This issue has probably been addressed before, but, my partner has a hiatal hernia and has been on Prilosec for 8 years. He is afraid to discontinue it. He is on a modified McDougall diet after a 3-meal per day meat eating. No more meat! Any advice?
I was having some digestive difficulties - on-going for months - they were : belching, bloating, heartburn, sensitivity at the waist, intestinal gas, hiccups, difficulty in swallowing capsules, overall fatigue, full feeling at base of throat, pain or burning in upper chest, pressure in the chest, pain in the left side of chest.
So I read on-line about hiatal hernia and I tried the self-massage technique described here and felt immediately better.
I had to do it more than once over a period of time and I had a masseuse do it to me 3 times in 3 months.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xX0zKB2_ ... re=related
I read Dr Mc Dougall's great book Digestive Tune up". Very informative. I also gave up coffee & alcohol & for a while, spicy foods and onions.
Triggers for GERD can be coffee, alcohol, carbonated drinks, chocolate, tomatoes, citrus and other things. I read that greasy, fatty foods and oily nuts like peanuts can cause the LES valve not to close. You have to figure out what you are eating or drinking that is triggering your GERD. Also eat smaller amounts of food at any given time. Eat apples and almonds and drink coconut water.
Do not drink coffee, alcohol or carbonated drinks. I did take prilosec OTC for about 8 weeks. I got off it by tapering it and alternating with Pepcid.
on people's pharmacy.com i read this 7 week plan for getting off Prilosec:
Week 1: Alternate 20mg of Prilosec (Omeprazole) with 10mg Prilosec
Week 2: 10mg Prilosec
Week 3: Alternate 10mg of Prilosec with 40mg Pepsid (Famotidine)
Week 4: 40 mg Pepcid
Week 5: Alternate 40 mg Pepcid with 20 Mg Pepcid
Week 6: 20 mg Pecsid
Week 7: 10 mg Peccid
I saw the best video clip from a past episode of the Today Show.
The Today Show "Have acid reflux? Soothe it naturally"
There is a doctor talking about natural remedies such as: Calcium (in powder, chew or liquid). He says Calcium "tightens" the Valve....
He talks about carrot juice and cabbage juice for Gastritis...Which I suffer with and of course DGL.
Check it out. It is encouraging.http://today.msnbc.msn.com/id/19352872/ ... 4GLbRyyW9U