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Sharon Gillson

Kay's Story

By March 8, 2007

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"I was diagnosed with GERD in 1990. I was also diagnosed with a peptic ulcer. My then doctor told me to stick to a bland diet, use antacids, and then he sent me on my way. I wasn't told what conditions GERD could lead to, including cancer. I wasn't told to avoid NSAIDS, like ibuprofen, and continued taking it for my arthritis. I was glad to finally find information on what I could eat (and glad I didn't have to stick to a bland diet), and what risks there may be for long term GERD.

About 4 years ago I was diagnosed a hiatal hernia, IBS, and diverticulitis after having a endoscopy and a colonoscopy.

I also suffer from osteoarthritis, which started developing in my late teens (I'm in my early 50's now), including OA in my spine. Not being able to take some of different types of pain medications because of risk of making my GERD symptoms worse makes pain control hard.

I would enjoy hearing from other people who have been living with GERD and other digestive disorders for many years."

Points to Remember:
While foods aren't always a trigger for heartburn, the majority of patients do state eating certain foods is sure to cause heartburn. If you are not sure which foods trigger your heartburn, you can try keeping a record of what you eat, and any symptoms that may occur afterwards, for a week or two. If you've eaten several foods during a meal and don't know which one triggered your heartburn, you can re-introduce each food one at a time into your diet to determine which one is causing the heartburn. To help with meal planning, you can check out the list of most often safe foods for heartburn sufferers, and foods to avoid. You may also want to check out some heartburn-free menu suggestions. Also, what we may take for the treatment of other medical conditions may affect the severity of GERD or ulcer symptoms. Your doctor may be able to prescribe an alternative treatment for other conditions, such as arthritis, in order to avoid complications or increased symptoms.


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March 11, 2007 at 8:28 pm
(1) Judy says:

Please tell Kay to go to a health food store and buy Celedrin, and MSM with glucosamine. This helps my back a lot and has no side effects whatsoever. Also check out the NAET.com web site for a NAET doctor and do not delay. The treatments I received took away all my arthritis pain in my hands. And they took away all my allergies too. It works.

March 12, 2007 at 10:23 pm
(2) carol says:

I have such empathy about the arthritis. I have GERD, and rheumatoid arthritis. THe RA is well controlled – I have been lucky. But it is so hard to be unable to treat one condition appropriately because of another…I send good thoughts.

March 13, 2007 at 5:30 am
(3) Sheila says:

I had silent GERD diagnosed 2 years ago after about 8 yrs symptoms. I did not know that it had been diagnosed until 6 months ago when things were so bad, even drinking water caused me problems. I too have generalised OA and 6 herniated discs in lower spine so pain relief is a problem. I have never been given any advice onthis condition and now take acid reducing medication every day for 28 days then on as it is needed basis. Seems very cavalier to me knowing the possible outcomes for untreated GERD!!

March 14, 2007 at 8:26 pm
(4) Suzy says:

I have had GERD off and on for years.
It only bothers me when i smoked and now that i’m overweight. It’s a negative cycle because exercising makes it act up. I’m on Nexium most of the time now….Maalox has been a long time friend of mine.
I’ve learned to avoid tomatoes and oranges. I can have cooked tomato sauce and throwing a carrot in to absorb the acid helps a lot (you throw the carrot away btw)

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