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  • NYer
    What would be the main ones you would recommend
    None of them are expensive. Shop around. The particular brand of probiotic I take is pricey - so take a different one. Again, shop around.

    regarding my cycle...
    You should see your Gyn. And you should get your thyroid checked. And I don't know enough about anemia to say if there is any correlation but for all I know, there could be.

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  • NikkiB
    Hey NYer,
    Thanks for the Immune system suggestion! What would be the main ones you would recommend? I'm on a budget!

    And regarding my cycle, I find its coming faster now. I've always been irregular and heavy but my last 3 periods were quite fast and this one is heavy. And What was concerning me is the fact that I only lost my appetite within the first two mts since this started but I can say that I've been eating pretty well, full meals with my shakes, like I was eating before gastritis but obviously staying away from dairy and breads. That's why it was puzzling to me why I was still loosing weight. Well now I've stopped (stuck at 123-125) From what I've read through most experiences with GERD, they loose weight because they can't or don't eat enough. AND OH I'M EATING! With good bowl movements, once a day! I asked a doctor at a hospital and he told me that gastritis may have screwed up they way I digest foods so even though I'm eating I may not be absorbing what I need. Hence weight loss... that made sense to me. Been taking absorbaid since Monday so I'll see if it makes a difference now that I'm not on PPI's! (But yes back to my cycle... the last 3 were way too close together lol

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  • NYer
    Nikki -
    Women without much fat on their bodies may have fewer periods or go longer without ovulating. Women who over-exercise and/or lose too much weight too quickly (like anorexics) stop menstruating temporarily (usually until they put some body fat back on). So, it's not the GERD, per se, that would cause a disruption in your cycle. But the loss of body fat due to not being able to eat much, could definitely be a factor.

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  • NYer
    NYer's regimen for boosting your immune system and not getting sick

    OK, my minions! You will want to take notes on this one. I haven't done a list in a while. I'm going to give you a compilation of what I take to boost my immune system. Many of these supplements are excellent for GERD, as well. I will specify which ones are good for your immune system and which are good for both, immune system and GERD.

    So, here is NYer's regimen for boosting your immune system and not getting sick (These are NOT in order of importance - they are in order of what pops into my brain! They are all important): I take ALL of these EVERY DAY.

    1. Vitamin D (Good for immune system and good for GERD.)

    Get your blood levels of Vitamin D checked. Unless you live in Florida, your levels are probably too low. Your body can only make it from sunshine. People north of the latitude of Atlanta need to supplement (Nikki - you are VERY north, so this means you!). And most of the people here can be sure that there is some correlation between their gastric condition and low Vit-D, too. After you get know your levels, supplement accordingly.
    A level of 50 ng/ml is ideal. Depending on how low your current blood levels are, you may want to take 2,000 IU/day ...or if you're very low, start at 6,000 IU/day for two months and then drop down to 4,000 IU for 2 months and then 2,000 IU.

    Here is a really good link that explains what kind of test to get, how to interpret the numbers, and how much vitamin D to supplement with:

    I prefer to take a liquid Vitamin D supplement - very easy to take, absorbs easily, and one less dang pill to swallow.
    I take Biotics Research, Bio-D-Mulsion Forte. One drop is 2,000 I.U. I put a drop onto my food (preferably something with fat or oil in it - Vit D absorbs better with fat). That's it. And it tastes OK.

    2. L-Glutamine (Good for immune system and good for GERD.)

    I take 2 grams of powdered L-Glutamine mixed into water on an empty stomach before each meal. It has no flavor. (You can also take tablets or capsules.) It's amino acid and it has anti-inflammatory action that decreases the inflammation associated with GERD. Glutamine helps to protect your gastrointestinal tract lining (mucosa). It also helps your immune system function and is needed for normal brain function and digestion.

    Here is a good article on L-Glutamine:

    3. Probiotics (Good for immune system and good for GERD.)

    There are hundreds of different species of bacteria in your digestive tract, helping you digest your food. There is a correlation between this “good” bacteria and your immune system. For example, certain bacteria in the gut influence the development of the immune system, by correcting deficiencies and increasing the numbers of certain T cells.
    You should only take probiotic supplements that are refrigerated. I like Natren products. I take their "Healthy Trinity" capsules. It's oil-based and contains multiple types of probiotics. It's pretty expensive, though. They do have other products, too, that are powders or powders-in-capsules that are less expensive. Plenty of other good brands, too - that just happens to be what I take.
    To get probiotics without taking pills, you can also eat fermented foods (fermented vegetables, fermented milk products, like yogurt, cheese, buttermilk, kefir, fermented soy products (natto, miso, tempeh, fermented tofu), and sauerkraut. I don't, personally eat all of those, but I do eat some. I would think sauerkraut could be a GERD trigger for some of us, but that varies.

