Acid Reflux Information Scanty

Request for information on successfully reducing acid reflux coughing fits at night – online acid reflux information scanty


Acid Reflux Information Request Specifics:

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I am seeking specific, helpful, personal experience stories about improving acid reflux, NOT looking for advertising. If you have a site that promotes acid reflux products and would like to advertise here, you can do so through google adsense or submit an original (not published elsewhere on the internet) article on the subject. If chosen, I will provide a sponsor link to your website.
Also please note: Since posting this original request, my Mom’s coughing has stopped. We think it was due to Advair. Please read comments for that update.

My mom has acid reflux and the worst part about it for her is that she can’t get good sleep at night because of coughing fits when she lays down. She sleeps a little better when she can stay on her back and elevated but the body isn’t designed to lay in one position all night and naturally turns from side to side during sleep.

The horrible coughing is really taking a toll on her health because she can’t get good sleep.

I’ve been researching online but aside from some dietary suggestions that I already knew about….eat smaller meals, don’t eat late at night, eat more fresh fruits and veggies, stay away from alcohol, etc…..and the ever-present suggestion to sleep in an elevated position, there doesn’t seem to be a lot out there.

Big Caution on Prescription Drug Side Effects:


I’ve been so frustrated at trying to suggest anything natural at all for her acid reflux, amidst all the prescription drugs and their side effects.

Mom takes Nexium and a lot of other prescription drugs for her heart and cholesterol so I’m wary of suggesting even the most simple natural health idea, like drinking apple cider vinegar in water (for example, if she’s taking something to reduce acid, what happens when she takes something designed to introduce more natural stomach acids?)

I swore I was giving up on the idea of suggesting anything natural that might be added to her health regimen after I tried suggesting a blend of liquid nutritionals that included mangosteen juice and goji juice, not realizing that goji juice may interfere with some blood thinners (mom is on plavix, which was not named as a blood thinner affected by goji juice. However, her blood pressure shot to stroke level within 2 days and I was concerned that the goji juice might be reducing the effectiveness of the plavix so I told mom to stop drinking the juices).

I also didn’t that potassium content could be an issue with anyone taking potassium-sparing diuretics. Some of the liquid nutritionals on the market now are naturally very high in potassium so this became yet another concern.

I read that hiatal hernia can make acid reflux worse, and mom has that too. Also read that it’s better to sleep on right side of body. I’m not sure why that is.

Surgical Procedures for Acid Reflux


I’m definitely not a big fan of surgery as a form of healing, unless it is the only option left. For some who have suffered with acid reflex, surgical procedures addressing it may feel like the only option they have left so I’m including some info I found online about such a procedure.

Video about the new surgical procedure for acid reflux being done by the Detroit Medical Center

Even though this procedure is considered minimally invasive, it is still surgery and the risks vs potential benefit should be carefully weighed and discussed with your doctor. If you don’t have a doctor who will take the time to answer all your questions about this procedure which, by the way, has the ridiculously impossible name of Laparoscopic nissen fundoplication, then my advice would be find a doctor who will take the time to fully and completely address all your questions and concerns.

Hey here’s a mental agility exercise…… Try Laparoscopic nissen fundoplication five times fast….wonder if we can just call it LNF for short?

As a foot reflexologist, I wondered if reflexology might help. Apparently, it can be very useful for stopping coughs from colds or flu.

I picked up a tip from my massage therapist for coughing in general and wondered if it might help acid reflux cough. It involves working the reflex points between the big toe and second toe in a sort of milking motion.

This foot reflexology work did stop mom’s coughing when I tried it on her but who wants to wake up in a coughing fit and have to do that to stop it every night?

I have read that digestive enzymes can be helpful for acid reflux but, to be honest, I’m even nervous about suggesting those with all the other drugs she is taking. They might digest something (like fat if high in lipase) a little too quickly or too good….who knows except a pharmacist who is also a doctor and a nutritionist?

Hey, maybe someone with those credentials will read this post…..hope so. Anyone who has new information on stopping the acid reflux cough, I’d love to hear about it.

ps. I’m also curious about those wedge pillows that are designed for sleeping at an elevated angle. They are touted as excellent for people with reflux but I’d love to hear from someone actually using them, instead of the company, so if you have one that works well for you, please let me know. For now, we just put some blocks under mom’s mattress and that seemed to help a lot but I wonder if it will damage the mattress over time.

8 thoughts on “Acid Reflux Information Scanty

  1. It’s always good to consult your doctor when deciding to drink potent juice drinks while in medication.

  2. Oh, absolutely. I did a five-part article on juices after my mom had an experience between goji juice and her meds. Definitely check with your doctor.

  3. My mother also had acid reflux before she passed away. I always suspected it was due to all the medications she was taking for congestive heart failure, COPD, emphysema, osteoperosis as well as many others. She was also on oxygen all the time. Do you think that could have contributed to her acid reflux

  4. There is no doubt in my mind that medications have contributed to my own mother’s acid reflux so I would have to agree that it may have been a factor in your Mom’s struggle. I’m so sorry for your loss. I treasure each day my Mom has of feeling good.

