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GERD/Acid Reflux

Hello,
I am a 33 year old female and have been suffering from Acid reflux from a year, but from last 1 month its getting worse.The occurrence is every 3-4 days inspite of paying attention to diet and timings.
The symptoms I get during reflux is sleeplessness, too much acid which I have to forcefully throw after having water which gives me temporary relief. Also, I am irritated during the reflux, have sore taste in mouth, at times sore throat and snuffling nose. My health and energy are going down because of this.
Please advice what should I do to get rid of this, have heard homeopathy is good for chronic problems.
 
  shahuja on 2010-09-16
This is just a forum. Assume posts are not from medical professionals.
Please copy the Questionnaire from the following thread
http://www.abchomeopathy.com/forum2.php/188925/
and post all the questions here duly answered. On that basis your remedy may be worked out.
 
kadwa last decade
Here it is


Patient ID: Sex: Age: Female 33

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

1. Describe your main suffering?

Acid,Gas,Vomit

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

Taking Thyroid medicine, previous tests shown Potassium, Calcium and Iron are low too. Because of Acidity and indigestion cannot sleep properly, have headache and uneasy.

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

I feel depressed at times, feel negative and emotionally weak as I don’t have any energy left during the suffering. I have a 2 year old son , I think I won’t be able to do anything for him. I feel low in confidence now that’s would not be able to work ever and manage everything.


4. What exactly do you feel when you are at your worst?

Life is useless with so much struggle and problems.

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

The problem of indigestion has always been there, was treated for IBS 4 years back. But the current suffering has started from few months.

6. Which time of the day you are worst?
Mornings are worse when I vomit and feel restless.

7. What are the things which aggravate your suffering and which are those which ameliorate the same?

Milk I think makes it worse, I feel pear and apple give me relief and sometimes a toast.


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)?

Probably I have moved to U.S. but this is not the first time I have relocated. Also, My periods are just for a day now for which I am concerened.

9. When do you feel better, during hot weather or cold weather, humid or dry weather?
Pleasant weather I think and evenings are still ok.

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

I think a lot, easily offended, get Nervous, but very friendly and concerned about others, take good care, feel guilty very soon for even small mistakes, little impatient too.

- How do you feel before or during a thunderstorm?
little scary.

- Do you like being consoled during your tough times?
Yes

- Are you sensitive to external stimuli like smell, noise, light etc?
Not really.
- Do you have any typical habit or gesture like nail biting, causeless
weeping, talking to one self etc?

At times causeless weeping.

- How do you feel about your friends, family, your children and especially your husband / wife?
I am little insecure about my relatives, I want to give my child the best. But in general I am friendly and want everyone around me.

11. What are your fears and do you dream of any situation repeatedly?
If something may not happen to me or anyone.

12. What do you crave for in food items and what are your aversions?
Nothing in specific, I am a vegetarian.

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

I feel less at times.

14. How if your hunger: Less, Normal or Excessive?
During the Acid reflux it’s less, otherwise Normal.

15. Is there any kind of food which your body can’t stand?
I feel Milk these days.

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

17. How is your bowel movement and stool type?
At times constipation, sometimes gassy.

18. How well do you sleep? Do you have a particular posture of sleeping?
Not properly. sleep on my sides.

19. Do you think you are able to satisfy your sexual desires in general?
I am lacking.
20. How do you think you are different from others, if at all?
I think I gel with the crowd.

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

I have been taking Antacids.

22. What major diseases are running in your family?
My mother died of cancer.

23. Describe, how do you look like? Describe your overall appearance
I was very lean before my delivery of the child, gained and was in good health too but froma year have been becoming weak again.

24. (ONLY FOR FEMALES)

If you are not having normal menstrual cycles, please answer the following questions:

- Are the periods early, regular or late in general? How long do they last?
They are regular but last for a day only now.

- Do you suffer from any kind of physical or mental discomfort before, during or after the periods?
Little backache during periods.

- Is the flow scanty, normal or excessive?
Scanty now.

- Is the blood thick bright red or pale watery?
Thick red.

- Do you notice any clots in the flow?
At times.
 
shahuja last decade
day 1
Please take Pulsatilla 200c thrice a day at a gap of 4 hours.

