOR HEALING!!! FRESH GINGER ROOT; CUT AND STEEPED IN MARSH MELLOW TEA & HONEY FOR SOOTHING. 6 OZS ALOE VERA JUICE, FIRST THING EVERY MORNING FOR LONG TERM HEALING. CUT OUT: SUGAR, ALCOHOL AND DAIRY. TO GET RID OF GERD COMPLETELY: FAST ON FRESH MIXED CARROT, BEET, APPLE JUICE AND RAW POTATO FOR 20-30 DAYS. THE CATCH IS YOU WILL NEED TO CHANGE YOUR DIET AFTER THE FAST...FOREVER. BUT, YOU'LL WANT TO!! http://www.fasting.ws

Posted by Steve on Mar 21 2012 09:26:22
Get off the PPI's!! The rabeprazole, omeprazole, anything like ranitidine (zantac), tums, pepto, all this stuff will ruin your health even though you find temporary relief from symptoms of GERD. Stomach acid is vital and filled with enzymes, you need it to get the benefit out of your food and to allow your body to withdraw nutrients. You do want the bubbling up to stop so that your esophagus can heal. When you follow simple tips like not eating late at night, limiting the nights you consume alcohol, eating foods not laced with pesticide like choosing organic foods without GMO's and synthetic chemicals, limit consumption of animal fats to once or twice a week, taking a good probiotic every morning so your stomach is filled with good bacteria, take a digestive enzyme (plant based) with most meals, take a high quality fish oil that's highest in DHA (EPA isn't as important, Carlson's Cod Liver Oil is a good one), take 5,000 IU/day of D3, take a good multi-vitamin wihtout artificial sweeteners and colours like the crap Centrum sells, B complex, E complex (all 8 forms), you will conquer your GERD. For more immediate relief of pain until your lifestyle changes kick in I can highly recommend the product "Glutagenics" from Metagenics. It's a little more expensive and you might blink at first at the price, but my goodness me this product is incredible at relieving symptoms. I had way too much bbq over St. Paddy's and totally over indulged in various alcohol - my GERD is flaring up right now and I'm going out at lunch to pick up some more Glutagenics, this is the first time I've needed it in two years because otherwise my lifestyle changes keep it at bay but I have been slacking off on the exercise recently and that's not good.

Posted by lora on Mar 20 2012 23:07:38
Anyone taking prevacid = Omeprazole or any other prescription should look up the side effects because many can be serious. It says that they should not be taken for long periods of time. Just read the warnings inside the package or ask your pharmacist. You can also find a lot of information on the net. I suffer severly because of my asthma. Good luck to all.

Posted by Esther on Mar 18 2012 03:59:30
I realize now that I have had GERD for years and years only I didn't know what was causing all the symptoms so I thought I had Chronic Fatigue. GP's are really bad at diagnosing this and prefer you to 'go away, - I've had to do the research myself & tell him what was wrong with me! I'm now on Omeprazole 40mg a day. Before this I was on a vitamin regime including Vitamim D3 and high dose of B vitamins - this was really improving my life. I would like to know whether the Omeprazole clashes with my B vitamin intake negatively - my GP seems unable to answer this!

Posted by MARKPAUL on Mar 17 2012 06:58:00
JUST PRAY AND BELIEVE IN GOD'S MIRACLE YOUR DISEASE WILL GONE AND YOUR LIFE WILL BACK AGAIN TO NORMAL I ALWAYS PRAY AND I KNOW JESUS WILL HEAL ALL OF YOU JUST BELIEVE IN HIM AND OUR MOTHER MARY

Posted by csk on Mar 10 2012 02:55:31
I am having severe acidity problem for the last two years. Already had both alopathy and homeo medication. Still that problem persist. Suggest for permanent solution.

Posted by Grandpa Mick on Mar 08 2012 14:58:13
Especially for AK's 7 y.o. daughter (Posted by AK on Jan 11 2012 01:10:21), but any one else can use it, too. I had acid reflux for years -due to hiatus hernia- with little relief from Rx meds, and only some short-term relief from home remedies such as suggested on this site. Five years ago I read an old newpaper that was used to insulate a roof in an attic of a house we were clearing for removal. No date on it, but o-o-l-l-l-ld! It covered this topic well, and suggested that the best remedy over time -for grown-ups, mind you- was to reduce dairy, if possible, and to ABSOLUTELY eat 1/2 to 1 whole Red Delicious apple after each meal, if one suffers in such manner; or, the same, 1 to 1/2 hour before bedtime if one suffers only overnight -as I did. I tried it that night; it worked immediately for me, and is still working. I have since passed it on to friends who tried it with the same results. My wife and two of our children work in education (wife is a middle school secretary, two kids are elementary school teachers) and they have passed this remedy on to parents who suffered same, or who had children suffering same, or, as you described your daughter's suffering. The only modification we have made, over lessons-learned through time, is for those smaller ones, or those under 10 y.o., to use 1/4 to 1/2 Red Delicious apple,instead; AND, since the apple's acid softens tooth enamel, to follow up with teeth brushing about 10 to 15 minutes (so the enamel has time to re-harden) after finishing the apple, whether during the day or before bedtime. I am not a grower, distributor, or re-seller of Red Delicious apples, nor will I, in any manner, earn or gain financial or property profit from these comments. Best wishes with it. Grandpa Mick

Posted by CP on Mar 01 2012 14:02:10
I have had acid reflux for many years and have been on prevacid all this time. It has helped, but I want to know some natural remedies I can use to stop it completely. I heard papaya pills from a Health Food store work. But anything else you can take each day that will stop the acid in its tracks? Thanks.

Posted by JF on Feb 24 2012 08:51:47
I started taking DGL couple of days ago then read about it...The following is from www.livestrong.com "Regular licorice can cause life-threatening side effects when taken regularly. High blood pressure, electrolyte imbalances and adrenal problems may result from frequent licorice consumption. DGL is less likely to cause severe side effects than the whole variety. Still, the University of Maryland Medical Center recommends using licorice products for no more than 4 to 6 weeks at a time" I guess I should just use it if my throat hurts and then just keep up with apples and cider? I have been like this for 3 years with any meds available that I can think of, it won't go away in 4-6 weeks. On the package it says 16 weeks... Any comments are welcome!

Posted by April on Feb 23 2012 12:22:07
I have had intigestion for at least 10 years. My doctor put me on Aciphex. They were giving me free samples till last month. When I went to purchase them they were 296.00 for 30 pills. I said no-way. I tried privocex. It works until the pills were gone. Now it's back and I am in pain. Constantly. I can't stand the smell of vinager but I'll try. I feel so ill and lifless from this problem that I really just want to lie down. What about the oragano? I will try and let you know. But what I want is permanent Fix. No more pills and no more intigestion. Any more sugjestions I'll be happy to here from you.

Posted by JF on Feb 22 2012 10:20:02
First off I love this web site, thank you! I just got off PPIs, too many side effects! But I don't want to go back even near to what it was three years ago...So I'm just trying everything mentioned here...has anyone try Kombucha? Someone from the health store mentioned it, she said it was one of the best product out there for reflux...pretty big statement ;) Please let me know if anyone knows about this product and thank again!!

Posted by Kris on Feb 22 2012 00:09:03
I have been suffering severely with acid reflux for over 2 years...at times it gets so bad that the nausea has caused me to miss work and a few months ago I was in bed with a bucket beside me for 3 weeks in a row!!! I have been taking Tecta and tried Nexium and I was also taking ranididine(sp?) several times a day. I recently tried a blend of probiotics and digestive enzyemes...(at least 30 billion active cells a day) and after a month I reduced my prescription drugs to half of what I was normally taking and now I have totally gone off all my prescription meds. I also use ACV when I have a little flare up...and I eat lots of yogurt. I am totally amazed at how well the probiotics worked for me.....

Posted by Terry on Feb 17 2012 03:11:59
This Site is Awesome!I have been Struggling for about 13 months with what the doctors Diagnosed as Esophagitis i think it is,where i have inflammation in my Esophagus which was most likely caused by the Hiatal Hernia which gave me bad Acid reflux i had which was really bad last winter.Has been much better the last 5 months or so but every so often i get a bad outbreak. I am still working on the diet part and figuring out which foods affect me,but i do know that honey works very well.Take a teaspoon when symptoms start and it will feel better.There are some other remedies here that i will keep trying like the ACV and the ginger and also the oregano leaves.I do agree that you need to STAY AWAY FROM DAIRY!! I have had terrible outbreaks from consuming Dairy. Not always the same but can be very bad. I drink a lot of Coffee and it does not seem to bother me much as long as i drink it black.Also i drink Gourmet premium Coffee which is freshly ground and that seems to affect me a lot less then the cheap brands which are of lesser quality.Hope this info helps for others as i know it sure helps me to read these posts!

Posted by justice on Feb 15 2012 09:33:05
my acid reflux is very bad . it scary i cannot eat bananas and other acid foods . sometimes i lose my pills and my nurse gives me crackers ...... it doesnt work . any suggestions ???>> what should i eat while in school im onLy 15

Posted by madhav on Feb 08 2012 01:15:33
more examples of GERD cured by ginger roots

Posted by Betty on Feb 07 2012 23:55:30
I have had acid reflux for 3 yrs. and sometimes I thought I was having a heart attack. You name the tests, I did them! Even nexium has no help, the side affects from this drug was supper bad after 2 days on this cr--. I am going to try ACV or even red apples..I take enough drugs without taking ONE more. Thank you for your help.

Posted by Sue on Feb 06 2012 22:05:18
I was diagnosed with acid reflux couple months ago and was on medication for 14 days. After 14 days the doctor told me to stop the medication and see if the symptom would come back and sure it did. I found out about the acv and honey and gave it a try. Not just acid reflux is gone, my health in general is improved. I took it twice a day for a month then reduce to once a day in the morning and in the evening I just take one tea spoon of honey. The best thing that I am very happy about is my sleep. I have not be able to sleep through the night for years, but now, I can sleep very deep and long period of time. One important thing to keep in mind is to be careful of what you eat. Any food that doesn't agree with your stomach,avoid it.

Posted by renee on Feb 03 2012 18:56:14
try cutting up 1/2 thumb sized ginger in little pieces. place in 8 oz cup of water and microwave for 2 min. Let sit and add 1 teaspoon honey. Drink and chew ginger as you drink with water in your mouth. Your heartburn will be relieved. also take digestove enzymes and probiotics. This helps me

Posted by Debby on Feb 01 2012 11:44:07
Does Prilosec (Omeprazole) make anyone else out there extremely sleepy other than me? I feel like just falling asleep within an hour of taking it, which you might think it would be good to take it at night to help me sleep. However, when I take it at night, I cannot fully wake up the next morning for hours. In the afternoon I finally feeling more alive, but then it's almost time to take the Prilosec again. Any other medication on the market that is effective for AR that wouldn't make me feel half dead all the time?

Posted by vince on Jan 26 2012 19:49:14
to those who do the ACV,i understand some of you dont want to take this route do to the enamel deterioration,but one thing you can do is drink it slowly through a bendy straw.place the straw half way in your mouth so the ACV goes directly to the throat,avoiding your teeth,so now you can take care of your indegestion and bad breath w/o worrying about the teeth issue.let me know how it works for ya.

Posted by John on Jan 23 2012 12:01:32
I have been suffering with acid reflux for several years now and been on 40 mg of Nexium with good results. I heard about ACV and tried organic acv with very good results...HOWEVER...I now understand that the acv will eat the enamel from your teeth. I don't want to give up my teeth soooo I'm back on nexium. Any responses to the enamel delima???

Posted by GreatRedDragon on Jan 23 2012 06:04:40
I had AR for over ten years, and my doctor eventually put me on Nexium 40s. After a while he put them down to 20s and said this was the best way of managing it for the rest of my life. I went along with it for about 18 months then by pure coincidence met a vegan girl who convinced me to go vego. During this spiritually taxing process I of gave up dairy, and one day during a busy week I realised I had run out of nexium a few days prior and was starting to stress about getting a repeat script, as previously missing my dose for more than a couple of days resulted in terrible night-time burning. But this time, it didn't seem to be happening. I thought 'it surely can't be that simple?'. So I tested my theory and had a dairy-fest of milk on my cereal, plenty of cheese, full-cream lattes. Sure enough, the burning returned. I gave up dairy there and then, and actually went full vegan, realising of course that I had been lactose intolerant for probably most of my adult life - a condition that is the norm for over 70% of adults. I have not taken nexium or any form of acid medication since, and can now enjoy all those spices my doctor told me to quit! Honestly, give up dairy first (for all the reasons you herat about - seriously, you do not need it) and see if it helps you before investing in a life-long remedy, alternate or otherwise. The cows will thank you and so will your gut!

Posted by Jason on Jan 22 2012 23:43:21
I also want to add that through my research, exercise plays a role in the amount of acid reflux as well. Try pacing the floor, warm sugar water does help (enough to taste the sugar), star anise seeds can be chewed (has the flavor of licorise), ginger pills have helped some people. I make all natural items, so if anyone would like to test some remedies, please let me know. I do not have anything for acid but will start immediately. Please email me at thepowerofearth@yahoo.com. I want to help since I suffer myself.

Posted by Jason D on Jan 22 2012 23:36:11
I am always having problems with acid reflux. I have not found an answer for acid reflux but I did however find a temporary solution. 5 gum "rain", the spearmint will help along with the chewing. It has worked for me but I think I did it a little too much and now it does not work for me anymnore. So if you plan to do this, do not do it all the time or your body will adjust to the spearmint. Someone Help me.

Posted by Lee on Jan 18 2012 17:21:41
I tried apple cider vinegar after reading this site and within two days the problem was infinitely worse. I definitely did not use too much and I took it diluted. It does not work for everyone.

Posted by AK on Jan 11 2012 01:10:21
Hi, Went through all the comments here. My seven yera old daughter is suffering from acid refux. The doctors first told me she had wheezing and when nothing worked, I switched to Homeo, where the doc told me that the problem was not wheezing but acid reflux whih causes all these. I find all the symptoms with the throat and cough that you mentioned here, in her. The poor child is unable to sleep well, play, and do all the things that other kids of her age seem to do and this is affecting her. Please let me know if there is any proven home remedy for kids, for this problem! Can I give the Apple Cider Vinegar to her, Is it okay to buy this from the stores? please help!

Posted by melanie on Dec 29 2011 12:56:39
Hi everyone! Just wanted to share my experience with having acid reflux. I've been having a moderate case and one of the symptoms of which is a horrible bad breath (as embarrassing as that sounds). My dentist always gives me a clean bill of dental health (I go at least twice a year), I brush my teeth at least twice a day, but after only a few minutes the bad breath comes back. It really affected the way I socialized with people. I was afraid to open my mouth when people are close to me. So I've been trying to find ways to deal with it. For the past few weeks, I've been trying to avoid being hungry, and eat something every couple of hours to make sure my stomach acid have something to digest. This has seemed to work very well. Whenever I feel hungry, I eat something light right away. I also try not to drink too much liquid after meals so I'm not too full. My bad breath has been constantly subsiding. And I'm hoping that I will eventually be rid of this horrible smell in my mouth so I will feel confident again in social situations. I'll be giving an update every week or so. I just felt compelled to write this so it may help other acid reflux sufferers as well.

Posted by frank on Dec 28 2011 21:16:06
What ever you do stay away from ppi 's. It seems good at first but you start feeling bad late eat apples after eating and take enzymes. Try herbs like slippery elm and mastic gum.

Posted by revo 3010 on Dec 25 2011 15:29:00
I have been using the ACV remedy for two days and have noticed a great improvement in my stomach acid levels/pain. I was prescribed medication to reduce stomach acid levels about 6 weeks ago and noticed no real changed, I had all the tests, heart test, CT scan and gastrocopy. The pharmaceutical/medical industries are a scam when a simple remedy of ACV can give fairly immediate results and at a fraction of the price but not one doctor or pharmacist knows(or wants to) recommend ACV as a remedy. Thank god for these websites for giving us our long needed relief which we have been searching for from the medical/pharmaceutical industries but they could not provide

Posted by Ben on Dec 20 2011 00:26:01
Hey its only been one day but I've been using ACV and it seems to be working I hope to god this keeps on helping cause I was tried of the burn in my chest.. this is such a great thing to have tried.. thanks to this site I'm feeling much Much better

Posted by gourangabasak on Dec 06 2011 23:03:07
I was suffering a huge acid reflux desease at the same time I was reading the post. I visited lots of doctor, specially ENT specialist(USA & India also) & made a lots of test of my throat, X-ray,barium swallow x-ray, ultrasound, scan etc. But no result. They prescribe me high power antacid for a month or two month for several time. After completion of my medicine,,,,,,,,, the same problem starts again. Really I was frustrated & prying to God for some solution of my problem by which I suffering from last 3 years. The day was 8th august 2011, I read this information & from the same day I start to take Apple Cider Vinegar. after few days I realize that it is working & feeling better,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,better,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,better. Now I am 95% cure from the disease "Acid reflux". I have no words to thanks again to doridro.com for posting such a wonderful information. I will suggest to all those are suffering the same can take a try to keep away the horrible disease by having 2 teaspoon ACV with half cup of water through 2 or 3 times a day, at least 10 to 15 days to get the result & continue up to 2 to 3 month if you totally remove the problem.

Posted by Brian on Dec 02 2011 02:34:55
After suffering terrible indigestion for over 25 years to the extent where my Doctors have tried just about every remedy available and even sent me for an Endoscopy to check my guts and after personally trying all sorts of "remedies", I have the solution which does not include massive diet changes! I am taking a product called 'Fivelac'. It is quite expensive unfortunately but WOW, what a difference. There is also a similar product called 'Threelac'. I am not suggesting where you can buy it because I do not want anyone to think I am promoting it for any personal gain. Just search the internet as prices do vary. When I first started taking it my intestines felt uncomfortable for about 8 days and I was bloated, but now I cannot believe the difference. If you can afford it, I would try it - brilliant.

Posted by Fred on Nov 29 2011 07:04:38
I forgot to mention that I live in Costa Rica. Maybe not everyone has a live plant available, and I have no other experience to offer.

Posted by Fred on Nov 29 2011 06:58:45
My acid reflux is with me when I get up. If it's bad, I can't swallow. If not it's still very painful and bothersome. I casually read the oregano was good for it, so one morning I went outside and got about 5 leaves off an oregano plant here. I just chewed them, not really knowing what to do. they are pretty bitter, but I chewed them and swallowed them. They hardly hit my stomach when the reflux is GONE. I don't mean better. I mean GONE. Do you believe that? Incredible. I now do that several times a week, always with the same result.

Posted by Ebony Hatcher on Nov 25 2011 22:27:09
Its been about a month since I noticed some severe symptoms. One morning I woke up, and my salivary glands were swollen! I also noticed that I had an earache. Everyone told me that I was fine, so I decided to ignore the symptoms. Then I started noticing other things like, dry mouth, rapid tooth decay, even though I was brushing my teeth twice, and day. I feel as if there is a lump in my throat. I have sharp chest and upper back pain, headaches, neck pain, and trouble concentrating. Sleeping at night is impossible. I wake up constantly. I swore one time I was not breathing one night, other times I feel my tough is numb. Sometimes i wake with arm and leg numbness. I am tired all the time, but unable to fall asleep. The lymph nods in my neck seem to be swollen. They've been swollen for a while (but its no big deal to everyone else). I feel that I have a fat face. I've also experience weight loss, loss of appetite. After going to the emergency room with chest pains, I was diagnosed with Hyperthyroidism. I've been to three doctors without treatment. I'm beginning to think they are on the wrong path. I don't have diarrhea, but constipation. I just want to give up! I've been trying to gain weight since I'm 5'10 110llbs, but everything I eat seems to make my symptoms worse! No one will listen. Its been over a month and my salivary glands are still swollen, so are my lymph nods! My eyes started itching also! I don't know what to do!

Posted by Gloria on Nov 23 2011 22:51:44
Apple cider vinegar with mother is the one that really helped me. I suffer for three years with acid reflux and numerous hospital visit in the middle of the night, i was going crazy and depress. I changed my diet to vegetables (boiled or grill) eating chicken (boil or grill)I cook the chicken and after 20 minutes, I rinse the chicken to take all the fat and I add more water and vegetables to finish cooking. The fat triggers acid reflux. I drink apple cider every day, I add two tablespoon to a half of gallon and I u drink it all day.It made me sick at the begining but after two weeks i sarted to feel better and better. I stoped taking the nexium and now I can eat everything. But I try to drink apple cider vinegar with mother at least once a month. after five years of a battle my life is normal,finally!

Posted by Tahir on Nov 19 2011 04:03:17
Hi all, There is ready made formula, which have Mastic Gum as main ingredient. The name is " Jawarish-e-Mastagi", by Hamdard Laboratories both in Pakistan and India, Perhaps Bangladesh also. This is for info for all needing a mastic gum preparation. There is another preparation by Same Hamdard Laboratories, Which contain Licorice as main ingredient, the name of the product is " Qerheen", and its variation for peptic ulcers is "Endemali". These Product are available throughout the world. Here is a link for hamdard. Details about few products are available on site.... Pray for my Father and mother. http://www.hamdard.com.pk/ Regards

Posted by Ryan Flynn on Nov 16 2011 15:40:45
thanks rick and steve, i love apples and thanks for the advice, i have had three problems today, ill try it

Posted by Deedee on Nov 16 2011 12:46:21
I have had acid reflux for years but it has been bad for the past 2 months now. Although I dont feel the pain in my chest, I def. feel the burning in the back of my throat and sometimes in my mouth and lips...its a numbing burning sensation. I dont have issues at night except for the very dry throat. The burning is only during waking hours. I've tried EVERYTHING. The apple cider vinegar, the apples, the baking soda, etc., etc., etc. I've tried nexium. I've had every test done including H-Pylori, barrium to check the esophagus, blood work to test for allergies, hidda scan, endoscopy, colonoscopy, etc., etc., etc. I was diagnosed with GERD and put on Nexium (which did nothing for me but make me lose tons of hair). I've given up coffee (all caffeine for that matter), fried foods, etc. and nothing helps. I'm at my wits end. Its so depressing to not have a normal life. I am married with two little girls and b/c of my heart palpitations, headaches, bad taste in mouth (due to GERD?), I cant enjoy my time with them. I am going to do a fruit/veggie juice flush for 5 days and see if that helps. After that, I cant see what I can possibly do. Can someone PLEASE help me? Please email me step by step instructions to get my body back.

Posted by Rick Rankin on Nov 14 2011 10:56:06
I know you guys are going to think I am absolutely crazy but I have tried every remedy listed here and all work over time but the absolute best I have tried is eating two red delicious apple before going to bed and I had chronic acid reflux, took meds and still had reflux and finally gave up to live a life of misery... The red delicious apples are the ticket...

Posted by Steve Mertson on Nov 09 2011 21:12:10
Great comments. I had heartburn and acid reflux for years and suffered symptoms such as burning, chest pain, and acid regurgitation. I tried proton pump inhibitors, acid blockers and over the counter medications but nothing offered a permanent solution. Eventually I found this site that helped cure my acid reflux for good: http://www.therefluxsolution.com The best advice is to modify your diet and lifestyle, which will treat the root cause of acid reflux. Basically, you try to eat whole foods and stay away from junk foods as much as possible. Eat small meals more often and exercise even a few minutes a day. Best of luck.

Posted by Ryan Flynn on Nov 09 2011 15:37:08
i have had (GERD) since i was a baby and i have tried almost everything there is to try. It makes a constant problem in school, too.

Posted by Ryan Flynn on Nov 09 2011 15:28:05
Sometimes when i wake up in the morning, i wake up and cant breath because of acid that gets trapped in my throat. One morning i almost passed out, it happens randomly and don't know when its going to happen. does anyone have any advice for me?

Posted by mitch26 on Nov 09 2011 11:17:43
i was diagnosed with GERD at 2009.i have to stop so breastfeed my baby just to take alot of medicine, until i discover probiotics that will fassify my reflux, but lately it did not worked. by now,want to try apple cider vinegar. is it really good? or any home remidy or herbal medicine that is available here in the Philippines? Coz i dont want to stop breastfeeding my 2nd baby, cant take medicines for GERD. need help from u guys....

Posted by Elizabeth Rodrigues on Nov 07 2011 11:07:08
I wish I will improve I have a severe problem in my mouth, painful non-bleeding gums and supposedly esophagytis.I loved your site.Thank you so much for sharing.

Posted by Gerd Self Help on Nov 01 2011 01:23:10
Indeed a nice post. I use to suffer with gerd and acid reflux for years and got myself treated. I really love to read the most latest and informative content on this subject over the web. I just came across your blog and found it so good that I have subscribed the same. I do hope you will be posting this sort of stuff for the guys like us and others over the coming days. Thanks

Posted by Tome on Oct 24 2011 12:00:06
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Posted by Jay on Oct 23 2011 21:05:06
To all, Drink two teaspoons of COLD PRESSED - OLIVE OIL (Extra Virgin Pompeian). This will reduce acid reflux completely. Make sure you purchase olive oil that is COLD PRESSED. Extremely important!

Posted by Ceevee on Oct 16 2011 10:05:21
I have been suffering from Acid reflux for more than 9 months. I tried lozenges to clear my sore and painful throat but to no avail. I tried every method to make this better. My voice was just not coming right and it was an effort for me to start talking because each time i wanted to I was worried of the voice coming out right and the attendant pain in my throat. Then I took arrow root powder and put this into 200 ml of water and slowly boiled it till it became thick like a porridge. I had this every night just half an hour before my dinner. Of course I cut down on my smoking and even stopped drinking for many days so that I could help my condition. Believe me I have never slept so well in years like I did after starting this medicine. It is important to try and avoid oily, fried stuff etc when you suffer from reflux. Make your night meal as simple as possible. In fact any alkaline food is advised for dinner and better to eat a bit less. You can have arrowroot even as a powder just take a tea spoon of in your mouth and chew slowly take care that you do not choke on it as it solidifies in the absence of sufficient saliva. In India we get pure arrow root which is made at home and is definitely better than commercially sold arrowroot. The commercially sold arrowroot is not a patch on the freshly ground one. Good luck to all of you suffering from GERD. LOLEECEG

Posted by Motorouth on Oct 14 2011 20:31:10
Kiki i have the same exact symptoms chest pain, arm pain even arm numbness. EKG, chest xray, ct scan, bloodwork, etc. Everything was normal. I found out my pain in the chest and arm was attributed to a pinched nerve in my neck. Also foud out that the feeling of somthing in my throat may be due to a muscle spasm of the pharynx or larynx or one of these. It may not be LPR

Posted by Kate on Oct 07 2011 10:04:09
Aloe Vera juice includes an abundance of enzymes that can aid in digestion and can help to detoxify the system. Aloe lowers the acidity of the gastric juices found in the stomach and is a powerful anti-inflammatory, offering immediate relief for acid reflux sufferers. I found great info about how to use aloe for AR, etc. on this site:
http://www.aloeplant.info Hope it helps!

Posted by Pizza lover on Oct 05 2011 03:32:01
I ate some fried garlic rings with pizza, then in a matter of minutes, i start to feel acid in my throat. Then i just try not to cough and just let the acid flow out of my mouth and now i'm feeling much better

Posted by Jim on Sep 30 2011 13:21:45
Hey Francis, go get tested for H Pylori.

Posted by Ouch, my throat! on Sep 30 2011 01:07:41
Just a week ago I experienced a terrible burning sensation that made me dry heave. It took a while for the sensation to go away. Now it's 2:05 A.M. and I woke up oit of my sleep with it. I am on vacation and don't have much, but i tried 1T of dried and ground ginger powder mixed with water. It sooths and most importantly, takes my focus off of the horrible taste.

