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Managing a hiatal hernia or Acid Reflux (GERD)

I sure could use some tips on dealing with one. I have heard eat smaller portions, eat less. Well, at least that is additional incentive for my diet. Any one got something they have tried that helped? One thing helping me is taking some ginger root capsules. For now, that and the smaller portions is what I am trying. I always prefer natural remedies to meds. But, I will take meds if that is what I must do.

Wed. Oct 11, 3:20pm

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smaller portions and eating less. That sums it up.

Wednesday, October 11, 2006, 3:21 PM

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this may not sound too appetizing, but it works! if you make a zucchini broth and sip it after a meal it really calms the stomach juices. i have dealt with this type of problem for many years, tried many medication and spent a lot of dough. finally, i went the homeopathic route and have been relieved since. asparagus broth works, too (can cause an odd odor in your urine). don't eat raw greens, they take a lot to break down. cut out caffeine, alcohol, carbonated beverages and spicy and citrus foods. gradually add back into your diet as the sympyoms start to go away. and at night, try elevating your head with a couple of pillows if you experience reflux then.

Wednesday, October 11, 2006, 3:41 PM

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OP here. Thanks for the feedback. I don't have any food or acid to back up into my esophagus that I can tell. I only have gas that causes me to burp, but the burps are 'dry' and chronic/frequent. Today I have done well due to implementing controlled portion size and ginger root. The real test will be on my drive home. It is wierd, but the car's motion aggravates the condition terribly. Uh, is Homer Simpson in the car or what?...No, it's just me. Right now I am just glad me and MBH work opposite shifts so he doesn't have to be turned off by such loud burps. Not feminine at all.

Wednesday, October 11, 2006, 3:50 PM

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OP again....I will try your tips! :-)

Wednesday, October 11, 2006, 3:52 PM

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My husband has suffered from Acid Reflux and Gerd. We have tried a lot of things and they don't work. Ultimately medication has been his only saving grace. Some of the things we tried; however, were yogurt, lots of water, small meals (his stomach digests slowly) and sleeping with his head elevated with pillows or just raising the head of your bed. I don't know if that will help or not, but it's an inexpensive route.

Wednesday, October 11, 2006, 4:47 PM

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Based on your description I would not be so sure you have GERD. My mother suffered from GERD for years, has been on numerous medications and has had to have surgery and has Barret's espohagus as a result, so I am very familiar with the symptoms and possible symptoms of it since I did a lot of research for her. What you describe so far is not GERD which is specifically acid coming up in your esophagus. If you do not have this as a symptom but instead are chronically belching it could actually be the opposite - your body may not be producing enough stomach acid and doesn't break down food very efficiently thus causing quantities of gas as a by-product which come out as belches.

The chronic, dry belching is something that happens to me frequently. I control it by eating smaller quantities, chewing my food very thoroughly, eating more slowly, only sipping little bits of water during meals and avoiding acidic foods like onions (which really aggravate it for me) or greasy foods which are hard for the stomach to break down. However whether or not this is what is causing your issues is difficult to say, but have you considered this possiblity?

I am including a link to the basic information about GERD. Accurately diagnosing it as your problem is the best way to figure out how to go about living with it, and if there is one thing I learned from going through this with my mother it is that everyone has their own wildly different triggers and ways of coping so you are your own best judge of what's best for you in this case. Also, if you have not done so already do consider seeing a health care provider who is familiar with GI issues and won't jump to the most popular diagnosis of the day.

BTW, licorice root is also great for stomach issues.


Wednesday, October 11, 2006, 5:40 PM

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OP here...Thanks for the feedback. I have seen my GP. She immediately thought I had GERD and said to try Prevacid, which didn't work for me. The only reason I know of hiatal hernias is from a nurse friend who has been in the field for years. My doc did say that if the Prevacid didn't work that I'd need an upper and lower GI. I am hoping to remedy the situation so I don't have to do that. I have been battling it for two months now, so I am about to give in to the GIs. I think I will ask to be referred to a GI specialist.

I will get some licorice root! Thanks. Switched to green tea today, too. I read tha coffee can aggravate and green tea can sooth.

Thursday, October 12, 2006, 8:26 AM

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I do have recently diagnosed GERD and proton pump inhibitors are a godsend. The other recommendation is to raise the head of the bed 6 inches. How have you done it? I sleep on my stomach, so pillows don't work. I just imagine a big crash in the middle of the night as the wheels/ feet of the bed frame tip off the 6x6? Is there anything commercially available?

Saturday, October 14, 2006, 12:00 AM

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I was at Bed, Bath and Beyond (Texas) the other day and they have Bed raisers that elevate your bed about six inches. Maybe you could just use two at the head of the bed.

Saturday, October 14, 2006, 7:43 AM

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OP here - well the past couple of days I have controlled my portions, cut out coffee and replaced it with green tea. Had to take maalox a couple of times the first day and once yesterday. Any way, the belching has subsided, even on my commute. I drank iced green tea during my commute. Anyway, I am praising God for it!! I will let you know how the weekend goes.

Saturday, October 14, 2006, 7:47 AM

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