    In fact, Mom just told me that there is news coming out about Advair, an inhaler she was on for years, saying that it could bring on asthma attacks, etc. While Mom was on that, she had horrible, horrible coughing fits which, of course, irritated her throat and made her reflux worse too. Also, she got in some serious trouble taking Zetia and Crestor together.

    She’s on Spiriva now and says it works great but I can’t help but wonder what they will discover about that one a few years down the road.

    I’m not a big fan of the prescription drug. Mom’s on about 8, which cost her around half her little social security check when she’s not in the doughnut hole, or gap, and which she can’t even cover when she’s in the gap.

    The hardest part for me, as a wellness counselor, is that I cannot suggest anything natural whatsoever for fear of interaction with one or more of her meds. Even the simplest, most healthy thing has caused reaction, as I mentioned when talking about the goji juice before.

    Thanks for your post. I could not leave your link in because it appeared to be an advertising link but if you want to post a guest article about acid refulx, I’ll review it and, if chosen, will include a link to your site, assuming it has content and not just products on it for sale.

  5. Edited to add paragraph breaks, to make more readable. admin.

    I too am not a fan of prescription medicines.

    Having been in the medical community all of my career, from treatment to research, I could tell you all kinds of horror stories. Most of those come from the reasearch side. These companies do everything from scew result data to actually eliminating specific testing results. I know this is a little off topic, but I will address the inhalers.

    My mother, at one point or another had been on all of them for her COPD. First a little background on the severity of her condition. She had progressed to 6 liters of oxygen continuously, so it was a little late in the game for me to try what I tried. At rest her oxygen saturation levels would stay at about 88 to 94%. When removed from the oxygen, within 60 seconds her sats would drop to 63 to 66%. So as you can see, it indeed was a little late in the game. I will briefly outline our results and method anyway, along with the results.

    After reading many independant studies on the benefits of Methylsulfonylmethane (MSM) on emphysema patients, both human and non-human, I decided to give it a try. We started her off with 3000 mg dose per day for the first week. Once we saw that she had no adverse reaction that dose was increased to 7500 mg. MSM comes in dosages upto 1500mg tablets. I wont get into the description of MSM as it is readily available through your search engine of choice. I will sufice to say that it is an organic sulfur compound that is a biproduct of the production of Dimethyl Sulfoxide (DMSO).

    No significant change in her sats were noted in the first 7 days of taking 7500 mg. On the 7th day however, her at rest sats jumped from a 91 % average to 98%. Her sats had not previously even peaked at 98 for almost a year. The following week the nursing home staff had taken her off oxygen complely while they prepared a portable tank. I was furious about that!

    After 5 minutes of franticly trying to get someone to get her back on oxygen, I took her sats. To my amzement, they had only dropped to 84 %. It was another 2 minutes before they got her back on oxygen and in that time her sats dropped to 66%. This was after they had her up in a chair in the dining room. Remember though, prior to the MSM her sats would drop to that in under 60 seconds at full rest. In my mind something was clearly happening.

    As a side note: We originally decided to try MSM not for the acid reflux or GI upset but for the COPD. However the benefits from MSM for acid reflux became quite clear as well. Ultimately she became unable to even ingest the MSM or other oral meds she was on and we lost her. I have a website that deals with health issues now. I am in the process of researching holistic treatment of COPD with Dimethyl Sulfoxide (DMSO) along with stabilized liquid oxygen. I will post the results of these tests on my website as soon as it is feasable. I will say however that the initial results seem to look even more promising than the original MSM treatment we had placed my mom on.

    My aunt has middle stages of COPD now and is one of our test subjects. I have manges to obtain 9 other volunteers with COPD. Not quite clinical trial levels but it will have to suffice. Another thing that all test subjects have in common is acid reflux. This tends to support my theory that the prescription meds are a huge contributing factor.

  6. This is just the kind of personal experience story I love to approve for posting. Thank you. I had not heard of MSM for acid reflux or for COPD so this is interesting to read.

    Of course, we both have to take care to advise that MSM or any other natural remedy is not represented as replacement for any needed medical testing, evaluation or treatment.

    I take MSM for my eyes and for joint pain and find it quite effective for both. Because I work on the computer a lot, I get eye strain and MSM seems to help.

    There’s a good bit of info on MSM here:
    http://www.msmguide.com/

    Related articles on acid reflux and GERD:
    http://www.askahealer.com/barretts-esophagus.htm
    and
    http://www.askahealer.com/what-is-gerd.htm

    and
    http://www.askahealer.com/gas-and-bloating.htm

    Thanks for the great post.

  7. i would not recommend surgical procedures for acid reflux.

    admin note: promotional link removed

  8. Surgery would not be my choice for acid reflux either because I know there are natural ways to control acid reflux that would not require something so drastic as surgery. I got the feeling you wouldn’t recommend it because you might know something about complications from surgery or risks of surgery for acid reflux.

    acid reflux blogger: Why not surgery? That would have made for a conversation that would be worthy of a backlink, hint.I would have been very interested in hearing your views and hope you’ll come back and actually share more of why you feel the way you do about this topic.

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