Posted by hezekiah on Sep 28 2011 20:38:30
i use to have throat problems.i feel pains along my throat.i feel like my throat is twisting.i feel a tongue like structure along my throat.

Posted by Kiki on Sep 26 2011 12:54:19
I am 30 years old women, never drink alcohol, never smook, and never done any drug. I am experiancing sever chest pain since april,2011. I went to different hospitals and have seen many doctors about my chest. I have done EKG, x-ray, blood work, and cat scan all came out to be normal, but i still have the pain. Now the pain sprad to my right arm and my uper back, i was so scared that it could be a heart releted problem and all the doctors i have seen the past six months told me that no need to worry about my heart my heart is perfectly fine. Now i have an appointment to see GI specialist whether the pain is related to acid reflux or not. If anybody has an ideal PLEAS HELP !!!

Posted by francis on Sep 20 2011 13:38:00
hi .. is anybody there who can help me.. because almost 4years ago when i started to suffer from having a bad breath.... and when i searched through a site,,,, it maybe caused by acid reflux... is anybody there who is related and have a cure for this kind of grossy problem... hope there are people there who can share tips.... to overcome this kind of situation... please help me.... i came from philippines....

Posted by Thor on Sep 18 2011 08:31:38
Acid/heart burns regulary, but been getting worse for the past 3 days. Today I just could not take it any longer. Could not sit and watch TV the pain was such. Ginger root bite, it burned in my mouth, but after a glas of water I was cured. INSTANT RELIEFE Now there has gone about 3 minutes and I feel like I never had the burn in the first place, brilliant :D

Posted by kendra on Sep 12 2011 23:14:12
i have acid reflux... tried the apple cider vinegar b4 i read this and at first it seemed to get worse ( maybe because i drunk it straight)but anyway it work in like two min once i drunk a bottle of water SN: apple cider should be in every household bc its good for a lot of things including diabetes and blood pressure and also nausea.

Posted by Anand on Sep 08 2011 06:16:37
Hi, I live in chennai,Tamilnadu,India.Will anyone tell me where would I get pine oil or pine capsules in retail ( for medical therapy)in and around chennai, tamilnadu india. Thanks Anand

Posted by Gerd survivor on Sep 07 2011 12:22:56
Hey, Did anyone try any of the natural remedies listed on this page, ie., Apple Cider, Ginger...etc...Did any of this work? Thx

Posted by mattie fields on Sep 06 2011 12:30:43
iam having a problem with acids reflexs at night i dont eat after 8pm and i still get sick please help me tell me what i can take to stop this feeling

Posted by Ruth on Sep 01 2011 00:16:42
I suffered from acid reflux daily and it was awful. I thought it was due to stress. Switched to drinking Almond milk and noticed it went away. Tried a glass of whole milk and within a half an hour it was back. Lactose intolerance manifested itself in this manner and no others. Can drink Lactose free milk with no issues now. Rarely suffer from heartburn unless I eat spicey food. Drank milk for nearly 50 years with no issues. Strange what the body can develop allergies to at any time in life.

Posted by PK on Aug 23 2011 14:13:55
Drink lots and lots of water when you feel that your stomach is acidified.

Posted by Rebecca on Aug 19 2011 08:50:36
to Laura June 15, 2010 posting about Activia... first of all, activia has added fiber which is why you are having less reflux probably, but it is not really healthy for you. Why not make your own yogurt or kefir? Super cheap, and tasty, and doesn't have all the added chemicals in it. I heard kefir is a great for acid reflux. I just started drinking homemade kefir yesterday. I have been making homemade yogurt now for almost a month, and the difference is amazing. With kefir the difference should be even more extraordinary. Kefir is a thick drink made from kefir grains and milk. I use organic raw milk because that is the healthiest. Others use goat milk, also healthy, and some use almond or soy milk. I would never use soy milk, but you can. Then you can make a shake. I put a little natural sweetener in (stevia or honey) and some fruit (banana) and a tad of vanilla extract. This morning I also put in protein powder. My husband thinks it tastes great. I think it is just so-so. But it really helps to fix everything going wrong in your GI tract. Do a search on it.

Posted by Bryon on Aug 15 2011 01:15:53
I have been a big coffee drinker for years. I still love coffee, but only have it a few times a week now. My GERD is always much worse after drinking coffee. If I don't drink it for several days my suffering is much less.

Posted by Lisa C on Aug 14 2011 03:43:33
I was mal nutrition and bad cough, resulting in years of reflux. Although I ate a healthy diet and don't smoke and drink only little red wine, raw veg's not good either.(very high stress). Only things that work are Kefir, milk, NO wheat, NOOO sugar, lots water, 2 Vit B a day, vit D( liquid from Longevity)lots meat and veg, lots sleep, and now also trying oil of oregano. Hope this helps someone.

Posted by angie on Aug 02 2011 09:00:27
I have coughed for years I was on prednizolone several times and inhalers .. they made me gain weight and they weakend my immune system. I found a product from natures sunshine called breathe activater it helps me with the coughing soothes the throat. I still cough some but not so much.

Posted by Laura on Jul 28 2011 21:06:39
Heart burn & acid reflux is MUCH worse when you eat food high in fat. I had a quick lunch of some frozen chimichangas today before leaving for an appointment & I paid for it the rest of the day. The solution is to drink lots of water and eat plain almonds. I have tried antacids before from the dollar store which work fine but I really like natural alternatives better.

Posted by Nicola on Jul 24 2011 18:45:21
Hi , can any one help, i had and acid reflux problem from birth up to the day i started my period , doctors felt that the muscle must have strenthend at this point, i didnt get heart burn but would vomit when i went to sleep and this happened every night till i was 13. Im now 24 and it seems to have come back, i have noticed when i eat late or a large meal near bedtime that this is when it happens ,but still no heart burn . Has anyone ever had it as a child then it has come back later in life , dont get me wrong being sick doesnt bother me anymore as im very use to it but the enamal has worn off my back teeth and im havin lack of sleep , has anyone had it like this before ?

Posted by roberta on Jul 15 2011 14:38:02
Any one out there have a horrible cough and breathing problems. I did for six months and suffered bad. My ent told me no caffeine, spicy foods, chocolate , smoking. Double up on my nexxium one in the morning and one half hour before going to bed one the fourth day i no longer coughed, spit up mucos and my breathing was good, no more inhalers. Who would have thought acid reflux. He saved my life twice.

Posted by dc on Jul 09 2011 18:21:51
Hey Rosee I too suffer from acid reflux with the same symptoms you have described. My GI Dr sent me to a cardiologist for a complete battery of test to rule out any serious underlying illness due to the palpitations and chest pain that I continue to have. I know how scary it is when you feel your heart tumbling around in your chest and throat and you can't catch your breath!! Verdict..... esophageal spasms! Has this solved my reflux...no, but thankfully it's not a heart thing. Get it checked out to give you some peace of mind

Posted by Angie on Jul 09 2011 17:21:04
Can anyone help me?.... Please!!!! Have severe GERD. I believe it may be linked to intestinal candida. However, I can't take natural or prescription antifungals because of how bad the GERD is. It is a vicious cycle.

Posted by Mister Omega on Jul 09 2011 11:53:05
http://vitabing.com/

Posted by Kate on Jun 28 2011 09:34:55
Aloe works great! Aloe vera juice includes an abundance of enzymes that can aid in digestion and can help to detoxify the system. Aloe lowers the acidity of the gastric juices found in the stomach and is a powerful anti-inflammatory, offering immediate relief for acid reflux sufferers. I found great info about how to use aloe for AR, etc. on this site: http://www.aloeplant.info Hope it helps!

Posted by Anonymous on Jun 19 2011 17:42:10
Did anyone hear about the recent lawsuit against Nexium about bone deterioration? scary stuff about women who were just walking and broke their legs. And if its Nexium, then its most likely the other PPI's too!

Posted by Lisa on Jun 18 2011 07:06:44
I’ve tried all sorts of coughing syrups, believe me, but none of them helps. Even though Nin Jiom Pei Pa Koa http://www.geocities.jp/ninjiom_hong_kong/index_e.htm does not eliminates the cough I like to stick to this chinese syrup I’ve been taking since I was a kid: Nin Jiom Pei Pa Koa. My grandfather is chinese, so I guess my mom got the advice from him. I was really surprised when I found that chinese market selling it here in Belgium. It does have a refreshing, soothing, sweetening effect…as long as it lasts…then back to coughing mode.

Posted by Lisa on Jun 18 2011 07:05:44
I’ve tried all sorts of coughing syrups, believe me, but none of them helps. Even though Nin Jiom Pei Pa Koa http://www.geocities.jp/ninjiom_hong_kong/index_e.htm does not eliminates the cough I like to stick to this chinese syrup I’ve been taking since I was a kid: Nin Jiom Pei Pa Koa. My grandfather is chinese, so I guess my mom got the advice from him. I was really surprised when I found that chinese market selling it here in Belgium. It does have a refreshing, soothing, sweetening effect…as long as it lasts…then back to coughing mode.

Posted by Drano on Jun 17 2011 03:09:44
These foods are alkaline forming after eaten even though they may be acidic to start with....Lemon, apple cider vinegar, watermelon, Cantaloupe, cayenne, celery, dates, figs, kelp, limes, mango, melons, papaya, parsley, seaweeds, seedless grapes (sweet), watercress, Asparagus, unsweetened fruit juices, grapes (sweet), kiwifruit, passionfruit, pears (sweet), pineapple, raisins, umeboshi plums, and vegetable juices.........These foods are acid forming after eating as you may notice symptoms get worse when they are eaten......Artificial sweeteners, beef, beer, breads, brown sugar, carbonated soft drinks, cereals (refined), chocolate, cigarettes and tobacco, coffee, cream of wheat (unrefined), custard (with white sugar), deer, drugs, fish, flour (white, wheat), fruit juices with sugar, jams, jellies, lamb, Liquor, maple syrup (processed), molasses (sulphured), pasta (white), pastries and cakes from white flour, pickles (commercial), pork, poultry, seafood, sugar (white), table salt (refined and iodized), tea (black), white bread, white vinegar (processed), whole wheat foods, wine, and yogurt (sweetened).

Posted by Drano on Jun 17 2011 02:29:03
The amino acid L-Glutimine is good for digestion and supposedly if you take 1500 milligrams a day for 2 weeks it will help most ulcer and reflux problems. It is cheap and available so worth a try. Other than that, apple or papaya enzyme tablets help to settle the stomach. Avoid baking soda - sodium bicarbonate - as it can cause a rebound in stomach acid and contains too much sodium. If you use apple cider vinegar rinse the mouth afterwards to avoid problems with etching of the tooth enamel and irritation of the throat which may already be raw or ulcerated from stomach acid. Always see a doctor for a diagnosis as this can be signs of more serious problems - if you don't like the meds then you can try the naturals but first find out exactly what the problem is and whether it is life threatening.

Posted by steve on Jun 15 2011 13:34:34
i have had reflux now for about eight months i dont get heart burn apart from when it first started i just get a bitterness in my mouth and a felling like there is something stuck in my throat. I have noticed that sitting forward drinking tea and eating large meals makes it alot worse, i have also stopped eating dairy which help strangley enough. Subbu i would sugest going to your dr and try not to get too stressed because that makers it worse also try sleeping with ur head higher than normal that might help

Posted by Subbu on Jun 15 2011 07:59:02
From few days I am feeling like... somthing is coming from my stomach after eating. It is liquid kind of thing with the flavours what I eaten. I am feeling irritate and not able to concentrate on my works. Bad thing is it is getting worst when I am going to bed. Even I am feeling hungry but couldn't reaaly eating much. Can anyone suggests what I need to do.... what is the permanent solution.. .. I am feeling bad that there are so many in the world having the same problem... I believe that there is solution for everything in the world...

Posted by Amanda on May 17 2011 21:58:30
For all those people suffering from heartburn, have you heard of proper "food combining"? There is a book you can buy online called "great taste no pain" by Sherry Brescia, and it is a amazing book which should be read by everyone suffering digestive problems. It outlines how you should properly combine your foods so they digest easier. It works fantastic! I think there is a four day eating plan you can download free on her website. It isnt a "diet" its a healthy eating lifestyle and you can still enjoy the foods you love, you just need to combine them correctly. I highly suggest this book!

Posted by jaylu on May 15 2011 15:39:22
i found out appox.1yr.ago that i had a serious vit.b12 def.(i cannot absorb it, either)& have been getting monthly(sometimes weekly, as any extra you may have just"runs out"& is not detrimental;& it gives me energy like i never had before in my life). i now get it from the pharmacy by way of prescription from my dr.(u can also order it on-line). it also helped me w/depression. getting b-12 has tremendously changed my life for the better!

Posted by Brandy on May 14 2011 23:18:04
Ok well i've been sick for the past 6 weeks and at first i didnt have any type of acid reflux symptoms and then suddenly i started getting them really bad to wear i couldnt hardly swallow cause it hurt so bad so my GI dr did a endoscopy and didnt really find anything all he did was streatch my esophagus so i could swallow better he didnt say i had acid reflux or anything just that the lining of my stomach was inflamed but he said there was nothing to worry about so a couple of weeks ago my family dr did blood work on me and found out that i have a vitamin b12 deffenicey and that the stomach problems and pain in my throat and chest is from the deffenicey. I really hope thiis is true cause it is really causing alot of pain and im hopeing once i start getting the shots on a regular basis that it will all go away i never thought a vitamin b12 deff could make u so sick but i guess if your stomach aint asborbing any of the b12 that u take in from food then it can make u sick ive never had it this bad before i got sick.I would not wish this vitamin deff on anybody i have to take shots for the rest of my life. What do yall think? Has anybody ever had this problem before? Thanks.

Posted by Jessica on Apr 28 2011 22:37:00
HAS ANYONE MENTIONED THE BOOK "NO MORE HEARTBURN" BY SHERRY ROGERS? It's a must read for anyone with digestive problems. Also the book "Gut and Psychology Syndrome" as mentioned before. Both of these books will change your life.

Posted by D on Apr 27 2011 08:47:21
fennel seeds/ papaya and BANANA reallly helps me.Thank you for all the advice guys...

Posted by Dee on Apr 20 2011 13:12:13
My heart goes out to all of you. I have had acid reflux for years. At times very bad sickness erosive esophagus, ulcer, chronic inflamation. I have been on several proton pump inhibitors and now take 2 protonix a day. I had esophageal cancer surgery 21/2 years ago, and was lucky it was caught very early. A very hard surgery they removed my esophagus and pulled my stomach up to make a new one...but I'm still here... I recently had a endoscopic exam due to feeling bad (again) and have an ulcer in the gastor intestional tract, and chronic inflamation. THis is a terrible sickness. I am now taking restora proviotic, and folic acid in hope it will help with the cancer and digestion. My gastrointologist agreed with this. Will have to have another endoscopic exam to check on ulcer because they can come from cancer, although other ares tested the first time, the biopsy came back ok...It is a worry what this reflux can do to you.There is a surgery now where they can help with the reflux talk to your Dr. about it, that is to late for me. As my Dr. said this is a very bad disease and some people have it much worse then others, like me. Good luck to all of you.

Posted by Anand Kumar Goyal on Apr 15 2011 05:46:50
I have been suffering from acid reflux since the past 3 years. Lots of mucus in the mouth. I think an apple a day has solved my problem to a great extent. Apple works really like a wonder. Anybody having this problem should definitely try the apple. I thank this web site for providing this valuable information.

Posted by Teresa on Apr 13 2011 02:09:05
Pei pa koa is pretty decent cough medicine (from herbal as I remembered), great non alcoholic medicine, some western cough medicine are more effective, but this is non drowsy. You can access info online @ en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nin_Jiom_Pei_Pa_Koa http://ninjiom.50webs.com/

Posted by Bruno Brown on Apr 10 2011 09:00:57
for a quick fix for heartburn try a teaspoon of bi-carb or baking soda in half a glass of water (it's instant) then no food for three hours.

Posted by Bruno Brown on Apr 10 2011 08:57:03
10 cups of coffee and tea each day with two spoons of sugar in each. Thats 5000 tespoons each year over ten years 50,000 I cut out sugar in my tea and coffee. Now no problem with reflux.

Posted by Mel on Apr 06 2011 17:36:29
Hi all, when I wake up with acid stomach I drink grated ginger in hot water with a small teaspoon of honey. I find the trick is to drink slowly and wait for atleast 20 mins before you eat. If you are in a really bad way, cook up some brown rice and mix it with grated carrot, grated apple and stir in a teaspoon of tahini, a small squirt of lemon juice and a small teaspoon of honey....this is a big relief to the stomach. AIM Herbal fibreblend is also excellent for cleaning out the bowel..its non habit forming and really gets in and gives the bowels the cleaning and relief it needs. I have chronic irritable bowel w leaky gut and these things really help. Another good solution for me is home made chicken soup...the simpler the better. Cook some onions in olive oil, add some chicken pieces, throw in any herbs you like, I use curry leaves and kaffir lime leaves, add some natural stock cubes (Massel my fav) (2-3), then some carrotts, potatoes, natural salt (Herbamare) and ground pepper...go easy on pepper. Top up with water and cook for 20-30 mins or until the chicken is falling off the bone. Serve w a small bowl of brown rice, I usually squirt a bit of lime juice on the top with a tiny dash of sesame oil. If you like garlic out this in after you add the chicken. You can add whatever vegies you like to the soup. The key is to have SMALL meals and omit preservatives from your diet. I do this for a few days then Im back to feeling good again. Also dont eat late at night. Good luck. I hope you like the soup and get well again soon:-)

Posted by fiona x x x on Apr 03 2011 16:07:43
i have suffered with acid reflux 3 yrs this may , chest pains shortness of breath, pressure i was so sure i had heart trouble but i have acid reflux, 6 weeks ago i got a scope done had shown up acid reflux my symptoms are getting worse, alot of abdominal have taken my meds an gaviscon and has done nothing for the pain what should i do ?????

Posted by sarah on Apr 01 2011 20:04:37
I have been suffering from acid reflux. I have been reading all your comments and looking in my kitchen but the only thing i could find is corrots and being 2.30am don't really fancy going to 24hr tesco to buy apple cider vineger and extra virgin olive oil and apples!. While reading more of your comments and chomping on a carrot the pain is starting to ease. Maybe one more corrot and I might be able to sit on the sofa and not roam around the house!. Thankyou whoever suggested corrots and I will be stocking up on the other bits tomorrow!!!

Posted by Carrie on Mar 27 2011 09:54:00
...in addition Theives oil, used with a base oil like Almond oil, takes away a sore throat from acid reflux or if you have a cold. It works I use it along with my other family members.

Posted by Carrie on Mar 27 2011 09:51:24
I have acid reflux and was on Zegrid but had a bad reaction to it. My GI doctor took me off -- now on Pepcid Complete twice a day...but I also use 2oz of Aloe Vera juice 1oz am and 1oz pm and maybe a little more in the afternoon if needed, however drinking too much can cause diarrhea and very vivid dreams(just cut back and the vivid dreams went away). In addition, I use some Young Living Essential Oils topically on my stomach to aid in digestion. In the morning I use Di-Gize and Frankincense with a base oil like almond oil. This has seemed to help and I am trying to get myself off from the Pepcid Complete. The Aloe Vera juice could take anywhere from 3weeks to 90 days to repair your system, at least this is what I have read. This is my treatment plan for now. The oils do help especially at night. But with oils the most important is to use them about 2-3 times a day. I hope this helps someone else because I truly understand your pain.

Posted by sandy on Mar 24 2011 01:18:50
the cause you shared is nice.Anise and lavender tea is very good remedy for heartburn.

Posted by kiavash on Mar 23 2011 21:16:19
Just like my grandma always tells me

Posted by khomotso on Mar 22 2011 07:31:27
hi, one day on my way to an interview i felt very light i felt like i was switching off. and my throat was very soar for weeks but i took antiacids but didnt help.i consulted my doctor because it felt terrible my whole mouth is burning my doctor does not know what is wrong with me. please help

Posted by genie on Mar 17 2011 15:25:46
I have stopped taking the PPI for 11 days. After a week I had what I think is acid rebound. Yesterday evening was bad, then I remembered that I had some charcoal tablets that I had bought a few months ago. I took for of these as suggested and within half an hour the indigestion pain was gone and stayed away the whole night. this eveing after eating it came back and I have taking 2 more tablets and it has worked again. Will keep you posted.

Posted by Holly Bond on Mar 17 2011 14:20:16
My husband has suffered from GERD, so he took Nexium. GERD was a lot better. But his heart started an erratic beating, and the doctor put him on a Beta-Blocker. He recently went to a Naturopath doctor and she took him off BOTH drugs and he is taking a Magnesium supplement. His heart condition was getting so bad that he was going in for HEART SURGERY. His heart does not beat erratically and his GERD is under control. Remember everyone - these drugs are seriously dangerous and everything should be done for prevention and health and natural remedies first. If anyone has heart problems since taking Nexium, an irregular heart beat, read the side effects and talk to your doctor. Better yet, go see a Naturopath doctor.

Posted by Carole on Mar 17 2011 13:38:08
The feeling of having a large pill stuck in my throat has been with me for about a year and a half. Finally went to my nurse pract. and had an unltasound on my thyroid...all clear. Next a barium swollow (bizarre test)...all clear. Next step was the gastroscopy. That too was clear but the surgeon scripted a generic of prilosec. I take no meds now nor do I wish to start at the age of 52. I have heard about manuca honey and also ACV. I have had no other symptoms up to now but they do seem to be building, with burping and a heavy chest. Any advise anyone...Thanks.

Posted by Tracy on Mar 17 2011 12:25:08
HELP PLEASE! I have had GERD for about 6 months now, getting worse! I don't want to take Prilosec, I want a natural remedy as i hate taking medication. QUESTION.. does anyone seem to get yellow stools now and then when they have a bad attack? I had awful acid fill my mouth up the other night where i spit it all out, then my stomach hurt and had yellow stool the next day (it has gotten back to normal color). I just need a remedy, this is inhibiting my life!!! :(

Posted by Barbara Lovejoy on Mar 13 2011 10:58:03
Check out this web site, it's a must for guidelines on natural nutritional healing for any gut-related problem! i.e. acid reflux, gastritis, inflammation, leaky gut syndrome, etc. www.gapsdiet.com. There are detailed lists of what foods to eat and avoid (if you have allergies, you may have to eliminate some of them, and because I also have Candida, I'm not eating any fruit yet). Also detailed questions & answers about how the gut works, how problems develop, etc. It helped me understand why medications might be a vicious cycle that make the problems worse, etc. You can buy her book there which I highly recommend for anyone seriously ready to get well: 'Gut and Psychology Syndrome' by Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride, MD. She's an expert in the field. Don't be misled by the subtitle; it's for any of us 'normal' folks with any kind of gut-related issue, and it's helping me and many people I know. Ultimately to heal your gut, you have to know what to put into it, and what not. Wishing everyone here vital health and well being!

Posted by tiffany on Mar 08 2011 10:07:53
I just discovered this discussion and am shocked to see so many other young people suffering from such intense bouts of acid reflux. mine started when i was about 20 and i treated it passively with Nexium until i moved to germany, lost my health insurance and had to find a more affordable option. I know that everyones case is different but i cant help but notice that not much is being said about prevention, just treatment and which pills and teas and herbs will fix things easily and permanently. Ive been vegan now for about 4 years and it was the single most effective treatment for my reflux ive ever had, and ive tried just as many quick fixes, dangerous drugs, and alternative healing options as most of you have. Many edible animal products like dairy and meat are acidic in nature, and theyre hard to digest. make things easier on your digestive system and you will produce less acid. Lots of vegetables and grains are alkaline. make your body more alkaline and it will produce less acid. I highly recommend considering a serious dietary change, it changed my life for the better and basically got rid of my acid reflux (although it does come back when i consume unfriendly things like coffee, alcohol, tomatoes, etc.) I highly recommend buying a book about macrobiotics or doing some googling. the principles of healthly living through whole foods is timeless and very effective for an acid reflux diet. plus they recommend apple cider vinegar for everything, including acid reflux. i take shots of it daily, and i use it as a natural conditioner!

Posted by tiffany on Mar 08 2011 10:05:55
I just discovered this discussion and am shocked to see so many other young people suffering from such intense bouts of acid reflux. mine started when i was about 20 and i treated it passively with Nexium until i moved to germany, lost my health insurance and had to find a more affordable option. I know that everyones case is different but i cant help but notice that not much is being said about prevention, just treatment and which pills and teas and herbs will fix things easily and permanently. Ive been vegan now for about 4 years and it was the single most effective treatment for my reflux ive ever had, and ive tried just as many quick fixes, dangerous drugs, and alternative healing options as most of you have. Many edible animal products like dairy and meat are acidic in nature, and theyre hard to digest. make things easier on your digestive system and you will produce less acid. Lots of vegetables and grains are alkaline. make your body more alkaline and it will produce less acid. I highly recommend considering a serious dietary change, it changed my life for the better and basically got rid of my acid reflux (although it does come back when i consume unfriendly things like coffee, alcohol, tomatoes, etc.) I highly recommend buying a book about macrobiotics or doing some googling. the principles of healthly living through whole foods is timeless and very effective for an acid reflux diet. plus they recommend apple cider vinegar for everything, including acid reflux. i take shots of it daily, and i use it as a natural conditioner!

Posted by Asiancutie on Mar 03 2011 22:22:17
yeah we know dat ppi caused many other effect but dat the only way for me to cure my oesophagitis and prevent from gerd,so i still depend on it and nexium are the best med for me so far cuz it can decrease the severe symtoms in time,mite be within few weeks.once heartburn severe there is no other way to make it down,v to be patience and continue ppi till the symptoms erase but remember to take prevention of it.oh maybe in order to cope with magnesium and calcium deficiency,try to take their supplements if cud afford it.conclusion my gerd symtoms decrease after consume ppi and i know it hard to stop and once i miss the dose for several weeks it will come back attack.so look at early symtoms.sumtime medicine helps the patient survive and remedies is just alternative or prevention so u all gona decide and me keep trying both methods.ok report of consuming sea cucumber and i though it helps me bit beside ppi,other r apple juice and sure i take gaviscon after eating.

Posted by Anonymous on Mar 03 2011 15:38:18
Just in the news the other day!: "long-term PPI use can cause low levels of magnesium". This is in addition to low vitamin B levels, low calcium, etc. Really need to find an alternative for myself because this is getting scary.

Posted by Asiancutie on Mar 02 2011 02:55:32
oh awful day my hb symptoms severe even i took nexium ths morning and lunch time and does the sea cucumber caused it worst oh maybe.wot else to try???then.juz depend on my nexium since 2009.herbs and green tea makes my heartburn comes back holla!!.dat tea successed reduce my weight but it brought me heaartburn so peoples wich best for me???? am hopeless feels like the end of the world.

Posted by Donna on Mar 01 2011 20:22:02
I've had acid reflux for over 35 years and also have lupus,sjogrens, raynaud,s and fibromyalgia. I have been searching for years for a more natural way of dealing with acid reflux. I have been on Nexium for many years. I take it every other day, but I would like to get off of it completely as I think it causes many side effects. It makes my nails way dry, with ridges, splits and peeling. They just disintegrate. It also affects digestion and can cause gallbladder problems. GERD problems caused me to ignore symptoms of heart disease and I nearly had a heart attack last August. I have found a product called Stomach Comfort from Natures Sunshine that really works for me when I get that awful pain during the night. I keep a jar by my bed and chew two pills and within a few minutes the pain is gone. I also carry the tablets in my purse so I have them with me wherever I go. Hope these will help you too. GERD is an awful thing to deal with.

