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Anyone got chronic heartburn?
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Noca - April 5

Anyone got chronic heartburn? it seems to be a co-morbid disorder with Fibromyalgia. What do you take for your heartburn?


bmcgovern - April 5

I don't really have heartburn, but my stomach is overly acidic. Do you eat stuff that could be causing the heartburn? I eliminated acidic foods, greasy foods, dairy, sugar, gluten. I take Acidophilus. Sometimes if its to bad i take Prilosec which you can get over the counter. If you can get any prescriptions try Nexium that really helps a lot. I hope this helped.
Good Luck.


Fantod - April 6

Yes - that would be me. Had it for years. Can get it drinking a glass of water. I take 600 mg of Zantac a day and even that doesn't always do it. Very frustrating as no one can seem to figure out why and how to stop it. My sister has the same problem except she is worse than me. Go figure. Take care.


Noca - April 6

I got Nexium and basically any drug I could ever want but I don't like taking more drugs than I have to =(


belle1329 - April 6

HI I did a search of natural remedies for heartburn/gerd/acid reflux, I do have it occasionally.
Baking soda is a natural antacid. If you dissolve a teaspoon of baking soda in 8 ounces of water, it can neutralize acid and temporarily alleviate heartburn caused by acid reflux. Keep your head elevated when u sleep.
Bananas act as a natural antacid in the body. You can eat either fresh or dried bananas.
Chamomile Tea
Chamomile has been used to help neutralize stomach acid. It is also used by people as a stress reliever.
Apple Cider Vinegar
People have reported that natural apple cider vinegar works for them. Apple cider vinegar can be taken in tablet, capsule, or liquid form.
Fresh ginger is one of the oldest remedies for heartburn. It is also used to help treat nausea. Ginger can be added to food when it's cooked, eaten raw, or consumed as ginger tea.
Turmeric helps stimulate digestion and prevent acid build-up. Turmeric is used in curried foods. If you don't want to use turmeric in your cooking, it is available in capsule form and can be taken before meals.
Aloe Vera Juice
The juice from the aloe vera plant has been used to soothe an irritated esophagus. Aloe vera juice has a long history of use in Europe as a natural home remedy to relive heartburn. You should only use aloe vera juice that has been specifically prepared for internal use.
Again, it is important to remember that none of these remedies have been carefully studies or compared with standard medications for acid suppression. Discuss the use of any you are interested in with your healthcare provider.
Hope this helps, I am going to copy this article and try it myslef. :)


bmcgovern - April 6

I have used baking soda here and there when it is so bad that nothing helps. The baking soda really takes it away, but it does taste really sour, but worth it. Give the baking soda a shot.


bmcgovern - April 6

You only want to use the baking soda if you really have to and not very often.


jrzgirl - April 6

I take Protonix, helps most of the time, stress can cause AR also


Canada17 - April 6

I suffer from chronic heartburn and GERD. No fun.

I will sometimes pop tums but they really aren't all that effective. I find it is easier to prevent my heartburn than treat it. I stay away from acidic fruits and pop as well as spicy foods for the most part. Although, even water has given me heartburn before.

I think my favourite remedy to heartburn is a cold glass of chocolate milk. It works wonders and tastes fantastic! I also like the Gaviscon foaming tablets. They take a little getting used to because they fizz in your mouth when you chew them but they aren't as chaulky as tums and they are more effective. However, I can't find them anymore.

I also drink peppermint tea on occasion if I am at work and really suffering from it. It works well too and tastes good.

I put enough pills in my stomach, which also create heartburn for me, so I like to avoid pharmaceuticals to remedy my heartburn. Plus my MCS and IBS mean I react very strangely to a lot of things...I go natural whenever possible.


ptalana - April 7

Hey Noca, oh yes do I ever experience heartburn!!!! I suffer with ibs, gerd, lactose intolerance, you name it and it's extremely frustrating and painful. I take a double dose of pantoloc and it does help. Without this I just couldn't handle the pain and discomfort. I hope you find some relief soon.
Take care, Patty :)


Noca - April 7

I already banned all spicy food and most fast food from my diet. I never knew ginger helped GERD. Maybe I'll try some of that. I'm also going to take my Nexium for a while till my heartburn dies down. Never knew so many suffered the same pain as I. Thanks all, lots of good ideas


belle1329 - April 7

Hi, I copied the rest of the article as it is helpful, I noticed you use pepperment tea Canada17 and I see it noted below to avoid. I cant use pepperment as its a trigger for me, but also says bananas are a natural antacid but I cant eat bananas the give me heartburn.and I love them :( and they are so good for you in other ways :( It also says to avoid chocolate, and you use chocolate milk and I enjoy chocolate with No problem :). I do drink milk sometimes to help with heartburn, as it does for me. So I guess we are all different in what works. I hope the rest of the article helps :)...............
Avoid Heartburn Trigger Foods
Keep a heartburn diary to track which foods cause heartburn. The foods and beverages that most commonly trigger heartburn include:
•Citrus fruits
•Citrus juices
•Excessive alcohol consumption (especially red wine)
•Tomatoes and tomato-based products
•Caffeinated beverages, such as coffee
•Carbonated beverages, such as colas
You can also use a few meal planning tips for preventing food-related heartburn.
Eat Smaller, More Frequent Meals
Large meals expand the stomach and can increase upward pressure against the esophageal sphincter.
Wait at Least 2 to 3 Hours After Eating to Head to Bed
Gravity helps keep the stomach juices from backing up into the esophagus and assists the flow of food and digestive juices from the stomach to the intestines -- why you may feel better standing up right after eating than laying down.


Canada17 - April 7

Fibromyalgia really is an awesome dis-ease, isn't it? I mean, what works for one creates problems for another and what causes problems for one works for another.

Everything for us seems to be trial and error. From antacids to sleep aids we are all affected differently. But, we all have the same underlying issues. The human body really is a mysterious thing.

My FM is directly related to my hormones, diet, and chemicals. Whereas others have their symptoms related to other associated conditions such as lupus and rheumatoid arthritis. It is amazing to me that we can all suffer from the same symptoms but they are caused and relieved by completely different agents.

A note about peppermint oil - it is coming out now that it is not good for pregnant women to use it as it affects milk production. Maybe this has something to do with the recommendation to avoid it, the processes of our bodies.


Duo - April 7

Seven months ago I had a fundoplication operation due to severe GERD - the pain in my chest was unbearable. Sadly (why am I surprised!!) the operation hasn't worked for me and I still have terrible problems. It is very interesting to read all your blogs and very true that what works for one doesn't necessarily work for another. I was absolutely ill when I tried Apple Cider Vinegar and can't tolerate peppermint so I guess its a case of trial and error. My consultant advised that I cut out bread which I have done since my operation but this is mostly because I have trouble digesting it. I am at my best when I eat very small portions regularly and try not to eat anything after 7pm as the pain in my chest is dreadful when I lie down in bed. There are so many chocolate Easter eggs in our house at present!!! talk about Chinese torture lol. Take care.



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