    4. Astragalus (Good for immune system.)
    (I will duplicate part of what I posted earlier about this herb)

    It's an herb that is very good for supporting your immune system. One of the key uses for astragalus is to improve immune function. Although more evidence is needed, one of the ways astragalus is thought to work is by increasing the production of immune cells. It may also have mild antiviral activity and help with the prevention of colds. You can take it as a capsule or as a liquid extract. I took it as a capsule for a long time but then I wanted to cut down on the number of pills I swallow - so now I use the liquid extract in my morning tea (I use one dropperful). I prefer extracts that don't have any alcohol in them, so I use Nature's Answer Alcohol-Free Astragalus extract. has a good price.

    A lot of people recommend Echanacea. You can take that, too. But you should only take it for a few weeks at a time and then stop for a few weeks. Whereas, you can take Astragalus all the time - which I do.

    Here's some info on Astragalus. Note that if you have an auto-immune condition, or take steroid drugs, you shouldn't take astragalus without checking with your doctor. And that proves that it does help your immune system:

    Side Effects and Safety Concerns

    People with autoimmune diseases, such as Crohn's disease, multiple sclerosis, psoriasis, rheumatoid arthritis, type 1 diabetes or systemic lupus erythematosus shouldn't use astragalus unless recommended by a qualified healthcare practitioner. People who have had transplant surgery should not use astragalus.

    Possible Interactions

    Astragalus may interfere with the effectiveness of corticosteroid medications, such as:

    Nasacort (triamcinolone)
    Beconase, Vancenase (beclomethasone)
    Decadron (dexamethasone)
    Deltasone (prednisone)
    Medrol (methylprednisolone)

    Astragalus may decrease the effectiveness of drugs that suppress the immune system, such as Imuran (azathioprine), CellCept, cyclosporine, Prograf, Rapamune and Zenapak.

    Theoretically, astragalus can increase the effectiveness of antiviral medications such as acyclovir and amantadine.
    5. Elderberry Extract (Good for immune system.)

    Elderberry Extract!! Also called "Sambucus" (I think that's the Latin name.)
    This is the brand I use: Nature's Way Sambucus Sugar-Free Syrup.
    You don't have to get the Sugar-Free version - that's what I take. They make a regular version, too. I take it every day all year long. Two teaspoons daily. But if you think you're getting sick, take 2 teaspoons FOUR times daily. You can't overdose on it but you don't need to take more than necessary and waste it. Another good brand is Gaia Herbs. Stuff is totally natural and it's awesome. Gaia also makes it in capsules. I take these with me when I go on vacation because I don't want to carry a bottle of liquid with me...and the liquid elderberry extract WILL STAIN if you spill it!!

    6. Colostrum (Good for immune system and GERD.)

    This is one I haven't mentioned here before.

    Colostrum is the first milk following birth and it contains the greatest concentration of blood proteins called immunoglobulins, which help pass on immunity to infants from their mothers (but also helps adults). Llactoferrin (an ingredient in Colostrum) actually stimulates the growth of new immune cells.

    Colostrum supplements are made from bovine (cow) colostrum.
    Here is an article explaining more about it.

    Apparently, bovine colostrum helps protect the gut and treat a wide variety of stomach and intestinal issues such as inflammatory bowel disease, short bowel syndrome, NSAID drug-induced gut injury and chemotherapy-induced mucositis. Therefore, I assume that these gut protecting abilities are what also help our gastritis issues with GERD.

    I take the Symbiotics brand. Haven't tried any others.
    First I tried the powder mixed in water and I did NOT like the taste at all.

    Now I take the capsules - which are the same powder but in capsules so you don't taste it. They're fine.

