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GERD and Fibro..Any connection?
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m.e. - January 7

I have been having more digestive issues lately and even a bad taste in my mouth. I am thinking it might be reflux or GERD...but I hope not as that gives me something ELSE to manage! Anyone have experience with this? Thanks for your shared info.


Fantod - January 7

Yes, GERD is very common with Fibromyalgia (FMS) patients. You should talk to your doctor about your symptoms and get on medication. Stomach acid is very damaging to the throat and not something that should be ignored. I have GERD and it can be a real nusiance. I am on medication but it is not always effective. I have changed my diet but that does not seem to help much. I also switched from milk to almond milk and cut down on dairy in general. Take some time to read about "associated conditions" and lefthand side of this page. Take care.


m.e. - January 16

Thank you Fantod. I appreciate your generousity in sharing information. : )


January - January 17

Hi m.e. I get stomach pain (not abdominal). I don't think it's reflux, and I refuse to take the Rx drugs, as most are bad for your bones. I read the peoples pharmacy site, and they recommend almonds for stomach pain. I tried them, but since I'm allergic to wheat, I'm not sure if they are contaminated. I can't say if they worked well for me.

What has been working is this: probiotics every day; honey and aloe vera juice every day; when the pain hits me - usually at night, I take some Pepto-Bismol and a capsule of fish oil, GLA or Vitamin E - some kind of oil, along with a few tablespoons of organic honey and some yogurt. Pain gone! No side effects!


axxie - January 17

• GERD has no connection with Fibromyalgia, it’s a lifestyle issue

• GERD, which stand for "gastroesophageal reflux disease" and also commonly known as "acid reflux disorder", is an inflammation of the esophagus caused by regurgitation of the contents of the stomach.

• It is often recognized by its symptoms of "heartburn" which reportedly affects 1 out of every 10 adults in the U.S. on a daily basis. It is not a common diagnosis of fibromyalgia, but the amount of medication we use to feel better may contribute to having GERD.

• If make changes to your lifestyle in itself is a gerd natural treatment.

• Want to keep acid reflux symptoms at bay - eat plenty of vegetables and fruits, salad and fruits into your daily meal plan is a great way to reduce the painful symptoms of acid reflux. Best of all, vegetables and fruits are healthy for you as they contain the nutrients and fibers that our bodies need to flourish.

• Refrain also from eating spicy foods, acidic foods or anything that you know can cause heartburn. Abstain from drinking alcohol beverages, sodas, carbonated water and acidic drinks such as tomato and orange juice. If you smoke and, or drink coffee, try to cut down on these.

• Try to drink plenty of water everyday to dilute the acid and normalize the pH in your body. Drinking about 1 gallon of water daily goes a long way toward restoring normal stomach function for most people, add a good quality pro-biotic if you can and your body will restore tenfold.

• Make sure to sleep with your upper body elevated. Often, sleeping at an angle that works in conjunction with gravity allows your stomach acids to properly travel to your stomach right where they belong.

• GERD has no connection with Fibromyalgia, it’s a lifestyle issue



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