I have had gerd for like 8 months and 3 weeks ago started having trouble swallowing and it sucks. I have problems everyday swallowing and sometimes takes minutes to get one swallow, i eat salads and baked potatoes and fruit like grapes and bananas, so please someone tell me what else can i try?
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on February 04, 2013
at 03:32 PM
See a doctor. You sound like you may have an esophageal structure and that needs medical attention. Don't put this off, make an appointment and get seen ASAP.
on February 04, 2013
at 03:38 PM
Assuming you indeed have GERD and nothing more menacing, going on a low carb diet is the trick (in my experience). It seems GERD is frequently caused my small intestine bacterial overgrowth (SIBO). Carbs, especially sugary carbs (fructose included), feed this bacterial excess. The output of this fermentation causes GERD. So I suggest:
1) Start counting carbohydrates in whatever you eat. nutritiondata.com lists the nutritional contents of common foods.
2) Strive to consume no more than 50 carbs per day regardless of source. If you cheat, and I certainly don't suggest you do, you might be better off cheating on a starchy food (eg., potatoes) than a sugary food since it takes some time for the intestines to breakdown the starch into a simpler form.
3) If you are REALLY hurting then start on the 50 carb/day diet immediately. You might feel like rubbish for a few days (or longer) due to the "low carb flu". But your GERD will hopefully stop in just a few days. Otherwise work your way down to this level gradually over a couple of weeks.
4) Some people have found better success when carbs are consumed as part of a meal instead of standalone, with the exception of fruits.
5) Take an HCL capsule with every major meal until the low carb diet takes hold. Low stomach acid is often a contributing factor to GERD. HCL acidifies the stomach so that the food is processed readily and it seems to thwart SIBO from fermenting sugars. ... oh, and have TUMS handy for emergencies.
A low carb diet and the judicious use of HCL/TUMS has worked for me. My GERD was bad but I never had trouble swallowing. It was more like it was on fire, with acid spewing into my mouth. Your family physician should be able to help make a proper diagnosis of your condition if you have any doubts.