Not only might you need an abdominal ultrasound, but you definitely need a complete workup by a good internist. This is almost certainly not a primarily gastrointestinal problem but akin to the child who vomits because of having some infection somewhere. This is not necessarily an infection, I am just making the simile.
For example, one of the more common things to cause this in an adult would be diabetes. The point is that you need a workup of your entire system and not start with an abdominal ultrasound which would only find far advanced problems with intraabdominal organs anyhow. If this is your present doc's recommendation (without first doing a complete workup) you need to find another doc.
If I knew what part of the country you are from, I might be able to personally recommend a diagnostician who would do a lot better job than those piecemeal docs who follow only the strictly allopathic line.
THEN, when you have had a competent conventional workup, write again & I might have better ideas for you as to what to do about whatever you have.
Listen to Doc Dave.
Let us know what happens.
In the meantime, if I knew what part of the country you were from, I might be able to give you some names of complementary physicians who could work with the Chiropractor to magnify the effect of his/her work.
As I have said many times, right here on this BB, that "lump feeling in the throat" is NOT caused by GERD even though it is frequently associated with it.
The same thing causes both: severe total body bracing. That is why some people can have the lump without the reflux of stomach acid.
Use the search feature provided for this BB & read everything you can find about GERD & you will come across those discussions.
The ONLY thing that will finally resolve this "lump" is understanding why you have it & learning, & practicing at least 20 minutes twice a day, an effective skilled relaxation technique.
I hope Doc Dave will see your note & respond. If you do not get a response from him write a note with his name in the title to draw his attention.
Also, consider acupuncture.
If these do not solve the problem, write again with your experiences & by getting a lot more information we will get to the bottom of this.
I was diagnosed with gerd about 2 years ago. I've tried propulsid and prilosec with no effect. My symptoms, however
are a a little different than most I see on the internet. My main problem is massive belching(or the feeling of having to release air) and air pressure immediately after eating. This belching or attempting to release air brings up food, even far after it was eaten. I don't get heartburn much and I don't reflux in my sleep. I know it is not an allergy, what can it Be? does anyone else have solely these symptoms
Dear Dr. Stoll:
I wanted to give you an update of my progress. I've read your book as well as Dean Black's. I am making SLOW progress. I hoping that I'll truly be well by April. I have been taking vitamins for a month now as well as consuming carrot/celery drinks.
In addition, since I was also diagnosed with hiatal hernia, I have been taking a teasp of ginger upon rising each morning (roughly 2 wks). I have had some relief from the ginger (the pain in throat has subsided some). . . but the clogging, belching feeling is still present after eating dinner (around 6pm). I believe the GERD that I am experiencing is my immune system's way of fighting the Epstein Barr Virus. Prior to this horrible illness that has/is ruining my life and soul, I never ever experienced heartburn. I really did not understand what indigestion meant.
Thank you for listening and suggesting ways to gain my life back. Thank you especially for not saying "oh, just grin and bear it!!"
I hope my vigilence finally works. Amee
P.S. Can one succumb to EBV if he/she had been substantially exposed to an allergen for a month or so?
All my troubles began in October 1997 when my husband and I bought a dog (we gave her away in December).
Have you tried PREPULSID???
In Reply to: Re: Nausea and abdominal pain posted by Walt Stoll on March 01, 1998 at 08:31:21:
Thank you for taking the time to help me out. Before my GP referred me to the gastro enterologist he took blood and urine samples twice and sent them to be tested for various things. Unfortunately I don't know the exact things which were tested, but I do know that he exhausted the list that he had of things to be tested for - I assume that diabetes would have been one of the initial tests. You say that I need an entire "workup by a good internist". I live in London, England so I'm not sure of the type of specialist you mean by this. I have had a few sessions with a kinesiologist who eventually said that I had an imbalance/problem with the penicillium funghi, corynebacter bacterium, and cytomegalo and coxsackie viruses. He did a few things and said that I didn't need to come back for a few months. Things didn't improve over the next six weeks, however, I have to admit that for the last ten days I have felt better.. do you believe that he may have made a difference?. Could my symptoms have been stress related - I have had a stressful few months at work and two weeks ago I was offered a new job with another bank which should involve alot less hours than I currently work.
Thank you again for your help.
In Reply to: Re: Nausea and abdominal pain posted by georgie on March 03, 1998 at 10:10:05:
You need a conventional "diagnostician". I do not know what that would be in the UK but probably an MD.
A good kinesiologist can do wonders. It is usually a good idea to listen to the messages your body is giving (do you feel better or worse) about whether something is working or not.
