Thanks everyone. I'm humbled to hear you say that. I got upset about what he said in his second post and I could tell something wasn't right. I should've backed off and let Hv handle it.
He obviously came here to fight and no matter what anyone said it wasn't going to be good enough.
Here is the deal and i want you to read and understand each word for what it is. I came here for some help. I have gotten help and am grateful for it. I've expressed that. My conditions are different than others as well as my questions are different. For people to send me attitude and treat me like I've not already searched this forum is ridiculous. Those that have done that....
Again it sounds to me like a simple misunderstanding. And I agree with both sides. There are going to be people coming here that are new to a lot of the concepts. And there are those who are tired of me repeating myself But we can help out the "newbies" by directing them. I know that when people start talking computers I am lost as well and have a hard time following what they are saying . If I had more of a base knowledge of computers then the things they say would come easier to me.
On the other hand I know some people think it is waste of time for me to go over the same thing over and over, but it is not that bad. I just run a quick search for certain key words that I use that will narrow down my search, then post a link to the earlier post to save a lot of typing. Gina went above and beyond by finding and posting my previous posts. And yes these are not complete for a few reasons. I frequently leave dosing out for several reasons. One reason is that I have probably posted dosing numerous times before. I am specific on the zinc though because it can cause severe nausea at higher doses, and doses over 100mg daily can suppress the immune system after a few weeks. The second reason is that I am not always sure what the source is the person is going to take. It is like when people what is the dosage for some herb. Without knowing if they are talking about capsule/tablet, tincture, tea, standardized, concentrated, etc. I don't have any basis to go on for a recommended dose.
Hv if your reading this, please consider removing that nasty little post from this thread, it adds nothing to the topic, and is merely another personal attack.
Done. I was not sure how to hide just that post without the rest of the posts being hidden or moved so I just edited it.
HV, apologizies for stepping out of bounds of normal discussion in your forum. The last thing you need is to have a forum turn into a pissing contest. This is not my intention at all and I will not engage in that.
Not a problem. It seems to me that there is just a little bit of a misunderstanding. Definitely not the first time on these forums and will not be the last. But as with the others everything works out in the long run and we move on.
From what I've read, he eats whatever he wants and doesn't subscribe to specific diet plans.
Correct, I do not subscribe to any one diet and I do whatever I want. What diet works for an individual depends on that individual. And I am not talking about because of your blood type or any garbage like that. There are too many variables to say that any one diet is for everyone. What I can eat is a lot different from what a diabetic could eat. And most people can eat foods with phenylalanine, but not people with phenylketonuria. If people have certain food allergies then again they are limited on what they can eat. Same for people with Celiac. And so on and so forth. Bottom line is that diet is a very individualistic thing and diets therefore must be based on the individual. And to recommend a specific diet requires having a detailed history on the person. This is why I don't go in to much detail about diets.
And you are right I do not subscribe to any type of strict diet (vegetarianism, raw food, high protein, etc.). Each has its disadvantages. In general I think a varied and balanced diet is best. I even feed my fish with this same principle giving them a wide variety of food rather than feeding them the same thing all the time.
For someone trying to get a better grip on my digestive issues. Is there a time and place for Prilosec OTC? I have taken action on eliminating sugars. (which is very hard for someone with a sweet tooth). Eliminating simple carbs, wheat, gluten and lactose. After a good solid couple of days of successfully eliminating these things I feel a lot better. The time on Prilosec OTC my symptoms (nasal drip, watery feeling in the ears", slimy throat feeling in the back of my throat) went away. Voice was stronger. Breathing better. I felt better. After doing what I mentioned above (avoiding certain things) I felt similar but not quite as much relief. I really do feel like I am making some progress.
My questions are.
1. Is there a time for Prilosec OTC?
The only time where I think it would be in the case of a bleeding ulcer. And even at that only short term to allow healing of the ulcer.
2. I don't really feel like I have a handle on WHY this is happening. WHAT is the problem that is causing all this havoc? How is it working? What's the chain reaction of events? ...yeah i know that is like a zillion ?s in one, but it all revolves around the same question.
It sounds like acid reflux irritating the tissues. As the traces of acid come up the esophagus the acid can lead to irritation and inflammation of the tissues. This can account for the hoarseness, excess mucous production in the throat, bronchiole constriction, etc.
3. Is there a diet regimen that I should follow? I get suggestions often but they sound like advertisements for supplements. IE. Apple Cider Vinegar is suppose to help with numerous things including GERD. Well it didn't with me.....
I advise helping your body to produce its own stomach acid. Bitters, zinc (50mg daily with meals), B vitamins and trimethylglycine (TMG). This will cut down on the fermentation that leads to the acid reflux. If you have a bleeding ulcer or have had your gallbladder removed then you would have to avoid the bitters.
The bleeding ulcer. What are signs for that?
Of course pain, especially with irritating foods like cayenne. Anemia, which can also lead to fatigue, shortness of breath or dizziness in severe cases. Vomiting of bright red blood or curdled blood, which looks pretty much like coffee grounds. Blood in the stool will generally appear dark black and tarry.