Posted by Asiancutie on Mar 01 2011 04:51:00
hey guys! ok today i buy jelly sea cucumber(jeli gamat)that i used to believe in heal any ulcer inside the bodies.and we cud find aloe vera with sea cucumber extract.ere wana share for u bout "GAMAT"sea cucumber.Gud try YAY.... In Malaysia, sea cucumbers are called gamat, ibu gamat, bat or balat. The name gamat applies to the Stichopus species of sea cucumber, which is known to contain bio-active substances that destroy micro-organisms, especially fungi. Among the Chinese, it is known as hai shen or "ginseng of the sea"? Sea cucumbers are eaten as delicacies and are an excellent source of protein. It is prepared in soups and used in medicinal preparations. It is traditionally used by the Chinese to treat high blood pressure, asthma, internal bleeding, muscle weakness, and to enhance vitality and sexual function. In promoting healing after surgery, its effectiveness is considered to be even better than haruan fish (Channa striata). Coastal inhabitants in Sabah (East Malaysia) bathe in water soaked with sea cucumbers, and eat them to treat epilepsy, to heal wounds, relieve constipation, and remove dead cells from the skin. It is also rubbed on the skin infected by ringworms. Protein makes up about 44% of the dry weight of a sea cucumber, carbohydrates between 1 and 5%, and fats generally about 1%. Sea cucumbers also possess Saponin. Collagen from the body wall of sea cucumber is rich in protein and certain essential amino acids. Purified sea cucumber extract (air gamat) comes from the internal part of the body, and sea cucumber oil (minyak gamat) is processed from the tissues. They are used as remedies for wounds, lung ailments, parasitic skin infections, backaches, joint/rheumatic pains, heartburn/gastritis, allergies, stomach and mouth ulcers, and for promoting womb healing after delivery. Sea cucumbers are also rich in minerals that vary among species. They contain antioxidants including vitamin E, essential fatty acids including eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and decosahexaenoic acid (DHA). Vitamin E is an antioxidant, essential for fertility, which slows down the degeneration process of cells and hence delays aging. EPA is crucial for healing wounds and restoring cells. By reducing blood clots in the large and small blood vessels, EPA is anti-thrombotic and lowers the risk of stroke. Gamat is much more than a delicacy - it is a safe and nutritious form of food, and also has a wide range of medicinal properties.

Posted by Anonymous on Feb 28 2011 18:24:53
I'm about to try Manuka Honey. I really hope this works! Really worried about the long-term effects of PPI's.

Posted by Asiancutie on Feb 28 2011 06:06:44
well i taking 40mg nexium morning and nite 40mg and it bit relieve and wenever i eat i take apples and drink oxygenated water.hope it gone but it will come back and haunt my life.thing i v to avoid is drink green tea and herbs tea.damn these acid and i dont want it inflamme my oesophagus wall.i still tink another cure like consume sea cucumber or pure 100%honey.

Posted by Genie on Feb 27 2011 13:36:14
I have just come across this site and I have to admit, in a selfish way, what a relief it is to find others suffering in a similar fashion to myself, sometimes I feel like I'm the only one. I'm afflicted mostly at night time, I have propped up my bed and when it's at its worst I am almost upright. I start to drift off and am almost immediately awakened by a slight 'flapping' sensation just under my ribcage, this happens several times a night and keeps me awake till about 3 or 4 o'clock in the morning. I'm so tired sometimes I could cry, but enough about my history. My doctor has put me on PPI's and quite happily informed me that some people remain on them for 20 years or more. My heart dropped but I went along with it because I'm sure I don't need to tell you how desperate it makes you feel. Still, they don't seem to be doing that much, apart from suppressing the damn acid. So I have been scouring the web in search of something.....anything.....I don't know what, just a way out of this hole I'm in. I am going to try the apples, fennel seeds and maybe the ginger root capsules if I can find them. I have also seen that caffeine plays merry hell so I will knock my chai latte on the head for a while. Looking forward to reporting back to you that I am completely cured........

Posted by Asiancutie on Feb 27 2011 00:56:29
well i had my fuji apples and tofee of liquorice but not completely relieve my heartburn and i still depend on nexium.for me those remedies for prevention not cure though.i juz hate the burning sensation and cud feel the stomach feels hot.

Posted by molly on Feb 26 2011 15:10:14
If your liver is congested or you have alot of gallstones, you'll probably have bad indigestion and heartburn. Try doing a lemon juice and olive oil cleanse every few months and it may help. Another thing, I wouldn't use any old vinegar - use organic apple cider vinegar. Everyone I talked to with this problem said bananas were the worst thing ever!!

Posted by Asiancutie on Feb 26 2011 07:06:14
having heartburn with symtoms of severe hot sensation on my chest and it making me down and stressful and i can stand other symtom but not these freaking hot on my chest and it affecting my life and bother my work at office.i know am not alone suffering these since 2009 and wish yall gives me advice to cure my gerd and stop my depend on medicine like famotidine and nexium.I was diagnosed gerd in 2009 and complication of oesophagitis and it cured by nexium and then i stopped and now it coming back and m worrying over my emotion level.am hapy go lucky woman but gerd makes me down.please help me out.....

Posted by Scott Ellis on Feb 25 2011 15:20:46
Thanks everyone for their advice. Reflux was ruining my life. It was like a volcano erupting. I could taste and smell it coming up. I got some apple cider vinegar, and ginger root, and it's working great. You people saved my life, thank you.

Posted by Jan on Feb 21 2011 21:01:09
Thanks to everyone who had suggestions to help this painful condition. I am wondering, though, why some people seem to feel a need to say nasty things about other people, just because they don't agree with what they write. I believe that everyone is doing the best they can, and that spitting out vitriolic comments doesn't help anyone.

Posted by Alex on Feb 20 2011 17:48:46
Could someone please tell me how long does it take to heal from LPR? Has anyone had success in healing?

Posted by Elaine Bowyer on Feb 12 2011 11:52:11
I have been suffering with acid reflux and went and got a stomach scope done and found out I also had pylori. It was recommended that I tal ke Manuka honey as it helps acid reflux and gets rid of pylori. Well I started taking it the other day and it took away the burning in my stomach and chest within minutes... Please be aware the PYLORI BACTERIA causes ACID REFLUX. Either get scoped or take a breath test as blood tests are totally unreliable. Also try bladderwrack tea - its supposed to be good for acid and pylori. Hope this helps some of you out there....

Posted by bob johnson on Feb 09 2011 15:43:04
since sunday just gone i have been getting pains in my chest,it hurts when i swallow and also when i cough and also when i eat. for the past couple of weeks i have been belching quite a lot and it feels like i want to bring my food or drink back up. by researching the symptons on here it must be acid reflux (gerd).I for one will not be getting hooked on medicines prescribed by my doc, i'm gonna give the apple cider vinegar and ginger a try and an apple a day. it seems to be the most safe and has worked for a lot of people so why not

Posted by dot on Feb 08 2011 14:48:48
I have AR/HH. For some reason, proly cuz of reflux, my mouth is tender. Anyone have any suggestion as to what I could swish with to help it get better? I would also like to know if there is something out there i can brush my teeth with other than toothpaste. It seems I have heartburn after I brush and that is leading me to believe it's the taste of the toothpaste itself. Any suggestions would be welsome.

Posted by Jacob on Feb 06 2011 16:07:31
Does anyone know how to make the LES and UES sphincters stronger so that they close properly?

Posted by John on Feb 04 2011 23:15:58
Yes, don't take advil, tylenol, asprin and other NSAIDs unless you WANT ulcers.

Posted by John on Feb 04 2011 23:15:05
Yes, don't take advil, tylenol, ulcers and other NSAIDs unless you WANT ulcers.

Posted by deberney on Feb 04 2011 17:08:56
I had the worst acid reflux, felt like heart attacks, turns out it was caused by ADVIL and DAIRY products.

Posted by Anonymous on Feb 03 2011 20:32:33
I just heard that FenuLife marketed by Frutarom Inc. helps acid reflux. I'm think I'm going to give it a shot because I don't want to be on PPI's for the long-term.

Posted by John Frost on Jan 28 2011 13:20:58
This is what I did: --- No more meats- My "meats" are mushrooms and zucchini ----4 8oz glasses of water with 2 spoonfuls of raw vinegar ----No diet cokes, or any other carbonated drinks ----No diary or animal products, only occasionally ----smaller meals, lots of salads and whole wheat breads. Result: No more GERD, lost 20 lbs, lots of energy for tennis and or walking, Amazing clear mind, no more mental fog either. Copy this and paste it on the fridge.

Posted by Anita on Jan 28 2011 03:02:35
Hi I have this burning sensation and pain in my throat after that i get this tightness in the chest and I cant breathe. I did my pulmonary test everything was normal, then i did my endoscopy and found that i ha acid reflux. i am suffering from this for the last 9 months. I am really fed up of myself, this breathlessness and burning sensation just continues, SOMEBODY PLEASE HELP.

Posted by lele a . revilla on Jan 27 2011 11:26:53
I am suffering from the worst acid reflux for over five years now and as a result, I got gastritis and ulceration int he esophagus. I'm so scared to death because after going to 3 gastroenterologists and tried all the meds , still no relief. My chest and back hurts all the time and swallowing is a huge problem. I cant eat anything anymore . I am so desperate and I would try anything just to get relief from this debilitating condition.

Posted by Jen on Jan 26 2011 02:21:56
I tried honey and cinnamon in warm water and wow it helped alot.

Posted by dross on Jan 25 2011 23:59:18
cut out coffee will make huge difference and hard water seems to aggravate it

Posted by MARK ROMERO on Jan 20 2011 22:57:42
IM 27 YEARS OLD AND I HAVE ACID REFLUX...WHEN I WAS READING ALL THE COMMENTS ON THE APPLE REMEDY I WAS CLOSE TO START CURSING AT SOMEONE.... I THOUGHT "WHAT THE "F" ARE THEY TALKING ABOUT.... MY WIFE WENT TO THE STORE AND GOT ME SUM RED APPLES, I ATE ONE FIRST AND RIGHT AWAY I FELT INSTANT RELIEF, IM SO SO SO GLAD I CAME TO THIS WEBSITE, THANK YOU VERY MUCH AND PLZ TRY THIS, A SIMPLE APPLE WILL DO MIRACLES FOR YA!!!! TRUST ME, I COULDNT EVEN BREATH A LIL WHILE AGO AND NOW IM ON MY COMPUTER 20 MIN LATER.... THANK YOU AND GOD BLESS YOU

Posted by Traci on Jan 15 2011 21:46:26
The best immediate relief from the pressure and asthma like symptoms? I have found, is to take two fingers and place them over the diaphram (which is located just above the ribs,yet below the breast bone). Give 2-3 quick compressions, this will cause a burp. Which will bring such great relief within 2-10 mins, and allow you to push the rest of the acid up from there. And mostly instant breathing relief! :)

Posted by Jen in Miami on Jan 12 2011 21:46:21
wow all day long suffering with this pain. In the past I used to take papaya enzymes tablets I found them at a regular pharmacy and worked wonders. I however didnt have any more and couldnt get to a pharmacy ...:( Luckily I have Red Delicious apples and I read above that it has helped before... and I am proof no pain and I am as happy as ever! I didnt realize how crummy I felt until the pain went away I was miserable and in a bad mood...thanks to all for the posts and advice!!! feeling good!

Posted by Reuben on Jan 05 2011 17:42:58
Have you acid reflux,you must to try omeprazole(prilosec)you can buy in walmart for 8.00 dlls.for 14 day 1 tablet on morning before any meals.avoid grease food or hot foods,coffee,big meals and with some exercise you will better.god bless you.

Posted by Jane on Jan 03 2011 10:50:12
I swear by the apple thing - I've found the red delicious work just wonderfully.

Posted by Angie on Dec 31 2010 19:19:02
I am having a lot of the same symptoms as Alex and Tilili. I am miserable. Refilled my prescription for omeprazole and its been 4 days now with NO relief. I thought milk would help but just read that it can make it worse. I've been drinking milk all day. I also cant breathe. I noticed that apples are easy to tolerate. Sometimes crackers help too. I am soo close to going to see a specialist!

Posted by laura on Dec 30 2010 21:27:15
WOW! the apple worked! i read a lot of comments, and the only thing i have in the house tnight is apples. it's been about an hour and no burning in the throat! (still discomfort in the chest tho) i wonder if applesauce will work as well? thanks for posting! @ Josh: i think it takes 2 weeks to a month to heal

Posted by Alex on Dec 29 2010 16:41:31
Now I'm getting asthma-like-symptoms from my acid reflux I'm losing it!

Posted by Josh on Dec 29 2010 02:04:05
Does anyone know how long it takes for erosions of the esophagus to heal? My doctor gave me pills but I don't want to take them for a long time.

Posted by Alex on Dec 27 2010 17:44:09
I can't even enjoy a muffin anymore! Does anyone know how to stop the mucous from coming down? (LPR)please help!

Posted by Anonymous on Dec 25 2010 05:20:18
I am so glad I found this site. I just woke up with the most awful taste in my mouth from acid reflux. Too much salsa while wrapping presents last night. The taste was awful. I brushed til I gagged, gargled, ate a piece of bread, drank water, etc. nothing worked to get rid of the taste. I sliced up an apple and voila! It's gone. No more burning, no more taste

Posted by Randall on Dec 21 2010 08:33:01
My wife get especially bad acid stomachs while pregnant...and was throwing up several times a day. We had been trying tums and some prescription stuff from her OB and they seemed to be totally ineffective. Then we tried a few suggestions from here...and while she still gets sick a bit (what pregnant woman doesn't?)...it is tremendously less with a LOT less burning sensation afterward. Here is what we tried and the results: 1) Apple cider vinegar seemed to make it a bit worse 2) Baking soda, seemed to help a bit 3) sliced apples helped quite a bit 4) cooking meals with olive oil helped big time

Posted by John on Dec 19 2010 23:31:02
I have suffered from chronic acid reflux for years and nothing seemed to work. However, my doctor suggested Zegerid OTC just before it went over the counter and it has worked like a charm ever since I started. Although my doctor suggested taking it one hour before bed, I prefer to take it after dinner and it has relieved my acid reflux in all but my worst cases of eating spicey foods like mexican food with margaritas which is what I had for dinner tonight and why I am up right now typing this message.

Posted by Mathangi on Dec 17 2010 04:08:21
I have acid reflux for the past few weeks and it's terrible. My shoulders and arms feel weak and heavy right after a meal especially in the noon. I have been taking a lemondrop right after my meal and it helps a little.

Posted by muthuraja on Dec 10 2010 05:56:11
GOOD

Posted by D. Houlli on Dec 02 2010 18:46:50
Slippery Elm is great for lining the stomach, it allows the cells to repair themselves as it shields the stomach lining from acid, which may help with acid reflux. Its also very nutritional, so worth using anyway. Try to use the pure herb rather than Slippery Elm Food.

Posted by Clement on Dec 01 2010 06:26:46
Pls change your life style by avoiding acidic drinks, white flour, wheat, caffeine (tea & cofee). Try slippery elm bark powder & licorice powder Nexium is good for 4 to 8 weeks (20 mg) Discontinue as soon as the healing of the esophagus is done. Long term use may cause brittle bones as per 680 news experts report

Posted by Alex on Nov 25 2010 18:12:02
I miss the days when I just had regular acid reflux and not this LPR that gives me the lump in the throat feeling and mucous coming down my throat causing nausea and sometimes choking. These symptoms are so annoying. Regular acid reflux's heartburn was sooo much easier to deal with! This is taking over my life!

Posted by alex on Nov 23 2010 05:18:38
constant mucuos! ahhh!

Posted by Kelli on Nov 20 2010 09:08:00
How long after you drink the apple cider vinegar do you feel relief from acid reflux? I drank it about 25 minutes ago and I have no relief yet!!!!!!!

Posted by Amanda on Nov 16 2010 12:34:39
For James, I had the mucos problem you are describing. This problem disappeared for me once I stopped drinking milk. I eat other dairy products in moderation. I would suggest no dairy at all for a couple of weeks and see how you feel.

Posted by jojo on Nov 16 2010 05:23:12
take it from me, I've been suffering from reflux since I was 19,the only thing that cures me is juicing ginger fruit and with honey ,I'm now thanking god for discovering this natural medicine.

Posted by Alex on Nov 12 2010 05:42:08
I have what feels like mucous coming down my throat and also a lump-in-throat feeling. Went to see a couple doctors and said it's related to my acid reflux. These symptoms are all new to me. Before this I would only get heartburn but the throat mucuous and nausea feeling is even worse! It makes me very nauseas and sometimes choke. What can I do about this? Please help!

Posted by Naomi on Nov 02 2010 19:52:23
I have real horrible acid reflux and tried everything going,it is debilitating and makes me miserable, on top of that ihave horrible ringing in ears and fibrmyalgia I don't think it's something that the docs really know much about. The meds don't work and herbal crap don't work, so i give up and just suffer.

Posted by liz on Nov 01 2010 06:10:37
I have recently begun getting AR after drinking beer. I was woken at 5 this morning with an episode and after reading everyone's comments I decided to drink about two teaspoons of apple cider vinegar in a juice glass filled the rest of the way with water. The AR episode has stopped now, about 20 minutes later. Ech. I'm done with beer and I'm calling my doctor to get tested for celiac. I eat well (though probably too much), take a probiotic frequently, and I suspect gluten is the culprit. Ps. I can't believe some of the commentary on here from people in regards to rx meds! WTF are you doing on a site clearly labeled as " home remedies" if you just want to be a sheep to the pharmacy industry?! Maybe pfizer will come out with a pill that will help you grow a brain, you dolt. Good luck to all the rest!

Posted by Adam on Oct 26 2010 04:26:01
I'm not trying to jump to any conclusions or anything because i haven't been officially diagnosed but i just figured it couldn't hurt to get some input on the matter, but usually 4 days out of the week at least i get a burning sensation in my throat, I never get the burning in my chest though, it ranges from annoying to borderline agonizing, flares up off and on throughout the day. I also get the feeling like there's something stuck in my throat sometimes,it never causes me any trouble breathing but sometimes it hurts when i swallow and i know this might sound weird but sometimes swallowing is accompanied by a clicking sound, anyways I'm not really freaking out or anything but it would be nice to know if anyone else has experienced this and what they know about, any input is welcome, thanks.

Posted by Sudharsan on Oct 22 2010 21:39:06
Hello, I'm Suffering from Acid reflux disease for the past six months. After eating food...i always belch with heart burn, belching one or two is normal. but i'm belching through out the day, days become weeks, weeks become months..what is the remedy for this problem. Please Suggest me...

Posted by Gary on Oct 21 2010 13:31:31
Have had a/r for more than a year now. When it started, I was begging my doctor for the fix-it surgery. Main problem is regurgitation and blockage, unable to swallow. He told me to wait, put me on Nexium, which didn't alleviate the problem much. But now for the last 3 months I have been eating a good portion of fresh papaya each morning, and went down from 40 mgs a day of Nexium to 20 mgs, and now I'm going off the meds completly, and sticking to papaya. It's true, papaya does absolutely work, along with a fairly decent diet. I'm not the perfect eater, but have altered some of my bad eating habits, and along with the papaya, now finally feeling relief.

Posted by Cait on Oct 13 2010 04:08:00
Tililli - in reply to your comment - I have the same thing. I am now a 24 year old female, but I began suffering silent reflux around 22 when I was stressed out. It took me ages to get a correct diagnosis, I essentially had to figure it out myself because doctors don't know. It's terrifying to constantly wake up unable to breathe and not due to apnea but due to acid reflux. I now live in Germany and I use something called 'heilerde' which is clay more or less from a lower layer of earth, and if you eat it after meals it sops up the excess acid and you can breathe. Apples do also help, as does fennel. Perhaps one of the most succesfull things I found in the US was DGL - deglycerized licorice - works AMAZING. I just wanted to tell you I've lived with this condition for 2 1/2 years now and it is manegable, but you have to be really careful because your lungs are easily damaged by acid, more so than the esophagus.

Posted by Sarah Burns on Oct 11 2010 15:44:31
Ive had gerd for 19 yrs it was hell everything i ate i vomited up i hardly was able to sleep was on nexium 40mgs 4 times a da now all i do is eat one apple a day drink 5 teaspoons of apple cider vinega and ive never had it again . No more agony in my chest no more sleepless nights and no more never eating just all the things I like so much it works and it works asap in fact even half an apple and the cider vinega once a day works for me and believe me im off the meds now and never had heartburn or reflux again as long as i take the vinega and apple ..... forget them meds they do so much damage mine was so bad i was on 40mgs 3 times a day couldnt eat cheese dairy gluten wheat spicy stuff pizza no takeaways nothing even rice gave me heartburn now i dont get it at all ever take the apple and vinega and do it now it really works .

Posted by flora on Oct 11 2010 12:07:12
A July 2010 study in the journal Gastroenterology seems to confirm the 2009 study in American Journal of Gastroenterology that Proton-pump inhibitors (Nexium and Prilosec) can induce rebound hypersecretion of acid, even in healthy volunteers with no symptoms. Instead of short-term use some people have been forced to continue use indefinately! Scary!! Drug Injury Lawyer blog suggests that the drug companies have not been diligent in informing doctors of the side effects.

Posted by Jim Shaffer on Oct 08 2010 04:54:41
I was diagnosed with GERD two years ago and because I eat later at night and eat the wrong foods, it has gotten worse. But two things that I read and tried do really help. First is Slippery Elm Bark capsules. You can buy these at Vitamin World. They are about for 100 tablets. I take two capsules and within a minute (really!), the burning sensation in my throat/chest goes away. This is great for getting rid of the symptoms, but slippery elm does not eliminate stomach acid. So for that I eat apple slices or an apple. Apples have a natural stomach acid reducer, even though apples are considered acidy. IT really does work. If I eat a few slices before bed I don't have Acid Reflux issues or they are minimal when compared with nights that I don't eat apple slices. Try Slippery Elm Bark (Vitamin WOrld) and apples/apple slices.

Posted by Are You Kidding Me on Oct 06 2010 07:00:25
I'm sorry, but if you are so weak that you consider the oh-so-hardcore medication nexium/prilosec the "poison pill" perhaps that is natures way of telling you natural selection is coming. Really? Nexium? Complaining about Nexium side effects is like saying that your new Prius is "too much car.". I too have many health problems, but don't trash a wonderful, almost life saving medication because you are too weak to leave the house. Hmm, let's see...I could take a small, tasteless, and very effective medication.....OR.......I could drink vinegar and aloe drinks. Tough choice. I think instead of seeing a gastroenterologist perhaps it might be time for psych evals too. I would have felt some pity for ya, but I see that you're just not worth it. Weak! I would I think

Posted by hoover on Sep 28 2010 18:15:09
excess acid and and symptom of reflux can likely be due to slow digestion, thus the stomach cant empty its contents to intestine. every person needs to take a digestive enzyme supplement with every big meal or every day. regardless of diet & etc. the digestive enzymes are lacking in our food supply and lost from stress, antibiotics, etc. after 1st week,symptoms should be resolved. common food allergies are often overlooked as the cause of a variety of symptoms. read and learn how food allergens work @ http://2011diet.com

Posted by Dianne on Sep 19 2010 19:52:29
This message is for "Good Grief". This message board is very important, because the problem is that the doctors don't help us. Medicine's like Prolisec may help, but they also cause too many side effects. Natural food remedies are the way to go.

Posted by mark richard on Sep 12 2010 14:39:13
I have had acid reflux for 20 years. I always used Tums or Rolaids but that worked less and less well as the years passed by. I saw that people had poeted that gum was working for them. I laughed when I first read that people were chewing gum to get rid of heartburn. But i tried it about 4 months ago and I have to say it definately worked for me. I read that Wrigley Juicy fruit was the best so I tried that one. I chew maybe one or two pieces every other day or so and my heartburn has decreased by 90%. Its not totally gone but I am good with 90% less. I thought I should post this because maybe it will help someone like it helped me. Good luck.

Posted by par on Sep 11 2010 20:57:08
I was on Nexium for years..having lots of medical problems unknown to doctors..been off for a month now..taking enzymes and probiotics from source naturals. papaya is good also, or papaya pills..i recently started blending aloe (inside of plant) with a touch of ginger n a piece of cucumber..it helps alot..going to try braggs apple cider vinegar.. wld rather continue tying natural remedies than go back on the little poison pill!

Posted by Em on Sep 08 2010 14:03:39
Someone mentioned below about the cause of acid reflux and related issues often being an individual not having *enough* stomach acid. Yes, general docs won't tell you this, simply because they aren't aware of it. Antacids and prescriptions can do more damage than good in the long-run if this is the case. A cheap, home remedy to try is: hydrochloric acid capsules before each meal and or a little shot of diluted apple cider vinegar. All I know is, I'd tried everything the conventional way to no avail, then decided to try the opposite approach, and it has been amazingly helpful.

Posted by Tilili on Sep 05 2010 14:23:51
Reading this forum has been so helpful! I was diagnosed with acid reflux about a week and a half ago. I initially thought that the diagnosis was wrong because i wasnt experiencing heartburn. But now, after reading these experiences, I have realised that i do have acid reflux (the silent kind I think). My main symptom is the sensation that i cant breathe, like something is blocking my throat. This usually happens after i eat, or in the middle of the night. The doctor prescribed Topzole. Additionally, when this happens i start to panic so she also prescibed something to make me relaxed. When I look back on the past couple of months, my symptoms started slowly, but then last weekend it got really bad all of a sudden. When breathing 'attacks' happen, I feel that my breathing becomes restricted, like I can't take a full breath into my diaphram. I get light headed and feel that i will need to be rushed to hosital any second. It is a terrifying symptom, and I feel that I am starting to become reluctant to eat because I know it will happen! But, this is irrational - I know that in time, I will find ways to over come this. This forum has been usefull in this regard. I have found that when I start feeling breathless, I drink some water. I also rub Vicks Vapour rub on my throat. Im drinking fennel tea, and bathing in essential oils (lavender and marjoram). I am confused because I am young (22) and I feel I have lived a sort of healthy lifestyle...not perfect though. We live and learn, and learn to live with it I suppose. We can do it. Thanks for a great, informative forum.

