I've been told eating papaya can do a whole bunch of good, also changing the posture (so the organs line up differently) and especially losing weight (so the stomach is not pushed up by fat). But it all depends on what is causing the problem. If you have a broken or eroded valve (lower esophageal sphincter), pills can't fix that. Has a doctor ever done an MRI of the area to see what is going on there?
Hi, I feel your pain although I have not taken meds for my condition and usually suffer with bloating and horrible ibs and wind, terrible reflux. My partner of six years thinks I’m the biggest pig but I can’t help it! He doesn’t understand. I think it’s a genetic thing. My whole fam take meds for these problems and being preg and breastfeeding for the last four years I decided to not take meds and am very natural health contious but unfortunately still suffer from various health issues. I found out a year ago I have mthfr as family members were diagnosed. My daughter was tounge and lip tie, I found I have a tie also, which can effect teeth alignment, breathing and cause a whole range of problems. I have mild pcholosis and back pains. I find it facinating the links between reflux and tounge ties and also mthfr gene defect. If you have not heard of it you could also have a gene mutation which causes these problems. I think I may have a thyroid problem which is causing my reflux, which can be caused from mthfr. Sorry I can’t be of more help, I have not been properly diagnosed, I’m not sure how to test for thyroid problems but I think the best way to treat is if we know what is causing the reflux problem..
You could try baking soda water. It usually helps me, I've had acid reflux since teenage years. Tums smoothies are good for acid relflux, but try the baking soda water first. When you have issues with reflux just drink some.
My mother had severe GERD/LPR and was on nexium (PPI). She almost died from that drug so I looked online desperately trying a solution. And I found LOW stomach acid is the most common cause of acid reflux. I had her try a cheap baking soda test online. Not sure how scientific that test is but she didn't burp for an hour. That was enough for me to try her on betaine HCL with pepsin supplements and digestive enzyme supplements. These supplements work! Not only does it get rid of her reflux issues but her gastritis healed over a year as well. Due to so many years of acid blockers it is likely the PPI drugs damaged her proton pumps in the stomach so if she stops taking these supplements reflux symptoms come back. Her gastritis pain comes back as well. The old fashion remedy is apple cider vinegar to increase stomach acid levels.
This info showed up online last year "Taking proton-pump inhibitors, commonly prescribed to people with acid reflux, was related to an increased risk of early death from any cause, a new study finds..."In our studies, however we looked at the data, there was always a consistent relationship between (proton-pump inhibitor) use and the risk of death," Al-Aly said."
I really should of reread my answers before posting. Missing info, dodgy grammar lol. But you get the gist of it. Just to add, most ulcers (as the Patient UK states - 8 of 10 cases) are due to the H Pylori bacteria.
Excerpt from Gallbladder Attack - Chronic Heartburn article...
"If you have any of the following including GERD, they are often accompanied by or the cause of low stomach acid. And be aware that gluten is a common cause of heartburn or GERD. If you follow our gallbladder diet and cut out the gluten, you may notice a dramatic drop in your heartburn symptoms. Try the Herbal Digestive Bitters instead of antacids.
Risk Factors and Causes of Low Stomach Acid
Candida and other Yeast
Bacterial Dysbiosis or infections in the Gut
H. pylori infection
Stress even in children
Age. HCl production decreases with age
Diseases Associated with Low HCl
Sjogren 's Syndrome"