Was your blood drawn as a fasting specimen? Unfortunately, many physicians make the mistake of screening for diabetes that way when 95% of all adult diabetics have a normal fasting specimen. The blood test for diabetes, to have ANY validity, needs to be done exactly 2 hours after a measured meal (your doc knows the standard meal).
It looks like you are going to have to take some tincture of knowledge to protect yourself. A good reference for you would be a book with a world-wide distribution: "Mind as Healer, Mind as Slayer" by Kenneth Pelletier, PhD. It has just been released as an updated edition so I am sure that you will have no trouble finding it at your corner bookstore.
In the meantime, although stress IS a likely cause of your present symptoms, there are a lot of dangerous conditions that COULD be causing the same symptoms. THAT is why I said that you needed a good conventional workup.
Dr. Stoll, My nine year old son is being treated for acid reflux,he has had abarium x-ray, he is schelude for the test where the light goes down the throat.His systoms are no stomachache,after every meal,snack,or drink he burps and he throws up his food. He does this about fifteen times after a meal six or so times,after a snack or drink.He can have just a drink of water and he does this.He has gotten his throat raw from this . I am at wits end with this.Is their anything Ican do.We have monitored his diet also but,nothing seems to help. Thankyou for any Info. you may have.
In Reply to: Reflux posted by Tosh on March 02, 1998 at 12:20:29:
This is one of the commonn variants of GERD. I would suggest you use the search feature for this BB and read everything you can find about GERD.
THEN, if you still have questions, write again.
My book covers the mechanisms behind your condition AND what to do about it (link below).
In Reply to: Re: EBV, Haital hernia, and GERD posted by amee on March 02, 1998 at 15:14:35:
Thanks for the update. How are you doing with the practice of skilled relaxation? This is, BY FAR, the most important thing for you to do, in the long run, to resolve everything you have.
If you actually ARE normal by April, you will be doing VERY well. Think how you felt a few months ago.
The symptoms you are still describing are directly related to the LGS that ultimately caused the GERD.
The dog COULD have been the straw that broke the camel's back but had little to do with your total problem. If it did, you would have been well within 4-6 weeks of losing the dog.
REMEMBER, the EBV is one of the tips of the iceberg and has nothing to do with how you feel right now.
In Reply to: Re: stomach acid in throat posted by DR.Stoll on March 03, 1998 at 23:24:32:
Use the search feature provided for this BB and read everything you can find about GERD, esophageal spasms, Hiatus Hernia and Leaky Gut Syndrome [LGS] (which is necessary for any of the above to happen).
At this age, he HAS to have already advanced to having candida-related syndrome (C-RS)--which also is impossible without first having LGS and the eventual dysbiosis that follows.
If you can get him to take the ginger root juice described at the link: Upper Gasrointestinal Symptom Relief. some of these bothersome symptoms will quickly disappear. However, the cause of this will still be present & you will have to learn to deal with them to not only clear this up permanently but prevent the future problems that will be a lot worse.
At this age, you are going to have to be the director. However he is going to have to, eventually, learn about this so he can live a healthier life in the future.
By the way, "the light going down the throat" is a waste of your time & money & is very likely to be a distinct psychic trauma for him too. No test should be done unless the results are going to substantially alter the treatment.
Your best bet would be to read a copy of my book (link below) and then pay attention to the resources in the back that will give you tools for learning more about what you learned with my introductory understanding.
THEN, if you still have questions, write again. As he gets well, I hope you will take the time to share your experiences with the BB so others won't have to go through what you are presently experiencing.
I just notice Dr. Stolls note about me responding to this.
Visceral pain from spinal dysfunction is far from rare. With the history you have it is difficult to tell with much certainty that this is the culprit and if chiropractic care would help. Considering so many other avenues have been traveled I would seriously consider chiropractic care and at least go for an examination.
I have had a lot of success with patients who have "mysterious pain" as nerve irritation and vertebral or rib fixations can give a wide range of symptoms.
Good luck and let us know how things turn out.
In Reply to: stomache problems posted by j sciaretta on March 09, 1998 at 15:04:01:
Well, I'm no doctor but I have had stomach problems and learned an aweful lot from my gastroenterologist. Suspect GERD or acid reflux when you belch alot, especially if you have a bitter taste in your mouth. But if you have pain, it could be a an ulcer or perhaps gastritis if you have some nausea. Best thing to do if you have abdominal pain is SEE YOUR DOCTOR. Don't let it go on---it could be something that you can fix easily or it might require tests. But if it bothers you that much, you shouldn't wait around.
