Why isn't my GERD getting better? I have been sick for over a month. Can't I go back to eating as usual?

Updated on : January 20, 2022 by Leo Morgan



Why isn't my GERD getting better? I have been sick for over a month. Can't I go back to eating as usual?

Can't I go back to eating as usual? Probably not. If you have been eating spicy food and GERD is one of the results, you may need to stop spicy food.

Why isn't my GERD getting better? I have been sick for over a month.

One month is quite a short time for a GERD patient. Also, it is necessary to know what type of treatment you are receiving before you can give any suggestions.

Acid suppressants are given on an empty stomach or before breakfast, mostly once a day. Sometimes they are not effective. Once the acid is formed, the acid suppressor is of no use. You need an antacid - a chewable

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Can't I go back to eating as usual? Probably not. If you have been eating spicy food and GERD is one of the results, you may need to stop spicy food.

Why isn't my GERD getting better? I have been sick for over a month.

One month is quite a short time for a GERD patient. Also, it is necessary to know what type of treatment you are receiving before you can give any suggestions.

Acid suppressants are given on an empty stomach or before breakfast, mostly once a day. Sometimes they are not effective. Once the acid is formed, the acid suppressor is of no use. You need an antacid; a chewable antacid tablet is preferable.

Stress reduction and weight reduction are also needed, as well as proper sleeping posture.

I suffered for years before managing my GERD. My life took some irreversible changes; Like I mentioned, giving up spicy food is one of them.

That likely indicates that you have an underlying medical condition, such as a h. pylori infection. Talk to your doctor, they may be able to fix it right away. At the very least, they should be able to prescribe drugs that fix it temporarily.

GERD is a functional disorder caused by long-term abuse of your digestive system. Basically, it has caused damage to his digestive system and has taught him some bad reflexes.

There are a number of reasons that cause or contribute to GERD:

- Eating bad food in large quantities for a long time.

- Frequent increased pressure in the stomach caused by a constantly full digestive tract, eating excessive amounts of food, and excessive gas production from carbohydrate-rich foods.

- Chronic irritation / inflammation of the stomach lining that triggers the gastroesophageal reflex

- Chronic imbalance of stomach acid production cau

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GERD is a functional disorder caused by long-term abuse of your digestive system. Basically, it has caused damage to his digestive system and has taught him some bad reflexes.

There are a number of reasons that cause or contribute to GERD:

- Eating bad food in large quantities for a long time.

- Frequent increased pressure in the stomach caused by a constantly full digestive tract, eating excessive amounts of food, and excessive gas production from carbohydrate-rich foods.

- Chronic irritation / inflammation of the stomach lining that triggers the gastroesophageal reflex

- Chronic imbalance of stomach acid production caused by poor eating habits.

- Dysbacteriosis caused by global pH and enzyme imbalance throughout the digestive tract.

- In some cases, compression of the spinal nerves supplying the stomach and esophagus can make existing GERD worse.

PPIs, Tums, H2 blockers, baking soda / whatever will never heal you on its own, only reduce / mask symptoms and eventually cause a digestive imbalance on their own, among other side effects. This disorder is functional and you will basically have to retrain your digestive system for a long time. To "get cured," you must follow a strict diet for at least 2 months and then a support diet for about 6 months. And then keep eating healthy for the rest of your life to keep it that way!

Usually:

- No coffee, tea, soft drinks, citrus fruits, raw onions, mint products, spicy foods, fast food

- The only food you can eat is the one you cook at home, stay away from any restaurant food. At work, eat only what you bring. You will have to cook every day and shop for food frequently.

- Avoid foods rich in carbohydrates (potatoes, anything baked and sweet, pasta)

- No spices and minimal salt in all your kitchen.

- Do not drink tap water, look for bottled water that is slightly alkaline (Nestlé, Fiji, Deer Park).

- Identify and completely avoid the specific foods that cause GERD in your case (citrus, onion, tomato, spices, chocolate, daily, bell peppers, strong liquors).

- Don't smoke, stay away from alcohol as much as you can.

- Reduce the fat and carbohydrates in your food. In general, avoid anything fatty, spicy, and fried.

- Eat 4-5 times a day in small portions, 300-400 cal / meal. Do not eat more than 1500 cal / day. Avoid drinking water with food. But drink plenty of water between meals.