Posted by Eddie on Aug 24 2010 05:03:39
It all started when i was in summer camp about 2 years ago, i got dehydrated and couldent eat any food to the point to if i tried to even eat i would choke. and i would go and try to eat again but got so bad that i developed a fear to swallow foods. it was there for a few moths i became depressed and then my immune system when to the ground, i got a fungus infection on my troat and toung, after that i was on ensure and things i could eat. my stomach being empty all the time so i developed gastritis, and acid reflex my stomach lining was giving in, i was so hungry all the time and yet i could not eat. to this day i am alive thanks for the power of the internet. I HAVE REALLY GOOD practices for GERD AND ACID REFLEX. 1. morning juice a potatoe,2 carrots, and one apple. all of those fruits are antiflamatory and acid reducers. 2 LEARN PROPER FOOD COMBINATIONS you can find them on line. 3. take organic chlorophyll with out the mint. i take it with apple juice in the morning. 4. Take digestive enzymes that would help you break down food, these are taken before your meals. 5. take chewable DLP tablets made of licorice extract and they help protect the lining of the stomach and digestive trac the relieve is intestanious, after 30 mins you can eat. 6. Honey works great and calms you down. 7. for flare ups at night its good to have sparkling or mineral water in your fridge its a life saver. 8. Make sure you get a alkaline water filtraition ( costy but worth it) 9. dont use plactic cups or bottles, they contain chemicals that irritate the stomach. 10. aroma therapy/meditaion. be grateful for what you have and fo your life, give thanks for your strenght and smile keep it positive attitude.ginger extract helps to. =) if you want to ask me more questions or add me on yahoo eavila79@yahoo.com thanks

Posted by Dana Roth on Aug 22 2010 20:10:54
naumna singhani, What you are describing makes me think another doctor or a naturopath should be seen. Also, depression has drugs that help. If you really feel that way about yourself, the time is here to seek out a psychiatrist. I have RA, Hep-C, Fibromyalgia ,also a very painful condition regarding almost everything I eat getting stuck in my esophaogus and the pain is so bad I end up making a moaning sound without choice, happens several times a day. I barely eat. Look, I am a happy person anyway. Get proper care, and you can look at this life the way the Universe responds best to. As a way to find joy in your heart. No matter what. Beleive me, I would never have believed it either, but I have been practicing these maxims for a long time and the result in a better happier me. But don't try w/out meds. Good Luck, Dana

Posted by Christian on Aug 17 2010 08:44:12
PRAY TO JESUS?! Really?!

Posted by Cyndee MacLeod on Aug 16 2010 21:43:32
AN APPLE A DAY DID KEEP MY DOCTOR AT BAY! My Dr. was writing out a prescription to take the rest of my life,I said "NO WAY",but when I got home I realized how serious my doctor was stressing this,so I went on the internet--found a site that said when acid reflux attack happens "eat an apple"! My Dr. laughed when I told her and 3 weeks later an attack happened,ate an apple & viola attack was gone. I DO drink water with apple cider vinegar daily AND I AM BRAGGING NO ATTACKS IN 3 YEARS! My girlfriend was taking "8" Tums a day, told her my story she now carries dried apples in her purse and hasn't taken a Tum since.

Posted by Misha on Aug 15 2010 10:14:26
Hi Mo, You need to ditch that G.I. doc and find yourself a good ENT that specializes in treating LPR. You have a LOT of the symptoms that I have, and I've been diagnosed with LPR, as well as a Hiatal Hernia. I still have the breathing problems because my throat and esophagus stays inflamed from the acid; not to mention the damage it has done to my teeth. I currently take Kapidex 30MG, which most likely will be upped to 2x's a day. I've been hospitalized because of the LPR which causes Laryngitis, Pharyngitis, and Esophagitis, so you really need to find a doctor that will take you seriously and treat you accordingly. It's seems the only food I can tolerate nowadays is oatmeal, baked fish, baked/broiled chicken, and veggies. Sometimes I'll have eggs but will cause indigestion if not cooked properly. Anyway, you are not alone as you can see. So hang in there, and good luck with getting the correct diagnosis.

Posted by Isabelle on Aug 14 2010 14:51:32
i am currently on 150mg of ranitidine twice a day, i have celiac as well as acid reflux (from my list of 20 or so meds i take daily), and with a serious infection right now, the antibiotics are making it even worse... when it flares up, i try to take some milk (lactose free) that helps sometimes, also slowing down whatever i'm doing and sitting down with a fan going in front of me helps too... it's psychological of course, but i find the cool are helps as well, since when the acid flares up, i tend to sweat all over... i take room temp. water as well, since cold water can shock the system and actually make it worse (for me anyway)... for the most part, ranitidine has helped, just not with these antibiotics right now... also, anyone with gastroparesis (slow digesting stomach) - GERD, celaic, acid reflux, etc. can occur quite commonly and flare up when your digestion is at its slowest or you ate something heavy, fatty, starchy, etc... i had a peanut butter toast this morning and everytime i think i'm going to throw-up, all i get is peanut butter taste... and it's been almost 9 hours since i had it (1 toast)...

Posted by nancy on Aug 14 2010 12:36:56
let me just add that papaya enzyme provides relief, but doesn't cure. it similiar to taking pepcid,prilosec, etc. but for many of us the only thing that will stop acid reflux is to either lose weight (if overweight) and/or change our diet. but for a natural source of relief, i stopped taking anti-acids a couple of years ago and find papaya enzymes work better anyway (and much cheaper too.)

Posted by nancy on Aug 14 2010 12:19:01
papaya enzyme. they really work. you can get them at any health food store. You can take them anytime, before eating, during eating, and after eating or later when the refulx kicks in. you just chew 2 or 3 and relief. a natural supplement that won't harm you and really helps.

Posted by dar on Aug 09 2010 19:00:21
Learn How to Get Rid of Acid Reflux.. 1.Stop drinking pop, alcohol and caffeine-rich drinks such as coffee. 2.Don't consume excessive spices, and instead of adding spices on the food, try and include them in the cooking part. 3.Avoid oily foods such as chips and fries. 4.Drink lots and lots of water. This helps control the total acidity and also helps with digestion and helps prevent Acid Reflux as a result. 5.Don't over-eat - This leads to over-production of acids that persist in your stomach long after the food is digested. 6.Avoid too much sugar-rich stuff - Sweet foods cause unregulated spikes in blood sugar and leads to uncontrolled acid production in the stomach because you trick your body into thinking it's full when it isn't. 7.Quit Smoking. 8.Don't under-eat - Under eating will result in uneven production of acids in the stomach. 9.Avoid read meat of all kind, and especially Pork. Stick with chicken and lean beef. 10.Eat more fruits and vegetables. That's what we were made to eat for the most part anyway. 11.Pray to Jesus that he'll give you more opportunities to share the Gospel with people and thank Him for His grace that has sustained even in sin and an uncontrolled sinful life. Acid Reflux is a problem today primarily because of our refusal to eat what we should instead of what we want. While Acid Reflux is extremely painful and very hard to overcome with medication, especially if it's severe, it's much easier and more important to correct what's actually wrong by eating right and getting rid of activities and habits that you know you should.

Posted by Kathy on Aug 01 2010 19:52:35
Alkalizing foods can helps with acid reflux. Most of the foods we eat are acid producing and cause great discomfort. A good book to learn about an alkalizing food plan is the pH Miracle.

Posted by Lyn on Aug 01 2010 18:51:43
Irritation, Inflammation and incorrect Ph are the triggers to the acid reflux problem. To prevent irritation, I eat moderately cooked green leafy vegetables, plain kefir and yogurt, and mild proteins like chicken and white fish. I use fruits that are highly anti-oxidant like raisins, purple grapes, and blueberries. These also help to heal inflammation. Raw vegetables including salads, are hard to digest and can be highly irritating to the stomach, so avoid them for now. To help prevent inflammation, don’t consume wheat, oats and rye. Those grains are highly inflammatory, and once you are well, you may go back to them in moderation. Use Quinoa for a grain—it is very versatile. Spicy or hard foods, and processed sugars should be avoided for now. You may have to avoid fast food entirely until your stomach has healed. For a more alkaline Ph, I use ¼ teaspoon Wachters’ Organic Sea Vegetation’s Formula C which is powdered Chlorophyll, in water morning and night. (it is highly concentrated chlorophyll) I use Perm A vite Powder by Allergy Research Group, because it helps to soothe and build the stomach lining. I use DGL (deglycyrrhizinated licorice) by Enzymatic Therapy for pain. Lastly, I use BioK+ by BioK+pharma which is a strong live culture of l. acidophilus and l.casi. With every meal, I take VibraZyme by Vibragenix. Be well.

Posted by Girl007 on Jul 22 2010 09:53:43
There are several things you can do once you get a proper diagnosis. If you do get a diagnosis, you need to follow your doctor's instructions. Sometimes natural cures work well, but initially, if your doctor suggests meds, listen to him/her, as there is a reason. Experiencing these bouts of Acid Reflux and not treating the condition properly, can lead to serious consequences. Once you do get the condition under control, there are certain things you can do to such as watch your diet, take probiotics daily (AccuFlora is a good one - you can Google it and see the positive reviews), Charcoal capsules can help in the aid of digestion, drinking plenty of water throughout the day. Also, a nice cup of hot Chamomile tea before bed might be soothing. Do not, however, diagnose yourselves. If it's bad enough that you're searching for answers, then it's bad enough to seek medical help. Before treating your symptoms, find out your cause.

Posted by Karen on Jul 01 2010 22:07:26
My 5 yr old daughter was just diagnosed with acid reflux!! She was sick about 1 year before we got a diagnosis. So hard to figure out when they don't know how to explain the pain and symtoms. The specialist put her on Ranitidine, I want a natural cure. We eliminate the "bad trigger foods" but not a whole lot better. She would say her necks hurts, tummy hurts and she feels like she has to puke. She wants to constantly eat.... Any of these remedies have a safe dose for children???

Posted by amy on Jun 20 2010 22:09:48
For those of you with problems and your doctor says its not GERD have you been checked for Cellac disease? My 4yr old son has it but it can flare up at any age. Helen Parkinson,I really think you should ask your doctor.GOOD LUCK!

Posted by naumna singhani on Jun 19 2010 02:24:40
I am suffering from GERD since three years, as a result i have lost my precious 10th board exam just because i wasn't well.The problem i am having is:- 1.sinusitis(may be because of GERD, as sometimes the acid enters into my nasal cavity) 2.severe throat rashes accompanied by small bud like structure which are superbly coating my throat with pure blood. 3.Breathlessness is in the top list.Some doctors say i am having asthma and give me inhalers which in turn make my GERD symptoms WORST. 3.DEPRESSION, as a result of all this what had happened to me from 3 years and will continue till my death has pushed me into some different world.People sometimes think i am lying just to avoid going school, but the one who suffers only know the taste of bitterness. 4.Financial situation has been really hit hard because of me, who is just a piece of big mass which can't be eaten and has to be taken care by feeding medicine , food....... GOOD LUCK TO ALL MY FRIENDS SUFFERING FROM THE SAME SITUATION AS I AM,WE WILL MEET AFTER DEATH AND CELEBRATE BY DRINKING WINE.

Posted by MO on Jun 18 2010 12:26:33
does anyone think or have heard about not having enough acid in your stomach? my chiro gave me zypan which creates acid. he said a lot of docs wont tell you that sometimes people dont have enough acid in their stomach. also question...how long with silent reflux does it take for symptoms to start. i will take a drink of water or take one bite of something and i am immediately coughing or trying to catch my breathe. not all the time but most. i stopped my nexium 2 weeks ago as i felt it wasnt helping, but wondering if i should go back on it. the 2 things you need in life are food and air and im struggling with both of them. please help. my gi still says its not reflux but pulmonary doc says it is. i am going insane on what to do. pulmonary doc gave me reglan but gi doc doesnt want me taking it. i have heard a lot of bad side effects of it. i had to see my gi today because it has been 3 weeks since i have had a good BM. i dont eat anything that creates acid. the only maybe pudding for dinner, but it usually doesnt bother me. thank you so much im going insane.

Posted by laura on Jun 15 2010 17:44:12
I have had acid reflux for over a year now. The things that have helped me the most are taking vitamin b12, 500 mcg. daily, and every morning for breakfast I mix together 1 4 oz. cup of Activia vanilla yogurt, 1 tsp. of raw honey and half of a grated apple. This gives me more relief then anything else I've tried: zantac, prilosic, prescrip meds, acv,etc. Other yogurts don't seem to work. Something in the Activia really helps. It took me 2 days to start to see the difference, hope it can help somebody else too.

Posted by Mariely on Jun 13 2010 15:53:23
Mo, I suffer from LPR (Silence reflux) and that causes the globus syndrome, the feeling that you can't breath. My ENT was the one that found it after 2 trips to the ER, she said I had to get an a daily double dose of Prevacid. 30 mg. each for 6 months. I also was put on a very strict diet (acid reflux friendly) that I have been following with a lot of discipline. I'm happy to report that 4 months later I feel a lot better and I'm confident that when I go for my 6 month check up, she'll reduce my prevacid dose because my throat would be healed. I also want to mention, that I have suffered from regular acid reflux for 10 years and I was controlling it with diet and eating at least 3-4 hours before going to bed. However, last year during my annual check up, the doctor found out that I was hipothyroid and I started taking Synthroid first thing in the morning. I am very sure that taking the pill first thing in the morning caused me the silent reflux, I remember my stomach didn't like it first thing in the morning and I could taste the acid and pill together as I jogged or I was getting ready for work. Now, I take my synthroid 3.5 hours after breakfast, the only bad thing is that I can't eat anything during those 3.5 hours and one hour after I take the synthroid. That's keeping me away from the doughnuts and cake in the office and helping me maintain my weight, there is always a silver lining. ;-) Matt commented that everybody reacts different to disease and treatment, that is sooo true. So, we have to take note of what foods affect us because we are all different. Doctors just give us the most common foods that cause acid reflux. We should also pay attention if our body doesn't like a medicine...

Posted by MO on Jun 10 2010 13:47:59
All of this hit me so suddenly in January. I had an episode after eating pizza about 40 minutes after I started coughing and got to the point I couldn’t breathe. GI doc did an endoscope. Pulmonary doc sent me to ENT. Family doc said probably bronchitis and put me on a bunch of antibiotics. I truly think whatever happened just irritated my bronchi tubes. Because I didn’t feel sick if I had bronchitis, but was having problems breathing. Endocrinologist doesn’t think it is the thyroid causing all of this, but no one can explain why I am only able to eat certain things. ENT says its probably silent reflux, GI doctor says its not. I am basically eating fish, veggies, banana smoothies, pretzels, graham crackers and water. I have been doing this since February. I really didn't think it was reflux either because before all of this happened I was eating chocolate, spicy foods, drinking some wine occasionally, and caffeine. I am able to do dairy, I know I eat a box of pudding every night and it doesn't bother me at all. I can eat toast too. It’s like I clear my throat a lot after I ingest food or drink. ENT says it is silent reflux, GI doctor says it is not reflux. They had me on nexium but I stopped taking it. I would rather treat it naturally with supplements. I do not like Prescription Medicine. Your body needs acid to help digest food. So taking PPI's stops the acid. I am taking supplements from a company called Standard Process. They do have me on iodine rescue and thytropin PMG. My chiropractor is a natureopathic and is the one who told me I had the thyroid problem and to keep pushing my family doc for more tests. He said most blood work on thyroid will come normal but people have problems. I have not noticed any difference in the symptoms with or without the supplements. I feel with my lack of nutrition some of the supplements are the only things that are keeping me surviving. I am not even sure if I am absorbing any of the supplements. I also thought of ileo-valve being messed up because I have some pain in my stomach and problems breathing when I eat sometimes. I know I do probably have some reflux from the lack of food I am eating. Plus I keep having breathing problems. But the breathing problems are in my stomach like I cant expand my diaphragm. No hiatal hernia. I do not have any other illnesses besides maybe the reflux. If I truly have that. I have had a heart work up, CT scans of stomach, chest for a lot of different symptoms. I dont have a gallbladder. I was also tested for food allergies and it was normal. Supplements I am on Catalyn, Cataplex B, Folic Acid, Minchex, organically bound minerals, trace minerals, thythropin PMG, iodine rescue, okra pepsin, zypan, Juice Plus, ginger, tuna omega III, Immuplex. I think that is it. I am not sure what to do I just want to be able to eat normal again. Just very frustrated. Oh and I am 35 years old, 5’4”, 100 lbs. Was about 115 before all of this started. I am just so frustrate and sick of all of this. I have tried apple cidar vinegar, I just dont understand what is going on and why I have tried several different doctors and no one can give me an answer! Does anyone have any insight?

Posted by Matt on Jun 08 2010 09:53:44
One thing that concerns me is that allot of the info I've looked up on the net about foods that cause reflux and heartburn and foods that prevent it, is contradictory. Sometimes even on the same site they contradict themselves.. I think the best way is to keep a diary of the foods that seem to still give you reflux and take it from there, slowly eliminating the ones that cause the discomfort. I think all people react differently to different food groups due to their own body chemistry. Burp! .. Here it comes! :(

Posted by Pam on Jun 08 2010 05:52:47
Hello everyone, this all makes very interesting reading for me but is confusing me as well. I have recently been told I have Barrets Oesophagus. I have very bad scare tissue, the interesting thing is I wasn't aware of having acid reflux as I have never had noticeable discomfort. I have been prescribed TopZole one daily for the rest of my life. Is the Apple Cider remedy too late for me, does anybody know about Topzole tablets.?

Posted by Rose on Jun 05 2010 00:01:12
I used to suffer from severe bloating,gas,burping and acid reflux as well. I got a severe pain in my left lower side which got worse two years ago. Visited the emergency dept. six hours later, after lots of tests and examinations I was told that I had Diverticulitis. I did research and went on a diet of baby food, all pureed with no fiber so healing can take place for approx. one month. I went to see my doctor, after some questions he told me that I was "Gluten Intolerant" I eliminated all wheat products (flour) biscuits, breads etc. My waist size reduced from 33" to 28" in one week. The severe bloating stopped. I take fennel seed tea, or chew some to help with gas. I take digestive pills and eat more frequently for the acid reflux. I finish eating by 6pm in the evening, light stuff, salads and some vegetables. This seems to help a lot.

Posted by Good Grief on Jun 03 2010 19:23:55
You people are all insane. See a doctor for Christs sake.

Posted by George on Jun 03 2010 15:08:29
Thanks for all the input, tried the apple cider but it did not seem to improve the heartburn effect. I would like to get off the Previcid because I feel it in the long run makes the symptoms worse. I have been using a product called Nopalea, an anti-inflammatory wellness drink and since I was having an acid fair up, I thought I would give Nopalea a try. It worked and I experienced relief with-in a few minutes. Nopalea is nationally advertised and you can access more info at http://www.trynopaleanow.com Good luck and good health to all.

Posted by Trey on May 30 2010 20:52:14
I was always a vomiter as a kid, not like bulimia but when i would get really nervous my body would just naturally barf. i can't help but to think this why i have such horrid acid reflux, mine is so bad its to the point where the heartburn is so much pressure on my heart i really do feel like i am having a heart attack or like congestive heart failure. Saddest part is i am not even 18, i was diagnosed when i was 16 and have been struggling basically my whole teen years... It's really hard to live this way.. my Gastrologist even said he has NEVER seen as patient as young as me.. Anyways he wants to perform a scope on me to see if he can correct the problem. I delayed on the procedure because i dont like being put to sleep, i know now i need to do this to better my health.. The congestion from my esophagus backs up into my throat and throughout my chest.. it's not pretty, to anyone out there who has it this severe and to anyone who is my age please reply and contact me, it's really hard living this way and i am happy to know i am not a lone xox

Posted by Mohammad on May 30 2010 03:16:18
Two responses: First to the anonymous on April 20, 2010 to please send me some Sangre De Drago herb. I am in Long Island. My email is nasirazeemi(at)gmail(dot)com Second to Gita or anyone else suffering from GERD. I have 20+ years of research in color and light. They play a miraculous role in cure and healing. For GERD drink yellow colord absorbed water 3 times a day 30 min.before meal. Also rub yellow color absorbed oil on your chest (on the mouth of stomach) in one circular motion for 5 minutes every night before go to bed. Email me to explain preparation of water and oil. Its very easy, no side effects whatsoever and natural way of getting rid of the diseases permanently. Only precaution is to eat 3 hrs before bed.

Posted by Judith on May 22 2010 01:39:45
I used to have a cast iron stomach and gastic system, until I started on cortisone for Addison's Disease. I must take this, the rest of my life, and it has totally wrecked...I'm not sure what, but suspect that the steroids have ruined the 'flap' between the stomach and esophagus. Or maybe it has erroded the linings, or both. I've been on Zantac for one year, and it gives me horrendous depression, and sometimes agitation. I TRY to go a night without it, but I get in such agony, that I'm forced to take it. Funny thing is, Zantac actually burns my more, at first. Then, after maybe 20 minutes, it finally eases the pain. I even get pain down my left arm, which I have read is common in GERD. I hesitate taking some of the others, because of possible calcium depletion, which I don't need! (Dr. Gott wrote about that) Will I ever get well, and be able to get off of the meds, is what I wonder! I'm afraid that the steroids may ultimately give me cancer, the way they irritate. I'm sorry I can't be of help to any of you! But I may try the vinegar....I have had a small success with raw almonds, but not really enough.

Posted by Emilie on May 20 2010 15:57:01
My acid reflux started about 9 months ago. I took meds as prescribed by my my ENT, but they did not help (Prevacid, Tums, etc). So, I quite taking all meds and make diet changes. Specifically, I completely cut out coffee, smoking, alcohol, and spicy/fatty foods for 4-5 weeks. This completely cured me! HOWEVER - I went back to my old ways after a couple weeks of feeling good. A month of eating and drinking badly put me right back in the same position. I am obviously angry with myself for putting myself back in this position but now I know that this is going to have to be a lifelong lifestyle change, right? If anyone has any advice on what I can do so that I can still have a couple beers on the weekends without fluxing out, I'll take any advice I can get! Thanks :)

Posted by adrienne on May 13 2010 23:40:13
Hi Ann, I have the same symptoms as you. I've recently been taking the yakult. it seems to help. However, I notice that if I eat sweets my symptoms are aggravated. anyways, the acid is driving me crazy.

Posted by Gina on May 09 2010 21:19:24
Ann I am having the same problem with the nexium affecting my hair. I almost feel like I have to cut it short because I am losing so much hair and I have breakage like crazy. I think I am going to try the apple cider vinegar and see if that works for acid reflux.

Posted by Ann on May 09 2010 07:02:08
I suffer with acid reflux BAD,waves of burning in stomach, feel it in back of throat.When really bad, tongue and gums tingle and burn, skin peels off roof of mouth.Double up cramping stomach pains.I know my digestion system not right my tongue is white!I can go for a week or so then have really bad attack. Can anyone relate to this?.. Ive been taking acid tabs for years Nexium 40mg but i leave them off when i can because i think their affecting my hair.. It does,t help that i also suffer with IBS and Crohns disease. Really FED UP of feelin lousy!! Ive been told to try Healthy Trinity? Do probotic drinks really help (Yakult)??Any ideas?... Take care everyone. Ann.

Posted by Dee on Apr 28 2010 20:56:02
I've been having trouble with reflux for about 6 years. I had all the test down about 6 years ago, and i've tried pepcid, tagamet, prevacid, nexium, prolosec,reglan,zegerrid, and protonics and none of them have really helped, but recently i've had to take alot of antibotics and steroids due to sinus infections and my reflux has really been acting up. I take Reglan 4 times a day it helps some but i seen on tv they have a lawsuit on this med because it may cause TD and it makes you really sleepy and depressed but its the oly thing that helps some.. Sometime i feel like i have a cat scratching in the middle my back and a lump in my throat and my throat stays blood red. I hurt really bad in the middle of my back, and i keep feeling like i need to burp, so i drink a coke and it helps relieve the presure sometimes. Some times i have diarrhea after i add mylanta and rolaids with my regular stomach meds. I am looking forward to trying the apples and apple cider vinegar. i have made and appoint to see a GI dr so he can run another scope since i havent had one done in about 5 years. I gonna really start praying to because i know we have a healing God....

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Posted by MerBer on Apr 22 2010 16:30:24
I have acid reflux although I am 124 lbs and in great shape. All triggered by gallbladder sugery removal after first pregnancy. Now I am in my second pregnancy and have had the WORST throat pain for over a week. Like many of you, little helps. I have had some luck with natural cough drops containing honey & echinacea seems to sooth the pain albeit temporary..... AND discovered Organic Throat Coat tea today. Although pain is still evident, feels a little better. Will be drinking this every moment for as long as it takes. Changing entire diet too.

Posted by Gita on Apr 21 2010 02:37:20
Yeah am into so much of depression sometimes I go really mad thinking of this. I do not want any medicine as of now since I feel these pills are increasing my acid levels. For a natural cure I have to wait for months. I started taking water boiled with a spoon of cumin seeds. It gave me some relief from the heart and stomach burn. trying to eat apples too. I guess proper diet also plays an important role and most importantly stress. I am trying my best to not think of it. thanks for all the suggestions given. If there is anyone from India who has tried some good ayurvedic doctor and has got cured completely please let me know.

Posted by Helen Parkinson on Apr 21 2010 02:14:41
Gita, you sound so distressed, so sorry to hear you. I posted a comment on Saturday and then went to the health food shop and bought the Apple cider vinegar tablets and the ginger root, but by the sounds of it I seriously think you should revisit your doctor and DEMAND that you are treated medically. Its OK taking herbal stuff and reading everyones comments that are made, and so far this herbal lot hasn't really helped (but its only been 4 days!!), but get some attention. Otherwise, your depression will take over the actual problem. good luck!! Helen

Posted by Anonymous on Apr 20 2010 23:33:23
if anyone wants some free sangre de drago or herbs and lives in NYC email me... I have too many of them and even if the expiration date says 2012, will not use all these... they're UNOPENED and SEALED and FREE!

Posted by Anonymous on Apr 20 2010 23:19:27
Have you tried "Ultimate Flora 50 billion cultures" by the company "Renew Life" for the bloating?

Posted by Gita on Apr 20 2010 06:30:56
I had severe vomitting after I had a food poison. I hope I had this vomitting for almost 2 years and I had food whenever I could but in very small quantities. After 2 years I did an endoscope and was diagnosed for H-pylori which was treated in just 7 days. still I couldn have food more than a little quantity and this continued for 3 more years till now. I started having serious vomitting, heart burn, tight throat and my stomach has bloated so big and it never goes inside. I was diagnosed of GERD grade II. Doc said my sphincter is not functioning and It has to be repaired(???). I dint want to go for surgery so met another doc he gave me certain pills which worked good as long as I took it. Once I stop the course it worsens like hell..I have difficulty breathing because of excessive bloating, severe acidity. I am continuously loosing weight since intake is very very less. I am trying to eat in small quantities every hour and drink lots of water. still the heart burn is not subsiding. I should agree that I was in prolonged tension for most of my life..yeah..tats true. I can feel my acidity going up when am deeply stressed. I had taken enough pills for so many years. someone please let me know how to bring down by extremely bloated stomach and stop this heart burn. I feel so depressed tat I cant stay normal like any other person. I cant stop thinking of this issue for even a minute. I am so worried about my health. Please help me. I would be very grateful to you.

Posted by Brandi on Apr 19 2010 13:24:01
After having GERD for years, I found a cure that worked for me. 1 tsp of *Slippery Elm* in powder form mixed with ice cream or yogurt. I have suffered with GERD since I was very little and had been told I had asthma. Turns out (ten years later) I had Acid Reflux. After nearly every prescription and over the counter product available (Nexium, Cisopride, Zantec, Tums, Rolaids) I started trying natural remedies (cider vinegar, bread, banana's, diet changes, ginger). Nothing worked and it continued to get worse. For years I had to sleep sitting up so I didn't choke in my sleep (when I was able to). Vomiting was a daily thing. One day while I was pregnant with my second child I decided to look into an herb I had heard of called *Slippery Elm*. After taking one tsp mixed in ice cream the burning went away in about half an hour. Within a week the vomiting had stopped. I just mixed 1 tsp into my morning smoothie everyday through my pregnancy and stopped suffering. After 20 years I finally STOPPED SUFFERING!!! It is safe to use during pregnancy, the reason some say it is not safe is because prior to modern medicine powdered slippery elm was applied to the cervix to get it to dilate. The powder expands once it gets wet which is why you need to mix it in food (I don't recommend mixing it in a drink, too thick). They usually have it in health food stores. My son is now 6 months old and I haven't needed to take it for about 4 months.