One dose means
If the medicine is in pills form 4 pills. Don't touch pills with hand. Use cap of bottle to take pills.
If the medicine is in liquid dilution form, 3-4 drops in some 20 ml water. Sip up slowly.

day 2 to day 15
Please take 2 pellets each of the following tissue salts thrice a day at a gap of 4 hours.
natrum sulph 6x
natrum phos 6x

Please follow homeo restrictions like no coffee, no raw onion/garlic, no strong perfumes, don't eat or drink anything within 30 minutes before or after taking medicine.
 
kadwa last decade
Np & Ns 6x both medisons are v good for gred arnica 30 in wet dose twice a day Reply after fallow the above medisons
 
red_kpu 9 years ago
Your remedies are Nat Phos 6x dose 2-3 tablets taken immediately after each of 2 meals daily
Arnica 30c in the Wet dose to rebuild the damaged tissue in your Esophagus.

STOP using all other drugs and report progress in a week.

The Wet dose of any Homeopathic remedy is made as follows:

Order the remedy in a 5ml Ethanol pack also referred to as Liquid Dilution in a bottle preferably with a dropper arrangement.
Get a 500ml bottle of Spring Water from the nearest supermarket.
Pour out about 3cm of water from the bottle to leave some airspace.
Insert 3 drops of the remedy into the bottle and shake the bottle hard before you sip a capfull which is the dose.
Shaking the bottle hard is homeopathic succussion and this shaking must be done every time before a capful of the bottle is sipped as directed.


STOP using all other drugs and report progress in a week.

Please visit the links below which record the cases of other patients whom I have treated for GERD.

http://www.abchomeopathy.com/forum2.php/66811/

http://www.abchomeopathy.com/forum2.php/25315/

http://www.abchomeopathy.com/forum2.php/209144/
 
Joe De Livera 9 years ago
Thanks very much for all the replies. Currently I am on allopathic, will stop until I order the above medicines as homeo medicines are not available in the stores.

Also, wanted to know how to ged rid of this problem once for all, this relapses every few weeks.
 
shahuja 9 years ago
Just to add more.My Iron, Calcium and Potassium are also running low. If I take these supplements my Acid symptoms get worst.
I have been asked to take fruits by one doctor to improve these levels but at the same time have been asked to stop fruits by gastro specialist.
 
shahuja 9 years ago
To Shahuja

Your gastric problem can be resolved and you will be cured very quickly and you do not have to WORRY as I believe you are now doing unnecessarily.

You will discover the relief as soon as you start on the Joepathy I have prescribed.

Please report the relief you will experience within 30 minutes after you start taking the Nat Phos after your meals.

You state:
'My Iron, Calcium and Potassium are also running low. If I take these supplements my Acid symptoms get worst.'

I believe that this is due to the PPI drugs like Nexium that you have been prescribed.
 
Joe De Livera 9 years ago
Hello,
I started Nat phos as suggested, I don't if because of this I had developed severe headache, couldnt move my head seemed the whole gas moved to my head. I only took 3 doses and stopped it, don't know what to do. My symptoms are getting worse, eating very little and selective. I still have sore throat and cough especially when am lying down. I have stopped allopathic medicine also. Please suggest.
 
shahuja 9 years ago
Let me be little more elaborate. I have had an ultrasound also last week in which everything was normal. Doctor has asked me to go for H Pyroli bacteria test.

I have had Pantaprazole for 15 days which gave me relief but only for few days. Then I started Natrum phos which gave me headache symptoms. It's been long since I have felt good about myself. As I told my iron, potassium and calcium are also running low. I am not eating fruits, not taking milk, eating very light food, am a vegetarian, no oily, no spice inspite of that I am having acid symptoms.
There is always some uneasyness going, I feel I having gas which is not letting me sleep properly, the taste of tongue is so bad that nothing tastes good. I throw acid in morning which gives me temporary relief. Lately the harsh voice, sore throat and cough is new symptom added.
 
shahuja 9 years ago
I would be very surprised if it was the Nat Phos 6x that was responsible for your headache. You have taken just 3 doses of NP and this is not sufficient to assess its curative power. You do not seem to have taken the Arnica as prescribed. You have not also indicated how many tablets of NP you have taken for a dose.

Please be aware that you cannot take PPI drugs like Pantaprazole indefinitely as they will all create more serious problems which you can read by doing a search on Google for the 'Danger of using PPI drugs'.
 
Joe De Livera 9 years ago
Thanks for your prompt reply Mr Joe. I have started NP again just now. Also, can you suggest where do I get Arnica in wet dose, only thing I can find on internet is pellets of Arnica.
I have stopped taking PPI drugs, don't want to have more problems have full faith in homeo, just the matter of time.

