Unfortunately the format of this forum, follows to a degree the structure of the conventional medical system, where certain imbalances and conditions may be viewed in isolation, disregarding potential vital inter-connections,
which otherwise (holistic approach) would help patients find answers and recover, with a higher rate of success.
In your case, GERD maybe linked to low Vitamin D and perhaps low gastric acid.
(A Betaine HCL challenge can help you check for low acid levels.
Just follow the instructions on the label.)
There are numerous vitamin D receptors throughout the body and specially in the digestive system.
Here's the real issue.
While on Nexium which lowers gastric acid, you could be already producing
inadequate gastric acid, which is THE main reason for GERD symptoms!
Nexium, by causing the low acid environment, reduces absorption of most minerals, magnesium being the most important, zinc, manganese (linked to osteoarthritis when deficient), selenium which may help prevent cancer and thyroid problems when levels are adequate.
Oral magnesium is notoriously difficult to absorb efficiently in all forms, without PPIs! I would suggest you try daily transdermal Marnesium Oil treatments.
Magnesium Oil= Magnesium Chloride + H20 mixed 1/2 and 1/2
Apply on body minus tender/sensitive areas, leave on for 20' and then rinse
You can also do Magnesium Chloride Hexahydrate 25 gr per 1Lt water, sipped very slowly per 24-48 hours to find out if you tolerate it well.
By far the most therapeutic form of magnesium.
Your calcium/magnesium ratio should be somewhere between 1:2 to 1:1
contrary to the 2:1 recommended by doctors, to avoid calcification,
heart problems, joint issues...
You may get negative results from calcium supplementation, when you
consider all the metabolized calcium, through the higher vitamin D levels in your body.
Vitamin K2 works in concert with D3, so the metabolized calcium gets to the right places, like bones, joints and teeth, instead of going to soft tissues
You should check your thyroid function by doing Free T3, Free T4 and Reverse T3 tests. The standard tests do not indicate function, just serum levels and this is the main reason why low thyroid function is missed so often. (Hypothyroidism type 2 or thyroid resistance)
PPIs increase the risk of pneumonia due to low zinc absorption and may also cause low B12 Methylocobalamin.
Intrinsic Factor, is necessary for B12 absorption, but Intrinsic Factor is dependent on adequate gastric acid levels.
So check your B12 Methylocobalamin levels, which may also be affected by low vitamin D levels.
If on vitamin B supplements, ensure you're taking Methylocobalamin B12 and Methyfolate which are the bioavailable forms and need no further conversion.
Zinc is a co-factor in gastric acid production and so is the chloride part of
the magnesium chloride, when you are supplementing with it.
This is a lot of important information, most doctors won't take time to explain to you-if they are knowledgeable- so please consider to have this printed.
I am confident that if you consider my aforementioned suggestions and
use them, you will be able to correct outstanding imbalances and deficiencies to help you return to a better state of health.
Please note that my comments are not intended to replace medical advice.
Thank you for your post! That is helpful information. I was diagnosed with Vitamin D deficiency, and I have been taking D3 for 3 months( I'm getting my labs done next week). I thought that maybe my GERD symptoms were linked to my vitamin D deficiency, but I wasn't sure if the two conditions were connected. I am also currently taking vitamin b12(methylcobalamin) sublingual supplement and magnesium oil on my skin. I had my thyroid levels checked and they were normal. The Nexium is helping with the GERD symptoms, but also making me tired/lethargic and a bit nauseated. I only have to be on it for 2 more weeks.
Please don't overlook the fact that flawed thyroid testing, misses thyroid resistance.
You can do on your own very easily Dr Barnes Basal Temperature Test.
To my opinion though we cannot find a better method to test than Dr. Barnes Basal Temperature Test. (there are several versions now)
I have devoted countless of hours, scanning through the studies and groundbreaking work of Dr. Barnes, The Father of Hypothyroidism, lol!
Simply brilliant and way ahead of his time!
Instructions For Taking Basal Body Temperature:
Use an ordinary oral or rectal glass (not digital) thermometer.
Shake down the thermometer the night before, and place it on your nightstand.
The first thing in the morning BEFORE you get out of bed, place the thermometer under your arm for ten(10) minutes.
Record the temperature reading and date right away!
Repeat for 10 days.
Normal Range: 97.6 to 98.2
Averages below that indicate hypothyroidism.
Vitamin D, magnesium, B12, selenium, zinc, iron and iodine are co-factors
in thyroid function.
That is why I think it is wise to rule it out. But again that's just my opinion.
Thyroid hormones are responsible for cellular energy, maintenance, repairs and healing, among many other functions.
So when one suffers from various imbalances and conditions, recovery is
very impaired, should thyroid function be low.
That is interesting. I never heard of the Basal Temperature Test. I get my thyroid levels checked every year with my complete blood work, because I have a history of Hyperthyroidism and a strong family history of thyroid disease. I usually get testing for TSH, T3 and T4, but I have never had reverse T3. I will have to ask my Endocrinologist about this.