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GERD, LPR and Barrett's esophagus

Hi, I have recently been diagonised with Barrett's esophoagus. I have several health issues (tonsil stones, throat ulcers, voicbox problems, sleeplessness--waking with increased wakefulness, lack of sleep pressure, nasal polyps) that I believe are related. My GI doctor confirms my belief.

When I was a kid I remember getting heartburn all the time. Now my chief complaints are pressure in my upper abdomen with difficulty breathing, burning in throat upon exhaling, sore throat when talking, voice cracking, excessive constant gas and sleeping problems--waking up several times a night without the sleep pressure to fall back asleep.

My ENT was the first to diagonise me with reflux when he was checking something unrelated and saw my throat. He said I had a gaseous acid reflux, which I think is true.
I was going to try Nat phos 6x, but was looking for suggestions. I saw a stomach formula by Heel BHI homeopathic. Is a combination better than Nat phos 6x alone or is there something else I should be taking? I have tried every PPI medication none really help in fact they make me feel worse.
Lastly I started getting tonsil stones after a dentist replaced a white filling that fell out (it's a deep cavity, a root canal was suggested). It has been down hill ever since with my health. Could my tooth causing any of my problems?
Thanks for you help.
 
  nick25 on 2008-01-20
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Patient ID: Sex: Age: Nature of work: Habits:


Please answer the following questions in a descriptive manner after careful analysis and recollection of previous experiences and happenings.

1. Describe your main suffering?

2. What other physical sufferings do you have in your body?

3. What mental sufferings / feelings do you have associated with your physical sufferings?

4. What exactly do you feel when you are at your worst? Describe the sensation in your own words.

5. When did it all start? Can you connect it to any past event or disease?

6. Which time of the day you are worst?

7. What are the things which aggravate your suffering and which are those which ameliorate the same? Example- time, temperature, pressure, rubbing, washing, eating, tight clothing etc.


8. Do your think your sufferings have relation to any external stimuli (like, change of place) or any internal biological changes in the body, like, menses (in females)?

9. When do you feel better, during hot weather or cold weather, humid or dry weather?

10. Describe your general mental set up? Are you Moody, Arrogant, Mild, Agreeable Changeable, Nervous, Suspicious, Easily offended, Quiet, Arguing, Irritating, Lazy etc.

- How do you feel before or during a thunderstorm?

- Do you like being consoled during your tough times?
- Are you sensitive to external stimuli like smell, noise, light etc?

- Do you have any typical habit or gesture like nail biting, causeless
Weeping, talking to one self etc?

- How do you feel about your friends, family, your children and especially your husband / wife?

11. What are your fears and do you dream of any situation repeatedly?


12. What do you crave for in food items and what are your aversions?

13. How is your thirst: Less, Normal or Excessive?

14. How is your hunger: Less, Normal or Excessive?

15. Is there any kind of food which your body can’t stand?

16. Is your sweat normal or less or more? Where does it sweat more: Head, Trunk or Limbs?

17. How is your bowel movement and stool type?

18. How well do you sleep? Do you have a particular posture of sleeping?

19. Do you think you are able to satisfy your sexual desires in general?

20. Do you have any strange, peculiar or unusual symptom or feelings? How are you different from others?

21. What medications have been taken earlier by you to treat the diseases and do you have any particular symptom surfacing after the medication?

22. What major diseases are running in your family?

23. Describe, how do you look like? Describe your overall appearance.
(For Females)
24. If your menstrual cycles are not normal, please describe the irregularities, like pains, moods, flow type, clots etc.

25. What major diseases have you had in your life and when. Please write them in a chronological manner.
 
rishimba last decade
Kali bich 30 four drops in
luke warm water three times a day.Avoid food which aggravate your problem.I am
recommending you a very deep acting remedy.Let it work at least 15 days and then report.