Posted by Charity on Apr 18 2010 16:01:44
I have had issues with acid reflux and have thought I controlled with diet. I started having problems again and thought maybe I should stop the sodas, because of their acidity. The next few nights I had such bad reflux that I could tell a was coughing out stomach acids. I have been drinking water with a lime in it for the last couple of days and have not had any reflux problems. I hope it continues to work because it is easy and inexpensive.

Posted by Christa-Alyssa on Apr 18 2010 07:41:19
Taking antacids will just continue your problem with acid reflux because it increases the alkalinity. Which you think would help, but it just puts your body in a sick cycle. Take a pineapple enzyme called "Bromelain". Take a capsule with every meal and if you need more take more. I am pregnant right now and started getting acid reflux. I'm just so grateful that I know about natural cures that work. With the Apple Cider Vinegar, that's good too but most people don't actually get the right kind of Apple Cider Vinegar for it to be effective. You need to buy it from a health food store and it needs to say "with mother". This means that it has an active enzyme in it. Don't use regular vinegar or eat canned pineapple. They are cooked and are void of all enzymes. Those are the best two ways to naturally and effectively cure your acid reflux.

Posted by Helen Parkinson on Apr 17 2010 05:52:11
I have been suffering with all of the above symptoms I have just read from everyone, has anyone tried the Apple Cider Vinegar, Ginger root capsules, Fennel and Lavender? Have they worked, before I get dressed & go to the health shop to buy them? I also have a problem on the toilet, its as if when (and I will try and describe this without sounding crude), as the excretion is coming out it leaves a burning feeling, and this burning can continue for an hour after? Has anyone also had this?

Posted by jackie on Apr 15 2010 20:29:16
hi i'm 16 years old, and i was diagnosed with acid reflux in january. so far i have tried to different medications, but both have ye to work. i'm using an over the counter heartburn medicine, but my reflux seems to be getting worse. i've increased my dosage so much, its not safe. i'm really struggling to find something that works. my throat is starting to hurt me now. its been really hard for me adjusting to this lifestyle. school has been difficult for me as well because of my acid reflux. i feel stuck, and i'm hoping to find something that works for me soon. i'm doing the best i can to stay on top of things. this disease has completely altered my life, i wish i was normal again you know. i don't know anyone else suffering from this disease, its nice to talk to people who are just like me and understand what i'm going through. ,jackie

Posted by Danielle on Apr 14 2010 11:05:59
For the past few months I have been experiencing a lot of stomach and back pain. I went to the hospital a few months ago with extreme pain only to find out it was constipation. LOL. Since then I have now gotten a rather weird symptom of coolness in the mouth and throat and severe nausea and stomach pain. Just last week I was sent for a Barium Swallow and have now found out that I have extreme acid reflux and a hiatus hernia. Often after I eat a really get bloated. Anyone have the same symptoms and what would do you do for relief. Does anyone have any natural remedies to help cure or ease the symtoms of acid reflux. Please let me know. Thanks a million. Any info would be great.

Posted by sherryelisabeth on Apr 09 2010 21:32:07
My doctor diagnosed me with Acid Reflux several years ago and I am on Nexum which works great except whenever I get a bad sinus infection and have lots of drainage this caused my reflux to act up. Does anyone else have this problem?

Posted by Pete on Apr 01 2010 00:07:10
It's been interesting to see that there are so many people who suffer from GERD etc. I've been struggling with GERD for a couple of years now and it seems to come and go. The first episode that I had, felt like what they say a heart attack or angina attack feels like which sent me down a path of anxiety and panic attacks. I had the standard heart tests and they came bacame okay which helped calm down the anxiety and panic attacks but not the other symptoms. That's when my doctor said it was most likely GERD and recommended Zantac for now. I was doing great until this past month. It started up again which is almost the exact time that it started last year. That's when I remembered to take Manuka Honey. I had used it before when I had an ulcer and it healed in about two weeks. I can't believe that I had forgotten about taking it after having had such success with it before. I've just started taking it again and am noticing improvements. I'm hoping it works for GERD. If any of you are interested in ivestigating the benefits of Manuka honey check out this link: http://manukahoney.com/resources/research/index.html I guess it's like anything else, what works for one may not work for another but it's not overly expensive to try so why not? If it works for you, the benefits are amazing. I hope this may help someone.

Posted by Marely on Mar 18 2010 22:45:14
Hi Marge, Teacher and Brad, I'm no doctor, but I have been dealing with acid reflux for 10 years. I take prevacid on and off. It has worked really well for me. I have gone without prevacid for years at a time, just by watching what I eat, keeping my weight down and eating my dinner at least 3 hours before I go to bed. However, in the last 6 months, I got too relaxed with my diet and I was put on medication for slow thyroid. I developed LPR, another version of acid reflux that is not fun and it's much worse. For LPR, I have been taking 30mg. of prevacid twice a day and I'm supposed to do it for 6 months. Today, I went to my 6 week follow up with my ENT. She was very impressed with my improvement. The treatment is working and she was very proud of me for making the diet and life style adjustments. She thinks that if I continue to follow all the indications my throat might heal before the standard 6 months. I'm pretty happy and encouraged to hear that. I'm even used to my bland diet. Marge: I'm no expert, but I know it is not a good idea to just drink water when we have acid reflux. Our stomachs produce acid even when we don't eat and we need to put something in our stomach to absorb it. I don't know if you couldn't tolerate food or what happened, but even a slice of bread would help absorb the acid from your stomach. The Prevacid works, but it takes 3-4 days to give results. When I first started it, I was told to take Mylanta, tums or maalox at the same time for the first 4 days. Prevacid 30 minutes before a meal and mylanta after a meal. For me, prevacid kicked in like on the 3rd day and that's all I take now. The bottom line, at least in my experience; is that once we get diagnosed with acid reflux, we have to always be alert, avoid all the acid triggers as much as possible, have smaller meals, always have our dinners 3-4 hours before we go to bed, watch our weights and exercise regularly. Acid reflux can be controlled. Some times we relax like i did and then we have to rely on the medications. I agree that aloe vera helps, but, not when it is too late, like in my case, my throat was so burned I couldn't drink anything with flavor for a while. I also started taking probiotics and enzymes to help digestion. My doctor told me today that probiotics are a GREAT idea, but enzymes are a BAD idea because they cause more reflux. OOps! I didn't know that, I read on the internet that they were good. I guess I'll check with my doctor first next time I take something like that. Good luck to all, hope you can all find relief.

Posted by Brad on Mar 16 2010 11:32:58
My mother thought she was having a heart attach and after many tests it was acid reflux. She did take the purple pill for a short time but after reading the long term side effects started researching natural options. She has found that Aloe Vera juice works wonders. She has not had an attach in two years and feels all over better taking 2 oz a day. She hasn't been sick either and says it's because the aloe is an immune builder as well. It has actually healed the problem not just masked it. She gets it at www.marketamerica.com/bl and has tried several but likes this one best.

Posted by TEACHER on Mar 16 2010 09:44:46
10 years or more, I have suffered. Everything from the burning, chest feeling like it would EXPLODE, sitting up sleeping with pillow stacked up, elevating the bed, BRAT Diet, Prilosec, Nexium 40mg twice a day, vinegar, losing weight, meditating...it's awful! They did an endoscopy and found that I have a moderate hiatal hernia. Great! Seems I was born with it but never had any problems until 10 years ago as I started getting majorly stressed with school and gaining weight. I ate a lot of spicy foods, red sauce, love chocolate, coffee, tea, and yes, I smoke. So quit it all and still had the acid problems. The Nexium works miracles for me. I can take it once a day, 40mg for thirty days and then as little as one every other day to keep the acid away. I can eat what I want. The Prilosec is good but if I stop it, look out! Even for a day!Now, I am in South Korea and they gave me two prescriptions, one I had to beg for because they say that their policy is to refrain from medicication until an endoscope is done. Well, I've already had an endoscope and told them the findings, they won't budge. There is no Nexium or Prilosec here, so I have been taking rantidine like crazy! I discovered tonight that my bottom teeth have all eroded at the inner edges. I suppose because of taking too much Zantac or the acid. My tongue also has a whitish color. My throat just looks inflamed and it burns like crazy. I find that ice water helps and soy milk in ice. I promise myself to start exercising again, stay away from spicy foods and try the BRAT diet as much as I can stand. I am just paranoid that if they run more tests, who knows what they will find or want to try like surgery or maybe they'll find esophageal cancer. I tried vinegar, but that made it worse. So I will continue to try to lose weight and get Prilosec from the U.S. Like others, what bothers me is that medicine only masks the problem. Seems the states did not think the hernia was too bad. I have been told over and over that it's the weight. We'll see...maybe I will try some of the other things I have read on the website for a more natural remedy. Thanks to all for sharing your stories!

Posted by Marge on Mar 15 2010 18:30:49
I'm desparate. I had a stomach virus over the weekend. It started out like a acid reflux attack but evloved into a full blown stomach viru. Throught out the entire time I continued to hav the acid boil up into my throat. No food, just water but still the acid. My stomach is swollen up under my breast bone. I'm feeling some better but the acid continues to boil up into my throat when my only intake is water. I had prevacid that I took, to no avail. Even doubled up. Please help......

Posted by Marely on Mar 11 2010 18:25:57
Mo, You have a lot of the same symptoms I had, I got pretty skinny pretty fast too, but my LPR is slowly getting better. Only an ENT doctor can tell you if you have LPR. GI doctors usually miss it because they can only see below your throat into your esophagus. My esophagus was fine too and my barium swallow normal, The ENT doctor will insert a tube with a camera through your nose, and in seconds tell you if you have LPR or not. Google LPR so that you can learn all about it. If you have it. You'll most likely need a double dose of Nexium. I take a double dose of prevacid 30mg each. I am now able to eat more stuff. I don't have to live on smoothies and oatmeal anymore. However, I do follow the acid reflux diet very strictly and I eat dinner 4 hours before I go to bed.. That is helping me recover faster.

Posted by MO on Mar 11 2010 14:23:34
I enjoy reading everyones posts. I am in the same boat but they cant figure out what is wrong with me. I had an episode after eating pizza one night where I started coughing so bad and hacking up white phelgm and they had to rush me to the hospital because I couldnt breathe. ER doc said you have GERD see a GI doc. So I did that. He scoped me said no reflux. I ended up at the ER again for breathing issues said probably bronchitis. PUt me on breathing treatments, amoxicilian, inhaler, predisone for 5 days. Finally got rid of that after 2 weeks, but developed a swallowing problem. My pulmonary doc sent me to a speech pathologist who said VC look good, mucus looks good might be LPR due to some swelling in espho. I saw my GI doc again he said he didnt think it was LPR but sent me for a barium swallow and sent me to a neurologist. MRI is next week with neuro. Barium swallow came back fine. Saw my family doc yesterday she gave me an allergy medicine to take, I am taking nexium (per GI even though he doesnt know if I have LPR) also taking ativan. Still having issues eating, swallowing. Symptoms mainly are choking feeling (comes and goes) constantly clearing throat even after water I am literally not eating much at all because i start coughing so bad and choking and it scares me. I live on smoothies, some fish, some veggies. Maybe eat once a day. Dropped 10 pounds if not more in 2 weeks and I can't afford to lose any weight, down to 97 lbs. 5'4", 34 y.o. female non smoker. I have tried natural stuff, not sure what else to do. I am so frustrated and hungry and dehydrated I dont know what to do. I just tried to eat a light fat free yogart and my throat got tight. Been tested for food allergies too. They are checking my thyroid and I still think it is LPR. Aggg someone please help before I waste away to nothing. thanks :(

Posted by Marely on Mar 07 2010 08:57:25
Nana, Here's another link. http://www.holistichelp.net/blog/a-metallic-bitter-taste-in-the-mouth/ Please note that menopause can also be a cause of bitter taste in your mouth, as well as candida overgrowth among others. Someone else talked about candida on this blog. I also run and I'm in a very healthy weight. I have menopause to look forward to in the near future. :-(

Posted by Marely on Mar 07 2010 08:43:49
Hi Nana, If I was you, I would find another GI doctor that could give me the endoscopies sooner than 2 months. Unless your GI thinks it's not urgent? I am a worrier too, and for me, waiting 2 months for a test is way too long. If I didn't stay on my doctors, they would still be telling me I was suffering from panic attacks instead of being treated for LPR. It's easy for them to say, try this and come back in 6 weeks. meanwhile, I kept ending up in the ER because my LPR was giving me the globus syndrome and I couldn't breath or swallow. Be proactive with your doctors and inform yourself. Just be careful when you read stuff because a lot of diseases share similar symptoms and we don't want to scare ourselves and end up thinking we have cancer or another deadly disease. I found a link about chronic bitter taste, if you match the way it tastes to you it might tell you possible causes. You might have read it already. http://www.wrongdiagnosis.com/symptom/bitter-taste-in-mouth.htm

Posted by Nana on Mar 07 2010 07:32:59
Marely, No, I'm a new nana. My endoscopic is 2 months away because that's the earliest the gastro could schedule it....busy guy, I guess.:( ENT ordered an MRI for nerve damage? and some more blood work. MRI looked fine....,my zinc level is low-average. He discharged me and sent me to the gastro doc. Gastro gave me an initial exam, ordered stool and bloodwork and scheduled the endoscopy and a colonoscopy. Stool and bloodwork ok....white count in the low-average range. He gave me a whole bunch of samples of Zegerid. I felt WORSE taking that so I stopped 2 weeks ago. I am not overweight, do not smoke or drink, and run 4 to 5 miles daily. (am currently going thru menopause) I am and ALWAYS have been a worrier :( Again, my primary symptom is this BITTER taste in my mouth whenever there is saliva present. The only time it is not noticeable is when my mouth is dry (when I am sleeping or running)Eathing is great while the taste of the food is in my mouth but as soon as I swallow and the saliva starts digesting, the bitter taste comes back with a vengeance. :( :( :( I am SOOOOOOO frustrated!

Posted by Marely on Mar 06 2010 22:18:16
Nana, are you the same Nana that was diagnosed with acid reflux and was fixing it with the cider vinegar? First of all, I'd like to suggest that you stop thinking about having cancer. This kind of thinking is just going to stress you out, make you produce more acid and have more heartburn along with anxiety. Why don't you tell us what your doctors told you? Especially the ENT doctor? That way maybe someone in this blog can have more information to help you. I suffer from LPR: http://www.entnet.org/HealthInformation/GERD-and-LPR.cfm My ENT doctor was the only one that could find it. Did your ENT doctor actually checked you for LPR? If you still have chest pressure and heartburn. My opinion is you still have acid reflux problems and your esophagus needs to be looked at. Why are you waiting 2 months for the endoscopy? I am taking prevacid 30 mg. twice a day for my LPR. I follow a very strict diet to prevent acid reflux, but it will still take 6 months for my burnt throat to heal. I still have 4.5 months to go, but I can feel a little better every week that goes by. My ENT doctor said that in order to get cancer caused by LPR, you have to have severe untreated damage for a long time, like 2 years at least. Hope you find out what's going on soon! Just knowing what I have has taken my anxiety away.

Posted by nana on Mar 06 2010 20:56:29
I originnally was treated for oral thrush...since I have had a constant, daily, bitter taste in mouth! I have had numerous blood, urine, and stool samples...nothing out of the ordinary. I am scheduled for an endoscopy....TWO months from now. I have been prescribed Zantax, Prevacid, Protonix, and Zegerid. NOTHING seems to help with this bitter taste. (By the way, it is NOT there until I have saliva in my mouth...no problems once I am asleep) I DO have heartburn and chest pressure since taking these medications but no relief from this horrible bitter taste. I have seen my GP, and ENT, my dentist and the gastro doc. I am very concerned that there is an underlying cancer here???? Any advice?

Posted by Irma on Mar 01 2010 21:23:40
I've suffered with acid reflux for over 5 years now. I drink pure Aloe Vera juice at the first onset of acid reflux. It immediately relives my discomfort. I purchased it from wal-mart, it can be found around the pharmacy area. I drink it straight, but you can add it to juice or water. I originally bought it because I heard it was good for the stomach and digestion. It really helps with acid reflux. I don't have my gall bladder anymore, so when I drink it my bowels will move freely the next day. Other than that pure Aloe Vera juice is good for acid reflux. It works for me.

Posted by katie on Feb 27 2010 00:35:59
YOU GUYS!!! okay I had bad diarreah, horrible acid reflux (had to go to hospital so bad), vomiting, pain, it turns out it is CANDIDA!! please look into this, tons of people have it and PHD's will not give you the time of day about it cause they just want to shove you full of antiacids, which make it WORSE!You have to go to a natural MD!!!!! you need stomach acid! After I was on the stomach pills/ppi I got even sicker, itchy ears, allergies, dizziness,brain fog, head aches, all sorts of stuff. Search the web for candida you will find tons of stuff, it mimicks (sp) all sorts of disorders, I was told I had like ten things by the end hahaha!! I feel it is my duty to educate people about this because I got so sick I almost lost my life and PHD's would still not do a thing but pump me full of prescriptions! Have you been on antibiotics?? I was on a lot plus birthcontrol and it through my body out of wack! Please research it, if I have hepled one person find the answer I have done my job!

Posted by Adam on Feb 24 2010 06:36:02
beware of NSAID's also... actually....caution should be used against others drugs like clonazepam and others as well... I was on that almost 10 years ago for anxiety and wish i was never on it. Now I believe they only contributed to my GI problems... natural alternatives like theanine serene with GABA can be used for reducing tensions... there are many natural herbs for anxieties... drugs might do it but then other problems will start to develop... not worth it...

Posted by Adam on Feb 24 2010 06:11:16
check to see if you have H. pylori and if so... then there are a few "bombs" you can use to eradicate them: Manuka Honey, probiotics, turmeric, monolaurin, omegabrite, grapefruit seed extract,sangre de drago, mastic gum, broccoli sprouts...

Posted by Marely on Feb 23 2010 17:30:34
Fortunately, I've never had side effects from the Prevacid. I've taken it on and off for 10 years. Right now, since I'm on the double dose, I am taking digestive enzymes and acidophilus probiotics along with following a very strict reflux friendly diet. So, I have not had any issues with moving my food so far. Although I like and prefer natural remedies. At this point, my throat is burnt from my LPR and I need to rely on my ENT doctor to help me. I don't want to end up in the ER anymore. I feel better since I saw her 4 weeks ago. Hopefully the treatment will work. Natural remedies are good, but some of the could also be expensive and I've heard some of them can also have side effects. In a few months, when my throat is better, I will try the ACV because I'm intrigued by the testimonies. I know Aloe Vera, licorice and Ginger are good for digestion too.

Posted by Adam on Feb 22 2010 20:03:45
I've been on PPI's for maybe 7-8 years. PPI's give me so many side effects(Poor concentration/mental fog, blurred vision, dizziness, anxiety/panic attacks, cramps, disturbed sleep/insomnia, chest pains, nausea, headaches/migraines,etc. I've been on everything from prevacid to nexium to prilosec) and deplete the hydrochloric acid that the body needs to properly digest food leaving food to stay/rot within you. You can give yourself a PH level test. A natural alternative that I follow now is taking: Metagenics Endefen, Metagenics Glutagenics, Soluble and Insoluble fiber, Ultimateflora 50 billion cultures, slippery elm bark, orange peel extract(if no ulcers). A table spoon of baking soda in glass of water usually works for me. Try SANGRE de Drago and Una de Gato/Cat's Claw for stomach ulcers! some other items you can check out are:cabbage juice! pepzin GI, mastic gum, marshmellow herb, MSM and catnip, MANUKA HONEY, golden seal root, olive oil?, enzymes, meadowsweet, carrot juice, Zinc-Carnosine, Licorice, Chamomile, Bladderwrack, Fenugreek Seeds, Wood Betony, aloe vera, mullein, raw cabbage and potato and celery juices, Barley Grass, Deglycyrrhizinated Licorice or DGL, Apple Cider Vinegar or ACV, Probiotics, Pickle Juice, L-glutamine powder, Coconut, Lavender tea, ginger tea, Ultra Flora IB, Ultra FloraPlus...Go to your Natural Vitamin shop for your ailments!

Posted by marely on Feb 20 2010 20:32:25
Also, on top of my double daily dose of prevacid, I chew on a maalox tablet before I go to bed if I feel any extra burning on my throat or chest or if I am not sure if something I ate was acid reflux friendly. I usually eat with with a drink of water with a little bit or apple juice in it. I warm it up a little, the warm liquid makes the throat feel better. Don't forget not to lay down or go to bed after you eat for at least 3-4 hours. My husband also raised the head of our bed by 6 inches. I'm really trying to get better sooner than 6-9 months. And i will never accept to take any pills on an empty stomach that might make me back flow my stomach acid into the throat when I run, I love running. I'll take synthroid before lunch time or something. I've heard as long as you are consistent on how you take it, the dose can be adjusted. Bottom line, LPR sufferers, we need to stick to our medicine, diet and have a lot of PATIENCE.

Posted by Marely on Feb 20 2010 08:04:21
Chris, Sorry to hear that the PPI medicines haven't helped you (yet). I was told by my doctor that Nexium, Prilosac, Protonix and Prevacid are supposed to do the same work. However, I've used Prevacid for regular reflux for 10 years and it has always worked for me. I think I developed silent reflux or LPR after I started taking synthroid last October on an empty stomach with 8 ounces of water and then I went running. I like running in the mornings. I say this because I never had any issues until I started on that pill and I remember tasting the medicine as I ran. The diluted pill and water were probably splashing back into my esophagus and throat as I ran. I started having the sore throats 3 weeks after starting synthroid. LPR can cause your throat to have spasms which is the "globus" syndrome that makes you feel like chocking. Then you start feeling anxious and this cause you panic attack symptoms, which adds to the pressure on your neck and feeling like you can't breath. My doctor put me on a very low dose of clonazepam which is like Xanax but less addictive and longer lasting. All I take is .5 mg a day (middle of the day) this medicine helps with the spasms and prevents the added anxiety that makes things worse. I take 30 mg of prevacid in the morning and 30 mg. at night. This has allowed me to start eating again and has taking the choking away. I have to say that I have followed the reflux diet very strictly. I avoid every food I have to avoid, coffee, chocolate, spicy food, fried food, tomatoes, peppermint or any other tea, no soda or alcoholic beverages. I take digestive enzymes (papaya) and live culture yogurt to help digestion. My throat is still sore, but i don't choke and I don't feel that lump stuck in my throat any more. 6 months seems like a long time, but, I'll be patient and follow the diet. It beats the other option. If you haven't seen an Ear Nose and throat Doctor yet, I'd recommend that you do. They can go in with a camera through your nose (doesn't hurt at all) and they can see in seconds weather you have silent reflux or not. Remember, most people with LPR don't have heartburn symptoms. Don't give up. Keep talking to your doctors, if you fell something is wrong with you, then you are probably right. We know our bodies better than anybody else. I initially was told that I was just having panic attacks or depressed (ER doctors), but I kept making the doctors look and got my diagnose. This took a lot of my anxiety away.

Posted by Chris on Feb 17 2010 09:15:31
Marely, that is exactly what I feel. I have gone to doctors and they keep sending me prilosec, nexium and other and those have not relieved my symptoms. They said I have some burns in my esophagus and throat (vocal cords) I have the postnasal drainage and the feeling my throat closing lately. I do not feel that much burn in my chest sometimes a bit but almost nothing. Reading blogs like this I've found out that is the Laryngopharyngeal reflux I may be suffering from. A friend told me to try prevacid and I see that it works for you. If you have any other advise in your diet or medicines (like the one to relax you and muscles) please let me know. Doctors seem to not care at all. It has become very annoying specially at night sometimes when I am sleeping my throat feels like closing and I wake up scared. Any help will be really helpful

Posted by judy on Feb 15 2010 12:09:39
I have been having breathing problems for about 5 years now. I have seen 15 different dr's and a hand full of specialists and they all say something different. I have never had heart burn but I have to constantly clear my throat and often it feels like my throat is closing off.My voice has changed and I now sound very nasily. My inner ears itch and so does the roof of my mouth. When my throat starts to feel like its closing off, my chin itches. sometimes I scratch so mutch that I actually draw blood.. The last year or so I have been having alergy like symptoms. I have been tested for allergies and they say I have none but the running nose and stuffed up feeling tells me otherwise. Has anyone experienced the inner ear,chin and roof of the mouth itching?

Posted by Adam on Feb 09 2010 17:27:37
I have been on prevacid, nexium and prilosec a couple years each... adding up to maybe 7-8 years total. Even Kapidex last year which gave me crazy chest pains and made me think i was going to get a heart attack!These drugs only MASK the problem and only treat the symptom. Ultimately they do NOT solve the problem and you'll end up being on these drugs for the rest of your lives unless you realize that they're actually making things worse in the long run. PPI's will make you vulnerable to developing other sickness as your defenses are weakened. Remember... The drug companies make money when your sick. Prilosec, nexium and other PPI's kill the good bacteria/enzymes that your body needs to properly digest food. You will become malnourished because of these drugs. They are very dangerous long-term as they will stop vitamin and mineral absorption. ie. vitamin B, calcium, etc. They can even cause hip fractures in the elderly. This needs to be taken care of naturally. First of all, you must cut off all fried food, fatty-foods, take out food like Mcdonalds/burgerking and other killer-food, cut-off alcohol altogether, avoid spicy foods, tomato sauce, pizza(yes, i had to give it up), chocolate, smoking, caffeine etc... Yes, this is where you embrace the straightedge lifestyle ;-). Your diet Must change. Go to a Natural Vitamin shop and purchase yourself: Metagenics Endefen, Metagenics Glutagenics, Soluble and Insoluble fiber, microflora 50 billion cultures and also see what they have for heartburn.Ex: slippery elm bark(one of my favs!the natural rolaids/tums), orange peel extract(if no ulcers). There are natural remedies for this. No need to be on these drugs, which actually make things worse. A table spoon of baking soda in glass of water usually works for me. also: Apple cider vinegar. Try Sangre de Drago and Una de Gato/Cat's Claw for stomach ulcers! and cabbage juice! some other items you can check out are: pepzin GI, mastic gum, marshmellow herb, MSM and catnip. Go to your Natural Vitamin shop for remedies for your ailments!

Posted by anna on Feb 07 2010 13:30:57
I started on Omeprazole, and wow, what a difference! I thought I had volca nodes, my throat and speaking voice was so bad. Within a week I could hear the difference. Now I'm going to do a home treatment and see how it goes. I think high doses of vitamin c at bedtime have probably been the culprit. Will do the vit. c after breakfast, when I'm up and use the vinegar too, if needed...

Posted by marely on Feb 04 2010 20:58:50
Sorry, I forgot to mention. The name of my disease is silent acid reflux or Laryngopharyngeal reflux. It's silent because it usually doesn't call heartburn. Symptoms are: Hoarness, Thick or too much mucous in your throat. Chronic throat irritation, chronic throat clearing, chronic cough, globus sensation(you feel something in your throat), bad taste in your mouth in the morning. Besides the prevacid I've got a medicine that tranquilizes me and is also a muscle relaxer.

