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Posted by Frauke on October 27, 1998 at 15:22:34:

I have early barrott's, a small hiatal hernia, an incompetent esophagus valve, and small beginning ulcers at the bottom of my esophagus. My symptoms have ranged from mild to severe for the past 5 months. All medications don't seem to help (Carafate, Prevacid, Prepulsid (Bethanechol before the Propulsid)), plus I'm not fond of taking meds anyway. I just read about the Ginger Juice and just want to clarify whether to use the entire unpeeled root for the juice, or am I supposed to peel it first? This probably sounds very ignorant and may even produce some smirks on some peoples faces, but laughter is still the best medicine.


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Posted by Walt Stoll on October 28, 1998 at 16:39:00:

In Reply to: GERD posted by Frauke on October 27, 1998 at 15:22:34:

Dear Frauke,

I don't think it matters. I was always too lazy to peel it so I used it peeling & all. Although I know this will help your symptoms, remember, this is but an indication of LGS and you will eventually have to deal with WHY you have it before it will finally be resolved.

Walt



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Posted by Phyllis A. on October 29, 1998 at 14:10:31:

In Reply to: GERD posted by Frauke on October 27, 1998 at 15:22:34:

I have a cheap ($$) juicer and HAD to peel it first (or burn the motor up trying to juice the peeling....it's tuff stuff). If you have a really good ($$$) juicer, it can probably handle it.




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Posted by Frauke on October 29, 1998 at 17:32:33:

In Reply to: Re: GERD posted by Walt Stoll on October 28, 1998 at 16:39:00:

Dear Walt,

Thank you for your reply. I have placed an order for your book, since you make it sound so mysterious and important about finding out WHY people have these symptoms. Are you implying that there could be a psychological rather than just a physiological reason for having this condition? In my case, I have been diagnosed with an incompetent valve, etc., and I can't imagine what kind of visualization techniques I could apply that would alleviate the pain. Some days I am in so much discomfort that I feel like I literally want to curl up and die, but I've got a little boy and a husband that I adore, so it's not an option. When you've had this for 5+ months and all medications (and maybe even the ginger, which I've only used for 3 days so it's too early to tell if it will help) don't help, wouldn't surgery sound like the best alternative? Don't get me wrong, I'm the last person that wants to go in for surgery, but I am just not getting better. Any more insights from you until I get your book? I'd much appreciate it.

Best regards,
Frauke


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Posted by Walt Stoll on October 30, 1998 at 13:17:46:

In Reply to: Re: GERD posted by Frauke on October 29, 1998 at 17:32:33:

Dear Frauke,

Go to the archives for this bb & read everything you can find about your condition.

Walt




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Posted by Helen David on October 30, 1998 at 17:30:31:

In Reply to: Re: GERD posted by Frauke on October 29, 1998 at 17:32:33:

I certainly don't like pain, either. Just wondering, though,if you have been having pain only for the past five months, is the incomplete valve the real cause of the problem. Reading the archives and Walt's book will give you answers. I also learned a lot from reading "Healing Back Pain" by John Sarno. My prayers for relief are with you. Helen



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Posted by Kerry on November 01, 1998 at 17:37:41:

In Reply to: Re: GERD posted by Frauke on October 29, 1998 at 17:32:33:

When I had the nissan fundoplication in 1995, it was after weeks of Tagamet and zantac, which didnt work. Prilosec was prescribed and worked great, but it was in the experimental stage and my doctor said he would not let me have any more after 8 weeks because of its potential risks. The surgery, although it is laproscopic, was a huge ordeal for me, and I found out there was a trade off my doctor never warned me about. For 6 months I could not belch. That may not sound so bad, but once you attempt to digest a Coca-Cola without belching first, you realize how painful it can be. The second trade off was that even to this day I cannot vomit. Although its the last thing I want to do, there is a reason nature allows us to vomit, and not being able to is pretty scary when you know you need to purge and nothing comes out. Like I said in another post, the GERD has come back...so I don't think that three years of relief was worth it, because the total bill for the surgery was $17,000. I would NOT do it if I had to make the choice over again.



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