Hiatus Hernia (GERD) historical posts April 1998

Re: 5 HTP

Posted by Vicki on April 01, 1998 at 12:29:49:

Nancy,both my husband and I have tried 5-HTP. Disregarding any other effects it may have had on us, neither of us found it to be as effective as melatonin for promoting restful sleep. In fact, I felt rather "wired" after taking it. Interestingly, melatonin causes one of my friends to feel "wired", so, evidently, there's a lot of individual variation in how people react to these substances.
Tryptophan, of course, was not inherently unsafe. One manufacturer in Japan produced a contaminated batch that killed or sickened a lot of people. In response, the FDA banned all tryptophan.



Re: 5 HTP

Posted by Tammy on April 01, 1998 at 14:24:35:

I, too, have trouble sleeping because of the effects of GERD. Like you, I'm in the process of learning skilled relaxation techniques. I'm just beginning to feel the good effects or relaxation, but still have trouble sleeping. Until I become "skilled", I have found a wonderful alternative for me called Kavatrol. It is a combination of Kava, Passoinflower, and Valerian. It helps me fall asleep naturally without feeling "drugged". The best thing is I can take it during the day and feel fully awake and relaxed.

Tammy


Re: swallowing difficulties

Posted by Walt Stoll on April 02, 1998 at 09:32:47:

Dear Virginia,

Thank goodness that he does not have a tumor. The muscle spasm is resolvable but he will have to learn an effective skilled relaxation technique & practice it at least 20 minutes twice a day (not counting any done within 2 hours of retiring).

Also, the ginger root, although it will not hurt him, is not likely to do much for this spasm. It works for regurgitation of gastric acid which is the opposite of what his muscles are doing.

There are some conventional medical antispasmotic medications that might help. However, at his age, they may well cause many more dangerous side-effects than the esophageal spasm.

Acupuncture and/or Chiropractic may well give him relief till his skilled relaxation takes effect.

Walt


Re: 5 HTP

Posted by Nancy on April 04, 1998 at 21:39:42:

In Reply to: Re: 5 HTP posted by Vicki on April 01, 1998 at 12:29:49:

Vicky

Both Melatonin and Kava Kava hype me up. I'm afraid the 5 HTP will too. I'll probably take it back to the store.. Thanks for your comments.



Re: 5 HTP

Posted by Nancy on April 04, 1998 at 21:41:25:

In Reply to: Re: 5 HTP posted by Tammy on April 01, 1998 at 14:24:35:

Tammy

Is Kavatrol a pill or extract?

Nancy



Re: 5 HTP

Posted by Tammy on April 05, 1998 at 10:38:49:

In Reply to: Re: 5 HTP posted by Nancy on April 04, 1998 at 21:41:25:

Hi Nancy,

Kavatrol is just a brand name carried by Meijers. It comes in pill form. I have what I call "adrenaline surges". I think this is what Dr. Stoll refers to as bracing. Kavatrol is by no means a cure. It does, however, give me a some chance to relax. As Vicki mentioned, what works for one person may not work for another. I'm anxiously awaiting for Dr. Stoll's book. I want a cure, not a temporary band-aid.

Linda


Re: 5 HTP

Posted by Kyra Kitts on April 06, 1998 at 02:52:48:

In Reply to: Re: 5 HTP posted by Nancy on April 04, 1998 at 21:39:42:


Dear Nancy,

To corroborate your last comments--melatonin and kava kava both "hyped me up" when I tried them several years ago.

Kyra



shortness of breath & Vitamin C

Posted by GIGO on April 06, 1998 at 20:31:04:

Shortness of breath is a common symptom of a Vitamin C deficiency. Here is a simple test: Take 2gms of Ester-C 4 times/day for 2 days. If the symptoms resolve, that was your problem. Sometimes, hormone imbalances/supplements can radically effect Vitamin C levels.


Re: 5 HTP

Posted by Nancy on April 06, 1998 at 21:16:49:

In Reply to: Re: 5 HTP posted by Kyra Kitts on April 06, 1998 at 02:52:48:

Kyra

That's very interesting. Wonder if the leaky gut is the connection between the two of us having the paradoxical effect?



GERD and Laparoscopic Nissen Fundoplication

Posted by David Harrison on April 08, 1998 at 10:25:18:

I have posted to this BB a number of times over the past four months, describing my flavor of GERD symptoms and my personal plight in dealing with them. I have learned more about my condition here at this BB than any other single source. Kudos to Walter and those how have shared their stories.

I am scheduled for the LNF (Laparoscopic Nissen Fundoplication) exactly two weeks from today. It has been a long time coming and while I have mixed feelings about having surgery, my wife and I are quite convinced that this is the best course of action.