Dr.Tahira
 
Dr Tahira last decade
Patient ID: Nick Sex: Male Age: 26 Nature of work: School Instructional assistant Habits: none


Please answer the following questions in a descriptive manner after careful analysis and recollection of previous experiences and happenings.

1. Describe your main suffering?

Pressure/fullness in upper abdomen, below sternum, which seems to cause or at least coincide with a shortness of breath sensation. Also chronic unsatisfied thirst seems to correlate with this symptom.

Excessive intestinal gas, flatulence, and burping.

Pain, soreness in throat (mainly left side). Feeling like burning fumes coming through throat upon exhalation. Tickle in throat which sometimes causes cough. My Gastroentologist did a endoscopy and found gastritis, esophagalitis, and severe damage to my voice box. From the pictures it looks as if my left vocal cord is almost completely gone.

The biopsy came back that I have barrett’s esophagus.

2. What other physical sufferings do you have in your body?

I wake up in the middle of the night or early morning, unable to fall back to sleep easily (lack of sleep pressure, though still tired). Feeling unrefreshed and tired throughout the day. I was told acid reflux causes a lot of sleeping issues.

Unable to breath out of nose. Left nostril doesn’t seem to function probably. I had nasal surgery about 10 months ago to try and improve this condition, but it didn’t help. 80 mg of pepcid seemed to help my breathing, but left nostril still did not function. Air doesn’t seem to pass through it though it doesn’t feel stuffed up or even necessarily blocked.

I used to have large tonsil crypts to which I would get tonsil stones in everyday. My left tonsil was really, really bad (huge crypts and tons of stones—it was also “melted” to my throat and hard to remove). I had my tonsils to remove to solve this problem which is now posited to be caused by acid reflux.

Bowel movements are really soft, thin and loose small pieces.

I was born with extremely flat feet, my left foot is a lot worst than my right in that when I point my toes up the ligament or tendon (I think it’s the plantar aponeurosis) there pops out where my arch should be. I severely pronate especially on my left side which has cause several sports related injuries.

I recently started going to a chiropractor (for help with acid reflux) who took x-rays which revealed that I have scoliosis (my mid back bends to my left side) and my left hip is lower by a cm. and my left leg is shorter by a cm. Vertebrae T 6 is the worst and that vertebrae lines up with the stomach.

Tooth # 19 my first molar on my left side, had a white filling that fell out only 2 yrs after having it originally filled. The decay was so deep and the same dentist who originally filled it now wanted to do a root canal. I protested and they then said they could just refill it. A few weeks later I started noticing tonsil stones from my left tonsil. The tooth has bothered me off and on since. Now it hurts to chew on it. My dentist is sending me to an endodontist to get it checked for a fracture. I only question the tooth because it’s on my left side and I started getting tonsil stones on my left side shortly after. That was over 5 years ago, but since I have had all kinds of health issues that seem to be getting worse. But there is a good chance I had reflux all my life since I remember having heartburn as a kid along with allergic congestion which now I am told was possibly caused by reflux. I had an allergy test done a month ago, no allergies, food or otherwise.


3. What mental sufferings / feelings do you have associated with your physical sufferings?

I lean towards being a reclusive person, but because of my illnesses I have stronger feelings of reclusiveness.
Periodic worry and hopelessness. Just want to feel well again.


4. What exactly do you feel when you are at your worst? Describe the sensation in your own words.

Pressure in upper abdomen and shortness of breath. Drinking water helps me breath while I am drinking it. Speaking is difficult due to shortness of breath. I feel like it is a depleting me of all my air just to speak a few words.


5. When did it all start? Can you connect it to any past event or disease?

My whole life—I remember having heartburn as a child, excessive thirst (as a baby I was checked for diabetes).

5 years ago—tonsil stones (maybe tooth #19)

3 years ago—major sleeping issues which produced extreme anxiety

2 ½ years ago—fullness/pressure in abdomen, Shortness of breath with pressure in upper abdomen difficulty in having enough air to speak after eating.

