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Old 10-04-2012, 07:05 AM
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Last night, I had this problem and ultimately I had to had pain killer injection as I got severe pain in my stomach and abdomen. It was really a very painful experience. I did not eat anything weird; just the normal food at home. Still, why this suddenly happened to me was a question mark. The doctor told me that I had got severe acidity in stomach, due to which this pain got worsen. I thought it would perhaps be beneficial to share this here.


Have you people got any thoughts on this? Has someone of you gone through a similar or related experience?


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Old 10-04-2012, 07:32 AM
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My sister in law has had severe acidity problems for quite awhile... affecting her most at night. She had tests done for ulcers and general stomach health and all checked out ok except for that her stomach act was 7 times more than it should be.. she has been on antiacids for a long time and I told her that this would overall comprimise her health due to nutritional deficiency. I told her about the nissan procedure to tighten the sphincter at the top of the stomach to keep the acid where it belongs and her physican agreed. they think that the over acidity degraded the sphincter and caused the reflux. She has had acid tests and scopes done to make this diagnosis. The surgery was done about two weeks ago and she is doing well. She is now off of all antacid drugs (she was on two taken twice a day) and starting to eat regular meals again... she was on smoothies until the surgery healed. We are hoping that it will be the answer for her and we shall see how she does over time.

the nissan procedure is relatively new for adults in the USA. 15 years ago it was only rarely done but much more common in Europe. It was done frequently for small children with digestive issues, generally related to birth defects or being born too early. Many many of my pediatric patients had had the procedure.

Most often acid indigestion is caused by a deficiency of stomach acids or enzymes. This route should be explored first before any more serious surgical avenues.
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Old 10-04-2012, 07:34 AM
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I didn't know such a surgery existed.

I have severe acid problems and they always come at night. If I don't take a ranitidine before going to bed I WILL wake up in the middle of the night with a burning esophagus and stomach pain. Happens every single time I forget to take it and as a result I do NOT sleep well that night. Very unfortunate.... anyone know of a natural remedy they can recommend?
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Old 10-04-2012, 04:24 PM
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Most often acid indigestion is caused by a deficiency of stomach acid


Couldn't agree more.

It is also important to keep the stomach acid pH below 2. Anything above 2 allows for bacteria and fungi to grow, and are fed with simple carbs to create gas, cramps, and reflux..
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Old 10-06-2012, 01:39 PM
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I also go through phases of having to take ranitadine. I find that a healthy non greasy veg filled diet makes a big difference (and little or no alcohol ideally!)

But a great natural remedy is ginger tea. Simply get a bit, chop it up and pour hot water over. You can add lemon and even honey too if you want. Often when I've been feeling really sick it has sorted me right out.

Ginger tea bags work quite well - good for a backup but the best thing (and cheaper too) is the fresh ginger.
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Old 10-06-2012, 06:11 PM
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Most acid problems are due to a lack of acid and enzymes..
If you dont respond to added acid and enzymes and then if you dont repsond to a course of mms to kill pathogens that could be interfering in stomach function then you need a medical assessment to determine if you have too much acid.

This page tells you about a nissen or fundoplication
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nissen_fundoplication
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I'll have to try the ginger tea. That sounds really good
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Ruling out digestive imbalance is the first line of action. Your conventional doctor will not know how to do this... they will only give you proton pump inhibitors or other kinds of antacids. If the acid reflux situation cannot be helped with appropriate nutritional supplements then a consult with a conventional doc may be merited.

A naturopath is what you need at this point.
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I have been suffering with acidity and bloating for the last few years. Smoking and alcohol is out, of course. Pepperment tea and antacids provide some temporary relief but isn't really an answer. Eating crackers and bread helps a bit by absorbing the acid. I have found a couple of things that seem to be giving me longer-term relief but not totally scientific. Drinking more water (bottled spring water), getting more sleep (fight the workaholic thing), and strangely enough, milk chocolate. The last one I certainly can't explain but I was having a very severe attack one time with dizziness and profuse sweating and I was close to calling for an ambulance when I tried a chocolate bar just to soothe myself and my symptoms suddenly vanished and I felt fine. I have no explanation for this whatsoever and neither does my doctor, but now I have a piece of chocolate every day and my acid and bloating problems have been steadily receding. The only thing I can find from my research is that cocoa is one of the few foods which provides probiotics to the lower intestinal track. Other than that it's a mystery.
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High quality chocolate bars, like those with 70% > cacao are beneficial in small doses.

Salt is good for digestion, so is vinegar and fresh citrus juice. High glycemic foods like bread and crackers irritate stomach linings and intestines.
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Arrowwind mentions enzymes, I know that pineapple has some enzymes that help with digestion so I often have pineapple or pineapple juice if my stomach is not as good as it could be.
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