Acid Reflux: The Truth Behind Heartburn

Evaluation and Management of Laryngopharyngeal Reflux

I have found nothing that prevents the nausea. No pharmaceutical or natural remedy or preventive strategy. I’ve learned to live with the exceedingly annoying nausea.

The child is then referred for a child protection exam which will include an X-ray. The X-ray shows periosteal reaction on the bones – typical of trace element deficiency, which the radiologist diagnose as ‘probably’ abusive fractures unless trace element deficiency is proved. When the Expert Paediatrician says there is “no evidence of trace element deficiency” due to no testing, despite there being no evidence at all of abuse by the parents, the child is adopted. It would be so helpful if there were experts who knew about hypochlorhydria reporting to the family court.

I have been reading a lot about this low stomach acid theory and it makes so much sense to me. I started the testing with the hcl tablets with pepsin that I’ve read so much about.

The enzyme adheres to laryngeal cells, depletes its defences, and causes further damage internally after its endocytosis. Extraesophageal reflux can today be detected by recognising pharyngeal acidification using a miniaturised pH probe and by the identification of pepsin in saliva and in exhaled breath condensate by a rapid, sensitive, and specific immunoassay. Proton pump inhibitors do not help the majority with extraesophageal reflux but specifically formulated alginates, which sieve pepsin, give benefit. These new insights may lead to the development of novel drugs that dramatically reduce pepsinogen secretion, block the effects of adherent pepsin, and give corresponding clinical benefit. Our digestive tract has built-in mechanisms to keep food moving in the right direction, at the right time, without us even thinking about it.

  • The pattern of reflux is different in LPR and gastroesophageal reflux.
  • Occasionally I would feel a strange sensation in my chest and at times that would cause anxiety and panic attacks, but I never thought it could be acid reflux.
  • Hi Raffay – it sounds like you could definitely have low stomach acid based on the symptoms you’re describing and your history of PPI use.

The pillow has a hole in which one can place their left arm, like putting thread through a needle, so they can sleep comfortably and remain in that position all night. Deglycyrrhizinated licorice (DGL) is licorice with glycyrrhizin (the component that can elevate blood pressure in some individuals) removed. As a chewable tablet before meals, DGL helps reduce acid reflux and indigestion. Along with DGL, I had Sara take a digestive enzyme supplement containing betaine-HCl with her meals to help her gut digest and absorb protein by normalizing stomach acid. Late-night snacking was definitely a primary cause of my personal acid reflux, as was sleeping totally flat (my position of choice).

Rare infections like Clostridium difficile commonly occur when acid-blocking drugs suppress gastric acid. Beyond its immediate miseries, acid reflux is believed to create precancerous cells that increase your esophageal cancer risk. Sara’s former doctor prescribed acid-suppressing drugs, which are the standard of care. These include proton pump inhibitors (PPIs)-newer drugs like Nexium, Prilosec, Protonix, and Prevacid-and older histamine receptor blockers (H2Bs) like Zantac. “On a pain scale, it doesn’t rank anywhere near a kidney stone, but it does make those few hours after my meals really damn unpleasant,” my 34-year-old patient Sara recently told me during her initial consultation.

Other popular choices include Gut Pro from Organic 3 and D-Lactate Free Powder from Custom Probiotics. I used these in the past, but have much better success with Prescript Assist so I now use that exclusively. But not all probiotics are created alike, and in the case of small intestinal bacterial overgrowth (or SIBO, which is commonly present with GERD), certain probiotics may make things worse. SIBO often involves an overgrowth of microorganisms that produce a substance called D-lactic acid.

Im 22. Pls help n explain what else I could do without getting a high bill from the doctors. Jeff I’m glad your ready for change brother! Start with your diet switch to SCD or Paleo right away. Then create a support structure for total health which should not only include medical practitioners but someone who can work with you on your mindset and psychology.

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