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Been having excess mucus after I eat almost anything. Is it an allergy to the food? Had it tonight with sweet potato. Or could it be bc of GERD?

Been having excess mucus after I eat almost anything. Is it an allergy to the food? Had it tonight with sweet potato. Or could it be bc of GERD?

Hard to know: Secretions from the nasal mucosa that increase after a meal is usually due to firing of nerves related to food digestion, but that have side effects in the nose. Its called gustatory rhinitis and is treatable with nasal medication if severe or bothersome. Acid reflux can certainly worsen rhinitis, but usually not immediately unless there is also heartburn/metalic taste. Not food allergy. ...Read more

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Diet (Definition)

refers to all the physical matter humans (like all living creatures) must take in on a recurring basis; only partially for energy. Like all life on planet humans are open systems which keep tearing down their structure & require intake of atoms/molecules from which to rebuild their structure. Intestinal lining cells replaced ~every 3 days. CaPO4 in bones ~every 6 years, ...Read more


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A relative is vegan (2 years) and has had horrible GERD for the past 10 years. What sort of diet can he follow? What foods are good for him?

A relative is vegan (2 years) and has had horrible GERD for the past 10 years. What sort of diet can he follow? What foods are good for him?

Diet helps but...: Gerd is a complex problem. Yes, a proper diet can help but will not cure; the underlying causes are usually related to a deficiency (not excess!) of hydrochloric acid and imbalance of intestinal flora. A diet low in simple/processed carbohydrates will help but the primary role of that diet is to improve the balance of flora. See http://bit. Ly/1b1avqs and follow the link to chris kresser's report. ...Read more

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What are good treatments/diet changes for treating and curing GERD?

What are good treatments/diet changes for treating and curing GERD?

GERD: Dietary changes can improve the symptoms of GERD. It is important to avoid any particular foods that give you problems, but common culprits are tomatoes, onions, citrus fruits, chocolate, caffeine, and alcohol. Tilting your bed on blocks often helps. You should avoid tobacco. Despite these measures, though, many people still require chronic medication to control GERD. Good luck. ...Read more

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I have hiatal hernia/gerd(good diet +nexium 40mg). Was cleared by 2 cardiologists(ecg, echo...), but every night I get tight chest/breathing diff. Why?

I have hiatal hernia/gerd(good diet +nexium 40mg). Was cleared by 2 cardiologists(ecg, echo...), but every night I get tight chest/breathing diff. Why?

Hernia ?: It could be the hernia if it is a large one and slides into the chest specially when laying down or eating a large meal. Hard to tell without seeing the studies done. Mention this to your doctor. ...Read more

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If PPIs and diet only help a little with heartburn and other GERD symptoms, can anything else be done besides surgery?

If PPIs and diet only help a little with heartburn and other GERD symptoms, can anything else be done besides surgery?

Yes: On diet, want to ensure cutting back drastically on caffeine, coffee, alcohol, fatty/fried foods, too much acidic or spicy foods (some good), red meats. Lose weight. Keep blood pressure and diabetes (if applicable) in control. Exercise daily. Stay sitting or standing at least 30 min after any meal. Sleep on a regular schedule. Control stress. These all help with GERD unless hiatal hernia present. ...Read more

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Gave up diet soda and have IBS and Gerd. Am On 60 mg dexilant (dexlansoprazole). Can I get heartburn from drinking iced tea? And I take my pill at night.

Gave up diet soda and have IBS and Gerd.  Am
On 60 mg dexilant (dexlansoprazole). Can I get heartburn from drinking iced tea? And I take my pill at night.

GERD : Good for you for giving up diet sodas! It is possible to have worse reflux from iced tea, but it is usually from the caffeine in the tea. If you're drinking caffeine free tea, it usually does not make GERD worse. As for the DexIlant, (dexlansoprazole) is best to take it 20 to 30 minutes before a meal. I would not recommend taking it at bedtime. Good luck. ...Read more

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I have all the symptoms of GERD is there a diet I should be following?

I have all the symptoms of GERD is there a diet I should be following?

