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flmscty posted:
I have had severe GERD for four months. Bad enough to send me to the ER three times. I have had stomach issues my whole life but I took DEXILANT - H2 drug - (had a seizure from it) and suddenly my life changed. $8000 ER visit, I dropped 20lbs and couldn't eat anything for a month until I almost passed out from lack of nutrients.
DRUGS ARE BAD. Take the least amount possible and research natural options.
I have tried so many methods (diets, drugs, natural stuff). Relied on another prescription out of desperation. When I stopped taking my Pantoprazole(Protonix) - PPI Drug - and I had a rebound with severe pain and Tinnitus got worse. Went back on and pain still wouldn't go away.
I started DGL tabs before meals (I eat 4-5 times a day) and Slippery Elm capsules. The first day I didn't notice anything but the second day the pain subsided. Be careful of the German Chocolate DGL. I liked the flavor the best also but I wasn't getting relief from it. Found out, later, that it has SORBITOL which I am allergic to. I always get IBS symptoms from fake sugars especially anything ending in TOL. Malitol etc, sugar alcohols. The DGL I take now has dextrose and that isn't as bad a sugar as others (FRUCTOSE etc).
Be careful of water PH. I tested mine with pool strips and the tap was neutral (7.0) and the bottled was 4.0 (acidic). I bought a reverse osmosis system and now my neutral tap water is acidic!! So I am back to a PUR filter which lowers the PH only a little bit.
Still working on it day by day, no cure yet. May not be a cure but I will try to get back to some form of normalcy.
Hope this helps someone. These boards have helped me 100 times more than my expensive group of specialists.

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