Alternative medicine for GERD
Having had infrequent mild heartburn since pregnancy, I was suddenly hit with horrible GERD in November (probably brought on by a period of high stress). Taking a PPI first 1x, then 2x, per day finally got rid of my esophagitis, and it seemed like I was making progress. I'd hoped to taper off the PPIs. A few weeks ago (still on PPI 2x) the reflux and heartburn got worse again, and now I have them on and off all day (I don't have nighttime GERD problems). From the beginning I eliminated the typical food triggers, as well as my own, including most fruit (even bananas). More recently I've also tried to cut sugar, white flour, and most dairy. My normal diet is mostly vegetarian, high fiber and low in processed foods / sweets. The 'self-help' books all seem to suggest different diets, which leaves me unsure what I should eat. My Kaiser doc’s only suggestions were to up my dose of PPIs (at least temporarily), and just ‘deal with it.’ I’m in my mid 40s and spending the rest of my life on meds and with such a restrictive diet depresses me. Plus, the PPIs seem to give me indigestion, and I've lost 10 lbs thru this process (I was already thin). I'd prefer a more holistic approach to get at the cause (stress? other digestive issues?). I think the stress brought on by feeling unwell (GERD, plus some muscle / joint issues that I used to resolve w/ occasional ibuprofin) isn't helping. Has anyone had success with a homeopath, naturopath, acupuncturist, or functional / integrative med doc for issues like this? I’d love another opinion, but am not sure where to begin.