1 ½ years ago—more chronic shortness of breath which alternated with a tickle in throat and cough.

6. Which time of the day you are worst?

Pressure in ab in morning about an hour after eating breakfast.
A while after eating.

Slight heartburn at night.

7. What are the things which aggravate your suffering and which are those which ameliorate the same? Example- time, temperature, pressure, rubbing, washing, eating, tight clothing etc.

Improved: by eating, cool, moist, fresh air esp. in the evening improves breathing. Breathing improves in the evening.

Worst: a while after eating, moving (esp. in bed), bending, caffeine, chocolate, tomato products, fatty foods, eggs seem to repeat on me quite frequently.

8. Do your think your sufferings have relation to any external stimuli (like, change of place) or any internal biological changes in the body, like, menses (in females)?

Not really.

9. When do you feel better, during hot weather or cold weather, humid or dry weather?

cool humid weather is best

10. Describe your general mental set up? Are you Moody, Arrogant, Mild, Agreeable Changeable, Nervous, Suspicious, Easily offended, Quiet, Arguing, Irritating, Lazy etc.

Tired, lazy, moody from lack of sleep. Nervous. Perfectionist type “a” personality

- How do you feel before or during a thunderstorm?

good and relaxed. I like it cool and overcast and I like thunder and lightning

- Do you like being consoled during your tough times?

Yes

- Are you sensitive to external stimuli like smell, noise, light etc?

Yes, strong smells give me headaches, sensitive to noise and light as well.

- Do you have any typical habit or gesture like nail biting, causeless
Weeping, talking to one self etc?

I don’t bite my nails but I will put my finger nails between my front teeth and sort of bite them when I am nervous but I am not biting pieces off.
I think out loud sometimes—(talk to self)

- How do you feel about your friends, family, your children and especially your husband / wife?

Thankful, love my family and friends. Not married, no kids.

11. What are your fears and do you dream of any situation repeatedly?

That I will not be apply to accomplish anything or live a normal life because of my illness is so affecting my life.
My gastro doctor says if I don’t get my reflux under control I will get cancer and die within 6 months after getting the cancer.

12. What do you crave for in food items and what are your aversions?

Crave: salt and sweets
Aversion: too much salt, but maybe that’s a health conscious decision


13. How is your thirst: Less, Normal or Excessive?

Excessive

14. How is your hunger: Less, Normal or Excessive?

Maybe more than normal. I like to eat constantly, (maybe because it relieves reflux), always have. I am tall and thin though.

15. Is there any kind of food which your body can’t stand?

not sure

16. Is your sweat normal or less or more? Where does it sweat more: Head, Trunk or Limbs?

normal, trunk and feet sweat more.

17. How is your bowel movement and stool type?

Bowel movements are really soft, thin and loose small pieces

18. How well do you sleep? Do you have a particular posture of sleeping?

Not well, wake up frequently through the night. I sleep on my side.

19. Do you think you are able to satisfy your sexual desires in general?

Not yet, not married.

20. Do you have any strange, peculiar or unusual symptom or feelings? How are you different from others?

Strong thinker, extremely analytical.

21. What medications have been taken earlier by you to treat the diseases and do you have any particular symptom surfacing after the medication?

prilosec, protonix, aciphex, nexium, prevacid, pepcid. Generally not feeling well, chronic headaches. Nexium seemed to help somewhat, but seem to make throat worse.

22. What major diseases are running in your family?

heart disease, raynaud’s =cold hands, breast cancer, scoliosis

23. Describe, how do you look like? Describe your overall appearance.

6’ 4” 180 lbs. brown hair, eyes

(For Females)
24. If your menstrual cycles are not normal, please describe the irregularities, like pains, moods, flow type, clots etc.

