I have had acid reflux for the past 8 years and had been able to control it w different other-the-counter meds and the ultimately a prescription. I recently had an endoscopy - the results were normal. 6 weeks ago I had food poisioning & this then set off the following: I have unrelenting acid reflux. Burning sensation in throat going down the esophogus; pressure to squeezing pain under my breasts which often radiates to my back as well as the taste of metal or chlorine in my mouth. I sometimes cough several times a day. I am being treated twice a day with Protonix; 1/2 hour before a meal in the am and once again in the evening before dinner. In addition I find that I need to chew Maalox tablets sometimes as frequently as 6 - 8 per day. What in addition to the treatment my doctor has prescribed can I do. My sleeping pattern is for 7 hours w a sleeping pill.
Hello J.T. Feldman,
There have been a couple folks online who have experienced issues after having food poisioning. There is a posting here where a user named Gozer talks about the reflux starting with a run in with food poisioning. There is also an article here about the affects of e-coli on the stomach that might give you some insight on what happens when your system is challenged with bad food.
Dr Todd Eisner answered some questions back in December and one of them asked about Papaya juice benefits for acid reflux. Here is his answer. Apparently Papaya juice has Papain in it which is beneficial for some folks suffering with acid reflux. Also, pineapple has enzymes that aid in digestion, and boiling chicory for a tea has soothing properties.
Jan Gambino, resident expert here also talks about a book that has lots of natural remedy tips. You can read that article here, and about Jan Gambino here.
There is also a sharepost here where members gave some tips for natural remedies. There is also a video here that will give you tips on sleeping and how to avoid acid reflux at night.
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