I am a 23 yr old female, I have been struggling with GERD for about 6 years... Lots of meds, but the symptoms never seem to go away. I have had test that show inflamed stomach lining and delay gastric emptying, but I still feel the symptoms my GERD after meds (regurgitation, pain, sore throat, acid taste, enamel wear-down).
Could it be that EDS or Hypermobility is actually causing the GERD (weak collagen and loose joints)? I can "finger lock", I was diagnosed with TMJ and scoliosis, I do not respond well to anesthesia (despite being a small girl they always have to give me a massive dose that leaves me really loopy long after I wake up), and I have not been diagnosed with it but my mom has mitro valve prolapse and I have symptoms of that (heart palpitations, anxiety).
A good rheumatoid Dr should be able to ...look up the Beighton scale or look to google joint hypermobility testing and u should find the Beighton scale chart...even if u score a 2 u r considered to have EDS.]] Do u bruise easily, slow to heal?
I also have EDS and GERD issues and I have a few other issues as well....but my Drs informed me as to how this was affecting me.
Hi! Have you had your Vit. D levels checked? Many EDSers have extremely low Vit. D. Vit. D affects the entire GI tract. There are Vit. D receptors in stomach cells and the esophageal sphincter. Low Vit. D is related to slow gastric emptying.
My EDS son had his Vit. D checked when he developed scoliosis last year. His level was 6! (I think optimal range is 50-60) His GERD issues of two years are pretty much gone now, after supplementing Vit. D (Doctor put him on high-dose therapy.)
I'm not sure Vit. D is what corrected his problem, but I believe it had a lot to do with his improvement. He also took a supplement of zinc-carnosine, which helps a lot to heal the stomach lining. Zinc-carnosine is inexpensive and worth trying.
My son is much happier these days! He can eat anything he wants.
U r so right, those with EDS do not absorb vitamins and minerals the way we should and often are low not only in Vit D, but B12, and magnesium and potassium,.....
Many are not aware of the magnesium and Vit D link....u need magnesium in order to absorb the D....and not many Drs check the magnesium as there is more then one test....so do ask about the magnesium as well.
yes, a Dr will be able to tell u what dosage u require...but also be advised that not all Drs test for this ....not all typical magnesium tests show the low levels from what I am told it is a more complex test they do not do for a routine check.
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