Looks like I lost. Trouble swallowing, food coming up, pressure in throat. I tried so hard to cure my GERD with diet, supplements, and herbs...but to no avail it seems (paleo for six months now). Now, I've no clue the damage I've done. I'm happy for all the people that cured GERD or any other ailment through paleo. Didn't happen for me. Guess I'll have to take that stupid pill.
Is it unheard of for symptoms to get worse before getting better?
Can the esophagus heal after months of GERD damage?
I keep seeing "months" or "weeks" as the timeframe for healing from gut disorders. What about years? Does anybody know of somebody having to combat problems over an extended period of time?
How do you do an elimination diet?
The damage to your gut took longer than 6 months to occur. Healing may take years. Though this isn't a magic cure for all that ails ya, there is probably still quite a bit of damage to your gut, even after 6 months.
I'm not judging the pills. AT ALL. Reflux did so much damage to my mom, it's not funny. She was the queen of laryngitis. Inflammation is still the greater harm, in my eyes, so take the pill and save your tissues, if you need to. BUT.
I agree with the rest that the pill may not be the end all be all. And is there a congenital cause of the reflux, by any chance? My mom ended up having surgery on her stomach valve, and poof, years of acid damage ended. That's a bigger pain that pills, but I'm just throwing it out there. I have NO idea how common that problem is.
And last of all - give it time. Why not optimize your diet even if you want to try the meds? Give the meds a better shot, if nothing else.
Have you heard the idea that the reason people have GERD is that their stomach acid is actually too low? I went searching for where I heard that and came up with this: http://chriskresser.com/what-everybody-ought-to-know-but-doesnt-about-heartburn-gerd http://chriskresser.com/the-hidden-causes-of-heartburn-and-gerd http://chriskresser.com/more-evidence-to-support-the-theory-that-gerd-is-caused-by-bacterial-overgrowth
I am pretty sure I heard Nora Gedgaudas and possibly Robb Wolf talk about this too.
Sorry if you've already read all that sort of thing, but I couldn't help thinking that grassfed beef needs a nice wallop of acid in the stomach to break it down.
I have 2 friends that suffer from this. Each gets a build up of scar tissue at the top of the stomach/bottom of esophagus. They have both had to go under and have the area stetched out when they become unable to get food to pass through this spot. Obviously that is treating the symptom, and not the cause, but if you are unable to swallow you may need to stretch the area out to get you by until you can fix the cause??? Hope things get better for you soon.
Has your Dr tested you for Eosinophilic Esophagitis (EoE)? People with EoE are often misdiagnosed with GERD, but one of the most common symptom adults have of EoE is trouble swallowing. Food is usually the culprit. Some common triggers include dairy, soy, Wheat, eggs, potatoes, chicken and/or beef. Treatment involves avoidance of trigger foods or sometimes swallowed steroids help control the symptoms. Check out the APFED website for more info. They also have info on how to do an elimination diet.
I know it took years. I ate more whole grains trying to bulk up for weight lifting than most of you could have consumed on a lifetime of SAD. I may sound like a little kid, but it's frightening to not be able to swallow sometimes. Plus, that's a recent symptom. Should not the paleo diet have at least stopped things from getting worse?
6 months are quite a short term, considering your situation. Plus, paleo shouldn't be the replace of any medicamental protocol you were following, but a support, while you are keep on checking your status with regular checks and everything. Plus: it is easy to say "I've been paleo". I know people, for example, whining about not increasing strenght and having long rcovery time from training since they went paleo. Then you speak with these people and they tell you that they were doing paleo but eating not too much fat "because they don't feel safe to do it", or more carbs "because they need it for strenght". So, ok, 6 months paleo, but how ways your paleo?
I concur with @MathGirl72, this takes time. Also I mentioned the GAPS protocol in one of your other posts I think. Maybe you need to reduce your diet right down to basics. Bone broth, probiotics, no nightshades...etc. An elimination diet
The trouble swallowing here is a red flag. My GERD got worse going off the PPIs at first, but within a week of ZC at least the burping was gone and I could no longer feel reflux.
I normally shy away from recommending endoscopies, but it sounds possible you have eosinophilic esophagitis. Oh I see your doctor laughed at you. Another red flag. Please see a different doctor. Is this the same doctor that had you on all those ridiculous supplements? Studies show EE is underdiagnosed.
What is your digestion like on VLC? Have you tried ZC? Don't forget these regimens are temporary. I certainly no longer eat ZC.
I think it's also possible if these don't work that you can't starve the bacteria because the bad ones you have are the type that can consume (or mainly consume) proteins/amino acids. A lot of this "starving" stuff is just theories at this point. Other theories that might be helpful is breaking up biofilms with things like Ray Peat's carrot salad or bromelain. Are you consuming bone broth?
Have you been tested for h.pylori?
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