From the article: Living with Chronic Heartburn
If you have suffered from chronic heartburn, you know how it can affect your daily life. In many cases, avoiding foods that cause heartburn, making some lifestyle modifications, and taking measures to prevent nighttime heartburn, can help individuals live a heartburn-free life. Besides medications, what have you done that allows you to live with no (or little) heartburn? Share you stories or get ideas from others. Share Your Story
- I take Zantac during the day, because I can't take protonix anymore because I have osteosporosis. I don't miss it but it took several months to survive without protonix. Acid at nite, onions, alcohol, juice, garlic all seem to trigger gerd but I have a very weak stomach so it all depends on how much food I retain, as well. Smaller meals are better and eating earlier even if I finish half later when I'm hungry again.
- —Guest sue
- this will be short and to the point. I was diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes at the end May 2012. I had always had difficulty losing weight. After a lot of research on the net I settled on Sandra Cabot's book on Reversing Diabetes- you can do it naturally. I went grain-free as advised and consistently lost 500g a week with no problem at all. I have not had heartburn since the 2nd month of eating this way. I mostly stick to my new eating lifestyle but even if I break out I have no problem. Is it the no grains or the losing weight? I don't know for sure. My blood sugars remain as normal as a nondiabetic. my blood pressure is normal. I feel great, love my new me and eat so much. I get my carbs from fruit and vegies. Be aware that eating "Low-Fat" is fraught with danger as these products almost all have added carbohydrate. Because I have got myself back to normal I now eat a low GI meusli with fruit and yoghurt for breakfast. I don't miss bread, rice or pasta.
- —Guest gloriajh1949
- Diagnosed with short barrett and hiatal hernia, I understood the reason for my stomach-problems e.g. constant heartburn,constant pain as if my whole ribcage plus my head was burning,no matter what food I ate or did not eat.Apart from sleeping in a more upright position(it really helps!!!)I now drink some water with a spoonful of "Heilerde" (healing earth) plus some alkaline powder before bed,PLUS I do pulsed magnetic -field therapy every day. And I take NEXIUM forever- but I reduced from 40 to 20mg at night. Whatever helped I don´t care.But it helped.Maybe the connection of all of those things. I do not diet, I drink and eat whatever I like(even, God forbid, sweets!!and coffee!!) and I feel OK.
avoid heart burn
- please avoid alcohol consumption during late night, leaving your supper. If you take alcohol after 8pm instead of your night meal definitely you experience heart burn.
- —Guest biju
- The ideia behind this tip is: always counteract the stomach chloridic acid with a weaker acid... I followed this tip given by a TV physician and it is working. I am taking lemon juice mixed with water and a pinch of sugar. But, I found that pineapple works as well. Yesterday by 8 pm, I ate 2 slices of pineapple, almost 24h have passed, and got no heartburn so far .... Caution 1: avoid teeth sensitivity brushing your teeth after taking any 'citrus' juices. Caution 2: this same TV physician warned that omeprazol (proton bomb drug) lowers testosterone hormone. A male client of his, got low libido after 1 year taking omeprazol. Then, he was told by this same doctor to take lemon juice, instead. Hope have helped so many heartburn suffrerers like me...
- —Guest Rosalba
how i got rid of GERD
- I was suffering from GERD since the past ten years. I tried everything, from antacids to protein pump inhibitors. But symptoms persisted and I started to feel that I have to live with the problem. It was very difficult for me to swallow food and I use to take medications regularly. One fine morning my mom, who was watching an Ayurvedic TV show in India, suggested a very simple remedy which works for me. Before eating a meal just put a pinch of sugar under the tip of tongue and let it dissolve. After few seconds put another pinch of sugar on the back side of the stretched tongue and swallow it at once without tasting. Then take few sips of water and start eating. It works for me., I have no hiccups while eating and no problem in swallowing. Thanks a lot to my mom
beware the endoscopy!
- After getting an endoscopy, I was informed by the gastroenterologist that my sphincter was "too tight" and needed to be enlarged, which was done during the procedure. After that my life became a nightmare. The pain I have feels like a hiatal hernia and I can no longer lift anything heavier than five pounds. I can't do anything strenuous and I cannot stand for long periods of time because the ppressure on that area keeps is too painful. In order to function, I learned through trial and error to manage the pain as well as the GERD symptoms by doing two things: sleeping in an electric recliner and drinking small sips of water. My advice to anyone getting an endoscopy, make sure the gastroepnterologist is the actual physician performing the procedure, and not just supervising an intern, which is what happened to me.
- —Guest diane j kehn