In an effort to help others curious about this surgery, I will share a few tidbits from my discussion with the surgeon. I am also planning detailing the surgery itself and my recovery. The surgeon has agreed to photograph my surgery for me.

After VERY carefully reasearching and selecting a surgeon and hospital, I decided on Dr. David Rattner at Mass. General Hospital in Boston. I was willing to fly anywhere for this but found living in NH,I did not have to look too far to find the best. ( The title of "best" is shared by just a handful in this country )

Dr. Rattner has performed more than 250 LNFs with a better than 95% success rate. Of that number, there were no fatalities, two that had to be redone and just a handful of folks that did not feel better. When I asked him yesterday, "Is there someone who does this better?", he answered, "At the risk of sounding egotistical, no. This is my passion above all other surgeries.".

Dr. Rattner said I have a good body for the surgery because I am fit. He said I will have the ability to sleep recumbent and ingest acidic foods immediately after surgery. He guaranteed me that he will stop my reflux.

He spent time with me and answered all my questions. Recovery is likely to take longer than I expected based on the reading I had done. While some people have walked out of the hospital on the same day and have been back to work in a week, he said I should plan on 2-3 days at Mass. General and three weeks before work. I will likely have trouble swallowing foods for at least three weeks with the threat of solids getting stuck at my new valve.

He described the LES being transformed into something more of a nipple at the conclusion and after the swelling resides from the surgery, food should go down just fine but not come up.

When asked if he has friends or family that have had this done he said his friend had and was very happy with the outcome.

When asked how long he expected this would last he said he hoped a lifetime but he didn't know. He knew that many folks have been going past ten years using this modified surgery. He said, Nissen himself did it differently back in the 50's and the advances have made considerable improvement.

I asked about ancillary surgeries and he said they are done with success but there are new approaches being looked at today and ten years from now, he suspects an even better surgical treatment.

I feel I must distance myself from endorsing surgery as the "quick fix" for medical problems. I have learned a great deal over the past years and certainly the past four months; We get sick for many reasons, some outside of our control but some reasons are quite attributable to our lifestyle and within our control. I know my health condition to have been brought on by stress as Dr. Stoll repeats week in and week out to those searching for an answer. I know that daily meditation and prayer reduces my stress considerably and that eating good, whole foods supports my body's natural ability to fight off disease and infection.

This surgery will help me back to ground zero where I can live the remainder of my life the way I should have all along. Too bad it takes illness for some of us to get with natures program.

Sincerely, David

As an aside, I currently sleep pretty well, 7-8 hours a night. I take prilosec twice daily again, ginger juice every morning, multi-vitamin, FOS 5 times a day and Glucosamine after meals.


Re: GERD and Laparoscopic Nissen Fundoplication

Posted by lee on April 08, 1998 at 16:39:42:

In Reply to: GERD and Laparoscopic Nissen Fundoplication posted by David Harrison on April 08, 1998 at 10:25:18:

thank you for sharing your experience, and for articulating so well. it sounds as though you are in good hands, and are comfortable w/ the decision. Good luck.


Re: GERD and Laparoscopic Nissen Fundoplication

Posted by Walt Stoll on April 10, 1998 at 09:39:42:

In Reply to: GERD and Laparoscopic Nissen Fundoplication posted by David Harrison on April 08, 1998 at 10:25:18:

Dear David,

I echo Lee's note. Please share your experiences post-op & as time goes on.

It sounds like you have a pretty good handle on the place surgery might have in this whole process AND the way to deal with the causes that got you to this place so you will not have it again OR develop the other complicating problems of LGS.

Thanks, Walt





Ginger root cure

Posted by Kent Griffith on April 15, 1998 at 18:04:23:

Anyone that has suffered from a medical problem over several years and tried many remedies with only temporary relief will know how wonderful it is when a cure is finally achieved.
I suffered from stomach problems for lots of years. The problems slowly got worse. I would feel bloated immediately after a meal, would wake in the middle of the night (every night) with stomach pain. I had to take antacids and hold a pillow against my stomach to relieve the pain. I had GERD (Gastric Esophagus Reflex Disease) that would cause gastric contents to escape up into the esophagus and awake with severe heartburn and a mouth full of vomit. I tried all the remedies even raising the head of my bed several inches and the stronger acid prevention medications. These medications only made my stomach feel strange all the time. I went to a MD a few months ago and was scoped top and bottom (upper endoscopy and colonoscopy). As an out patient, the cost was still in the $ 5,000.00 range. Nothing really was found except lots of irritation of the stomach lining but no ulcer. I was given more acid reduction medications to try.

