Combating Acid Reflux May Bring Host of Ills

I’ve had a horrible cough for 2 years and was diagnosed with acid reflux a couple months ago. I was put on Omeprazole and even asthma inhalers, both of which worsened my symptoms and weakened (in my opinion) my immune system. I took myself off all meds a month ago and started a gluten-free, relatively low-carb diet, and my cough improved substantially. However, now I’m starting to get frequent heartburn, a symptom I didn’t have before. I guess a gluten-free diet wasn’t the cure-all I was hoping it’d be.

Please thankyou. And if I can use half of the pill because I really don’t want my stomach to hurt really badly again.

The digestive process downstream from the stomach is controlled chiefly by pH changes. When the food (chyme) in your stomach reaches a pH of about 2-4, the valve at the bottom of the stomach (pyloric sphincter) starts to slowly release the stomach contents into the duodenum.

I am at my wits end this has gone on so long I don’t know what it is like to feel normal anymore. I suffer from a feeling of choking in my throat after I eat tightness in the chest due to excessive gas constant burping pains in my back . Three years ago doctors told my that I had seven ulcers after an endoscopy, the put me on nexium 40mg made me feel worse yet they couldn’t understand why. I threw them out .

I have never went to a doctor for my problems but am considering doing so after reading this, just hoping that they will listen and not blow me off. Over the past 6 years I have gained 80 lbs, 40 lbs of which was in the past year. My doctor ran tests on my thyroid and couldn’t find anything wrong. Aside from me quitting smoking 2 years ago it really doesn’t make any sense to have gained that much weight. Also I have digestive problems- gas pains, gas in general, constipation, diarrhea is even more common, what I call burp up’s because you can taste the food you ate and a little bit seems to come up, most recently nausea when I wake up (I am not pregnant I have been tested), I get full after eating very little.

No burning in the stomach or esophagus and no heartburn!! I thought I was home-free…but 1.5 hours later, and I can feel it in my throat (as usual). Am I to assume that this burning is my same ole’ acid reflux that I experience after eating, or is this from the HCL? Your blog mentions to be aware of burning in the ‘stomach’ as a signal that either one does not need to supplement with hcl or that one has ‘hit their limit’ and needs to taper back one pill with the next meal, but you don’t mention about burning in the throat/esophagus. I seem to have the same problem you do.

Your physician can also help you manage your medications and choose the best course of treatment if medications such as PPIs are causing symptoms of low stomach acid. If you have questions or concerns about your symptoms or risk factors for low stomach acid production, speak with your doctor. They can help develop a treatment plan that is best for you.

I have had gastritis on a few occasions. Can you get gastritis on low stomach acid?

No Diary, no high fiber, no caffeine, no alcohol, no sugar or refined flour at all. Also proBiotics (Culturelle Digestive Health ProBiotic), and DGL. I since have added L-glutamine powder in water (I weight lift), small amounts of raw honey, aloe juice, and EFA (Essential Fatty Acids liquid form). IT’s gotten better mostly and yet I still have a bloated stomach, some coughing from reflux tho not nearly as bad as when it started, and feel like eating anything other than what I have been is a dangerous detour.

Pylori 5 years ago and since then I never been the same. I told my gi specialist that I felt like I couldn’t digest my food and he did an end occupy and he say I was fine.

I hear it all the time. Betaine HCL and low stomach acid is the tip of the ice berg for someone like you.

The gold standard medical test for low stomach acid available right now is called “The Heidelberg Stomach Acid Test.” This test is the most costly of the bunch, but it will give you exact, non-biased results you need to analyze your stomach acid. It usually costs around $350 and unfortunately most insurance plans won’t cover it. But always call ahead because prices change and so does insurance coverage.

A doctor may prescribe HCL supplements to confirm a diagnosis. If a person feels better when taking the supplements, low stomach acid is likely the cause of symptoms. If the pH value is greater than 5, this suggests an almost complete absence of stomach acid, which is termed achlorhydria. Over 50 percent of people worldwide are infected with a bacteria called Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori).

Stomach acid is also responsible for killing harmful bacteria from foods and neutralizing enzymes. Low gastric acid can leave the body vulnerable to a number of diseases and health complications. There are a few ways to increase stomach acid naturally.

Thought it may have bee thyroid related saw a specialist said I was iodine deficient put me on that. Have had fluctuating bouts of this for years trying to stay off meds. But has become really bad lately and have got back on the medical roller coaster have a stress test booked another endoscopy & colonoscopy booked. Just sick of it.

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