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    Tips on reducing acid please?

    I am being tested for H pylori next week and my acid is really bad the past couple of days after coming off meds for it a week ago, I have to be off meds for 2 weeks for the test to come back accurate so anything mediation is a no no but how am I going to cope? the acid is so bad im feeling sick all day i keep coughing up yellow phlegm can feel the acid in my throat and even in my belly as it feels like its burning. :( i didn't have dinner last night because i felt so sick,

    so any natural home remedies for acid reflux please? xxxx

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    Re: Tips on reducing acid please?

    I'm the same the acid is making me feel sick all day to any one ? I've heard apple cider vinegar can help x

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    Re: Tips on reducing acid please?

    Sorry you're going through this MissSunshine :(

    You were on omeprazole or something similar right? When you come off drugs like this they can have a rebound effect where your stomach creates extra acid while it gets used to not having the drug in your system. This will cool down eventually, but it can be hard, especially if you stop taking them suddenly instead of slowly weaning off them.

    The phleghm is from your throat being irritated by the acid, I get that too when it's bad.

    It should calm down a bit from what you're experiencing at the moment, and in the meantime you can help it out with things like:

    - antacid tablets like gaviscon, these wont affect the h pylori test (although dont take them on the morning of the test as you need an empty stomach)
    - manuka honey helps soothe your stomach and throat (take a teaspoon on an empty stomach in the mornings)
    - aloe vera juice can help
    - drink lots of water and avoid fruit juice, caffeine & sugary/fizzy drinks
    - avoid eating too many foods or medications that create extra acid
    - keep your diet fairly simple for the moment, and eat small regular meals instead of large ones
    - avoid processed, spicy, greasy or fatty foods

    If you're taking any supplements make sure they're compatible with the meds you're on

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    Quote Originally Posted by Natalie2389 View Post
    I'm the same the acid is making me feel sick all day to any one ? I've heard apple cider vinegar can help x
    Apple cider vinegar is not always a good idea! It's helpful in cases where your stomach is under producing acid, as far as I know - but in MissSunshine's case she's probably over producing acid as a side effect of coming off her meds, so I wouldn't recommend ACV in this case.

    I tried it once or twice when I was sick with colds, but it just made my stomach burn!

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    Re: Tips on reducing acid please?

    I'd agree with HoneyLove's advice on foods to avoid, and not eating large meals.. you can also try going totally lactose-free for a few days & see if there's an improvement. HP infection can cause lactose intolerance, but even without proven HP being present, the lactose-free diet can help enormously.

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    Re: Tips on reducing acid please?

    First of all thank you for your help!

    Yes I was on omeprazole and they worked, I then had a tummy bug and wasnt eating much and as soon Ive gotten back to my old self the acid reflux has come back, I didnt know coming off them would make the acid worse then before! its really sucky.

    Are you sure i can take gaviscon if so im defelty going to try get some today or tomorrow. I also didnt know thats why im producing so much phlegm it all adds up now!

    where could i get aloe vera juice?
    im a little nervous that the acid will make my stomach bleed but thats just my HA taking over yet again..
    thanks for your help its going to be a long week for me lol
    xx

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    Oh I forgot one of my tips for helping acute acid.. put a mint sweet (like a polo or glacier mint) into a mugful of boiling water, let it cool for a few minutes then sip it.

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    It wont make your stomach bleed, the lining is very strong and built to withhold lots of acid

    Worst case scenario for you at the moment would be that your stomach gets a little irritated with gastritis, but that's easy to solve and it just means the lining gets a bit inflamed so it's not dangerous.

    Most people or GPs don't know about the acid rebound effect, although I think it is written on information sheet, but it is recognised and I've had it happen myself! I think it was an old GP of mine who told me about it initially.

    The gaviscon should be absolutely fine, but you can check with the people who are going to run the test for you if you like? As long as you don't take any in the fasting period before your h pylori test. The omeprazole can reduce the amount of h pylori in your stomach, so they wouldn't show up on the test properly - but gaviscon cant do that, it simply acts as a barrier at the top of your stomach and cancels out the acid in your stomach.

    I use Pukka Aloe Vera juice that you can get in most health food shops, it's pricey but it really helps me and it's the nicest tasting one I've found. It also has a mild laxative effect, so only take the recommended dose or less lol.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Daisy Sue View Post
    Oh I forgot one of my tips for helping acute acid.. put a mint sweet (like a polo or glacier mint) into a mugful of boiling water, let it cool for a few minutes then sip it.
    Mint is a funny one because for some people it helps with digestion but with others it can irritate the stomach! Personally I find that it makes me feel bad and gives me reflux, so I avoid it. It's all down to what we individually discover about our bodies I suppose.

    Ginger is another one, it's usually supposed to help with nausea and stomach complaints, but I find it make my belly feel so bad that I simply avoid it now! Shame because it's tasty

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    Re: Tips on reducing acid please?

    Hi... A teaspoon of bicarbonate of soda in half a glass of aired water does the trick. also lying down on your left hand side. Hope this helps. x

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    Quote Originally Posted by HoneyLove View Post

    Mint is a funny one because for some people it helps with digestion but with others it can irritate the stomach! Personally I find that it makes me feel bad and gives me reflux, so I avoid it. It's all down to what we individually discover about our bodies I suppose.
    Yep - I was given pure peppermint oil in a little water in hospital, and it burned like hell, & in fact made the acid symptoms worse. That's why I use a sweet these days, they're minty enough to help the symptoms, but not strong enough to hurt sensitive linings.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Daisy Sue View Post
    Yep - I was given pure peppermint oil in a little water in hospital, and it burned like hell, & in fact made the acid symptoms worse. That's why I use a sweet these days, they're minty enough to help the symptoms, but not strong enough to hurt sensitive linings.
    Ah I see what you mean! Sounds like a better way to do it, and like you say you're still getting the benefit of the mint

    I hate having a stomach so sensitive to different foods & reflux, but it runs in my family, we all have a dodgy tummy, such a nuisance. My husband can eat whatever he wants and never has any trouble!

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