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Readers Respond: How Did You Decide What GERD Treatment to Pursue?

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Updated February 05, 2010

Some people are willing to make extreme lifestyle modifications in order to get relief, while others would rather take a pill daily than give up their favorite foods. Some people are hesitant to take any medication, and would rather have some discomfort than be on medication every day. Others will take the cost of treatment into consideration. How did you decide on what sort of treatment you were going to pursue? Share Your Thoughts

Still no real cure

I have been suffering for almost all my life, it's just gotten worse in the last 3 months. I watch what I eat, which isn't much to choose from. Don't drink or smoke. I've lost 73 pounds due to not knowing what to eat. Trial and error. Maybe some day someone could come up with a cure.
—DuchessTara

Mph

I had a terrible heartburn and my friend said l must eat raw potato and that help a lot.....that has worked miracle gor me.
—Guest mpho

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when I was first diagnosed with Gerd (or GORD which is what they call it in my country) it was compounded by severe gallstone trouble and I was in a terrible state until I had my gall bladder removed, words just can't explain the pain I was in, after surgery I was able to control it with medication, that was until earlier this year when I had such bad heartburn attacks and sickness that I lost 14lbs in one week. I HAD TO SERIOUSLY CHANGE MY DIET! I now only eat the blandest foods, I keep strictly to my no wheat diet (I am celiac), very little dairy, no fat, spice, acidic foods, alcohol, etc - YES I'll be the first to say it's a very boring diet, BUT what price can you put on feeling well? I came to the conclusion that I mostly brought this problem on myself (I formerly had eating disorders) and the body can only take so much before it BIG TIME rebels!!! I know I'll never cure my Gerd (I have a hiatus Hernia) however, I do know how to control it to the best of my ability.
—Guest diane

steph

i sufferd years with heartburn and just resontly found out what my problem was! and i totaly changed the way ieat and drink now. The biggest change was the milk that i was drinking i switch to lactaid milk and it helped alot i havent had a heartburn out burst in a month !
—Guest stephharris19

I have GERD

At first taking Omeprazole continously will cure GERD & my constant reflux.. till I read the others thoughts as well here in this site... I realize its not enough. Now I know changing my eating lifestyle will help me better..I'm working in a night shift job & choosing what to eat is very difficult for me coz I have all the temptation both at home & at work.. my family is aware of my condition but they never realize I have to be in a different diet to cure it..
—Guest jacquiza

GERD

I've been dealing with this esophageal GERD for months! It's a nightmare! I'm on medications 3 times a day, plus the GERD diet, and I still suffer. I do not drink nor smoke, for those who do?? QUIT! it makes it worse. I've lost a lot of weight also, as my throat burns ALL the time, and i feel like i cannot swallow. I use this site for different ideas for my diet, and i do the best i can to eat. some days are better than others! Read all you can here as it helped me!
—Guest Dennie

Heartburn

Besides taking citric acid from lemons, pineapple, oranges, I am also taking baking soda. It scores 6.1 on the ‘ph scale’, and helps a lot to alkalinize my stomach. Besides that, I am on an alkaline diet. Obs: there is a lot of videos on YouTube teaching on how to go on an alkaline diet.
—Guest Rosalba

GERD Best treatment (for me)

After taking many pills/other medications, I started by eating Cantaloupe or papaya before any meal. It works very well. I do not use any more meds. NB/I used to see my g'father eating papaya all the time before meal and asked why, he only says it helps the digestive system or help in digesting food.
—Guest Amadu Barrie

Undecided

I am 52 and have been diagnosed with GERD and have been suffering for the last 5 months. I really think I have laryngopharngeal reflux disease. I have been on a natural cure for three weeks with some success. I still have the burning swelling in my throat and post nasal drip. I don't want to take medicine but I'm afraid that if I don't I could suffer permanent scarring or cancer. My doctor does not seem too concerned. Even with dietary changes I still have symptoms. I took 10 mg for two weeks but that really didn't help. I then did prevacid for two weeks and that worked but I hate taking medications. I am afraid to eat and have lost 15 lbs. I am going to try pepcid ac 20 mg for two weeks and see if the natural approach plus the pepcid ac improves my throat.
—Guest Carla

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I was diagnosed with GERD in late 2009 after having symptoms since early 2009. This was very frustrating and puzzling to me because I have never had much trouble with my stomach. Since medication does very little to help my heartburn/reflux, and watching what I eat also helps very little, I have to both take medication AND watch my diet. I have no choice. I still have symptoms sometimes even when I do what I am supposed to do.
—Guest paolo jimenez

Diet

I have managed my heartburn symptoms for the last 1 year with a strict diet. I cut out all breads and pastas (which were triggers for me) and changed to a low fat, high protein and low carb diet. A normal lunch for me is a plate of steamed veg and some protein such as a small can of tuna. I am 60kg and 171cm tall and by no means overweight, I'm also only 22 years old. Despite my good diet I have started to get symptoms again, and am worried that having these health problems at a young age could damage my stomach and osophaegus. I don't want to take any medication as I find the symptoms of that are normally worse than the heartburn itself. Can anyone help? Thanks!
—Guest Anika

night reflux

Half an apple before retiring stops night reflux. This has worked for me for many years.
—Guest peter

GERD

The surgical lapban did not help me lose weight but it did help my GERD
—Guest steven

No chance to make a decision

I was diagnosed with GERD in late 2009 after having symptoms since early 2009. This was very frustrating and puzzling to me because I have never had much trouble with my stomach. Since medication does very little to help my heartburn/reflux, and watching what I eat also helps very little, I have to both take medication AND watch my diet. I have no choice. I still have symptoms sometimes even when I do what I am supposed to do.
—Guest Kathyt

miss

I was diagnosed w/ gerd in 1996 and treated w/ prevacid. It went away, but the Dr. said, "now that you know where to get help, you need to make a choice - do you want to take a pill or make some dietary changes"? I chose to make dietary changes as I hate to be on meds of any kind.
—Guest priscilla

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