Finally, my wife suggested I try Dr. Walt Stoll's suggestion of juicing ginger root and taking a teaspoon of the juice straight first thing every morning for 21 days. Within one week all the stomach problems disappeared. It is now two months later and no return of the symptoms. I have changed my diet to include lots of fruits and vegetables and fiber. I believe this combination will provide permanent relief. Thanks Walt !

Kent Griffith, Delray beach, Florida


Upper abdominal pain

Posted by georgie on April 17, 1998 at 05:16:20:

Dear Walt

For the past six months I have been suffering from intermittent bouts of nausea and a pain across my upper abdomen just under the bottom of my rib cage.

On the conventional side I have had an abdominal ultrasound which proved negative and am having an endoscopy next month but my doc isn't hopeful about finding anything.

On the more natural side of healing I have changed my diet to a whole foods diet, am taking a multivitamin supplement and shizandra. I have also changed jobs and now work in a much less stressful environment.

My symptoms seem to be slightly better since I've made these changes, but I would like to know what is causing the problem. I live in the UK and have been unable to find your book.

Please could you suggest possible causes for these symptoms and also let me know how I can get a copy of your book.

I appreciate any help.

Thanks

Georgie


Re: Upper abdominal pain

Posted by David Ferguson, D.C. on April 17, 1998 at 10:13:35:

In Reply to: Upper abdominal pain posted by georgie on April 17, 1998 at 05:16:20:

If these match your symptoms:

*Pain just under rib cage that is central and feels like it runs through you.
*Loss of appetite during bouts with this pain.
*The pain is an ache and not sharp.

Then you have an excellent chance at finding relief by visiting a chiropractor. Reach back and feel the spine bumps (spinous processes) just below your bra line. Do these feel sore when you push? If so, that is another excellent indicator that a chiropractor may be of service. This problem is quite common an I have found it to be easily resolved.

Much success.


Re: Upper abdominal pain

Posted by georgie on April 17, 1998 at 10:50:45:

In Reply to: Re: Upper abdominal pain posted by David Ferguson, D.C. on April 17, 1998 at 10:13:35:

David (or should it be Dave??)

Thank you so much for taking the time to respond.

I seem to match symptoms 2 and 3 but the pain appears to spread length ways across the top of my abdomen - some days it hurts on one side, some days the other and some days right across. The ache feels close to the front of my body rather than running through me.

I have tried pushing my spine bumps and none of them feel sore.

Does this mean that a chiropracter is not what I am looking for?

Thank you so much again

Georgie


Re: Ginger root cure

Posted by Walt Stoll on April 17, 1998 at 11:28:03:

In Reply to: Ginger root cure posted by Kent Griffith on April 15, 1998 at 18:04:23:

Hi, Kent.

Glad to hear that you are feeling so much better. I am sure you an understand why this is not advertized on TV or promoted by the conventional medical monopoly. What if everyone knew about it?????

I am a little bothered by your calling it a "cure" but was reassured to see you say that you were doing other healing things too. By far the most important thing for you to do to finally resolve WHY you had this is for you to learn an effective skilled relaxation technique & practice it at least 20 minutes twice a day (not counting any you do within 2 hours of retiring).

While you are feeling better is the very best time to start doing this: "fixing the roof while the sun is shining".

Namaste` Walt



Re: Upper abdominal pain

Posted by David Ferguson, D.C. on April 17, 1998 at 13:20:16:

In Reply to: Re: Upper abdominal pain posted by georgie on April 17, 1998 at 10:50:45:

A chiropractor may still be the answer but by my knowledge people with the specific symptoms I mentioned have, in my experience, been more likely to get instant relief with chiropractic.

It's possible that you have a hiatal hernia. Order Dr. Stoll's book and you can find out more about treating it. You can always go to a chiropractor if these other things don't work.


Re: Upper abdominal pain

Posted by Walt Stoll on April 19, 1998 at 16:18:07:

In Reply to: Upper abdominal pain posted by georgie on April 17, 1998 at 05:16:20:

Dear Georgie,

While I am responding to the rest of your note, in the presence of a negative conventional workup, you might try the ginger root juice protocol at the following link:
Upper Gastrointestinal Symptom Relief. This is inexpensive, completely safe and probably will help.

THEN, to actually get to the WHY of your condition, my book will be of significant help. Since the (800) number does not cross international borders, you will have to call me at my home, (850) 747-8669 (using your Visa, MasterCharge or Discover card) & let me process your order. I process about one order a week from the UK so have had to learn how to do this. Here in the USA, the cost for the book is $9.95 for a single copy plus $3.05 for S&H. International shipping costs $2 extra. This is sent book rate & can take as long as 2 months for international shipping. If you would want it within about 3 days, you will need to request air mail which costs $3 more than the above.