I have been taking Prilosec for the past 3 1/2 weeks to treat GERD problems. The Prilosec is working great! However, I was an anemic before I started taking the Prilosec, and my anemia is a little worst. I haven't had a menstrual period during this 3 1/2 week period, but I think it's gonna happen soon. I am a little concerned that my anemia dropped lower. My doctor doesn't know why it dropped. I read somewhere that when acid production is impaired in the stomach, it can significantly affect iron absorption. I HAVE been taking iron supplements, but my iron still dropped. A rectal exam was done 3 times, and didn't show any signs of internal bleeding.
Can the Prilosec be causing this drop?
In Reply to: stomache problems posted by j sciaretta on March 09, 1998 at 15:04:01:
That, definitely, is not the correct spelling. It is SO off that I have no idea what you are even trying to spell.
HOWEVER, the symptoms you are describing are those of GERD, which is frequently precipitated by pregnancy & delivery.
You might use the search feature provided with this BB & read everything you can find about GERD. If you find yourself there, you will also find what I would do to get rid of your symptoms.
I have had GERD for the last ten years, I have acid coming up into my esophagus when I lie down, and it is getting worse, making it impossible to sleep without waking from pain. I take Prevacid and Axid, but it does not work.
So I started taking the Ginger Root Juice yesterday. Does this cause the esophagus and stomach's lining to get repaired? What is the long-term cure? It seems a fix would involve stopping the acid from refluxing, i.e.
doing an operation. I also ordered the book, is the cure
explained in there?
In Reply to: CAN PRILOSEC affect iron absorption?? posted by Catherine Hill on March 11, 1998 at 11:38:12:
Prilosec is available "by prescription only" BECAUSE it effects everyone differently. Only the prescribing physician (who did a complete workup BEFORE prescribing it) can possibly know the answer to your question. General information can also be obtained by your reading the package insert (or the entry in the Physicians' Desk Reference--available at your library).
NO ONE should take ANY prescription drug before first reading the package insert.
Finally, if you are taking this for GERD, there are lots simpler, safer, cheaper AND more effective options. Use the search feature provided with this BB & read everything you can find about GERD (it may be archived).
THEN, if you still have questions, write again.
I've been suffering from gerd and sinusitis for about 4 months. I've been on the GRJ for about two weeks now, it seems to have helped the burning sensation and pain in my chest. Yesterday I stopped all anatacids and survived the night without any pain. The only symptom I have left is the sensation in my throat, the feeling of pressure. I haven't recieved Dr. Stoll's book yet, I ordered it through a friend in the US(I live in Canada). I am going to take David's advice and go see a chiro next week. I have yet to go get a full body massage but I will this week. I'll keep you guys posted on my progress but I must say that the GRJ has worked for the pain. I was on prescription antacids for 4 months and taking way over the recommended daily dose, I slowly cut it down as I was taking the GRJ. The next step was a motility pill, i.e. prepulsid, but I refused to go that route. I'll keep you posted.
In Reply to: GERD posted by John K on March 12, 1998 at 13:54:33:
The GRJ will only resolve the symptoms of GERD temporarily (a few months or years). The book does explain to the reader how to understand why THEY might have this problem.
GERD is ALWAYS a consequence of LGS. You need to use the book as a whole. If you only read the chapter about intestinal conditions or Hiatus Hernia, you will be missing the point of the book.
Let us know what you learn &, as you get well, share your experiences with the BB. Others have been experiencing the same unnecessary stuff you have for the past 10 years & deserve to know that they don't have to.
In Reply to: Week Two on Ginger root juice posted by StevieN on March 14, 1998 at 09:17:39:
The symptoms that are leaving are the ones that can be ascribed to the GERD. The rest are due to the muscle spasm that is the most common cause of the LGS that caused your GERD.
Dear Dr. Stoll,
I have been a heartburn sufferer for years. Four years ago I had severe chest pains that sent me to the emergency room. The diagnosis was GERD with severe esophageal spasms. I am currently taking Axid 2x per day (Prilosec caused severe stomach cramps), and Levsin as needed for the spasms. I also carry a perscription of Ativan for axiety attach cause the feeling of choking and strangulation. In addition, I take Zestril for high blood pressure.
I have been on the GRJ for two weeks now. The heartburn is still there. I also have been experiencing pains on the left side of the chest. An Echo Stress test shows my heart is in great shape.
In Reply to: GERD posted by Tammy on March 16, 1998 at 11:47:21:
Most of your symptoms are due to the esophageal spasm & the GRJ is not going to do much for that. The pains of the left side of your chest are due to costochondritis.
Both the costochondritis and the esophageal spasms are directly due to the overall body bracing which will have to be discharged before you get relief from them. The LGS (cause of the gerd) will go away when the bracing is gone.
The only thing known that will accomplish THAT is the regular practice of effective skilled relaxation, 20 minutes twice a day (not counting any done within 2 hours of retiring). THEN, within 6-12 months, this phase of your recovery will be in hand.
