Antacid question for Usians
Any good alternatives to the flavored chalk you get in drugstores? I just noticed that they have sucralose in them, which is poison to me.
There are two main antacid remedies, old-school is to neutralise the acid with an alkali, new-school is to block the production of the acid in the first place.
Neither properly address the problem. The stomach is designed to handle acids and they are an essential part of the digestive process.
The usual problem is acid reflux where the acid escapes the stomach into the oesophagus.
Common causes of this are:
Eating large meals or lying down right after a meal
Being overweight or obese
Eating a heavy meal and lying on your back or bending over at the waist
Snacking close to bedtime
Eating certain foods, such as citrus, tomato, chocolate, mint, garlic, onions, or spicy or fatty foods
Drinking certain beverages, such as alcohol, carbonated drinks, coffee, or tea
Taking aspirin, ibuprofen, certain muscle relaxers, or blood pressure medications
Since most of these causes are avoidable, your best bet is not to do them!
Your local walmart should have a good deal on generic omeprazole (aka: prilosec). If this works, doctors can prescribe "protonix" which is the same sort of proton pump inhibitor.
Also, if you're overweight, a tight belt can cause enough pressure to cause the upper valve in your stomach to let loose when sitting. This mimics GERD.
My favorite antacid is good old Baking Soda -- Sodium Bicarbonate.
Mix a little in 6 ounces of water and drink it -- instant acid neutralization. No sugar, no sucralose, no fancy "anti-acid-pump" chemicals.
Don't use BOTH Baking Soda and Tums (Calcium Carbonate) -- they don't work well together. Personally, I don't find Tums work for me at all -- thus the Baking Soda.
Any idea what the cause might be? Most things happen for a reason. I used to get massive heartburn if I ate cheese too near bedtime. I love cheese, so these days I avoid it or have it for lunch.
For me it was diet related.
One evening, I was snacking on Pringles potato chips. That night, about 10:00 pm, I woke up coughing burning yellow-stuff out of my lungs, that apparently had come originally from my stomach. Yikes.
Fortunately, I had some baking-soda with me. It took three doses to settle the problem, with about 5 minutes between doses. The baking-soda neutralized the acid in my throat, and in my stomach. I simply had to keep coughing up the yellow-stuff I'd breathed in while asleep.
Following that, I discovered that certain foods would trigger this. It seems to be related to certain fats -- movie-theater popcorn butter would do it every time. I think it's the combination of whatever crap they make that with, plus sitting in the dispenser for hours becoming just a LITTLE rancid, that does it.
So no movie-theater butter, no Pringles, no Catchup, (some tomato-based products will trigger it).
But I assume this stuff is age-related, genetics-related, and probably has some food-sensitivity stuff in it. Your mileage probably will vary.
Oh, and being over-weight, and sleeping on my front, adds constriction (and compression) to the stomach. If I'm lucky, it just hurts a little. If I'm not lucky, I 'burp' a little and feel the burning.
Hubble. I worry about you. Please get back to Navy PT training. Do you guys run like the Army?
I know people who get a little bit of personal information, then hound the shit out of you with it.
P.S. I've never said I live in AZ
>I used to get massive heartburn if I ate cheese too near bedtime.
A lot of GERD is that the sphincter at the top of the stomach lets loose and lets some stomach acid up into the esophagus (this is called "reflux"). It does feel like heartburn. I used to have a persistent cough and runny nose that wouldn't go away for over a year. It turned out to be lots of little burps that were letting stomach acid up into my esophagus and bronchial passages.
Some substances irritate the sphincter, like caffeine. Fatty foods can lube the sphincter and drool out.
Too much stomach acid in your esophagus is what leads to esophageal cancer. Long term stomach acid in your bronchial passages can lead to lung cancer.
The best solution to eliminate GERD is to lose weight. Medications can be used to reduce symptoms. If losing weight is not an option, then get something like prilosec (cheap), protonix (cheap) or dexilant (expensive).