When you call, if I am on another line, on the 'puter or away from home, you will get an answering service. Be sure to leave which of the options for shipping (above) you might want, your name and shipping address and credit card number (don't forget the expiration date). Also, be sure to leave your phone number in case I have trouble with the order. OR, you can do it on my email at waltstoll@juno.com IF you do it that way, be sure to leave YOUR email address so I can contact you if I have any trouble with the order.

You might also consider Chiropractic adjustments for another way to get relief.

Walt



Re: shortness of breath

Posted by sandra mallach on April 19, 1998 at 16:54:40:

I also had shortness of breath for years. I finally was cured of it when I took liquid green black walnut hulls for parasites. I took 25 drops in a little water 3 times a day. I took one bottle of it. I purchased it at a health food store. It really did work, much to my surprise. I did not relate shortness of breath to parasites. I hope this helps you.


Re: Upper abdominal pain

Posted by georgie on April 20, 1998 at 05:07:40:

In Reply to: Re: Upper abdominal pain posted by Walt Stoll on April 19, 1998 at 16:18:07:

Dear Walt

Thank you for your help - I have e-mailed you with my credit card details so you can send me a copy of your book.

I want to start taking the ginger juice straight away but cannot afford the price of an expensive juicer. Is there any other way of getting the juice? I remember someone mentioning that they chewed the ginger - is this as good??

Looking forward to reading your book.

Georgie


Re: shortness of breath

Posted by Walt Stoll on April 21, 1998 at 10:40:23:

In Reply to: Re: shortness of breath posted by sandra mallach on April 19, 1998 at 16:54:40:

Thanks, Sandra!

Statistically, more than half of the chronic conditions deemed undiagnosable or incurable in this country would greatly improve by adequate diagnosis & treatment of parasites.

The reason I have focused on LGS and the causes for suscpetibility to parasites, rather than the parasites themselves, is that unless people deal with why they GET parasites, they will just get them back even if they are adequately treated------UNLESS they begin a serious wellness program at the same time.

In addition to that, the CDC admits that local laboratories in this country only find 1/50 of the parasites in any test specimen used to test them. Many people trust their docs to diagnose this & they cannot. Even the best lab in the country right now only finds 1/5 of the test parasites. Of course, that is 10 times as good as what most physicians are using. LOTS of people will not take something like parasites seriously unless they have a positive lab result in their hands.

Thanks again for bringing it up.

Walt




Re: Upper abdominal pain

Posted by Walt Stoll on April 21, 1998 at 11:10:43:

In Reply to: Re: Upper abdominal pain posted by georgie on April 20, 1998 at 05:07:40:

Dear Georgie,

SOME people get relief even with ginger ale. However, what I have offered is 100% effective. Lesser stuff is lesser effective. Those with the guts to chew the root are braver than I am.

I would find a friend who is willling to juice your roots if you clean up the juicer afterward. You will only need it once--
why buy one? Many health bars will juice it for you if you show up at closing time & volunteer to clean their juicer after they juice your roots.

Book went off this morning.

Walt



GERD - Home from surgery

Posted by David Harrison on April 26, 1998 at 07:13:59:

My Laparoscopic Nissen Fundoplication was performed last Wednesday morning (4/22/98) at 10:30am and I was in recovery shortly after noontime.

It is Sunday morning and I cannot say that I feel better because I feel worse than ever but this is to be expected given what I have just put my body through. The confident surgeon with the near perfect history said that the surgery could not have gone better and that it was a technically perfect operation. He really does do what HE DOES well. Bedside manner ... details on what I could expect ... ok, a little shy there. I am experiencing more pain and discomfort than I imagined prior to my surgery and I have to admit I am discouraged at this time. My wife has been supplying the optimism and I thank god for her. I have discomfort and pain in just swallowing water, abdominal and chest pains, headache, trouble sleeping more than four hours at night and still have an intermittent acid taste in mouth with burning in my chest and throat. That's the bad news so far but the good news is that we have read that this is all normal.

I will post my results once recovered from the surgery.

I would like to thank those who sent me thoughtful emails describing well wishes and prayers. I have come to realize how important these things are and appreciate every thought and prayer that heads my way.

David


Re: GERD - Home from surgery - Healing thought.

