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I take Tums every night for acid reflux.....Would it be better to have an operation? Omeprazole causes pain to my hips.

I take Tums every night for acid reflux.....Would it be better to have an operation?  Omeprazole causes pain to my hips.

Go to your Doctor: Chronic reflux is not normal but does not mean you need surgery right away. Adjusting your diet and lifestyle is key. Surgery is usually the last option. If all you have done is take over the counter medications then it is time to get to your doctor and likely a scope of your esophagus and stomach will be recommended. Long term untreated reflux can lead to cancer in the esophagus. Get evaluated. ...Read more

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Acid Reflux (Definition)

Technically called GERD, acid reflux is the presence of acidic stomach contents in the esophagus. The acid irritates the esophagus causing heartburn symptoms. The regurgitation or reflux can vary greatly as can the symptoms. Blocking stomach acid with medications can alleviate the burning but medication cannot stop the reflux. Complicated GERD requires surgical treatment ...Read more


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I just started weekly b-12 shots for severely low b-12 numbers. I have acid reflux. Is it ok to take Tums or pepto bismol while getting the injections?

I just started weekly b-12 shots for severely low b-12 numbers. I have acid reflux. Is it ok to take Tums or pepto bismol while getting the injections?

Yes, however...: It is perfectly fine to use tums or pepto bismol- these won't interfere with your treatment at all. Ironically, many with reflux (and many with low b12) have low stomach acid rather than too much! you might want to try some of the alternative approaches to treating reflux that are discussed here: http://www.Naturalnews.Com/036336_ppis_acid_reflux_side_effects.Html. ...Read more

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Suffers from chronic acid reflux.takes 6 tums a day- but it only relieves the issue for an hour. Tried Zantac but didn't help much. get scoped?

Suffers from chronic acid reflux.takes 6 tums a day- but it only relieves the issue for an hour. Tried Zantac but didn't help much. get scoped?

DGL is used to: help with acid reflux and is safe. If you take licorice that is not DGL, over time it can raise your blood pressure. Please consult w/your doc. Peace and good health. You need to take a lot of it for DGL to be effective. ...Read more

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Zantac, tums, and cimetidine have done nothing for my wife's pains. What else could it be besides acid reflux?

Zantac, tums, and cimetidine have done nothing for my wife's pains.  What else could it be besides acid reflux?

Depends: It really depends what sort of pains are going on. You didn't describe location, quality, intensity, timing...Anything at all. ...Read more

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What can I use to help me with my horrible acid reflux? I try Tums and all the over-the-counter stuff! i need help bc i'm tired of throwing up acid!

What can I use to help me with my horrible acid reflux? I try Tums and all the over-the-counter stuff! i need help bc i'm tired of throwing up acid!

Tums won't do it: Please get examined by a doc. A natural approach is to use lots of dgl. Dgl is licorice supplement but it has an enzyme removed that can raise BP licorice is eaten over a long period of time. Avoiding acid-forming foods can help and don't lie down right after eating. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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Dr. Jan Lei Iwata
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Reflux (Definition)

Reflux is also known as Gastroesophageal reflux disease. Acid reflux is defined as the presence of acidic gastric contents in the esophagus causing irritation. It's cause is blamed on the a lax gastroesophageal shpincter that permits usch regurgitation. Vesicoureteral reflux is regurgitation (backing up) of urine in the bladder into the ureter ...Read more


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Antacid (Definition)

Antacids are a kind of anti-ulcer drug (gastroenterology drug, common ...Read more


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