- Buy Maalox, Pepto-Bismol or Mylantha (Mylantha is the least effective), take it 3 times a day between meals for 3-4 weeks.

- LOSE WEIGHT if your weight is excessive. Start walking at least 5 miles a day. Swim if you can, but it is best to start swimming when symptoms subside.

Start / when is really bad:

- eat only what you cook at home (although you can have plain oatmeal at Starbucks)

- NO coffee, tea, soft drinks, chocolate, mint products

- just boiled or steamed

- eat REALLY small portions, do not drink when eating, eat 4-5 times a day

- the last meal is 3 hours before sleeping.

- eat oatmeal frequently

- eat soup (chicken breast, a little potato or noodles)

- the best garnish is buckwheat boiled with minimal butter or a buckwheat-based soup with just carrots (Google cooking instructions)

- meat: fish or chicken breast boiled or steamed, without spices and with a minimum of salt

- do not eat: no restaurant / processed food, potatoes, noodles, bread products, daily, no spicy, no fatty, no fruit, no raw vegetables

- no alcohol, no smoking

- take vitamins (look for the formulation that does NOT have zinc) and probiotics

- if you are taking PPIs or H2 blockers, take them for about a week and start reducing the dose

When you've calmed down a bit:

- NO fast food!

- stay away from any restaurant food

- No coffee or tea, mint, raw onions, spices, citrus fruits, soft drinks, chocolate

- avoid fruits and vegetables that make your symptoms worse

- keep eating small portions, do not drink water during meals

- avoid trigger foods

- reduce carbohydrates and fats

- avoid everything fried or grilled, eat more than boiled / baked / steamed

- occasional beer is fine, but stay away from hard liquors

- No Smoking!

When it went down

- keep eating small and healthy portions, do not drink water when eating

- Stay away from fast food, hard liquor, and tobacco.

- avoid spicy foods, coffee, soft drinks, citrus fruits, chocolate, mint

- you can eat bad food but only once in a while

It will probably take about a year of self-control, hard work, and dedication to fully "heal".

As a CGRN for over 20 years, I have heard, seen and felt GERD. The most important conclusion for me is this; If you do nothing, you have allowed the acid to continue to damage the lining of your esophagus and increase your risk of throat cancer. Many people do not have any symptoms, such as pain, so they are not even aware that harm is taking place.

Have you seen a gastroenterologist? That should definitely be your first step.

The pills your doctor is "throwing" at you are likely acid reducers, which will eventually decrease acid, reducing pain.

The gold standard for diagnosing acid d

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As a CGRN for over 20 years, I have heard, seen and felt GERD. The most important conclusion for me is this; If you do nothing, you have allowed the acid to continue to damage the lining of your esophagus and increase your risk of throat cancer. Many people do not have any symptoms, such as pain, so they are not even aware that harm is taking place.

Have you seen a gastroenterologist? That should definitely be your first step.

The pills your doctor is "throwing" at you are likely acid reducers, which will eventually decrease acid, reducing pain.

The gold standard for diagnosing acid damage is to have a procedure, an EGD, performed by a gastroenterologist. EGD actually refers to the path traveled by the endoscope; esophagus, gastric (stomach) that often ends up entering the first section of the small intestine (duodenum).

Lifestyle changes often help, like;

1. Quit smoking 2. Wait several hours after eating before going to bed 3. Place blocks under the head of the bed, any upper body lift will put gravity on your side 4. Stay away from high acid foods such as tomatoes, citrus fruits 5. Eliminating those foods that cause relaxation of the lower esophageal sphincter thus allowing the acid to splash into the esophagus. These include peppermint, chocolate, 6. lifesavers, 6. lose weight, and 7. continue to exercise.

Rather than explaining all of this to an American patient, who often prefers a quick and easy solution, doctors will prescribe an acid-reducing medication such as omeprazole and provide them with a brochure on lifestyle changes to reduce symptoms of GERD.

If the drug does not reduce acid production, the patient may be examined for an acid-producing tumor, known as Zoller Ellison syndrome.

There are more invasive treatments for GERD that has progressed to a more serious condition, acid damage resulting in Barrett's esophagus. This can be a long-term treatment to prevent esophageal cancer.