Also, please suggest few things-:
1) Doc had advised endoscopy, should I go for it?
2)What should I eat, my list is very selective?
3) Where to get Arnica for wet dose? If not, can I take pellets?
4) I have hypothyroid also, am on levothyroxine, is the acid reflux related to that?
5) Can I start aloe vera juice, have heard its good for acidity?
6)I am not able to understand if stress is causing this or the medical problem has caused stress, I am unable to complete daily tasks on time, please suggest.
 
shahuja 9 years ago
If you live in India you can get the Arnica 30c in the 87% Ethanol pack and you can get a 10ml bottle. You will require just 3 drops of the remedy in a 500ml bottle of water available from a super market which is hopefully good quality water without chlorine. I shall copy the instructions to make the Wet dose which you cannot BUY ready made and you will make it as instructed below:

The Wet dose of any Homeopathic remedy is made as follows:

Order the remedy in a 5ml Ethanol pack also referred to as Liquid Dilution in a bottle preferably with a dropper arrangement.
Get a 500ml bottle of Spring Water from the nearest supermarket.
Pour out about 3cm of water from the bottle to leave some airspace.
Insert 3 drops of the remedy into the bottle and shake the bottle hard before you sip a capfull of the bottle or a large teaspoonful which is the dose.
Shaking the bottle hard is homeopathic succussion and this shaking must be done every time before sipping a capful of the bottle twice daily.

You will not need any Endoscopy which can make your Esophagus even worse than it is now.
Do not eat any large meals and NO FATTY FOOD.
As a last resort you may use Arnica pellets but these may not be as effective as the Ethanol pack. Use 6 pellets in the bottle.
What is your TSH level?
Aloe Vera is OK but it will only soothe not CURE as the Nat Phos / Arnica therapy will.
Stress will cause GERD. You must avoid it.

When your GERD is cured you will discover that you will return to normal.

Report progress weekly.
 
Joe De Livera 9 years ago
Thanks a lot for your reply. I have started feeling better, got Arnica 3oc pellets, please tell me Do I need to drink half bottle at one time which makes 6 pellets and 1 bottle of water per day? currently am drinking 3-4 sips only.
Also, natrum phos is helping me, am taking post meals twice a day. I have started brisk walk and Aloe vera also. I hope I wouldn't have to go for endoscopy.
 
shahuja 9 years ago
I can see that you are not following my therapy precisely as prescribed above.

If you wish to be cured you MUST read my therapy carefully and follow it precisely.

Please indicate precisely what remedies you have taken and how you are taking them and what your response has been.
 
Joe De Livera 9 years ago
Thanks for the prompt reply. I have jut read it carefully, Actually I had to use pellets because am not in India and inquired everywhere, it's only pellets which are available.
And I am taking Natrum Phos 2 tabs twice after main meals. Please suggest if any change is needed.
 
shahuja 9 years ago
It is the Nat Phos that is critical for GERD. The Arnica is purely to rebuild the delicate tissue in the Esophagus which in your case has the consistency of your gut to withstand the gastric juice.

You may use the Arnica pellets but I suggest you mail order the Liquid Dilution in Ethanol ASAP while using 6 pellets in a 500ml bottle of water.
 
Joe De Livera 9 years ago
Just noticed that you are taking only 2 NP tablets after a meal.

In your case you can take up to 6 immediately after a meal to help your stomach to stabilize after the ravages of the gastric juice which I estimate will be done in a few days from now.

You will have to take sufficient NP tablets to keep your GERD under control and it is absolutely safe to be used for as long as it is doing you some good.
 
Joe De Livera 9 years ago
Thanks Mr. Joe, will follow your advice. I have few more points to talk -

1) Though acid reflux seems to be under control but I still throw up acid in morning while brushing. I have noticed some blood in that. Is it serious?

2)Is there anything I can take to relieve my stress. Most of the time I do not sleep properly and have stress.

3) What should I do about my low levels of Iron Calcium and potassium? I had to undergo test but due to the fear of levels probably more disturbed I am avoiding it.

4) Can GERD cause problem in conceiving and during pregnancy if I plan for 2nd child?

I am so pleased and grateful to you for giving me so much of time.

