'Gastroesophageal reflux disease, or GERD, is a digestive disorder that affects the lower esophageal sphincter (LES), the ring of muscle between the esophagus and stomach. Many people, including pregnant women, suffer from heartburn or acid indigestion caused by GERD

I just started having symptoms of Acid reflux over the past few months. I'm eat well and workout 3-4 times per week

Hi Everyone! I just started having symptoms of Acid reflux over the past few months. I'm eat well and workout 3-4 times per week. I think my acid reflux is mostly due to stress. I prefer not to take any medications as I don't want to depend on them and after reading all of your stories I am very apprehensive to continue on the drugs my doc has prescribed. I am going for an endoscopy next Wednesday to rule out celiac as well as I am getting a UBT test in two weeks (which I have to stop taking my PPI for). I currently taking lansoprazole 30mg in the morning and I have no relief. I've been on the drugs for 3 weeks. I have been taking a digestive enzyme after each meal (but I am a grazer naturally so I take like 6 a day) and I often eat acid friendly foods. I get relief some Days but mostly its 24/7 and no matter what I eat. Should I continue to take these drugs?? I don't want to take them and I prefer to control with diet of possible but I'm having such a flare up that it's affecting my life tremendously. I am miserable. After I eat I feel relief for 10 min and it feels so amazing to feel good but then I'm miserable again. I've given up my one cup of coffee a day and Ive eliminated booze and sugar. I eat a very small if none at all dairy. I have to stay on gluten until after my blood work and endoscopy. Any advice would be helpful. I don't want to depend on drugs and have to "wean" myself off if I can help myself naturally! Thanks everyone for your stories and advice on hear. Such an amazing community! Cheers


Mark Cochran
Hi Nicole. To answer your question about "shall I continue to take the drugs", I would say "no" because what's the purpose if they are not helping. In fact, they are known to make things worse in the long run, and they create other health issues too. I suggest you contact a good naturopathic doctor in your area, and also research natural cures for acid reflux on the internet. It is said that 90% of acid reflux cases are due to LOW stomach acid. Best wishes to you.

Maria Emilia Olsen
Try to figure out if you are producing too much or too little stomach-acid. If too little, then the lanzoprazole can make your condition worse, because it removes the stomach-acid, but not even my doctors are aware/accepting towards this, though a lot of research is supporting these findings:) When you know about your stomach acid, you can adjust to a diet, thats suits your condition:) For some people medication in the only thing that helps:)


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