I don't smoke, I rarely drink, but I developed painful GERD when I was pregnant with twins. So far, the side effects of this drug are minimal, but worth it if it prevents esophageal cancer. In these stressful times, having one less thing to worry about can't hurt.

Well, one of the things that will aggravate acid reflux and the resulting heartburn is alcohol. It's best to avoid anything that relaxes the LES (lower esophageal sphincter muscle).

You didn't mention if you eat while you drink. Drinking on an empty stomach is guaranteed to cause burning. That is why it is always a good idea to eat something. That something should not be spicy, especially avoid anything with vinegar if you are already drinking alcohol.

That being said, it is not always possible to do so. When I'm at a social function and feel like enjoying a glass of wine or two,

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Well, one of the things that will aggravate acid reflux and the resulting heartburn is alcohol. It's best to avoid anything that relaxes the LES (lower esophageal sphincter muscle).

You didn't mention if you eat while you drink. Drinking on an empty stomach is guaranteed to cause burning. That is why it is always a good idea to eat something. That something should not be spicy, especially avoid anything with vinegar if you are already drinking alcohol.

That being said, it is not always possible to do so. When I'm at a social function and feel like enjoying a glass of wine or two, I sip a glass of water while sipping wine. That helps. Water reduces heartburn by reducing acidity levels in the stomach.

If I am still having trouble an hour or two later and have that burning sensation, I have a glass of almond milk or chew on a handful of raw almonds. That generally does the trick. Raw almonds relieve heartburn.

If I'm still struggling after almond milk, I grab one or two of those ginger chews. They are sold at GNC in sachets. Ginger also relieves heartburn.

It is also a good idea if you know you are going to drink and possibly eat foods that will aggravate your heartburn, take a Zantac, or a generic version, a couple of hours before drinking, which will suppress some of the stomach acids.

Different strategies work for different people. So you have to find what works for you.

I took medicines, but they are useless. Even doctors call me today to cure heartburn. I have a mobile recording of an MBBS doctor on my youtube channel on 11.11.2020 that he was unable to cure his own heartburn for 2 years.

The reduction of stomach acids also causes the rest of the chronic diseases.

Some recent experience shared on my youtube channel. People don't comment much on quora about their experiences.

On 05/13/2021, a 42-year-old deputy police commissioner contacted me to cure heartburn after seeing the responses on Quora. Had heartburn for the past 5 years.

On 05/13/2021 he sent a WhatsApp message saying

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I took medicines, but they are useless. Even doctors call me today to cure heartburn. I have a mobile recording of an MBBS doctor on my youtube channel on 11.11.2020 that he was unable to cure his own heartburn for 2 years.

The reduction of stomach acids also causes the rest of the chronic diseases.

Some recent experience shared on my youtube channel. People don't comment much on quora about their experiences.

On 05/13/2021, a 42-year-old deputy police commissioner contacted me to cure heartburn after seeing the responses on Quora. Had heartburn for the past 5 years.

On 05/13/2021 he sent a WhatsApp message saying that he had never felt so good in the last 5 years. He asked me for query changes. I replied on 05/16/2021. Paid an amount of Rs. 1000 on 05/16/2021. Mobile recording with him is on my youtube channel. Although I told you it's a temporary relief. Complete relief takes 3 to 6 months. The first 2-3 days there is a feeling of complete relief. But that's a temporary relief.

Read my quora profile. Cycle hydration, dehydration, and walking and rest routines as mentioned in my profile.

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The answer is simple.

STOP the medication.

Antacids are designed to artificially suppress stomach acid.

One of the main causes of heartburn and its alignment symptoms is 'low' stomach acid

Research says that low stomach acid (not high stomach acid) causes acid reflux.

If you are taking antacids for your heartburn, you would be lowering your stomach acid levels even more.

That is NOT natural.

There is a simple way to check if you have low stomach acid or not.

Take some Eno or baking soda and drink it on an empty stomach in the morning.

If you burped, your acid levels are probably fine.

If you didn't

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The answer is simple.

STOP the medication.

Antacids are designed to artificially suppress stomach acid.

One of the main causes of heartburn and its alignment symptoms is 'low' stomach acid

Research says that low stomach acid (not high stomach acid) causes acid reflux.