25. What major diseases have you had in your life and when. Please write them in a chronological manner.

Scarlett fever, 7 years old.
Barrett’s esophagus, diagnosed 26 years old,

low white blood cell count and high coagulation time when blood was checked for both surgeries (tonsil and nasal). Last test they came back okay though.
 
nick25 last decade
your constitutional remedy seems to be PHOSPHORUS.

if you want long term relief of all your symptoms, you can take PHOSPHORUS 200C some 3 doses at 4 hours interval on a single day.

if you start feeling the changes in the next 7 to 10 days, no more remedy till the improvement goes on.

if no response in the next 10 days, we would suggest alternative remedy.
 
rishimba last decade
Thank you rishimba and Dr. Tahira for your responses.

So should I take PHOSPHORUS 200c or Kali bich 30 or both. I started nat phos 6x, should I continue to take that?

What is the best time to take a dose? in between meals, before a meal, after a meal, before going to bed? or does it matter?

Thank you so much,
Nick
 
nick25 last decade
please dont mix remedies.

if you take a remedy, watch its action for at least a week before taking another one.

its up to you to choose which one you would start with.

the best time to take phosphorus would be early morning empty stomach followed by 11:00 empty stomach and then, 3:00 pm empty stomach.

dont take any food or water one hour before and after taking the dose.

one dose would be typically 3 to 4 drops of the remedy in 20 ml of water.
 
rishimba last decade
Dear Dr. Rishimba,

One other thing I forgot to mention, is that I have very cold extremities, especially my hands. My hands are almost always ice cold.

I was looking at lycopodium and notice a lot of similar symptoms to myself. Is this a possible match for me?

as for the phosphorus do I take it 3 times a day for only 1 day? or 3 times a day everyday for a week?
 
nick25 last decade
if the symptoms are acute, you can take 1 dose of PHOSPHORUS 200C one dose every morning for a week and then stop.

if the symptoms are not acute and you want overall improvement of your health. just take three doses on a single day. wait for one month with no remedy. things will get cured gradually.
 
rishimba last decade
Sorry to ask another question, but can I take nexium while I wait for the phosphorus to work?

I know you said no remedy but one month without taking anything seems like a long time. My doctor tells me if I don't take nexium, I will get cancer and die, which I think is a bit exaggerated, but because of my condition especially not being able to sleep well, my quality of life is and has been extremely low. I'm not 100% sure but I think my sleep problem is rooted in my GERD. I wake up frequently and am unable to fall back to sleep. Waking up frequently also runs in my family though.

Lastly, I was looking at sulphur, and I think I am a pretty good match for it, maybe better even than phosphorus. Does each person only have one constitutional treatment? It's my understanding that you match the treatment to the person not the person's disease. Is this right? If the phosphorus doesn't help would you suggest sulphur for me? and what dose would I take? Should I take sulfur instead of phosphorus because it is a closer match?
 
nick25 last decade
Rishimba, I could only find phosphorus 200ck in a pellet form. Is this okay or should I order the liquid on-line?

And so no other remedy including nexium, tums, anything for a month? or just not other homeopathic remedies for a month?

When should I feel improvements after taking the phosphorus? Are there any side effects or reactions I should watch out for?

Thanks again, Have a great day.
 
nick25 last decade
H Nick,

My sister was diagnosed with barrets esophagus. I was wondering if any of the remedies you tried helped?
 
lsaustin last decade
No, but Barrett's esophagus is not actually a disease but rather the result of one. It occurs from the damage done by GERD or LPR. Anyway, it turns out I have gastroparesis among other digestive issues, but in my opinion you need to be careful how you treat yourself. I am far worse now than I was before I started receiving treatment (conventional and alternative). I have serious colon issues that got really bad after I stopped a treatment for the gastroparesis. I go to the bathroom 8-12 times a day. I also had a right hemicolectomy last year. I wonder if doing nothing is sometimes better than doing something. Our bodies are made to heal themselves, just not as fast as we would like.
 
nick25 last decade
Yes, she has acid reflux and stomach problems too. Thanks for your response.
 
lsaustin last decade

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