I remember the first couple of days on prilosec I had kind of a subtle knot feeling in my stomach. Went away after a few days. Would that have been an ulcer?
It is possible. The inflammation that would have been present would have made the ulcer more sensitive to hard objects like a pill.
I know my eating habits/schedule need overhauled. But would some sort of gastric ulcer, or hiatial hernia be possible? I know its hard to say over the computer ultimately. But I really feel like I am getting hot on the trail to the problems. Thanks to you all of course.
Yes, these are always possibilities. A gastric ulcer will be harder to tell without endoscopy. A hiatal hernia frequently creates a catching feeling at the base of the sternum/xyphi sternum, especially when swallowing harder substances. You can always take herbs for a gastric ulcer such as mastic gum and licorice root regardless to be on the safe side. They are not going to harm you. Also make sure to avoid any nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) such as aspirin, ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin, Nuprin, etc.), naproxen (Aleve), celecoxib (Celebrex), etc. NSAIDs are a very common cause of peptic ulcers and bleeding ulcers due to their inhibition of prostaglandins needed to form the stomach's protective lining.
One other question on the zinc. Is it OK to have it in a mineral complex? I have a calcium, mag, zinc supplement. With 30 mgs of zinc. Could I just up that dose? Or stick with upping just zinc?
Taking zinc in a complex is fine. And you can either take the complex several times a day or take additional zinc.
Does it matter if there is copper?
This is actually good if you can find the combination. For 50mg zinc there should be roughly 2mg or so of copper.
How long does it take for this process to work? I assume this is a rebuilding process. They say when you are rebuilding your stomach lining it can take up to 6-8 weeks.
There is no specific time frame since there are so many variables. As we age we heal slower. If we are nutrient deficient especially from a lack of stomach acid we heal slower. If there is an infections such as H. pylori this can play a role in delayed healing as can the use of NSAIDs......
Do you just continue to take the TMG forever?
With all of its benefits I would say yes, but dosage can be decreased after a while to a level just for maintenance.
As far as the weird knot feeling. I don't have any change in stools, and don't notice anything unusual like you mentioned. So the bleeding ulcer I would say is ruled out. I just have the knot feeling every now and again about and inch and a half above my belly button.
That definitely sounds like a hiatal hernia.
Is there anything that can be done for some relief from the post nasal drip that is most likely caused by the stomach issues?
I recommend a half a teaspoon of nettle leaf powder 3 times daily at least 20 minutes before meals. Nettle leaf is a natural antihistamine, and i supports so man other areas of the body including the adrenals, thyroid, liver, kidneys, intestines, connective tissue, etc. It is also an excellent nutritional source.
One thing you do not want to do is to over dry the sinuses. The nose runs as a way to flush out harmful substances from the sinuses such as bacteria and fungus.
I am curious. Why would stomach issues cause post nasal drip? Wouldn't it be the other way around? Isn't 99% of nasal infection due to fungus, even according to the Mayo [hold the mustard] Clinic??
Or is post nasal DRIP different from a nasal infection?
Yes, the majority of sinus infections are fungal, which is why antibiotics rarely work for sinus infections.
But post nasal drip is not always from a sinus infection. Any irritation to the sinuses can cause them to release fluid in an attempt to flush out the irritant. With acid reflux some of the acid can get in to the sinuses either as a liquid or vapor. Either way this can irritate the tissues causing them to release fluid.
Another factor is stimulation of the vagus nerve by the acid's irritating effect that can also cause post nasal drip. Ever notice that when you sometimes take something intensely bitter than your nose tends to run? This is from the vagus nerve stimulation.
i wonder that asw well. I have nasal drip ALL THE TIME now. I never use to have it up until almost 2 years ago. Came out of no where. Use to think it was from the Mold in our house. (we eventually moved out because of it) Could you get a fungal infection from having a moldy house? My wife does not have any issues at all.
It is possible. But an infection would make the drainage thicker and it would likely be yellowish. If it is clear and runny then it is likely allergies or irritation.
It's all frustrating.
As with the protocol. (bitters, TMG, B-complex, Betaine) I have had a couple flare ups that were pretty bad. Really have not noticed much of a change. It's been 1 week. Probably too early to tell, but I am trying to keep at it.
I'm having trouble with the Vitamin C powder as well. It's not sitting very well with my stomach.
That is another reason I prefer natural sources of vitamin C. Papaya, watercress and kiwis are all great sources. Also make sure to take synthetic C with meals.
How does this overall issue explain/effect the heavy leg(muscles) thing?
This can occur from several things. Poor circulation, certain medications, rhabdomylosis and other causes of ATP deficiencies.
Can't bare the thought of food just sitting in my stomach rotting. Does bentaine hcl hinder absorbing nutrients from certain foods?
No it will increase digestion of proteins and absorption of acid dependent nutrients.
Ill have really good days where my leg muscles are back to normal, I'm breathing very well and full of energy but not really sure what the heck I did differently than the day before.
Maybe ingesting high magnesium foods?