Somewhat: Small portion meals that help prevent over-eating (i.e. "stuffed"), limiting alcohol intake, limiting caffeine, etc... May all help. But, currently as noted, there are good medications to alleviate the "heart burn" pain/discomfort of the acid refluxing back into your esophagus. ...Read more

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Any benefit of being on the brat diet for gerd?

Any benefit of being on the brat diet for gerd?

It is reasonable.: However, the typical brat diet is rather draconian for anyone to keep to for long. Think more on the order of avoiding spicy foods, or anything that seems to bother your stomach. Keeping a food diary is often helpful for this, along with your symptoms. ...Read more

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Is GERD curable? What diet is beneficial what isdangerous?

Is GERD curable? What diet is beneficial what isdangerous?

Control, not cure : Gerd is when acid content of the stomach is allowed into the food pipe (esophagus). It is a defect in the function of the sphincter which should prevent this. In some people it is caused by a hiatus hernia. None of these problems can be fixed with a medication. If it is severe, surgery may be an option. Otherwise, the symptoms are controlled with antacids, medications to decrease acid production. ...Read more

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Is it possible to have barretts and not gerd. And if so, do I have to follow the same diet a GERD patient would?

Yes: Although technically, barrett's should only occur in the setting of acid reflux, once you have barrett's, the lining accommodates so that you may not actually have reflux symptoms. It is still recommended to decrease acid exposure to the lower esophagus to theoretically decrease the chance of progression to esophageal cancer. This can be done with medications or going on an antireflux diet. ...Read more

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What kind of diet is best for people with gerd?

What kind of diet is best for people with gerd?

Small: Small meals are best. Low fat helps because fat delays stomach emptying and increases acid production. Also, try to stay away from caffeine products as they increase the production of stomach acid. Try not to eat within three hours of bedtime since laying down is not healthy for people with gerd- because it brings the acid and stomach contents in contact with the esophagus. ...Read more

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I've heard long term PPI use is very bad. How can I control GERD without medicine? Are extreme diets the only option?

I've heard long term PPI use is very bad. How can I control GERD without medicine? Are extreme diets the only option?

PPI use: Yes long-term use of these medications can lead to bad outcomes down the line. Have you had an evaluation with a gastroenterologist? Have you had an EGD? In certain conditions, the benefits of using these medications long-term can greatly outweigh the potential side effects. This is best determined on an individual basis. Also, there are certain dietary restrictions that can be extremely helpful to alleviate the symptoms although it can be difficult for most people to follow these restrictions ...Read more

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Does an overly alkaline diet contribute to GERD or lpr?

Does an overly alkaline diet contribute to GERD or lpr?

No: Presuming you don't mean lye or something that alkaline, it shouldn't contribute significantly. ...Read more

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It seems like whenever I'm not on a bland diet, I suffer from bad acid reflux and all usual symptoms of gerd. Will I have to stay bland for life?

It seems like whenever I'm not on a bland diet, I suffer from bad acid reflux and all usual symptoms of gerd. Will I have to stay bland for life?

GERD: Aside from diet you can modify other things line cigarette smoking, not eating shortly before bed, don't wear tight clothes, lose weight, alternatively medication may help you as well. ...Read more

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Hida-ej/fr very low, gb surg said no removal b/c symp not typical-gerd vary in intensity. Diet changed, prevacid (lansoprazole) 2xd not helping. So, what do I do now?

Hida-ej/fr very low, gb surg said no removal b/c symp not typical-gerd vary in intensity. Diet changed, prevacid (lansoprazole) 2xd not helping. So, what do I do now?

How low was your EF?: How low was the gallbladder ejection fraction?
Was the study done with cck (kinevac) or a fatty meal? Was the ef calculated after 60 minutes or erlier? ...Read more

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My newborn was diagnosed with GERD. She breastfeed. What can I do on my end to lessen her symptoms, diet wise?