Posted by Marely on Feb 04 2010 20:52:09
I've suffered fro acid reflux on and off for the last 10 years. Prevacid has been wonderful when I get it bad. But I can normally control it with diet, exercise and not laying down for 3-4 hours after I eat (especially dinner). A few months ago I started getting sore throats, laryngitis and ear pain along with postnasal drainage. Since it is winter, I assumed it was a cold and so did my doctor, I went through 2 treatments of antibiotics and nothing helped. I has a bad attack on january 5th, were I was having dinner while I was drinking peppermint tea. I immediately felt my throat closing on me and heaviness on my chest. I couldn't breath right. I ended up in the E.R. after heart and lung tests were clear, I was told I had a panic attack, but I should see my Gi doctor since I suffered from GERD. The endoscopy came clear, no big damage on the esophagus. I still has the chocking sensation and difficulty swallowing, burping etc. i was put on a double dose of prevacid and it helped a little although my symptoms weren't explained. I saw my ENT doctor. She ran a fiber optic tube through my nose and looked inside my throat and stuff. She said I had so much damage from acid reflux that it was causing my throat muscles to contract (spasm) and that's why i felt like I was being choked. She double my prevacid dose and told me to follow a bland diet. I'm happy to know what my problem is after one month of anxiety. The only bad news is that it might take up to 9 months for my burns to be cured.

Posted by rose on Feb 02 2010 16:21:40
I was wondering if anyone has experience bad acid reflux and burning in their esophogus after a dental procedure ? I have acid reflux and GERD and the last two times I had my teeh filled and some bonding done, I had the worst case of burning in my throat that lasted for over a week. I was just curious if anyone else has experienced this or if it was just coincidence ?

Posted by MrSerge on Jan 28 2010 00:14:05
Acid reflux. Coming out of acid reflux. My story may be able to help some of you. They say that acid reflux is caused by poor eating habits and or bacteria in your stomach. Right before my episode with acid reflux I was eating healthy, in perfect shape and had my perfect work hard. Once day, I stared having all the symptom of acid reflux and no one knew what I had. This went on for months. I forced my doctor to check for Helicobacter pylori. which I ended up testing positive. I got omeprazole (Prilosex) plus 2 antibiotics. 4 pills a day for 14 days. After the treatment my stomach was hitching and I still had a hard time eating. I was still creating too much acid so my doctor give me again omeprazole (Prilosex). I refused to be on any drug and I knew that the omeprazole (Prilosex) was not the answer it was just a bandage without dealing with the root of the problem. This is what I did: I knew the Key out of this was: I need to keep the body alkaline, the bad bacteria don't like an alkaline environment. I stop take the omeprazole (Prilosex) and starting taking a of Jarro Dophilus EPS (can find it in health store). The 3rd day I started to feel the difference. I was able to eat more verity of food. Aloe vera juice before every meal Eating every 3 hrs small meal. No row vegetable - fresh steam vegetable only and protein. No oily or greasy food at all, not black chocolate , not alcohol, no caffeine, no soda and not spices in your food. Avoid hot water, somehow my system does quite down with colder drink and food. I eat protein and green 3 time a day and a lot of low fat low sugar organic yogurt as snack and all day. I take 4 pills a day of Jarro Dophilus EPS . One pill 45 min before every meal to help my stomach and intestines get their natural bacteria back while controlling the excess of acid the stomach is creating. Drink the pills with hot water It makes swallowing the pills easier. I drink Apple Cider Vinegar (2 table spoons in 0.5l drink of water) throughout the day with a lot of water. I don't mix the protein & green vegetable with fruits. Sugar create more acid so I am very careful with the fruits I eat (low sugar index fruits only) and I don't eat any carbohydrate for the same reason. I recommend: Cranberry juice-Prune juice (the sugar free type mix with H2O) 2 tea spoons of honey mix with water before eating. Avocado-apples-banana-melon-walnuts-almonds-tofu-sweet potato-fish-Grilled chicken (legs grilled) easier on your stomach. Not red meat at the beginning it is too hard on the stomach. Camomile tea help digestion process. Stop eating 3hrs before bedtime. I sleep with your upper body higher than the bed level almost in a semi sitting position. I don't lift weight or jog because I was creating too much acid and it was giving me some palpitation. (yes, the doctor said that the palpitation have nothing to do with acid reflux-there not connected-well doctor have news for you everything is connected and how can a super athlete with no hard problem get some palpitation every time his stomach create too much acid). To avoid the palpitation, I ride my bike slowly without too much effort, and also walk. I make sure I space out my workout throughout the day. Now I am getting better and I know you can be acid reflux free..it take time and patience. I am almost certain that a lot of us will test negative for every test on the planet regarding stomach bacteria but small bacteria such as Escherichia coli-E-coli and other don't really have a test for them and you could have something in your system putting your stomach out of balance. So fight back by drinking Apple Cider Vinegar to clean your system and work on increasing the growth of the good bacteria your body need. Mediation is a must in the healing process Good luck to you all.

Posted by Kristina on Jan 26 2010 12:53:04
Charlene I was reading your post and it breaks my heart to know you are not feeling good. You need to go on the brat diet for a week bananas plain rice applesauce and toast. help get those stomach acids to rest then introduce other foods back into your life SLOWLY> dairy and gluten sounds like the source of your problem especially with the blood you have been experiencing. Talk to your dr about celiac disease. Hope this helps with allieviating your pain

Posted by TOny on Jan 20 2010 00:11:39
I have Had Gerd for about 1 month now i am about to go see a specilist cause it does not seem to go away ..i ve been on a diet for a month now no alcohol or any acid foods and it kinda went away. i have been eating just food with alot of protein like chicken,turkey,fish,wheat,yogurt,granola,oatmeal,and water. I worked out and played soccer last week and it seem that burning sensation came back . IS there something i am doing wrong? and Will this last for the rest of my life? I was taking prataprozole and now i am just taking prilosec .

Posted by Michigan on Jan 13 2010 09:41:42
Charlene if your case is that serious you need a hospital. A sign of blood is a sign of a very dangerous condition and you need to seek proper medical treatment. If your parents cannot afford healthcare they should check into state aid for you. Blood coming up is an emergency situation and by law the hospital should not be able to turn you away. My situation is very very similar to yours. I have had the probs for years, been on many numerous meds, migraines, joint pain, etc. Tried lot of natural remedies and adjusted my diet. When mine got out of control my doc gave me a new drug called KAPIDEX. It worked. Best of luck to you..and PLEASE seek medical attention for your condition. Go in there spitting blood if you have to...someone needs to pay attention and help you.

Posted by Charlene on Jan 09 2010 01:01:55
Hello, my name is Charlene. I'm 17 years old (as of December 15th 2009), and I was diagnosed with Acid Reflux when I was just an infant. I've had it pretty bad all my life, so acid had always been a problem... for a long time, though, when I was fairly young, it was not. Then, about around nearing Middle School--say, 3rd to 6th grade--it got much worse. I have always had a fairly poor diet, but I was put on a prescription and eventually the issue completely went away. Years later at the age of 13 (almost 14), I came home with pain one day and a whirlwind of downhill health problems have happened in the last 5 years (or so) since--joint pain, and such, though I had been improving my diet, exercising, and all. My stomach has gotten completely poor these last 4 years especially--at first, it was just joint pain, muscle pain, migraines, but then my stomach messed up. They've done every test on me possible (berrium-related things, CT scans, MRIs) and found nothing. No one can be bothered with my illness, whatever it is. A few months ago, though, I experienced the worst possible Reflux/stomach acid episode I've had yet: for days (this happened before I came down with H1N1, coincidentally), it just burnt horribly. It is happening again now. I can see bits of blood constantly, and nothing I take works. I was put on Nexium recently and my parents couldn't afford to get it refilled, and it seems this episode happened suddenly, without diet being the reason (I had checked what might cause it, the only common thing was I felt like I had a flu bug), and I am not sure what to do. The Medical Center can't do anything for me, and I have tried Maalox, Pepcid (pill AND chew), Gaviscon (four of them), Pepto Bismol (the pills), and my usual I have been taking for years--Zantac 150. I know taking the Zantac is bad, but it was all I had that helped the acid. And it USUALLY worked... but this episode and the one before it a few months ago, it stopped, like everything else. ... Now it's going on the... fourth day of this, I think? I've slept very little. Not even a full hour ago, I tried the Apple Cider Vinegar cure as directed, drank it all, ate a few plain crackers with it (I've hardly eaten anything--the blood and acid in my throat is too bad for me. I'd like to say I'd throw up--I've tried, it... won't allow me to), and I *thought* it was helping. ... Now I realize it's starting to come back up, any the other herbal remedies I've read about (apples, etc.) that we could afford/do have in my home I have tried, to no avail. We called my Doctor, and I'll have my Nexium (I hope) if my parents can get the money for it in a week, but I feel like by then it might be too late. I realize this is long, but I am at my wit's end. I have no idea what to do, or where to turn to. For reference I live in the United States, DE, and we're far from any neighbors here or family help. Is there *anything* left I can do...? Anything at all...? (I've cut cola and any and all possible acid-producing foods or drinks out of my diet already, and did so earlier. I'm trying to keep hydrated as well, but it's hard.)

Posted by Heidi on Jan 08 2010 00:26:09
Apple cider vinegar is great I agree as well, along with my Zantac but for instant relief for when the pain is unberable I use PEPTO BISMAL it really coats it pretty quick. I am one who get excrutiating pain in my back and chest and it feels death is upon me! I must sit up and it will slowly slid back down and still persist in smaller waves. Good luck to all I wish one of u were here to hold me while I cry because I'm out of pepto and it's 130 in the morning.

Posted by Marty1981 on Jan 05 2010 19:16:27
i have been having symptoms for the past several months that include, hoarseness, sore throat ( both more severe in the mornings)scratchy or itchy throat, itchy chest, burning in the throat and chest. Have had a throat us and came up normal am going to see a ent doc soon, i just want some relief, i keep worrying about cancer, would love anyones feedback.

Posted by Pardeep on Jan 04 2010 16:46:29
i have had breathing problems, i feel like i have to yawn to get in a full breath of air and it feels like there is a "glob" or something in my throut and chest. I am a sixteen year old girl and this started about 6 months ago and just got worse today. I think i may have avid reflux but am not sure, the shortness of breath is making daily life very hard and i feel like i have the health problems of an old person at the age of sixteen, SOMEONE PLEASE HELP! I AM DESPERATE!

Posted by Denecia on Dec 27 2009 02:49:38
you all of you that suffer with acid reflux my prayers are with you-i too suffered with acid reflux i woke up one morning with extreme pain in my upper chest and my back it felt like i had a balloon in me being blown up pushing out my back and upper abs it hurt so bad-this continued to happen for about a couple of weeks-i had all kinds of test done-until one night i prayed that God would send me to a doctor that could tell me what i had-i am thankful to God that the next doctor i saw told me what i had-he prescribed zantac and another medication-as soon as i took it-i had instant relief i am not a meds person either so after finding out what i had it gave me opportunity to pray specificly about acid reflux or GERD-i was told i had a serve case of GERD- i was in my late teens when this started i am now 31 and i have not had another attack since i was 20 and then when i felt it coming i drunk a coke a cola i had a big burp and i yet to show signs and symptoms of having had GERD it baffled the doctors-to all of those who do not want to take meds try prayer first-it does work i took a couple of pills and knew i could not do this the rest of my life -when i began to pray it all started to go away i count myself healed

Posted by Barb on Dec 21 2009 12:01:40
Megan, your symptoms sound like my gallbladder attacks. See a doctor and get an ultrasound. I had about 5 attacks before I went, but once I had it removed, it was great...no more pain and I could actualy go back to eating some foods aI had been missing. I also have GERD and take prevacid daily, but those attacks were not fromn the GERD, but my gallbladder.

Posted by Rob on Dec 19 2009 23:08:36
I suffered acid reflux for years and was on and off omeprazole during that time. However, I recently discovered the main culprit behind my acid reflux episodes--gluten. After a particularly bad episode of acid reflux after a meal of wheat noodles, I eliminated all foods containing gluten. Now, I very rarely have acid reflux, gas or bloating as long as i stay away from gluten. Some of you may be needlessly suffering from acid reflux because of an intolerance to gluten and you don't know it. I was also motivated to change my diet so I could get off the proton pump inhibitor. Reducing stomach acid with proton pump inhibitors may have the unwanted side effects of a proliferation of bacteria in the gut (the acid kills the bad bacteria) and reduced absorption of calcium and vitamin B12. I actually came down with an infection in the sigmoid colon that required antibiotics, also my teeth enamel was mysteriously eroding (the stomach acid never came up to my mouth). I suspect the erosion of my tooth enamel was either due to celiac disease (intolerance to gluten) or a side effect of omeprazole, both of which can block absorption of calcium. See your doctor, change your diet and stay off the proton pump inhibitors if you can!

Posted by larry cortner@att.net on Dec 18 2009 22:37:44
I laid down to sleep to night ,and was awakened by the worst acid reflux in my intire life.All the way up my throat,coughing and allmost choking.I just stood up took in small amounts of water an a few ice chips a tespoon of honey and latter a cup of green tea with a table spoon of honey sipping it very slowly.I am getting some releaf now but I think I will sleap in the recliner to play it safe.

Posted by sharyn on Dec 10 2009 12:16:20
it doesn't cure it but sipping boiled water PLAIN the minute a hint of pain starts will make the gas come up in about 10 minutes. no meds

Posted by Megan on Dec 10 2009 04:15:02
I've had Acid Reflex for about a year now.. I don't get it every night, and it's pretty inconsistent.. Speaking of which, it's 5:07 in the morning now and I haven't gone to bed YET due to the extreme pain.. I took MaaloxMax around 12:30 am and took 3 Tums around 3:30 am.. Still very miserable I took 2 Advil just a few minutes ago.. I'm planning on setting up a doctors appointment tomorrow for this, I'm only 19 and already feel like I'm falling apart!.. The pain I feel is a severe sharp disconfort in my upper abdominan and it feels like it's in between my chest.. When it gets really bad it radiates to my back and I can't find any relief in standing or sitting.. Complete misery!.. With all the information I've researched it said it's either GERD or gallstones?.. My father has issues with this as well.. he told me to drink seltzer water and warm water to relieve myself.. but now I read Carbonated drinks are a big no?.. great.. I really want to avoid being put on medication at only 19 so I'm figuring out home remedies... but you see, I thought milk wasn't good for acid reflex.. cause it seems to me everytime I have chocolate or some kind of dairy I get the pain.. ahh help me! :/

Posted by Csaba on Dec 08 2009 22:07:55
Forgot the website: http://www.salvus.hu/

Posted by Csaba on Dec 08 2009 22:06:13
I'm 27 , and couple of years ago I was diagnosed with acid reflux 4 years ago, back then I was living in Hungary. The doctor started me on medication but since I hate taking pills I was looking for an alternative solution. Hungary is rich in thermal(spa) water, and these can be purchased bottled as well to drink for their health benefits, and some of them do/did MIRACLEs! One small glass in the morning helped to reduce the acid in my stomach and get rid of all the symptoms. Now I live in Canada and didn't have symptoms for a year, but 3 days ago it started to come back and now I feel fucked, don't know what to do... I wish this natural remedy was available for anyone, if you would like to know more about this method (maybe look for something similar in your area) look at this website (it's in hungarian, english, french and german)... With drinking this water didn't have to give up any of my favourite foods!drinks because of this damn disease.

Posted by Toni on Dec 01 2009 15:34:15
I'm sorry, I got the generic acid reducer from FAMILY DOLLAR. Anyway, I had heartburn symptoms that were bad, but not always super severe. Major flare ups were rare. I seem to be doing better, and the generic tablet helped a great deal with my latest heartburn issue.

Posted by Toni on Dec 01 2009 15:32:40
I don't know about Zantac, but I just got an acid reducer from Dollar General and my stomach feels so much better. :) I am so happy. After buying bananas (which didn't really work for me), and Pepto (which only worked a little after a few doses), the one genetic tablet did the trick. No pain. I don't know if this will work for anyone else, but it did for me. Of course my symptoms were not nearly as severe as some of what I've read and I kind of doubt some people have acid reflux. Some of it looks like severe stomach ulcers or some other type of issue. In any case, drinking a serving of vitamin water and the tablet combined with eating small meals (rather than big meals and overeating) seems to be doing the trick for now. I'm also going to try and drink chamomile tea and see how that helps.

Posted by susanne on Nov 30 2009 20:28:57
2 months ago I have been diagnosed with acid reflux. I went to a pulmonologist thinking that something was wrong with my lungs because of the pressure/ discomfort in my back. He prescribed omze...20mg which worked great. However, my mom urged me to have an endoscopy to make sure it's really reflux. The GI doc switched me to Nexium 40mg and another medication for the night. Nexium actually worsened my symptoms. My throat became so hoarse and itchy that I could not sleep at night. I discharged myself from Nexium finishing the other meds. I'm not against meds and I know that many people have been taking them for years. Reading this thread has been interesting for me. I just feel so frustrated because my diet is not bad. I do not eat processed food, junk food, etc. However, I haven't been able to give up coffee entirely. I don't smoke, take drugs, drink etc. but I really like my coffee and an occasional glass of wine with dinner and most of all chocolate. Will this ever go away. I'm only 43yrs old!!!

Posted by Lana on Nov 25 2009 12:36:15
heather, get checked for a hiatal hernia.

Posted by *heather* on Nov 24 2009 16:53:22
I have been suffering from severe acid reflux for 8 yrs now. When I was 15 I was taken to the ER because the pain in my chest was so bad I thought I was having a heart attack. Of course I kno what causes this...red sauce, mexican food, fried or greasy foods, alcohol, and the list goes on and on. I have constant heartburn but the biggest issue I am having is the attacks that cause so much pain it feels like someone is pulling my ribs apart. It is unbearable, and I often throw up all the contents of my stomach, drink a cold glass of milk and sit on my couch and cry for a few hours until it goes away. I am planning on trying the apple cider vinegar, I realize it works for heartburn but for the pain I do not kno. I am wondering if it may be my gallbladder because of the intense pain, or some other kind of acid deficiency. is nice to kno other people go through this,( people often do not believe this pain is so intense) though I would not wish this pain on my worst enemy. If anyone knows a relief for the pain it would be greatly appreciated.

Posted by me on Nov 22 2009 13:08:25
you should NOT take peppermint if you have reflux. this is a well-known trigger of reflux. just google "peppermint" and "reflux" to find out all about it.

Posted by LyrikalSykness on Nov 12 2009 05:40:55
I have had Acid reflux for 5 to 15 years. FENUGREEK will coat the lining in your stomach, and esophagus, preventing damage from excessive acid. GINGER ROOT will soak up acid, and help prevent ulcers, and stomach pain. PLAIN YOGURT will help regulate your digestive system, as will DATES, BANANAS, and PAPAYA.

Posted by Brian on Oct 23 2009 19:58:36
Lisa, The reason your acid reflux is worse in the summer may be due to allergies. The drainage that can come from allergies cause acid reflux or make it worse. I was diagnosed with a hiatal hernia several years ago, but if I treat my allergies, I do not have too many problems. Diet is a huge part, but things have also gotten better since I've seen a chiropractor. My chiropractor explained if the area of the spine between the shoulder blades is out it can make symptoms worse. I take no meds at all now and it has all been due to diet, chiropractor visits, and controling my allergies.

Posted by Lisa on Oct 22 2009 07:38:29
Hello guys. I've had acid reflux for over ten years.I'm not on any meds but i can tell you what has helped me. First when I get an onset I pray. Then I take apple cidar vinegar or enzymes. Mine normally comes if I've eaten spicy food or if I've lied down before food digestion. It mainly hits me in the winter time.As long as the air is warm for some reason, I don't get it.In the winter I leave the heater on,keep my neck covered with a scarf,and try to sit up high when I'm sleeping.Sometimes I can catch the erosion coming up and I hop up out of bed before it gets worse.It's important to sit up right away.I pray each and every one of you is healed from this.God bless you guys and I hope I offered some helpful methods.

Posted by Linda on Oct 21 2009 13:02:27
I\\'m 58 and just found out the acid reflux I have is from the Actonel I was taking. Has anyone tried the calcium citrate 250mg which supposedly tightens the valve to the stomach. I was put on protonics but I decided to take myself off of them because of the issues people have in the future. Can I use the Apple cider with the meal even after I drink a cup of ginger tea? Are you trying more than one remedy at a time?

Posted by Candy on Oct 20 2009 11:18:40
Alyssa, when I read your post, I thought of me. I too was diagnosed with acid reflux years ago. Vomiting became a daily issue for me. When I was pregnant with my second child I had morning sickness for the entire 9 months, and it continued on daily until she was 16 years old. Yes, you read that right. I threw up daily, sometimes several times a day for 17 years and Drs. could never figure out why. Mine too was of mixed colors, sometimes whole foods, you name it. Three years ago, I met an herbologist. After talking to her, she suggested the problem may be my gallbladder. I went to Dr. Hulda Clarks website, and read how to do a gall bladder cleanse, as I did not want to go to a Dr. and have it removed. It took me 5 cleanses, 3 weeks apart, but after the 5th cleanse, I was no longer vomiting at all, let alone daily, and my acid reflux was gone. Just recently has it come back and is giving me trouble, so this past weekend, I did another gall bladder cleanse. It will take a few more I know, because I am once again, passing gall stones. Last night I was up all night with HORRIBLE acid reflux, and vomiting. That is what brought me to this site, to see if there was some herbal remedies I could try while I am in the midst of these gall cleanses again. You may not have the same problem I did, yours could be completely different. However, it might be, so I felt compelled to share my story. I hope you find relief soon, I know how "lovely" this condition is. good luck

Posted by Anonymous on Oct 20 2009 00:54:35
Hi Alyssa, your condition seems serious than an acid reflux. Any kind of blood or tissue vomiting means something is going wrong. you should take it seriously and definitely go for an internal ultrasound because it will pinpoint the problem. You should look for some better place for checkup if you are not comfortable with the clinic you went to. Eat very mild and non fried food AND GO for a thorough checkup!

Posted by alyssa on Oct 19 2009 03:03:42
I have been diagnosed with acid reflux for four years now- now that I know all of its sympoms, I know it has been way longer. I remember when I was younger always throwing up a little in my mouth... never thought too much about it- thought it was normal!? I also developed asthma about two years ago (which is awesome when your twenty haha). I did not have time to read through all of these comments, but I am wondering if anyone else throws up as often as I do? Ive never ever meant anyone who has had these symptoms. Once in a blue moon i get heartburn. When it comes to the vomiting it is horrible, I have thrown up every color of the rainbow, some things look like scabs, some looks like fresh blood, some looks like just insides, like tissues, and one time when it was really bad it looked and tasted like pepper corn.... i know gross. It ended up getting so bad that I had to get an ultra sound, during the ultra sound she said I had to get an internal one right away, and also said it was pretty standard- I just don't buy that, why wouldn't a young girl be told prior that something so violating would be happening? I never found out the results, the receptionist decided to be crazy and call me and my boyfreind repeatedly, screaming at each of us because I had missed an appointment- which was thier fault bc they gave me a gallon of water to drink quickly befor the appt. and surprise surprise I ended up throwing it all up! Anyways, has anyone else ever been through this, or know why they would need to do internal?

Posted by Feli on Oct 11 2009 10:27:20
Last night I went to a party & had a couple of wine coolers, some tamales with chile & chips. Then when I got home & went to sleep I woke up in the middle of the night with a huge lump in my throat. It felt like it was holding back fire. My throat was tight & I had to sit up 2 breathe right even though I had a fan right in my face. I stayed up all night dealing with the pain & now it still hasn't gone away idk if I have acid reflux but now I'm starting to cough & I keep swallowing I feel like I need to burp, but cant. I get nauseated a lot & am sensitive to most foods, but the heartburn & sore throat usually only happens after I vomit. Does this sound like a mild case of acid reflux or something else?

Posted by Katie on Oct 07 2009 00:13:55
I've found that a change in diet and trying to destress has done me more good than the Nexium 40mg I was perscribed has. Not to mention, I found the long term effects it can have so I'll be sticking to the natural stuff and personally am going to try calcium citrate. It tightens the valve that lets the acid out of the stomach. You're supposed to take 250mg after each meal and before bedtime.

Posted by nana on Oct 05 2009 13:51:21
i was just daignosed with acid reflux, did a bit of research, the water and apple cider seems to be working along side tahitian noni juice its a micracle it helps your digestive system work properly,i eat a lot of bannanas, dring a lot of water eat low fat plain yoghurt and stopped eating all the spicy stuff and i know im gonna be ok! try it!

Posted by Jer on Sep 30 2009 08:39:26
olive oil cures heartburn i don't know if it cures acid reflux but i would try it. i have had heartburn for nearly ten years sometimes it's pretty bad. about a month ago i stated taking a tablespoon of olive oil after i eat and i have never gotten heatburn since. i feel free from my acid stomach. for more information google olive oil for heartburn.

Posted by Leslie on Sep 29 2009 19:11:31
I am nearly eight months pregnant and out of nowhere two days ago I was suddenly struck with acid reflux. My throat was on fire, I was salivating and gagging and I could not lay down or it got worse. I slept sitting up all night. It reoccured last night and I know it will be here again tonight. I tried drinking tons of water and milk and taking extra strength tums..... I want to try the apple cider vinegar just want to know if its okay to take if your pregnant and also here any other safe for pregnant people remedies PLEASE HELP I miss sleeping

Posted by amie on Sep 26 2009 23:12:51
It is comforting in a good way to know that all of you understand what we go through! I feel like doctors and other people dismiss GERD as not being a big deal. When I have big flare ups, I am crying from so much pain! I am also glad to know that effects the medicine can have on you over time. I did not realize this! I am going to try all the remedies you folks have suggested and pray to the Lord that He can help me change MY DIET!! Thank you so much for the feedback and suggestions! It's comforting to know you understand!

Posted by Ashley on Sep 23 2009 19:25:36
Just like many of you I am suffering from GERD as well. I recently went to the doctor for my problem after suffering with heartburn for a few years. It just started to get worse.. trouble swallowing, breathing, chest pain, fast heartbeats, and sore throat. My doctor prescribed to me a new drug called Kapidex. I have only been on it for a month and it seems like its starting to help. I don't want to be on medicine for the rest of my life (i'm only 23!!) so i want to try and get it under control with stress management, eating slower, and smaller meals. Plus the help of some of these remedies. Going to get some apple cider vinegar and try that tonight.Thanks for the help. Glad to know I'm not the only one..

Posted by Livya on Sep 23 2009 06:23:02
David--can you direct us further to websites or places to "do our homework" about this? Thanks.

Posted by Mia on Sep 22 2009 16:12:07
Been suffering from severe acid reflux for about a month now. I constantly feel a lump in my throat and swallowing is painfull. I have nausea and burping nonstop. EVERYTHING gives me heartburn even water. I go to sleep with heartburn and wake up with heartburn even though my last meal of the day is @ 6 p.m. I avoid spicey foods, stopped drinking, stopped smoking, no caffeine. Went on Prilosec and that didn\\'t work. Dr. gave me Zantac to take along with Prilosec and that didn\\'t work. Dr. then gave me Nexium 40mg and still nothing. Doubled the dose to 80mg which somewhat works but I started having these episodes where I breakout in a cold sweat, my heart starts beating really fast and I feel really anxious. NEVER felt like that in my life. Someone recently suggested taking Persimmons tea and it works great. I take a shot of it 2x a day and no heartburn. You make it from persimmons ginger root and cinnamon. Must try!

Posted by Claris Macdonald on Sep 20 2009 22:14:12
Okay... really don't know what is going on ..... but the cost was thirty dollars.

Posted by Claris MacDonald on Sep 20 2009 22:12:44
Something happened to part of my comment, but my cost for a 30-day supply of Zegerid, after insurance and the coupon, was .

