It’s been a little while since my last update. Looking back it was great thinking I was free of acid reflux for at least a period of time – unfortunately it didn’t last. In October it returned, and I’ve had it off and on now ever since. I have had to go back on to PPI’s – Lanzaprozole, first 15mg, then up to 30 mg – which is a big disappointment, but I have also tried a range of things to see if i could wean myself off them. I have:
- Cut my intake of carbs right down – I don’t think it’s a true paleo diet, but nearly. In fact I have been trying to follow the FODMAPS diet – an acronym for “Fermentable, Oligo-, Di-, Mono-saccharides And Polyols” which are types of carbohydrate which are thought to contribute to irritable bowl syndrome. It’s very restrictive, and I’m not sure I’ll keep it up.
- Cut down on dairy, and started taking lactose free milk.
- Re-started taking a 10mg dose of amitryptyline, which is an anti-depressant drug, but which is also used to calm spasms in the gut in IBS suffers – my doctor thinks acid reflux is all related to errant spasms of the gut causing the lower esophogeal sphincter to open, thereby releasing acid into the esophagus. Actually, amitryptyline is an old drug which used to be used to prevent bed wetting – so no more problems there, then! I do find this helps the acid reflux though. [update: I’ve since read of others who have benefited greatly from taking this drug, and in one case completely cleared up their acid reflux]
- Bought a copy of “Heartburn No More” by Jeff Martin, which I review here.It is such a comprehensive approach that I intend to start it when I’ve given the FODMAP diet a decent go.
- Also bought a copy of Chris Kresser’s new book “Your Personal Paleo Diet”, which attracted me because he has written extensively on acid reflux and diet. You can review a copy here.
- Drinking a daily dose of acid cider vinegar, which has certainly helped virtually eliminate the discomfort of acid reflux at mealtimes. You can see what other people say about it here
I’ll let you know whether any of these measures have a profound effect in due course. In the meantime tell us how you’re tackling your acid reflux / gerd / gord / heartburn and the results you’re having, in the comments below.
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