Posted by Jim on April 26, 1998 at 11:07:11:

In Reply to: GERD - Home from surgery posted by David Harrison on April 26, 1998 at 07:13:59:

Dear David,

We are looking forward to hearing about your complete recovery.

Jim


Re: GERD - Home from surgery

Posted by Kyra on April 26, 1998 at 13:42:13:

In Reply to: GERD - Home from surgery posted by David Harrison on April 26, 1998 at 07:13:59:


Dear David,

More prayers for your healing on every level.

Peace, Love, Light
Kyra




Re: GERD - Home from surgery

Posted by Pamela J. on April 27, 1998 at 02:47:50:

In Reply to: GERD - Home from surgery posted by David Harrison on April 26, 1998 at 07:13:59:

David,

I have been thinking of you and wondering if you had surgery yet. Thanks for informing us on the BB. I have been praying for you and EVERYONE who visits this site. (and of course Walt, Bill and David Ferguson and now Bill McFerron)

I hope you feel better soon and that the pain fades away. I am thrilled to hear that the surgery went well.

With lots of love and prayers,
pamela


Re: Low Tech Juicer

Posted by Jim on April 20, 1998 at 08:34:38:

Georgie,

I am the nutcake who chewed ginger. Of course it works! If the ginger is fresh, and you extract the juice with your teeth, it's just as good as a juicer. Make sure you use a pice big enough to get you a teaspoonful, or take two rounds. You'll have to estimate.

It's a little shocking at first. Also much quicker and easier than cleaning up the juicer. You'll get used to it, but I'd like to see your face of America's Funniest Videos the first time you try it.

Spit the pulp out, of course.

Good Luck,
Jim

PS Do the rest of the stuff Walt recommends, and you'll soon be done with ginger.


GRJ - UUGGGHH!!!

Posted by georgie on April 21, 1998 at 04:20:34:

In Reply to: Re: Low Tech Juicer posted by Jim on April 20, 1998 at 08:34:38:

Jim

Thanks for the advice - NOT!!. I chewed a great chunk of ginger this morning and I think I will gag if I have to do it again..looks like I'm going to have to save up for a juicer!! The stomach ache is nothing compared to what I went through this morning.

Georgie


Sorry, Georgie

Posted by Jim on April 21, 1998 at 08:32:21:

In Reply to: GRJ - UUGGGHH!!! posted by georgie on April 21, 1998 at 04:20:34:

Well, Georgie, sorry for your misery this morning, but, as Walt says, we each have our own path to the mountain top. One thing I forgot to mention (And I'm not trying to convince you to try my path again), if anyone else should try this, be sure to cut away a sizable portion of the outer skin.

To be fair, I should also remind any other adventurous souls out there that I am from the Southwest and have probably developed immunity to hot sauce, which I love and which bothers me not at all.

Georgie, you're still going to have to put that awful stuff from the juicer into your mouth anyhow, but it'll be over lots sooner! :)

Jim

PS After my wife was able to unpucker upon her first try, her look spoke to me of revenge and possibly divorce. Now she thinks nothing of gnawing a cube to pacify an angry stomach she has offended. So, maybe itís an acquired taste. Now I am encouraging (bugging) her to do the last of several things she must do to eliminate the need to use ginger!





Re: GRJ - UUGGGHH!!!

Posted by Anonymous on April 22, 1998 at 10:49:06:

In Reply to: GRJ - UUGGGHH!!! posted by georgie on April 21, 1998 at 04:20:34:

Hi Georgie,

I tried chewing ginger root too. It's very hot, especially if you have cancor sores. Until you can get a juicer, try a cheap garlic press. Cut away the skin on the ginger, then cut it into chunks to squeeze throught the press. It takes about 1 1/2 to 2 inches of root to get 1 tsp of juice. I've had severe GERD for 4 years now. The three week treatment of GRJ worked for awhile, but I have to do it again now. It's probably because I've had the GERD for so long. I've also started to practice skilled relaxation (I'm not very good at it yet) and have ordered Dr. Stoll's book.

Good Luck and God Bless.


Upper GI Endoscopy

Posted by georgie on April 27, 1998 at 05:32:46:

Walt

Thank you for all your previous comments - I have started taking the GRJ and I think its beginning to help.

If I do have GERD would it show up during an Upper GI Endoscopy which I am scheduled to have in two weeks??

Looking forward to reading your book.

Georgie


Re: Upper GI Endoscopy

Posted by Walt Stoll on April 30, 1998 at 09:34:20:

In Reply to: Upper GI Endoscopy posted by georgie on April 27, 1998 at 05:32:46:

Dear Georgie,

It might show up. Remember that your body would give you symptoms long before our crude instruments could show anything.

Walt


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