See below: It's nothing to do with your diet, sorry. It's physiological at this age and will go away as she grows. The newborn's ger relates to their liquid diet, such as bm, the immaturity of the low esophageal sphincter, and positioning (most of the time lying horizontally in the bed).
I bet, you were advised by your pcp to burp her during the feeding, elevate the head of the bed and thickening the feeds. ...Read more

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Struggling with GERD and the anxiety attacks associated with it more than 10 years. I end up with gastritis from neglecting my diet often. Normal?

Struggling with GERD and the anxiety attacks associated with it more than 10 years. I end up with gastritis from neglecting my diet often. Normal?

Seek help: You should see a board certified gastroenterologist for the GERD. Thre are many effective medicines that will allow you to control the GERD. For the anxiety you should be seeing a mental health professional who specializes in treating anxiety disorder. Both conditions are manageable. ...Read more

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3 months ago the doctor diagnosed (GERD) and he prescribed medication and advised me to have diet and stop training hard Can I continue my training?

3 months ago the doctor diagnosed (GERD) and he prescribed medication and advised me to have diet and stop training hard Can I continue my training?

As long as U R avoid: -ing exercises that may cause symptoms even with treatment. Any exercise involving lifting where U strain a lot & hold Ur breath, Ur intra-abdominal pressure is increasing a lot & can cause symptoms. Trial & error. ...Read more

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Hi, can I close les 3mmhg to 20mmhg with strict diet, medicines and rehabilitation withnout fundopli? I have GERD and dysmotility but not scleroderma.

GERD: Diet: avoid fatty foods, chocolate, peppermint, licorice, coffee, alcohol, tobacco. Do not go to bed with a full stomach.

Medications: proton pump inhibitors like Omeprazole will help alleviate symptoms but do not affect les pressure. Not sure if Cisapride is available in your country but this could be helpful. ...Read more

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2yrs post gastric sleeve and having increased GERD. Ompeprozole and Nexium (esomeprazole) ineffective. Been to Dr. twice. Diet changes made with no relief. Advise?

2yrs post gastric sleeve and having increased GERD. Ompeprozole and Nexium (esomeprazole) ineffective.  Been to Dr. twice. Diet changes made with no relief. Advise?

Very difficult: You have had the works for this problem The only thing I might recommend in your area is tertiary consult at Cleveland Clinic. They can suggest a course of treatment after review of your case. This is world-class care and may come up with something effective.
Best wishes. ...Read more

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I am 24. I have total dysmotility of esophagus, severe GERD, LES=3mmhg & Aerofagia.It's been 2y.IPP, procinetic, diet not helping. Any treatment solution?

I am 24. I have total dysmotility of esophagus, severe GERD, LES=3mmhg & Aerofagia.It's been 2y.IPP, procinetic, diet not helping. Any treatment solution?

GERD: GERD can at times be very difficult to treat. If you have been on a PPI and a prokinetic agent, and obviously have had tests done, then you must be seeing a gastroenterologist. It is possible you need a higher dose or different medication. In some cases, even surgery is necessary for GERD. I would return to your G.I. doctor to see what the next step is in treatment and/or evaluation. Good luck! ...Read more

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I have severe gerd, uncontrolled by prescription + diet, causing crippling laryngitis for over a year. Should I consider fundoplication? This surgery scares me.

Yes you should.: Patients with severe gerd with extra-esophageal manifestations not responding to intensive medical therapy and lifestyle changes should be considered for nissen fundoplication. In our days it is done laparoscopically and in good hands the surgery is safe and effective. I have good success rates with my patients who failed high dose ppis. ...Read more

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What's the proper diet, for gerd? High fiber foods are casuing gas, which si bad, and I heard low fiber creates fat, which is bad too. I am confused.

What's the proper diet, for gerd? High fiber foods are casuing gas, which si bad, and I heard low fiber creates fat, which is bad too. I am confused.

Please see below: One thing you can do to reduce your risk for heartburn and acid reflux disease is to eat low-fat, high-protein meals. Also, eat smaller meals more frequently; stop eating before you get too full.

It may also help if you avoid certain beverages and foods, like coffee and carbonated drinks as well. ...Read more

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