If you are taking antacids for your heartburn, you would be lowering your stomach acid levels even more.

That is NOT natural.

There is a simple way to check if you have low stomach acid or not.

Take some Eno or baking soda and drink it on an empty stomach in the morning.

If you burped, your acid levels are probably fine.

If he did not burp, it means he has little acid in his stomach.

An easy way to tackle low stomach acid is to eat something bitter.

That is why I recommend that you understand the main cause of your hyperacidity, before jumping to medication.

I hope this helps!

For more inquiries, please comment below and I will provide detailed guide for the same.

Don't listen to that answer above. No one has the right to tell you that you are lying about how you can barely eat. I am young and have chronic anxiety accompanied by acid reflux. Tips and tricks !!

  1. Eat bread or any food that absorbs excess stomach acid. Ginger, oatmeal, and fruits (which are not citrus) are good. Avoid chocolate, spicy foods, caffeine, and citrus fruits. There are many dos and don'ts of lists.
  2. Make sure you stay upright while and after eating. An hour or so to sit upright / stand up after eating can help you get down (no walking / running).
  3. Eat slowly and try to relax and establish a
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Don't listen to that answer above. No one has the right to tell you that you are lying about how you can barely eat. I am young and have chronic anxiety accompanied by acid reflux. Tips and tricks !!

  1. Eat bread or any food that absorbs excess stomach acid. Ginger, oatmeal, and fruits (which are not citrus) are good. Avoid chocolate, spicy foods, caffeine, and citrus fruits. There are many dos and don'ts of lists.
  2. Make sure you stay upright while and after eating. An hour or so to sit upright / stand up after eating can help you get down (no walking / running).
  3. Eat slowly and try to relax and set aside a specific time to eat.
  4. Consider getting extra strong antacids. (Gelusil is good.) If you like all natural, I heard that moringa can help.

Please let me know if any of these were helpful :)

In reality, proton pump inhibitors (such as omeprazole) do not lose their effectiveness over time. It's the histamine blockers, like pepcid, that do it.
If you get worse on omeprazole (2 OTC tablets a day), then your condition has worsened.
If it's primarily a nighttime activity (it usually is), raise the head of your bed and eat early in the evening. If you can tell when an outbreak will occur, take an over-the-counter peptide before bed.

There is a surgical procedure, laparoscopic transthoracic gastroesophageal sphincter reconstruction is available. But it is a great company.

Anxiety can make symptoms worse, and PMS usually comes with hormonal changes and anxiety. CBD oil is great for anxiety and may help other PMS symptoms. I've already been through menopause, but if I still had the horrible symptoms that I had, I would use CBD because less anxiety means less aggravation of GERD symptoms.

As it is, I take CBD capsules to curb my work-related anxiety; It has really helped me and my GERD symptoms are not that bad.

Acid reflux is caused by disproportionate fluids in the blood and cells.

The cause of disproportionate fluids is: drinking the same amount of water every day in a similar way.

To cure acid reflux, you just need to reverse the time it takes for water and other fluids.

Reducing your fluid intake provides immediate relief.

Drinking water and fluids mainly with meals increases blood volume.

Drink water on an empty stomach and after more than 10 minutes increase the cellular fluids without nutrients in them.

Follow the hydration and dehydration cycles to cure acid reflux in 7 days or less. Walking and resting will speed up the

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Acid reflux is caused by disproportionate fluids in the blood and cells.

The cause of disproportionate fluids is: drinking the same amount of water every day in a similar way.

To cure acid reflux, you just need to reverse the time it takes for water and other fluids.

Reducing your fluid intake provides immediate relief.

Drinking water and fluids mainly with meals increases blood volume.

Drink water on an empty stomach and after more than 10 minutes increase the cellular fluids without nutrients in them.

Follow the hydration and dehydration cycles to cure acid reflux in 7 days or less. Walking and resting will speed recovery.

Learn more about these 2 on my Quora profile.

No one can answer that question accurately without getting your complete history and doing some gut testing, but one direction to go may be bacterial overgrowth in the small intestine. At some point, probiotics can make this condition worse, and SIBO can cause reflux problems if gas and pressure builds up with bacteria overgrowth.

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