As I am trying to find out how to get rid of acid reflux naturally, I’ve now been on the special diet for 4 weeks. This consists of low carbs, wheat and dairy free, little or no onions, tomatoes, caffeine, and alcohol. I have to admit to some disappointment that the symptoms – burning in the right side of the chest, sore throat, burning in the mouth and on the lips, and frequently a sense of stinging in the eyes and nostrils – have not gone.

This week has been a mixed bag; I’ve cut down on my basic meds to 15 mg Lanzaprozole every 36 hours, rather than 24 hours, and dispensed with the amitriptylene, and I’ve experienced some times of relief – mainly at night, despite lying horizontal. I awake in the morning usually free of symptoms, though they return after breakfast.

I did actually try propping myself up on 3 or 4 pillows at night, until I woke up one morning with an extremely painful neck. Either A had tried to put an end to my suffering by a well aimed karate chop whilst I was deeply asleep, or the unnatural position of my head for 7 hours had had a catastrophic effect on my neck muscles – in the end I believed her protestations and I resolved to look into getting one of those wedges designed to do the propping job.

3 things have, though, seemed to make a difference. The first is Organic Apple Cider Vinegar – 2 teaspoons taken in water with a meal. I usually try and dilute it to a state where the actual burning sensation of the vinegar itself is minimised. It’s difficult to believe that drinking acid actually decreases the burning sensation of the reflux, but it certainly seems to.

The second thing was peppermint chewing gum. Whenever I felt the reflux starting (usually a tingling feeling on the lips), I’d chew gum, and the adverse effects would be minimised. I think it has something to do with the extra mucus created, which neutralises the effect of the acid.

The third one was good old Rennies, which I tend to pop like they are going out of fashion on some days, but they usually give quick relief, if only for a short while. This is hardly finding out how to get rid of acid reflux naturally, though.

I’m continuing with 20 minutes on the exercise bike a day, more or less (some days it’s less, depending on when I get in from work, and how long the news lasts (the bike is in front of our spare telly), wearing loose clothes and trying to stay as calm as possible (quite challenging at the best of times – particularly when driving to work – it’s just war…)

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