Posted by Claris MacDonald on Sep 20 2009 22:10:31
I have recently started on a medication called Zegerid. It inhibits the production of acid in the stomach. It is expensive, but you can go on zegerid.com and get a coupon that comes off your out-of-pocket expense. That brought the cost for me for a 30-day supply, after insurance and the coupon, down to . Getting relief from this feeling of a lump in my throat and having to clear my throat all the time until it is raw is priceless!

Posted by David on Sep 20 2009 02:14:33
This is going to sound extremely counterintuitive considering many people in america experience acid reflux but the problem in many cases lies not in that you are producing too much acid but that your stomach is not producing enough acid to digest food. Hypochlorihydria (i belive thats how its spelled) is one of the most underdiagnosed conditions in america and many people are not aware of it< even your doctor is probably not aware as they rarely test for it. The proliferation of antacids (meds and over counter) merely exacerbate the problem long term as they shut off the stomachs ability to effectively produce acid which then can lead to malabsorption of food which believe it or not can easily go unoticed. One indicator that you may not produce enough acid is vertical ridges in the fingernails (among many others). Its a very interesting topic. A zinc deficiency alone slows the bodys production of acid as well as a B vitamin deficiency. Stress and a host of other conditions also contribute and of course its not enough for example to just take B vitamins as they require HCL to activate them so that they may be absorbed ( activated or methylated forms of B-complex are available which bypass the need for stomach acid and go straight to the liver for processing) whats also interesting is that most people are also deficient in magnesium which ALSO requires enough stomach acid to apply a "charge" to the mineral so that it may be absorbed and interesting enough magnesium is an integral player in insulin production and usage. theres much more to it but some of you will be able to infer the cascade of events that can happen from low acid production. incidentally diabetics are almost always deficient in magnesium. Im not a doctor or medical person and there is A LOT of info ive left out as this is definitely not a complete guide by any means on the matter so my suggestion is to do your homework and see if you may be able to benefit by getting your acid levels right. its more critical than you think.

Posted by Hilda on Sep 19 2009 11:49:27
I have been diagnosed with poorly regulated GERD and now realize, in hindsight, that I've had unrecognized symptoms for many years. I even lost a molar to it! I just tried the apple cider vinigar yesterday with wonderful results. Does anyone know if there is a limit to how much vinigar you can ingest? Can it hurt me if I do it 3 times a day? Thanks for your comments as I am finding this sight very informative even though it sounds like it will be a lifelong struggle. Hilda

Posted by jorge on Sep 16 2009 20:31:06
For the past 6 months Ive been waking up startled with a tightness on my chest when Im trying to doze off.Its the worst experience ever.Im only 37 and 185lb. Ive been taking apple cider vinegar with water for the past 4 days and its working fine..Im finaly able to go to sleep without feeling that preassure on my chest.

Posted by 5327 on Sep 16 2009 19:17:04
I've had acid reflux for a very long time I'm tired of this when I feel something in my throat my dad said there's nothing there,and alot of times in the past I always gag or feel like I might throw up!! I feel like this now I feel bad....=.= I take this red desert clay and it helps alot (not much as it used to) I take pepsid (can't spell it) and it works better on it....but I still get this yucky feeling in my throat again everyday some1 please help!! I'm sick of this :(

Posted by M I C H E L L E on Sep 16 2009 07:39:44
TRY BAKING SODA IN A LIL WARM WATER, DRINK IT DOWN, ITS NASTY BUT IT WILL DO THE TRICK IN GETTING RID OF THAT NASTY ACID REFLUX, TEMPORARILY!!!

Posted by SUES on Sep 14 2009 18:05:03
ACID REFLUX HAS NEARLY RUINED MY LIFE. I DARE NOT GO OUT ANYWHER WITHOUT WHAT I CALL MY CHOKE BOWL. I RECENTLY HAD A NEW FLARE WITH ACID REFLUX. NOW I AM HAVING T HAVE TEETH PULLED, ROOT CANALS & CROWNS. I AM ON MEDICARE DISABILITY & HAVE HIT THE GAP WITH MY Medicationd. My Dr. gave me a sample of Aciphex & it works wonderfully. 1st 30 day supply 9.00.Couldn't afford this with all the other med I have to take. WISH I Had paid that & now wouldn't be facing 5-6 root canals with crowns & mega pain in my mouth as well. Careful folkes if asomething isn't working for you, try something else before it affects your throat & teeth.I AM USUALLY VERY CAREFUL AS TO WHAT I EAT. HAD A BAKED POTATO & THREWW UP FOR SEVERAL HOURS & I KNOW THIS COULD NOT HAVE BEEN THE REASON.BEST OF LUCK TO ALL OF YOU. I WILL TRY SOME OF YOUR SUGGESTIONS, BUT FOR NOW WILL HAVE TO STICK WITH WHAT WORKS. SUE S

Posted by vijay on Sep 14 2009 10:11:15
Hi. I was suffered from very bad acidity and ulcer due to h.pylori bacteria. I had taken too much antibiotic and antacid medicines, but i was not able to eat little heavy. After all cource, i went to Ayurvedic Doctor, He suggest me to avoid all fermenting foods, like yorghut, cheese, cake, bakery food, breads and such. Just try to drink lots of milk. I was wondered that my allopathic doctor told me to not to drink milk. I have tried as per ayurvedic doc. and all 6 month of pain gone in 1 week. Today when ever i feel little acidity i drink lots of milk and water. I don't know this will work for all, but it is good option

Posted by tish on Sep 14 2009 09:03:58
Try eating a red-delicious apple instead of the OTC GERD medications - it even works with nausea. For the h-pyloric bacteria in the stomach, 2 tbs of natural honey for 2 weeks is supposed to get it under control

Posted by wizade on Sep 03 2009 23:23:02
digestive enzymes

Posted by Maja on Aug 29 2009 07:17:53
hi. im also suffering fr reflux for about 6mos now. i was advised to take pantoloc but it doesnt help. im afraid it might just affect my liver. i\\'ll try natural remedies for this. i feel like dying everytime im getting acid attack. was rushed to the ER 3x this year. im almost to quit my job because of this condiiton. is Apple cider vinegar really works? pls help.

Posted by Becca B on Aug 28 2009 21:59:27
I had an allergic reaction to some hair care products. The welts took over my body. I was put on steroids on the 2nd day of pills I was rushed to the Emergency Dept. Come to find out the steroids had damaged my upper GI tract and know I have had acid reflux for a week know. I have tried the potato and milk. I also was taking zantac and using the malox. Om my goodness I am in so much pain, and the least to say the welts are still in control of my body.

Posted by joe on Aug 28 2009 05:47:54
i two have the constant feeling that i cant swallow sometimes i also have the lump in my throat. i also have problems breathing were i fill i have to take deep breaths all the time. my stomach kills the left side, and pain now and again below my nipples lol i have not been diagnosed yet i have a barum swallow next week, as above tho this is really effecting my life feeling out of breathe all the time and constant pain

Posted by PaulN on Aug 24 2009 12:16:00
Hi all. I've been suffering from reflux for about a month now. At the start I went into a panic, but now I feel much better about it. The product which I've found works best is Manuka Honey. It really is powerful stuff. Other than that, I've been paying close attention to my diet (apples, bananas, yoghurt, potatoes, eggs, porridge chicken, fish, green vegetables etc.etc. coffee and wine are a big NO!) and stress levels. I've tried some of the other remedies as well, but I've found Manuka works best for me. I'm still investigating the cause (it's possibly an ulcer), but I feel now that there is indeed hope of curing it. While the internet is a useful way of finding out possible cures, I don't believe that it's necessarily healthy to believe everything you read.. especially when it tells you that you're getting cancer!! :) ... be well, be safe, and be smart... Paul

Posted by bella on Aug 21 2009 21:41:10
A friend told me to try some aloevera and cactus capsules, they can be found at Walgreens, its a mexican product, they worked really good for me, no more heartburn or acid reflux. The cost is very resonable too. Might want to try this.

Posted by Chair on Aug 09 2009 09:53:23
I swear off drinking anything but water and the occasional glass of milk. I drink primarily ice water. We recently moved and I have since had an ongoing problem with heartburn. We are on municipal water supply. We had our hot water heater replaced and I noticed a lot of white sludge that had accumulated in the bottom of it... likewise when I make ice it always makes a precipitate which is apparent when I put the ice in water. I just figured we had unusually hard water. I never had the sludge tested for what it was. Or had our water tested for that matter... let the city handle it right? Well I stopped drinking it and started buying distilled water.. voila! no more heartburn! Needless to say I wont ever do anything with municipal water besides wash clothes and dishes.

Posted by Rafael on Aug 08 2009 22:37:15
I am still heartburn free. It is amazing. I really don't know why. Yesterday I eat a Peperoni pizza all by myself just before going to bed and I sleep all night no need for anything. Just a month and a half ago I couldn't eat a single slice without needed to take 4-5 extra Strength Rolaids. I wish I discovered what happen so I could let you know but frankly short of a miracle, I have no idea. My mother in law also suffers from the same thing and she told me that she got much better eating pices of raw potato. Try this, it may help you too.

Posted by harriet on Aug 08 2009 15:25:56
i have acid reflux been dealing withh it for 6 months last 2mos taking nexium 40 morning 30min before breakfast and same30min before dinner 0ne 150mg zantac before sleep im getting better biggest thing for sore throat is chewing gum extra polar ice flavor no mint or cinnamon they give you hb saliva and swallowing soothe and coat and help digestion

Posted by Rafael on Aug 01 2009 21:39:06
I suffered of heartburns for the past 20+ years. I was taking in a good day about 4 extra strenght Rolaids and on a bad day up to 12. Last month I travel to Mexico and I did everything that I normally do; however the first day there I noticed a reduction on the condition. I only took one rolaid. After the first day I didn't need to take any rolaids at all and until today I have not taken any yet and the best thing, no heartburns. I am puzzled at what made my heartburns go away. I still don't know but this is what I did differenty. The first day I was in Mexico I drank about 2 glasses of (ciruela amarilla), I believe the translation would be something like yellow plum. The juice was natural and I continued taking it for about 4 days. While I was in Mexico I eat worst than I normally do at home, it is, tacos, chips, salsa, cheese, meat with chilly, and in amounts that probably double what I eat at home. So anybody would expect that I would get worst not better. Here is the other thing that I did differently, I didn't take ice tee at all. At home I dring ice tee at least once a day but in Mexico I drank water, juices, soda and rice water. Just in case I have not taken any ice tee yet and my heartburns have not returned. I have eaten what normally a Month ago would have kept me up at night and I now sleep through the night. I never thought that a condition of so many years would go away in literally one day. I am not sure if it was the ice tee, the ciruela amarilla juice or anything else that I eat while in there. The only thing I know is that I have been heartburn free for over a Month without any medications. Someone has any idea of what happened? my first thought was "This is not normal, perhaps something bad is happening, I need to go to the doctor to get my HB back" By the way, it can't be stress, this past 3 weeks have been really stressful due to some bids that we are working on under very strict time constraints. I would be very interested in a Doctor's opinion as to what happen because as you can see, I have no idea. Not sure if they will return, but sure it is nice to spend a Month not thinking that I run out of rolaids.

Posted by Paula on Jul 30 2009 14:58:15
organic-apple cider vinegar is the best for heartburn and gout.just 2teaps a day in water, orange juice or any tea and it will fix you right up.

Posted by sarika on Jul 28 2009 08:38:49
hi i have been suffering from acid reflux from d last 3 weeks.i have heartburn all the time wheater i eat anything or not moreover i m burping all the time,and nw a pain in back bone of my chest on the right side has started...... can anyone suggest me some home remedies. will any yoga can help me to come out of this........

Posted by Emma on Jul 28 2009 08:36:00
I have only just discovered that i may have acid reflux with only ever two experiences of it before. Where everything i ate, after the protagonist food brought it on, caused a very uncomfortable sensation, mine has never been severe burning or pain, but very uncomfortable along with uncontrollable burping. Usually i use apple cider vinegar and it works. Two weeks ago it returned and would not go away, also i acquired a seriously dry mouth, and burning tongue, but no acid taste, so i didnt automatically associate the two physical symptoms. However I have just had blood tests for possible diabetes and a number of other conditions to find my bloods are all fine, and now find through my research that it may be acid reflux... which concerns me if it dosnt go away... I have been careful with what I eat, but usually am, mainly stick to whole foods and rarely if ever rich and processed foods, yet enjoy coffee wine (limited) and tobacco. I have been treated by my accupuncturist along with high dose zinc, b vitamins in a multi (high quality vitamins) and high quality pro and prebiotic. My dry mouth subsided for a few days but with the stress of a new work environment starting this week and other matters, the dry mouth came back. So on top of that I have been taking 1-2 teaspoons of slippery elm powder twice a day, and today feel so much better. (Do not take slippery elm if pregnant has been used as an abortive herb without accredited herbal advice)I think for those really suffering they should try slippery elm 3-4 times a day, one site says to have a break every 14 days also... I would also recommend doing a complete alkaline diet, cleanse, detox and getting professional herbal advice and support for this. Check out rise and shine cleanse on google excellent bowel cleanse which alkalines the whole body... However I was fortunate enough to get the fresh herbs from the only supplier in australia rather than the capsuled herbs sold in america.... I would suggest taking the time,stress free, to commit to this life change and get all the support you need, bodywork, counselling excercise to support you. Stress causes acidity sothe more you take time to relax the better for your body and reflux... I have been particulary stressed in the last few months so this could have contributed to my condition along with other environmental factors, diet excercise, allergies, toxins... the body teaches us what we really need to know for our healing... let your food be your medicine and your medicine be your food....

Posted by Terry Bergamo on Jul 26 2009 16:39:45
I have been taking omeprazol 40mg for yrs but trying to go natural. It was suggested to take Pearls, Aloe juice, slippery Elm and black licorice. I have started taking the Aloe and Pearls for a few days and my throat is burning up. I'm use to the relief that I was getting from omep. Can you use Apple cider vinegar with the Aloe juice or are they counter productive? Any idea how long I'll have to take aloe before really getting relief? Hate to go to long burnig because of the long term damage the burn does. Thanks.

Posted by Wanda on Jul 17 2009 12:43:02
I have had acid reflux (gerds) for years and had stomach ulcers which are very painful also. I have just taken Prilosec for 14 days,(No need to buy the brand name...Wal Mart generic is the exact formula). It has really helped. Just do not take it for more than 14 days at a time. It tells you that in their directions. The NO.1 thing that has helped me is aloe vera juice (does not have to be organic). It HEALED my stomach ulcers. 3 of my friends had recommended it to me and it REALLY WORKED!!! I only took about 1 ounce once or twice daily, but it is good for you so you can drink more if you want. Not real tasty but I just gulped it quickly. I found it at Wal Mart in the pharmacy area in a very large (gallon) size for about or . I sympathize with you all. Hope this will work wonders for you as it did for me.

Posted by Jon on Jul 14 2009 12:01:02
i'd check out allergies. both food and environmental. particularly mold. my brother got acid reflux at age 8 along with allergy symptoms. our family doc gave him mold immunotherapy. some months later he was cured. i suspect my reflux is the same thing. i've had reflux for almost a year now and it started exactly during a huge mold exposure. i've never experienced it even for a moment in the 42 years before that.

Posted by jason on Jul 05 2009 10:29:19
I am sharing my true experience today. I had acid attack from few days. i was constant burping and some time short of breath. I tied fennel seeds last night, chew slowly and almost 3 spoons. didn't drink any water for almost an hr. Went to run out and and did some breathing excersise by nose only. I was surprized i didn't have acid reflux. Thanks for you all for sharing your experience

Posted by Anonymous on Jul 03 2009 18:11:08
Cure Heartburn Naturally Now Over 40 million American adults suffer from heartburn. And most have no idea that you can cure it without antacids. Here are six effective, all-natural alternatives: 1. Ginger Root - Research shows ginger can strengthen the lower esophageal sphincter (LES). Add one-half teaspoon of freshly grated gingerroot to a cup of hot water. Let the ginger steep for 10 minutes. Strain the ginger and drink. 2. Peppermint – You can take peppermint in capsule form. But for optimal effect, get fresh peppermint. Place a wad of peppermint leaves between your molars and chew for a minute before swallowing. The calming effect on your stomach is almost immediate. 3. D-Limonene –It’s an extract from orange peel that’s highly effective. In one study, 90% of the people reported complete relief of their heartburn symptoms in just two weeks. What’s more, the effect lasted for six months after they stopped taking it.8 Take 1000 mg every other day for 20 days. Then take a maintenance dose as needed. You can find D-limonene at your local health food store. 4. Zinc – Zinc has incredibly powerful gastro-protective effects. One study compared zinc to famotidine (the over-the-counter drug Pepcid). The result? Patients in the zinc group experienced identical symptom relief to those who took Pepcid.9 You can find zinc at any health food store or even your local grocery store. Aim for 96 mg of elemental zinc per day. 5. Betaine Hydrochloride and Pepsin – This may seem a little counterintuitive. But taking hydrochloric acid (HCL) and pepsin (a digestive enzyme) with every meal can eliminate heartburn symptoms. It also helps break down your food. This ensures you get all the vitamins, minerals and nutrients you need. In fact, thousands of heartburn patients have experienced relief as a result of taking an HCL and pepsin combination.10 I’ve found it to be the case for many of my patients as well. Take one 600 mg capsule before each meal. You can find betaine HCL combined with pepsin at your local vitamin shop. 6. Mastic Gum Extract w/ DGL – Mastic gum has been used for thousands of years to heal heartburn. Studies even suggest that mastic gum can kill H.Pylori.11 You can often find it combined with deglycyrrhizinated licorice (DGL) at your health food store. Traditional Chinese medicine has long used licorice for its ability to soothe and coat the stomach. Look for a formula that contains 1 gram of mastic gum extract and 760 mg of DGL.

Posted by Elpidio Amayo on Jun 29 2009 14:27:38
Most of Acid Reflux can be eliminated with Tepache drink made with tibicos. Look it up on google, for vendor or someone might offer you some. To your health. Elpidio

Posted by tl on Jun 23 2009 11:04:53
alfredo zotti- i like your idea- do you suggest any other foods too- i want to cure myself of acid reflux and i have heard apples and carrots work great but what else can i eat- i know to avoid spicy foods, caffeine, etc.. but what about salt and i hear dairy is good if fat-free- I need help everyone LOl

Posted by alfredo zotti on Jun 23 2009 05:10:29
I think that for those who have severe reflux it would be of great help to eat just nice apples and carrots (or carrot juice) for two weeks. Drink plenty of clean water and try not to have problems. You can eat bananas too but very ripe. You will feel better. No smoking. no alcohol and no coffee otherwise it is pointless. Sleep on your left side

Posted by lonnie taylor on Jun 17 2009 01:53:34
i had very bad reflux,so bad that i was afraid to go to sleep at night cause id wake the whole house hacking up whatever i ate my aunt told me to drink aloe vera juice and it worked wonders just drink half a glass with every meal and you should be fine

Posted by Evie on Jun 09 2009 21:34:14
I have throat inflamation from acid reflux, in my throat that it stings when i talk. Has anyone had success with the "organic throat coat tea"?? I'm desprate.I can't take this any more.

Posted by Anonymous on Jun 07 2009 20:51:44
I read in the book \\'your body many cries for water\\' that what you need to do for GERD is to drink lots of water to keep body hydrated. When the pain comes on drink 2-3 cups water and continue to do so every 2-3 hours. To alleviate problem, make it a practice to drink 6-8 glasses of water a day. Sounds very simple, but it works.

Posted by Loisroselyn on Jun 05 2009 16:32:05
I suggest Peruvian Maca. So far it's been terrific!

Posted by Nadisha on Jun 01 2009 18:58:46
i would like to know how much of the olive oil i should take and how often...i tried every thing else and the apple cider helps at times and sometimes the apple works

Posted by tony on May 27 2009 18:15:20
Yes oatmeal is good Remember to chew your food very well,and slowly, no liquids if possible until 30 min after eating. No smoke, no caffeine, Eat more fiber, fiber.....

Posted by renee on May 25 2009 00:12:26
Hi everyone, my father is suffering from acid reflux very badly, that even when he drinks water he coughs it back up. He is unable to hold anything on his stomach. We tried the vinegar and water it worked for a little while, but he\\'s still going through same problem. Can anyone help!

Posted by Danny on May 24 2009 20:38:30
Hello. I have been having severe reflux for the past three weeks---Tightness in the chest and Back and Generally feeling like Crap with shortness of Breath. I am taking Omprezole which has worked fine until recently. I started searching the web for relief and came across a Home Remedy for Reflux---Raw Un refined Honey---Two Tablespoons Morning amd Night. I have been taking it for two days now with some relief but will give it a few moew days before making any decisions as to the effectiveness of Honey.

Posted by sue on May 24 2009 16:19:10
i constantly am very very nauaseaus,it feels as i am going to vomit,cannot do anything but lay down.........help.i am 53,and was active

Posted by lisa on May 23 2009 03:51:12
i am really suffering from acid reflux but no official confirmation with the doctor. now i am taking fosamax for my osteopenia. this is a once a week. but really, the side effect is hurting me. it gives mo so much pain in my stomach. just last night i was awaken by this burning senation from my stomach. please waht shall i do to ease the pain i am having now. anyone can help me, please////

Posted by Karla on May 21 2009 00:27:02
I would like to thank everyone for their suggestions,there was a moment I felt so alone with this condition, and when I would try and explain it to my husband ...he just couldn't fathem the pain I sffered night after night. I will try the apple cidar, and the Virgin Olive oil...whish me luck :-)

Posted by Lucy on May 19 2009 12:22:04
I was diagnosed with GERD 14 years ago and have been on daily medication ever since. Started out on Prilosec, then Nexium, and now for the past 3 years ZEGERID, which by the way works wonders. I never thought medication for GERD was bad for me until reading posts on the internet. Why would my doctor have me taking medication for 14 years straight ? I am probably 25 pounds overweight and have heartburn regardless if I eat or not. I do eat the wrong foods but even when I have tried to be careful, I still have heartburn. I lost 30 lbs a couple of years ago and still had heartburn. I have found I can eat and drink almost everything as long as I take my 40mg of ZEGERID daily. Wine is the exception. OW! A few times a year, I do get this horrble painful spasm feeling that starts in my stomach and slowly climbs through the middle of my chest up to my throat. It lasts about a minute of two and usually happens in the middle of the night. Not sure what that is, but I told my doctor and he didn't seem to concerned. All I know is that is sure does hurt. Anyway, I am going to try some of the remedies suggested and see how I do. I will first have to muster up the courage to discard my daily fix of ZEGERID. Keep your fingers crossed!

Posted by monica on May 17 2009 10:31:50
I have had acid reflux for 18 years now. I used to be on medicine, but for some reason I was taken off of it. The medicine usually helped, but now I am just screwed. My main problem is that I LOVE tomatoes and anything that contains them. Obviously, this is bad for my reflux. I have tried to take some of the over-the-counter medicine, but none of it works. Also, my digestive system is very odd and doesn't act like those of normal people. I think this is partially due to the acid reflux. Has anyone tried the home remedies before? [Oh, I also have hypo-thyroidism.]

Posted by Melissa on May 04 2009 11:11:50
this is to Tina. The white tongue sounds like it could be a yeast or bacterial infection. Try testing yourself for Candida. Take half a glass of water and spit in it. Check the water every 15 minutes for up to an hour. If your saliva is suspended at the top of the water with strings (like legs)or \\"cloudy\\" saliva or cloudy specks suspended in water,you have a potential problem with Candida. If the saliva is still floating after an hour the Candida is under control.Candida can cause a number of digestive problems including GERD/acid reflux.If you have Candida(yeast) you need to starve down the yeast.No sugars or anything that turns to sugar. No mold or anything containing mold or fungus. You should not eat cheese,vinegar,mushrooms,mayonnaise,mustard, or ketchup.You can eat protein: meat,eggs,&protein powder.Fats: olive oil, coconut oil, almonds, almond butter.Good Carbohydrates: non-starchy carbohydrates,fresh or frozen berries,lemons,grapefruit(no other fruit),beans(chili is great).Hope this helps!God bless!

Posted by heather b on Apr 29 2009 00:35:46
After about 17 years of severe epigastric pain under and to the right of my sternum I was finally diagnosed with a rare esophageal disorder called Achalasia. 1 in 100,000 have it. The lower esophageal sphincter does not work properly and is closed most of the time. Acid along with gas seems to work its way up and can't get back down causing the pain. The only thing I have found to help my condition is a complete change in eating habits. An alkaline(low acid) diet kept me pain free for months. I went off it and was back in pain. ACV and all the proton inhibitors they've had me on do nothing. Raw fuits and veggies, no dairy(some cultured dairy seems to be ok),no soda, tea, sweets and very little meat seem to be the way to go. A juicer is great to have as well. So, if you're not happy with gerd as your diagnosis and food seems to stick halfway down and/or you have signifigant weightloss ask your doctor if achalasia is a possibility. It is found through an endoscopy only. For 17 years no one suggested that this was what my problem was. It is RARE. Hope this helps.

Posted by rolly on Apr 25 2009 19:23:05
My wife is suffering from acid reflux a week ago, I remember my friends advise to take Edhawa Feralant and after 1hour she vomit all the acid from her stomach not including the food and she was relief from heartburn feeling. This is a very good herbal medicine no side effect all natural.

Posted by Virg on Apr 15 2009 11:23:08
Having a lot of the same problems with GERD while taking Prevacid. This will be short term because I hate meds. Researching home remedies and found we all need to consider our diet as commented by many. Look up the Alkaline/Acid Diet and stick to those alkaline foods/drinks. I can see I have been eating the wrong foods while even taking the meds. Hello!

Posted by Pat on Apr 11 2009 11:35:37
I am also reading alot of your comments the medication Prilosec will make you feel worst it can give you worst acid reflux make you feel sick to your stomach ,diarrhea, colitis ,vomiting, it will kill it will give you high blood pressure the list goes on and on the doctor don't tell you all the systems and pharmacy only tells you the ones that happen the most. read what I have to say below

Posted by Pat on Apr 11 2009 11:23:04
For those with acid reflux this is what helped me First throw the medication in the garbage second a cup of Aloe vera juice first thing in the morning (where to get it GNC) if you are getting heart burn you can try Extra virgin olive oil, if you are having throat problem try Organic Throat coat tea made by Traditional Medicinals (where to get it GNC) you can also try DGL by Enzymatic two just before a meal they are chewable this will help until you get it under control (where to get it GNC) I also take once a month a chewable ACIDOPHILUS it is stomach bacteria as you get older you have less and after taking medication for years that didn't work you are lacking the Bacteria becouse the medication killed it all. Food to stay away from sweet food fruit, cookies, junk food, I am not fat but diesel and cut I would jug 5 to 8 miles a day but had a sweet tooth still do but cut way back and have a big improvement in the way I feel. try it

Posted by Dave on Apr 10 2009 23:25:12
I have suffered with acid reflux for years. I found eating Joseph\\\\\\\\'s brand oatmeal cookies in the evening before bedtime has virtually cured the acid reflux problem at night. I buy the sugar free because I am also diabetic. I am not affiliated in any way with this company. I tried many other oatmeal cookies and Instant Oatmeal, etc but no other oatmeal cookie or product really works for me except these cookies. I think they also sell an oatmeal cookie with nuts mixed in but I won\\\\\\\\'t buy these as I found nuts add to my acid problems so I buy the plain oatmeal cookie. I have given these cookies to three other people I know that suffer from acid reflux and these cookies have worked for them also. They are hard to find in the grocery store so I buy on-line. www.josephslitecookies.com. Hope this helps.

