severe acid reflux and diverticulitis - what is best probiotic to help these?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created April 10, 2013 at 5:19 PM

I was told I am a candidate for hiatus hernia surgery due to high acid reflux, one hiatus hernia, and another stomach hernia (to be left untouched at this time?), in addition to sever stomach inflammation "diverticulitis". I sleep with several pillows to raise my head (this causes some back pain despite a pillow under my knees).

I drink lots of water, minimum 72 ozs per day, usually more and usually filtered. I eat very healthy, rarely eat anything fried or sweets - just once in a while. I cook most meals, eat lots of veggies, often steaming and then liquefying veggies to aid digestion. I weigh 145 lbs, 5ft 5.5 inches, I exercise 3 times per week, walk when I can (bad knees). I've used Shaklee probiotics (expensive), seems to help most of the time, but recently had a bad flare-up of both acid reflux and diverticulitis, which means a lot of vomiting and nausea, burping and gas. (I've been hospitalized before for both and was put on over 4 different antiobiotics including cipro which I have to take every few months as it seems I develop infections).

Any thoughts/suggestions on what else to do to get rid of the reflux and diverticulitis?

My daily routine is probiotics at 5 or 6 am, Nexium and fennel tea one or two hours later, a banana an hour later, and breakfast with green tea later (no sugar), just a bit of milk. I eat lots of fruit, and eat dinner before 6pm; rarely drink a glass of wine, non smoker.

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on April 11, 2013
at 02:45 AM

Yvonne, I suffer from acid reflux too, and green tea seems to trigger the built up of acid in my case. You may want to cut your intake of green tea. I take culturelle for probiotics and it seems to help a little. Although I am kind looking for something better since culturelle is the only probiotic I have tried.



on April 11, 2013
at 05:30 AM

VSL #3 is the strongest probiotic over the counter. They also have a prescription version. This is the recommended probiotic for IBS and UC folks. Check it out.

http://www.vsl3.com/discover.asp There are 450 billion bacteria per dose in the packet form and 112.5 billion bacteria per capsule.

Amazon has it here: http://www.amazon.com/VSL-CAPS-BOTTLE-Size-60/dp/B0014R4RZW/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1365657586&sr=8-1&keywords=vsl+3

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