In the meantime, you could get a few weeks or months of relief from THOSE symptoms by getting a deep, whole-body therapeutic massage 3 times a week for 2 weeks. Rolfing would probably give you a year or more of relief. However, NOTHING is going to work permanently unless you do the relaxation as above.
When you have finished the 3 weeks of the GRJ, you will know which symptoms came from the actual reflux of stomach acid because THEY will be gone.
Let us know how you do.
In Reply to: Re: GERD posted by Walt Stoll on March 18, 1998 at 11:59:46:
Thank you so much for the information. I see my doctor today. If I can get a referral from her, my insurance will pay for therapeutic massage. If not, I'lll persue it on my own. The pain reliever for costochondritis is helping a lot (so is having a name for the condition). I'm also using a heating pad to relieve some of the pain. Hopefully, once the pain in my throat and chest is less intense, I'll be able to get a handle on skilled relaxation. I'm ordering your book today!
Thanks again for the valuable service you are providing. I'll keep in touch with my progress.
P.S. The GRJ is finally getting results. This is week 2 1/2.
My 92 year old father has developed a swallowiing problem,
but is refusing to go into the hospital for tests that he is convinced
will do him no good, only make him, worse. I was wondering
if his symptoms could possibly point in the direction of low
stomach acid. He has no pain, no heartburn, & no acid taste
in his mouth or burning sensation in mouth or throat. As he
attempts to eat, he begins to feel that the food is stuck on
the way down, & then regurgitates the food. he does not retch,
& if the food is down for a few minutes, it stays down. He then
spits up a mucousy-looking liquid. Coould this still be stomach acid?
O could it be the opposite? Sincerely, Virginija Bird.
In Reply to: stomach acid posted by Virginija Bird on March 21, 1998 at 02:00:58:
I have a similar problem along with the white
coated tongue. I have a swallowing problem
along with TMJ. The swallowing problem
just developed in the last 4 months and my
doctors don't understand why.
My brother has a similar problem and his MD who
also practices herbal treatment gave him natural
herbs to relax and is working on curing the stomach
acid problem he has. This is giving him relief and
it is improving.
I had so much difficulty eating that I am now drinking
Ensure (it makes me mucousy though) and lost a lot
of weight. I was horribly weak and felt faint after
weeks of eating a few hundred calories a day.
I truly hope there is a CURE for this. I am so hungry
and fear choking to death or starving.
I have been suffering from symptoms related to gerd. About two years ago I had an endoscopy and the doctor put me on omeprazole for about 1 month. My symptoms went away temporarily but kept on coming back after I discontinued the treatment. I changed my diet and the symptoms virtually went away. About a month ago my symptoms came back and seem to be getting worse and worse. What should I do?
In Reply to: stomach acid posted by Virginija Bird on March 21, 1998 at 02:00:58:
Unfortunately, at this age, the most likely cause is a cancerous tumor of the esophagus. He desperately needs a barium swallow & perhaps an esophagoscopy for biopsy.
Neither of these would require being admitted to the hospital although they are nearly always done there.
A good surgeon could do them in his well equipped office. However, usually, since the equipment is expensive and the personnel needed to assist are highly trained & expensive, most surgeons would do it at the hospital.
Both of these procedures are fairly innocuous and are necessary for anyone to tell what it really going on. If these tests are negative, there are recommendations I can offer to help him reverse this.
Let me know if I can help more.
In Reply to: Re: stomach acid posted by Pamela on March 21, 1998 at 16:14:42:
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Dear Dr. Stoll, I asked you some time ago about my father's
swallowing difficulties. He is 92, & had developed problems
swallowing--it has progressed to difficulties with liquids now.
He has a good, clear mind, & up to a few weeks ago was makiing
doughnuts for our whole family. A barium swallow indicated
that he does not have an esophageal tumor, but a stricture
at the base of the esophagus. Also, his entire swallowing
process has, for some reason, become extremely slow, with
reduced motility of the esophagus. I have started giving
him fresh ginger root juice(by the way, I found that I can
make it with a garlic press). Before he did the barium
swallow, he actually began to slightly improve (but perhaps
that was just coincidence). The onset of his problems began
with vertigo--the 1st time he had ever had it. Would you
have any suggestions for improving his swallowing
ability? He really does not want to do heavy duty drugs
or invasive procedures. Thanks loads, Virginija
Has anyone had any experience or an opinion on 5 HTP?. I am still waking up between 3:30 and 4:30 most mornings and have read that tryptophan (no longer on the market) is good for sleep. The 5 HTP is the current substitute. I'm sure that the skilled relaxations will eventually work for sleeping through the night, but haven't yet. I'm wondering about the safety of the 5 HTP