Monday, January 30, 2012
"I am not an animal!" --The Elephant Man
Everyone asks about the GERD now that my toe is straight. If you remember, my reflux (GERD) was really acting up before I went in for my toe surgery. My acupuncturist casually mentioned that the second toe is the direct line to the belly, and he seemed to think that my surgery might correct the GERD. Hmmmm....weird, I know, but I was hopeful.
So, here is the update:
I am officially off the omeprezole--the generic GERD drug for Prilosec that so many doctors are pushing on their patients these days. (I wish I had stock in the makers of Prilosec!) I did my own research and learned that you just don't quit taking that stuff cold turkey--it makes your stomach over-produce acid and makes the GERD worse. Yeah, I found that out before.....the hard way. I took omeprezole for 5 days, then 1 day of Zantac. Then we slowly (!) went to 4/1, then 3/1, and then 2/1 until I was taking only the Zantac. Now I have stopped taking Zantac except for when the GERD flares--which with much research and talking to others is a direct result of carbs (well, for me anyway).
Mix this combination of weaning with digestive enzymes (to aid digestion because the acid level is funky), DGL licorice(coats the throat), aloe vera juice (coats the throat), and a lot of carrot sticks (I dunno, they just help), and I am managing my GERD successfully so far. My tummy is still funky at times, but heck, it has been through the mill with 2 years of omeprazole. I'm sure we have some adjusting to do, but I am proud to say that I think that we are heading in the right direction.
Was it the toe? I don't know, but I'd like to give it a little bit of credit--It makes for a good story, doesn't it?