Thanks.
 
shahuja 9 years ago
You are advised to consult a doctor to diagnose the reason why you 'still throw up acid in morning while brushing. I have noticed some blood'

This condition is serious and must be treated as such.

You have not stated if my therapy has helped you and unless you state your response I cannot help you further.
 
Joe De Livera 9 years ago
Is the vomiting of blood a new symptom?

Vomiting of blood is a keynote symptom for Arnica. There is a strong possibility you are currently suffering side effects of the remedy. It is extremely important that you stop the Arnica straight away to avoid the problem becoming more serious.

When going to a doctor with side-effects from a medicine, remember that they will not understand this and may react to it as if it is a natural disease. Most side effects from homoeopathy, as long as the medicine is not taken for too long, will fade in a few days to a few weeks.
 
brisbanehomoeopath 9 years ago
Generally side-effects (also called proving symptoms)occur because the remedy has been taken too frequently, or the size of the dose is too large. It may also happen because the remedy itself is not a perfect fit for the patient.

Remedies which are only 'partial similars' may still improve a patient, but will at the same time produce new symptoms. Using partial similars is tricky, and requires a fair amount of management.
 
brisbanehomoeopath 9 years ago
Mr Joe,

Let me go back 12 yrs approx. back, whenever I was/am tensed I have nausea, uneasyness in morning whether it was exams/interviews etc. I deliberately brush hard my tongue to clear of everything and I have always felt better.
Few years back I was treated for IBS by doctor in Delhi. I believe he had given me some stress relievers also. I was much better after that.

Lately, when I had contacted this forum I was having acid and gas at extreme and had a visit to gastro specialist and have been advised endoscopy.

THERE IS NO DOUBT THAT I FEELING BETTER WITH YOUR THERAPY. At least my food is getting digested and am feeling better throughout the day and night. I am NOT noticing blood from last 2 days now. Also, the blood was not much, just little tied up in acid.
Also, I would like to stop this throwing up acid in morning because of stress or whatsoever.
I feel I need to be strong in life and face this world without becoming emotionally weak. I wish there was a medicine to become strong by mind and heart. I try to do some physical exercise to get away with stress, it helps but not to the fullest.
I do not want to go for allopathy treatment as of now.

I do not feel good in morning, have nausea and uneasiness, as the day progresses I feel better. Anything you can prescribe to avoid the mornng sickness.

Also, Please advice if I shall continue taking the prescribed dose of all medicines by you or any change.


To brisbanehomoeptah,

I had observed it 2 other times also. Once when I was pregnant and had severe nausea and secondly few months back during hyperacidity and nausea. As written above, I am not noticing it from last 2 days.
 
shahuja 9 years ago
Is there anything you can suggest for anxiety and nervuosness also, I'm facing that as well.
 
shahuja 9 years ago
To Shahuja

You stated:
'Lately, when I had contacted this forum I was having acid and gas at extreme and had a visit to gastro specialist and have been advised endoscopy.

THERE IS NO DOUBT THAT I FEELING BETTER WITH YOUR THERAPY. At least my food is getting digested and am feeling better throughout the day and night. I am NOT noticing blood from last 2 days now. Also, the blood was not much, just little tied up in acid.
Also, I would like to stop this throwing up acid in morning because of stress or whatsoever.'

I am relieved to note that your report of vomiting blood is obviously NOT caused by my default Nat Phos / Arnica therapy which I have prescribed to hundreds, perhaps thousands of patients I have treated in Sri Lanka and on the many Homeopathic forums that I visit. I am also aware that many Indian homeopaths (qualified) also prescribe these 2 remedies as their default therapy for GERD as I believe that they have discovered that it is by far better than the standard remedies that they were trained to use during their studies.

You have absolutely nothing to fear from my therapy in spite of the dire warnings of the other homeopath who I believe cannot accept my Joepathy as it invariably works to cure the patient. It seems to me that he is anxious and is even hoping that you report that the blood is due to either an overdose or as he stated a 'proving' of the 2 simple and harmless remedies that hundreds of patients have used during the past 25 years of my involvement in Homeopathy (non classical Joepathy of course). My aim is to cure the patient and not bicker about the niceties of classical homeopathy, which is best likened to a blinker over the eyes of the student of classical homeopathy to train him to not see the 'wood for the trees.'

Since you are anxious to have a remedy for your anxiety and nervousness, you can take Nat Mur 6x dose 2 tablets taken twice daily. Leave an hour between remedies.
 
Joe De Livera 9 years ago

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