I quit taking Nexium a few months ago because of that report. My indigestion didn't get any worse so I guess it was OK to do that. (I did check with my doctor first.)
Fox, perhaps lifestyle change won't make a difference for your digestion problems but could help you to avoid a stroke. That would be the standard good health habits.
I know it's a struggle. It's frustrating when managing our health becomes like a full-time job. Just don't give up with doing whatever you can.
Curious. Do you eat breads? Have you consider seeing Naturopathic doctor?
Yes, I do eat breads - they are easy on my stomach and easy to eat when I have nausea episodes.
No idea about naturopathic doctor.
I saw 5 different GI specialists (including two at university) in my life.
If private specialists don't have treatment option so they will send patients to university to be seen.
So, you do eat bread. Do you still have bacterial overgrowth? Do you have bad breath on and off for years? Did GI specialists make any suggestion like you taking probiotics? Are you tolerant of dairy?
I had a horrible heartburn. It was hell. It was so bad so I had to force myself to sit up and sleep in bed. Antacids, Sucralfate and Omerprazole didn't help me. I thought I was going to have a major heart attack. That's how I found out I was pregnant. I only threw up twice through my pregnancy. I had low acid stomach. I have to make sure my stomach gets plenty of acid and my stomach will be happy. Bread and crackers didn't work for my nausea. In order to fix the problem, I took probiotics or kefir to take care of it. I used to take it daily thru pregnancy. It works. I ditched antacids, Sucralfate and Omerprazole except prenatal pill. I had to change the way I used to eat. I know a few people with severe GERD had to change the lifestyle completely and took probiotics. It made a huge difference. It took months for symptoms of GERDS to disappear as long as they had to stay consistent with right diet.
During the pregnancy, I was craving for milk, so I consumed seaweed soup with broth. My craving was gone. When I have an urge to drink milk, I watch my symptoms and I know it's time to eat seaweed soup or drink any green smoothie.
You should see naturopathic doctor. Many patients with GERD seek naturopathic doctor's advice when they tried everything else.
If you want to learn more new info, Check Chris Kresser's blog. It's a lengthy information. You should read these comments. You're not alone.
After reading, I definitely believe that H Pylori and overgrowth bacteria are difficult to diagnose because tests aren't reliable.
I found something isn't right for me.
I'm going ask my GI specialist to take more tests.
What did you find?
It's a good thing you've been taking Align. Have you ever tried Lifeaway Kefir?
I missed your last question. Depends on your insurance. Not all insurance cover natropathic doctors. Insurances do cover acupuncture. Call your insurance company.
I found that my diagnosis with GI issues aren't enough, so I'm going ask him to make more diagnosis. I felt that biopsies alone aren't enough.
I haven't tried Lifeway Kefir? Is it probiotic supplement?
Not surprised, health insurances are too picky.
You've been seeing specialists for years. It can't hurt to get an opinion from naturopathic doctor.
Lifeway Kefir is not exactly a probiotic supplement. It's a food. Kefir is similar to yogurt, but it contains more probiotics than yogurt itself. Kefir contains billions CFU than yogurt with million CFU. Our body contains trillion CFU. You must keep it refrigerated or live and active culture will die. If I were you, I would go for Plain milk low fat. It tastes very sour. Very sour. That's the way it is suppose to taste. If it is too much for you, you can try Kefir with fruit to mask a sour taste. Be very careful with kefir. Start with 1/4 cup to 1/2 cup of kefir a day first to give your stomach to get used to it. Do it for the first few days. Watch your symptoms. If I don't take probiotic supplement, I drink a cup of kefir a day. Kefir does wonder for my pregnancy. Looove it.
You mentioned you had a strict diet, and lost weight but your heartburn didn't improve. What kind of strict diet were you on? You weren't specific about it. What food were you allowed to eat?
For strict diet - no surgary foods, no chocolate, low carb diet, more bland meats (no spices), no dairy, no soda and all water beverage. It is similar to Whole30 diet. That lasted 6 months.
I don't see any change with heartburn so it seems like underlying condition is probably not treated properly.
My GI specialist suggested it was bile, but he didn't offer to have CT scan to check entire of my digestive system so he said that could only treated with PPI drugs and Domperidone (or Reglan) combined.
That would be great if you only dealt with one symptom- heartburn. You were so close. Why did you end your diet? I doubt CT scan would show that, but I could be wrong. Your specialist sounds a bit strange.
I am very familiar with Whole30 diet. Let's break it down a bit. During your strict diet, what kind of oils did you use for cooking? Did you consume any bread, rice and white potatoes? Did you eat salad along with dressing? While you were on strict diet, you still were on Align, right? I am curious- do you like to cook?
Do you eat Yogurts? They can be very soothing to the internals.
I have more symptoms than just heartburn alone - diarrhea, constipation, abdominal cramping and pain, bloating, chronic nausea, delayed emptying and difficult to swallow. The diarrhea, constipation, bloating and abdominal pain/cramp is part of my IBS, not know about how nausea caused but became chronic because it won't go away after 1 year. The difficult to swallow is due to weak esophagus. I used to had regurgitation before but not anymore after I stopped overeating, that was problem before.
I ended the strict diet on December 2013 after I'm satisfied with my weight (normal BMI), then went back to normal diet (up to 2,200 calorie) and it didn't help with my heartburn, however, it did help with my lower back. My weight was mostly same until I went to Gallaudet, so their cafeteria ruined my habit due to lousy food, I ended up eat more from fast food often. Strict diet is usually temporary until go back to normal BMI.
I didn't eat fried food and skip the breakfast when I was on strict diet, so can't mention about kind of oil that I used before. I prefer canola oil to cook the eggs right now. There is reason that I had to skip the breakfast when I was on strict diet because Nexium screwed my GI up so I had to avoid eating so I didn't want to be sick at college. I went back to eat breakfast after I stopped taking Nexium and switch to Dexilant.
No, I don't like to eat salad (can't eat lettuce nor cabbage), nor is sweet potatoes and all wheat breads (honey wheat is fine). I only eat sub for most lunches at university (not cafeteria, just premium deli) but carb is still very low (less than 50% of daily value). I still take Align when I was on strict diet.
My GI specialist told me to sticking with normal diet and he said not much to do to get heartburn under control without medicine. I had elimination diet before - that's help a lot with IBS and told me to avoid foods that trigger heartburn. CT scan could check the gallbladder and liver if it is normal or not.
My families usually cook dinner but I do cook breakfast and lunch. My families usually cook balanced meals. I don't enjoy to cook due to depression and vision issues, nor when I'm full time student. I used to love cook before my vision issue got worsen and GI issues (feel like not want to eat). For strict diet, I only eat 1-2 white rices per week, also my families were on diet as well, but not strict as mine.
For Whole30, you can have any kind of potatoes, even white too but you can't eat any kind of grains, also any kinds of rice aren't allowed. Oil selection is limited, usually coconut oil.
Chronic nausea was most recent that I have - started in October 2015.