Posted by BILAL LATIF on Apr 04 2009 09:39:49
my stomach problem starts from last year in april.when the problem starts i feel that i am going to die after very next second but after some months when i was diagnosed that i have stomach problem i take omeprazole with that i feel better but i am not permanently perfect my stomach gas flow is towards my brain which disturbs me throughout the day.sometimes i also have acidic stress on my stomach.i am 22 years old male from pakistan

Posted by A on Mar 27 2009 18:48:53
Reply to "Z's" comment. It sounds more like you have a hiatal hernia. They can do an endoscopy or barium swallow to determine so or not. Fortunately, they also have a procedure to help relieve some of your symptoms. If you are a girl my doctor suggested waiting till you were done having children to have this surgery performed. That's what I'm waiting on now. It feels like forever away!

Posted by kim on Mar 10 2009 10:10:51
Thanks for all the advice everyone-hope I find my remedy today.

Posted by bess on Mar 07 2009 11:37:50
I have been taking diffirent medication reflux for many many years. I am 69 years old and tired of trying so many drugs. I would really like to get off them, so I am going to try the other method,like the vinegar. Right now I have eaten an apple and I am drinking honey with ginger. Please, if you know of any thing diffirent, please let me know.

Posted by anonymous on Mar 06 2009 09:52:57
Iam going through the same thing...acid reflux,sick stomach,diahrea,vomiting, the whole deal. I've been on Prilosec for 1 1/2 years and the side effects are awful..rapid heart, muscle aches, sweating, nausea,headaches etc. Trying the ACV and baking soda and water with honey. Working so-so and on 4th day. Today Iam sick, but will NOT go back to the Prilosec. Am going to try the virgin olive oil and apples. Good luck to you all.

Posted by Z on Mar 06 2009 04:44:55
im going insane with burping. it been going on for 4 months now and ive tried everything - chewing fennel seeds, chewing garlic, drinking peppermint tea - and nothing seems to help. i cant even breathe properly. i take esomeprazole twice a day (its now been 3 days) and it doesnt help one bit. there is a dull pain in my stomach and pain in my chest too. i am getting tested for h-pylori, but i need to know an instant remedy for this.

Posted by Anonymous on Feb 28 2009 17:40:45
This one is for Daniel (on Feb 20 2009 01:58:00): Your symptoms sound very much like mine. This is a very different pain from heatburn. I went several years having these upper adomanial pains on and off and of varying degrees of pain. Sometimes after a spicy or fried meal I would have this pain along with burping. The pain would come on suddenly and disappear as quickly as it came on. Later they found I had gall stones on a CT scan. Here is a description of gall bladder symptoms. Chest pain in the right side or upper adomanial pains (caused by stones in the bile duct or inflammation or swelling of the gallbladder itself). Nausea or queasiness, vomiting and gas are frequent. There may or may not be belching or burping. The gall bladder, which sits just below the rib cage to the right of the stomach, is very tender to touch. It can be so painful that it takes your breath away. You may not be able to walk without bending over. Sometimes the pain radiates through to the back shoulder blade on the right side or in the middle between the shoulder blades. This is pain from the gallbladder being referred to the back of the shoulder. This back shoulder blade chest pain is one of the most common yet unknown symptoms of a gallbladder disorder. This can come and go or be constant. It may be sharp, excruciating or dull. It may also occur especially at night. An gallbladder attack will typically last for one to four hours.

Posted by Derrick on Feb 27 2009 03:28:50
I have GERD, I started taking 20mg omeprazole it worked but was expensive and possibly dangerous so I stopped taking the meds and now have radically changed my diet and it seems to be working. I use alkaline foods to balance the symptoms. I noticed cheese makes my throat close and sometimes I cant even drink water. I use lemon water as a constant tonic and its working. To everyone who has GERD dont give up just see the opportunity to change your life towards health. I still try and eat fried and other acidic foods but they generally make me sick so Im getting sick of them. The one think I worry about is my weigtloss. I have got to keep enough food coming in to keep up with my output of energy but salads, veggies and fruits sometimes just cant do it. Well good luck all

Posted by Ralph on Feb 23 2009 10:31:19
I hear ya all. I went through the feeling I had a lump in my throat about three years ago, back and forth to regular doctor treating me for cold symptoms. Finally ENT (like Kris) found the problem and gave me previcid. But hear is the other trick, gave me a mouthwash to gargle that has Maalox and something that numbs. Worked great, doctor keeps me bottle on the occassion it flares back up. I also have Gastroparesis (paralized stomach). I have found cokes seem to help (strange)and eating an apple at night. They say now to take the skin off. In fact I have been reading to eat apple sauce instead. Good luck to all, for the good old days when I could eat anything, oh yea I still do, but just not as much.

Posted by Daniel on Feb 20 2009 01:58:00
I have upper adomanial pain now for about one year. I berp alot, but I can eat just about anything and don"t have heartburn. At the beginning of the problem, doctor told me I have hyplore they gave me pills but I still have pains. I don"t know what the hell I have. Anybody has any advise please....

Posted by kris on Feb 17 2009 19:44:44
after having strep throat 3 months ago i still had the feeling something was stuck in my throat & had chest pain on the right side. I saw an ENT the first of this month & he said it was acid. he put me on prilosec 20mg once a day. i have not had any relief of this feeling that something is stuck in my throat. He said to try the prilosec at least 2 months. Does anyone know of something that might help?

Posted by Hazel on Feb 17 2009 01:10:03
Andy, I have suffered with acid reflux for years. I take the famous purple pill, Nexium. It helps for the most part, if I take it daily.But they are expensive so I take one every other day.The feeling that you have something hung in your throat is possibly an ulser in your throat, caused from the acid reflux. I had the uncontrolable need to swallow constantly, making the problem even worse. After a night in the ER and an upper GI,that's what I was told.Oh Yeah! Awarning to all... If you begin to have mussle spasms while taking prilosic,or nexium it's the med's.

Posted by Andy callum on Feb 13 2009 23:15:23
ive sufferred from acid reflux before though the zantac pills did eventually remove the problem. i have just recovered from the flu and for some strange reason the reflux is back , now im not suffering from any heartburn or major discomfort but i have the feeling that something is lodged in my throat which can be quite un pleasant but i dont have the usual reflux symtoms , i eat alot of fruit and veg though my diet could be better , i have found using a apple or carrot can help in the getting rid of reflux and the apple vinegar does reduce the pain eventually but how can i get the feeling of something lodged in my throat to clear up?? is it acid reflux?? can anyone help??

Posted by Anonymous on Feb 01 2009 23:01:30
I recommend lifestyle changes before medication. I took Prilosec and had OD symptoms even though I was on a regular dose. I was on 20mg a day. Symptoms were: * confusion * drowsiness * blurred vision * fast or pounding heartbeat * nausea * vomiting * sweating * flushing (feeling of warmth) * full feeling in my head * dry mouth, very thirsty I also experienced: * constipation * dizziness * tooth and gum decay and pain * left upper back/shoulder pain * severe stomach cramps * rash * itching all over my body, mainly chest and arms * my feet and ankles were swollen * difficulty breathing * muscle spasms, * tingling in my face, lips, and limbs

Posted by Ayanna on Jan 27 2009 22:20:13
My 10 years old daughter is sufferring with GERD so badly right now I don't know what to do. So far nothing I've tried has helped. I feel so helpless. I just want to make her feel better. I will try to apple cider vineger. Right now all day she suffers. She always feel as if someone is standing on her chest, that's how much her chest hurts, she throws up all the time, coughs non stop, and now she's complaning that the food she eats does not taste good. I am afraid for my baby.

Posted by claudia on Jan 27 2009 16:56:22
for the comment i wrote early about under neath my chest i meant my stomach.

Posted by claudia on Jan 27 2009 16:47:53
i have bad acid reflux but i dont feelit on my chest or my throat i feelit undrer neath my chest it burns so bad i start sweating alot that i have to make my self puke please if somoone have a remedy for these send it to me or postit please the nezium medication is not helping me anymore.

Posted by jamie on Jan 22 2009 15:06:55
I had acid reflux when i was pregnant really bad and i read and read on it cause i was puking and chest pain and i knew i was not nausea so one day i found in the book Back to Eden which is a great book i read that leaf majoram was my savior i usually put it in my tea its a spice u add to ur food but i actually started growing it and eat the leaves when i know its gonna bug me or if it starts up and stuff comes up and it helps so much expecially if it is really bad i hope this helps some of u

Posted by Cyrstal on Jan 22 2009 04:15:41
I suffer from acid reflux (I think). This is what happens: I got to sleep and for some reason I awake suddenly and my chest and throat is burning, I can't catch my breath, non-stop coughing, and I feel like I'm gonna die. Is there anything that can be taken when this occurs to stop all of the above sypthoms (I know I spelled that wrong)? I take tums or drink water but, the burning and coughing continues for hours. This usually happens at least twice a month. I open to all suggestions. Thanks and have a great week/weekend.

Posted by Dave on Jan 20 2009 02:26:32
I am 40 years old and have recently been suffering from reflux so bad that it wakes me from a sound sleep. The acid burning sensation in my throat is often so bad that it causes me to caugh which forces even more acid up into my throat and even sinus cavity. I take about 300mg of OTC Zantac 2x a day and it does provide some relief but I have concerns taking these meds and what they are doing to my body. I am so despirate that tonight I literally broke out in tears from the pain. I never cry! I keep baking soda and a bottle of water next to the bed which kills the burn nearly instantly when an attack occurs. I noticed that adjustments in my diet does help but I can't live on a bland diet forever. I notice also these attacks often follow a stressful days activities so some lifestyle changes are being self-prescribed! What helps is lying on my left side elevated (stomach is L shaped) and keeps most fluid below the esophagus. I can't stand doctors and their pharmacutical kickback solutions so I will try the apple vinegar or olive oil home remedy first but I really would like some input on how to handle the attacks when they do happen. What works best for you? I am interested in my fellow sufferers responses and I empathize with anyone who suffers from this because as my partner gets her sleep next to me, I am awake at 2:30 am on a discussion board loosing valuable sleep!

Posted by Courtney on Jan 17 2009 01:05:52
I am 9 months pregnant and suffering from terrible indegestion... I have been living off of TUMS for 9 months, but after a bowl of Chilli tonight, needed something better... I am trying the Extra Virgin Olive Oil and a cold glass of milk... here's to trying to feeling better...

Posted by PatNP on Jan 15 2009 10:32:39
It has been two months and no acid refluxs. I have been drinking 8oz of Aloe vera juice every othere day when I feel any thing remotely like acid reflux coming on I take a tablespoon of extra vigin olive oil for my throat a drink a cup of Organic Throat coat tea with a teaspoon of honey in it (it is made by Traditional Medicinals) I do not use but if you have really bad RF drink a teaspoon of apple cider vineger with water it will help but it will take a month or more before you see results with it. Throw the medication in the garbage it is only killing your body more then the acid reflux.

Posted by zandrajordan on Jan 09 2009 08:00:41
i'm at computer trying to get somehelp on ruflux'' my symtoms are flu-like nausated-burning int o thoart-left-sideburning headach back cant sleep been goin on for ysr's dr. say hiail hernial same thing. as i sit at computer im got the viergoout/vigin olive oil..... help me now!thanks

Posted by will on Jan 07 2009 13:50:26
have been suffering from acid reflux for nearly a year now and still not under control. still suffering from pains in stomach and chest pain also have developed dry eyes. currently taking omeprazole 80 mg once day and metroclopramide 3 times a day .did have h. pylori last april which did go after treatment also suffer from bad asthma

Posted by Danielle on Jan 06 2009 09:42:47
My boyfriend has acid reflux and he takes his meds regurally, but he still gets so sick that he refuses to eat or he says that he will vomit. We'll try the apples and all of the other ideas. thanks!

Posted by Tony on Dec 29 2008 08:07:10
I have had acid reflux for the past 3 years, many trips to the ER thinking I was having a heart attack based on the pains to the chest. I take Nexium 20 mg once, sometimes twice a day when needed, nothing seems to help. I'm now trying the orange peel extract 1000mg for 20 days and 2 tea spoons of apple cider vinegar with 8oz of water with meals, O what a relief. Six days and counting and no side effects, thank God

Posted by JD on Dec 25 2008 21:45:51
2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar, 1/4 tsp. baking soda and 8 oz. of water once a week has helped my acid reflux. Also refrain from eating fried foods and over-eating. I had scar tissue form on my esophagus from the acidity, and had trouble swallowing food.

Posted by Jane on Dec 24 2008 23:31:57
I've had eosiniphilic esophagitis recently, dry eyes, mouth and sinuses - little taste and smell. I found out it was all caused by a severe dairy allergy - I was eating cheese 4 to 5 times a day for hypoglycemia and my body freaked out with the EE on Nov 7 - my last day of cheese. Prior to that I had swollen glands in my neck, sinus headaches, aching eyes and eczema on my eyelids, neck and back. I went through dairy "withdrawals" - it's been 7 weeks now - but as of yesterday my saliva has returned - I can smell again and the tastebuds are starting to wake up. My GERD is now only IBD and I'm careful about what I eat - am taking acidophilus with FOS, a magnesium/calcium supplement, fish oil, buffered vitamin C & a good multivitamin. I used no drugs during it all - only the buffered vitamin C for reactions, ate small meals frequently and plenty of water. I did use the apple cider vinegar the first few weeks when the GERD was really bad. It helped a lot. Now it's like the dairy is "unmasking" all the symptoms I had and slowly my body is healing.

Posted by Gena on Dec 14 2008 17:28:54
I want to say thank you to all who posted here. Prilosec and other acid suppressing drugs may work but they have dangerous side effects and after 3 years my dad started developing bacterial pneumonia almost every other month, no kidding! Our pharmacist told us these drugs are only good for SHORT TERM and cause stomach cancer/pneumonia/depetion of B12, etc. I have been weaning my dad off his 20mg. Prilosec 2x day (we are supposed to WEAN SLOWLY off and go SLOW as the stomach needs to re-adjust apparently) but he is still getting bacterial pneumonia even though we are down to 1/3 capsule morning and night now!!!! I am using extra-virgin pine nut oil *the Chinese and Russians use this for all gastric problems (siberiantigernaturals.com has good info) and we use digestive enzymes/DGL licorice/calcium citrate at every meal (this helps as he doesn't need Tums any more but he still has some reflux) We have been able to let go of all other antacids which he used to take regularly as well so something is working here. I am going to try "oil of Oregeno" and also the black licorice someone here recommended. I am going to also try 5 teas. a day of the extra pine nut oil (instead of 3 teas.) as it does seem to be working but it takes time and then we'll see if we can eliminate the Prilosec entirely. Also, what I understand is that H.pylori is not really the cause although it is often blamed as some who are tested come up negative and still have gastric reflux. The understanding I have come to is it is caused by excessive free-radical damage and needs to be healed. I got this info from the siberian tiger naturals info site. God bless you all and keep trying to heal naturally as all drugs are meant for short term use otherwise you will experience side effects as they are not natural or healthy to the body.

Posted by Zinnia on Dec 11 2008 21:57:33
Hello everyone, I had same problem for over 3 months, sore throat,heartburn constantly,pain in the lower left stomach, pain in the middle of the breast feeling like food doesn't go down. I just discovered I was 5 weeks pregnant, I tried Zantac twice a day, helps a little any Idea how to cure it like gone forever, I also sleep like setting down all the time now. feeling like I have asthma or something my throat is hurt.I need help.

Posted by Rodney on Dec 10 2008 01:19:25
The last month or two, I've been awaken to acid taste in my mouth so bad, I couldn't stand it. Now the last two weeks, I haven't been able to taste much of anything, like its been scalded & the taste buds are damaged. Would this be from acid reflux?

Posted by Victoria on Dec 05 2008 17:43:26
Be tested for H pylori - insist on it!

Posted by Tina on Nov 30 2008 09:56:36
Hi, I got really sick after tetracycline and advils. Burning so badly in gut. 2 weeks of prevacid helped but then I became nauseated to everything and all meds, chemically sensitive. Now, I have burning all the time, a hot prickly pepper burn in nose, mouth, throat with irriation and stomach IF I drink any water. Does the water wash away protective saliva? I feel like I have 1000s of sores in mucous membranes. Even my skin burns. HELP?! Anyone know what is happening? I noticed Joan, Patrick Yew and Rosee had some similar complaints - please explain to me and how you are fixing this?! Thanks. Plus awful taste in mouth (bad) and white tongue all the time since all this started over 2.5 months ago. The burning feeling has escalated to this now, and causes me panic/anxiety too. I have it all the time, and much worse when digesting and when I drink which is only with meals now because the foods helps coat throat.

Posted by Linda on Nov 29 2008 11:11:14
My husband tried the extra virgin olive oil and he slept all night with out taking baking soda,tums, or the purple pill. YEAH!!!!!!!!!!! Thank you whoever recommended it!

Posted by babes on Nov 25 2008 14:11:03
hi,im been suffer my stomach acid for two year and half,omeprazole 20mg is the best for stomach acid.other wise stomach acid forever if will not be careful food to eat..i been try to drink milk never been work with me..all i know about milk is giving more acid stomach and also milk is good for the bone.code liver oil is good for the stomach acid none giving acid feeling good inside stomach..all need to do is away the fatty food ,will body need fatty food,i eat fatty food sometimes its help to get use its to stomach and acceptable.im skinny women sinse im taking codliver oil,calcium,vitamis,for my acid stomach its helping me,and make me feel better my self..so now i put on my weight.guys dont follow this if you not sure.......this is shareng for mylife

Posted by Roger on Nov 22 2008 12:35:07
Help for Acid Reflux 1-Gastrosoothe-chewable tabs-licorise calming (source naturals) 2-Regular Cabbage leaf or Oriental market has capsules. 3-American Health Chewable Super Papaya Enzyme Plus 4-Probiotics adds clean bacteria to help digestion 5-Apple Cider Vinegar-Mothers brand

Posted by Pat N P on Nov 15 2008 14:29:46
Some feed back apple cider vineger did not work for me ginger didn't work for me last night I had pizza and it killed me I tried every thing then I remembered and old Italian person tell me about extra virgin olive oil I took a table spoon of it in about 10 15 min. I felt pretty good no more reflux. I have also had trouble with my throat and I have been drinking A tea called Organic throat coat with a teaspoon of honey in it and now after two days my throat is feeling better too. it has Licorice root in it taste good too.

Posted by Dawn on Nov 12 2008 00:55:17
I suffer with Acid Reflux pretty badly. It doesn't flare up often, but when it does, the pain is SO intense! Added to which, I'm physically throwing up. After reading this, I now have a cold glass of milk in front of me. I'll let you all know if it works.

Posted by Pat N P on Nov 11 2008 12:31:44
I have acid reflux I am going to try all of them and let you know what I think. Thanks all.

Posted by sasmita on Nov 01 2008 06:38:51
my 10 year old daughter is suffering from acid reflux (nausea , flatulence , loss of appetite ) which disturb her sleep for last 6 months . She is on homeopathy treatment but with no result . we already tried allopathy treatment . Does anyone have this problem and if so do you have any idea's what I can do to help this? I have been to my doctor but she hasn't done much for me. Please help

Posted by ivo on Oct 27 2008 00:13:00
I have a terrible taste in my mouth and i think i may have acid reflux. What type of dr should i see? Anyone knows how to get rid of the taste? help

Posted by Andrea Berry on Oct 18 2008 14:21:15
I to have sjogrens syndrome and have exaxtly the same problems as you describe. I use a homeopathic remedy called Natrum Phos 6x. I suck 2 on my tongue after lunch and dinner. It seems to be working pretty well so far.

Posted by Greg on Oct 18 2008 12:29:46
Actually,everybody thinks if you have heartburn or Acid reflux you have too much acid so you take an acid reducer or "Tums". In actuality you don't have enough acid in your stomach and the items I just mention actually produce acid but in a bad way. Drink some ACV (apple cider vinegar) actually is better for you and does a better job. I drink it straight out of the bottle (the organic type). Although it will make you shutter when you drink it, it instantly takes care of the problem. You can also put 1 tablespoon of ACV and mix it in 8 oz. of water and drink it. Do this on a regular basis, even though you don't feel it, and you'll never have it again. I do and haven't had heartburn since.

Posted by Jill on Oct 17 2008 23:23:26
I'd be categorized as the world's biggest idiot. I drink nothing but Coke or Pepse all day, coffee in the morning, don't eat until dinner, smoke my brains out, and yet still I sit here googling :acid reflux" because I'm so addicted to the soda it's rediculous. And go figure... the purple pill crap didn't work for me either. I'm seriously a fool. ;) Best of luck to all in fixing this rediculous problem. Oh, and by the way, for after eating bloating/nausea, Activated Charcoal works every time. But for nasty acid that even makes you nauseaus, I can't find anything that'll work. Gotta change the diet, hands down. P.S. Oh, and I had pizza for dinner. ;)

Posted by ellie on Oct 07 2008 15:12:20
In Egypt, they cook the fenugreek in organic black molasses, with sesame, cherris seeds powder(which they call it Mehlab),and some olive oil, they eat it in breakfast, and for the mome who breast feed the baby, it is delecious.

Posted by Rose on Sep 15 2008 10:53:18
I have acid reflux and am taking Protonix, which sometimes does not help at all! I was told that drinking a papaya shake (fresh papaya, water, and a little sugar in the blender) is an awesome natural remedy.....Well, I was so nauseated from the SMELL of the papaya, that I could NOT force myself to drink it! I know people that swear this works. Just thought I would share this and hopefully it will help some of you.

Posted by Meghan on Sep 14 2008 05:18:37
I was on prescription acid reflux pills for a decade with what I considered at that time to be some success. That is until a doctor basically told me these drugs were killing me slowly over time. We ran tests and my body was deficient in every mineral - calcium, magnesium, etc. He took me off of them immediately. I was terrified because even on the highest prescription dose I still would get reflux, I couldn't imagine my life without it. I have to say something that many who read this will not want to hear - I know I didn't - you MUST change your eating habits. More veggies and fruits reduce or eliminate processed food and things like fast food and soda. In short eat better. In order to help my PH balance even more, I added Pellegrino as my main drink. It has a number of benefits - 1) it is alkaline and therefore helps to tip the OH in my system in a positive way, 2) helped to increase the minerals that were lacking in my body from years of reflux prescription use, 3) the bubbles will help to settle my stomach in the event that I eat something I shouldn't. Hopefully that helps! My heart goes out to all who suffer with this - I know how horrible it is first hand and I just want to say, there is hope!

Posted by Vivek on Sep 07 2008 16:05:03
Today i was in a party, had wine , chicken with bread . after thqt could not sleep coz of acid reflux, i took a glass of milk with two ice cubes, ad while searching for the infomation and reading this forum it was gone, so i think it works...thanks.................!

Posted by Linda Hall on Aug 26 2008 10:29:49
I received an email from a doctor several years ago that said never have heartburn or acid reflux again by eating black licorice every day and it works. My mother had reflux so bad the acid would burn her bronchial tubes and she could not afford the purple pill. When she started eating licorice, she went from using a box of alkaseltzer a month to none. I also have reflux and it works for me.

Posted by ralph santos on Aug 12 2008 00:11:39
since may of this yr i develped acid developing in my stomach too much.my throat is on fire after eating bland meals and i take generic prilosec.morning and nite.please help me.i think i am going to try the apple cidar vinegar.and my mouth is always dry.and all i cant drink anyjuice with citric acid.my throat burns as well as my stomach.

Posted by Matthew on Aug 04 2008 03:37:54
Spell check made me sound like a idiot But you guys get what i am saying. Prilosec WILL work if you Take IT right. Im sorry that my spell check messed up the first message so bad. PRILOSEC OTC WILL WORK BUY IT AND TAKE IT IN THE MORNING BEFORE YOU EAT ANYTHING!!!!!

Posted by Matthew on Aug 04 2008 03:33:25
I have Acid Reflux Really Really bad. I have it now that is why i am here. The only reason I have it today Is because I forgot to take my Prilosec OTC this morning when I got up. You see I went out to eat. Came home and then BOOM, I was on fire. So I just drank some Apple Cider vinegar I have to say it has kinda put out the fire... You see I don't find those PRILOSEC to work Great, Like eating tons of ketchup, Mexican food, italian food, what ever when ever and NO ACID REFLUX... UNLESS you DO NOT take them right. You have to take the pill, in the morning, Every morning (if you have acid reflux that is.) This will prevent your acid reflux and 42 pills are 24.95 at Walmart. Go get them, Take them Every Morning, and Avoid what I have put myself through by forgetting to take my Prilosec OTC this morning. I PROMISE IF YOU DO TAKE IT LIKE I JUST TOLD YOU YOU WILL NOT HAVE ACID REFLUX

Posted by Patric Yew on Jun 20 2008 18:47:07
I have been suffering from severed GERD which often experienced shortness of breath. Took Nexium 80mg a day include antacid and it seem doesn't work much. The acid have back up all the way to my nose which I almost pass out. I have to do several stretching exercise to overcome the breathing though it helped but it is very tiring and exhausting after that. Visited many enterology/specialist but it didn't help so much either. It is an torturing symstom that I have suffered for almost 3 years. Can someone help me on this issue.

Posted by Sandy on Jun 19 2008 21:46:52
I have found drinking very cold low fat milk seems to soothe my stomach. Also drinking cold apple juice seems to work. Hope that helps.

Posted by sara517 on Jun 18 2008 15:29:36
I have acid reflux and just found out I am 5 weeks pregnant so I can\\'t take meds...I was on Aciphex which was a miracle for me but just stopped taking it. I will try these remedies tonight to see if they work. If anyone has any other suggestions let me know. I am miserable and can\\'t sleep because its so bad.

Posted by anonymous on Jun 13 2008 15:47:59
i had acid reflux while i was pregnant and eating a apple or carrots helped alot

Posted by Chunta on Jun 09 2008 09:42:48
I have acid reflux pretty bad and today i have taken the apple-cider vinegar and has helped but if you know anything else please let me know.

Posted by rosee on Jun 08 2008 06:47:56
I often have an acid influx - the worse thing is that it sometimes influx to my heart, it causes heavy hard palputation that make you feel that you gonna past out anytime Please advise me - what should be done.

Posted by Crystal on May 24 2008 11:55:58
I have acid reflux and it is causing breathing difficulties for me that is making everyday life very uncomfortable. Does anyone have this problem and if so do you have any idea's what I can do to help this? I have been to my doctor but she hasn't done much for me. Please help.

Posted by Dee on Apr 24 2008 16:44:17
I take a teaspoon to a tablespoon of organic apple cider vinegar when I have acid reflux and it works well for me. It may sound counterintuitive, but try it.

Posted by sandra on Mar 17 2008 23:21:00
somebody please give me some kind of relief with this acid reflux text me back with some help please

Posted by JOAN on Mar 13 2008 14:20:39
I have sjogrens syndrome and possibly scleroderma, acid is giving me a burning throat so I am wondering if anyone else has these problems, I am also chemically sensitive and am very concerned about going to a doctor to get meds. I have to drink water constantly to keep my mouth moist and acid reflux and heartburn are common with these problems. I may try and vinegar, this has only been for 2 days now, but my throat feels like it is on fire, especially when drinking water. Any help will be appreciated. If any one writes back to me, please put topic-heartburn etc because I dont always open mail or I will look on this site again, thank you so much.........

Posted by heather on Feb 16 2008 20:34:15
you should NOT take peppermint if you have reflux. this is a well-known trigger of reflux. just google "peppermint" and "reflux" to find out all about it.

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