    They also make chewables. I tried the cherry. They're delicious!
    You chew two (or take two caps) on an empty stomach. The chewables contain a little sugar, so that's why I switched to the capsules (since I'm diabetic). It's a shame because the chewables taste so good, I actually looked forward to taking them.
    On the flip side, the capsules (supposedly) don't dissolve until they're in your intestine. Whereas, the chewables (and powder) are digested in your stomach. I called their customer service number to find out which is preferable and why. The guy said that for people who use it for re-building muscle after working out, the powder or chewable is preferable. But for people using it for immune-building properties, the capsule is preferable. As far as which is better for GERD? I'm guessing the chewables and/or powder.

    OK, that's about all my brain can come up with right now.

    Yours in good health,

    P.S.- Nikki! Start doing this stuff!

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  • NikkiB
    Hello Everyone!

    Hazel - Happy to hear that you symptoms have subsided a bit! That's a good thing! seems like your doctor is on top of things... I'm learning that if you don't get a handle on Gastritis it could escalate and get worse. I pray that things start turning upwards for you and you start healing!

    Heyley - oh dear, I'm sorry to hear your pain! Dealing with your leg on top of GERD, I couldn't imagine! I also saw your pictures.... by the way you described I thought it would be much worse in terms of swelling! This is a very difficult time your going through like many of us and its natural to feel down at times, as long as you don't stay there!

    NYer - I so wish I could eat ice cream... but dairy isn't my friend lol - Dame NYer, you've been through a lot!!! and your still here kicking! that gives me hope, this Gastritis has really completely changed my life!

    As for me, I'm been feeling better in terms of my stomach. since I started taking 4 absorbaids with every meal with is like 4x a day, food hasn't really been sitting anymore which is a good thing! I still feel like crap on some days but I'm learning do deal with it. My energy has been up and down, and my cycle has been so off!!! Have any of you ladies experience this??? I know that gastritis is a stomach issue and according to the GI "Its not serious, you just have a really sensitive stomach" but didn't realized how much this illness can effect your whole body and life! My symptoms has been up and down, my immune system is defiantly low, taking some stuff for that to get that back up! Since Gastritis, I've had a UTI, strep throat, a cold, and maybe another UTI i feel coming (went to buy some D mannose)... I've never had any of these **** before!!!! some weeks it feels like I'm improving a lot and on the healing end and some weeks it feels as though I'm going backwards. but right now my progress seems to be on a halt where nothing is improving or getting worse, just steady. I'm tired most days and don't want to do anything, I know it takes some adjusting supplements to see what works, and its very hard on my pockets! Anywho, I'm due for a physical so I will book one and also see where my vitamin levels are at!
    I'm once again on my cycle so I'm very emotional lol so that's my update

    Peace and love everyone! Cheers to better health!

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  • hayleyBW
    Hey NYer, thanks. I did call the visiting nurses a short while ago and they just reiterated that someone would be calling me today to check I was home and then come. Whether or not this is true I cannot say but I did call to try to get a more accurate time and info. As for calling the doctor's office I don't know what I can get out of that. I know the PA said it is normal to be in pain as the surgery wasn't too long ago and he won't be able to say if my increased pain is due to just the manipulation yesterday or something more unless they see me and so I am not sure if I should call. My mom (who also had a broken leg a few years ago) told me of course it is normal to have varying amounts of pain and they did manipulate my leg yesterday yada yada...maybe I will try and get in touch with the PA. They are notoriously bad about getting back to me though so far the very few times I have called.

    Calling now and on hold. And so it begins. This office is super busy all the time. Sigh.

    ETA: OK spoke with the receptionist. PA is off Fridays and Dr Wellman is in the OR all day. Well that's that. I left the message re my increased pain since getting the boot yesterday and that's all I can do right now. Thanks for your advice.

    Visiting Nurse just called (11 AM) and will be here b/w 2-4PM today. OK process in motion now. Fingers crossed it all goes well

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  • NYer
    If you want the visiting nurse to come today, call their office and get them to confirm it. Otherwise they show up when it's convenient for THEM. And stop being so shy about calling the doctor. Call his office now, tell them you're in more pain than you were before you went there, and ask them if there is anything that can be done about that.

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  • hayleyBW
    Thank you NYer. Loved your response and totally agree with everything you wrote. But mainly loving that Moose Track ice cream. So delicious! I remember I used to get that in Ocean Grove NJ at a small place called Days. They have awesome ice cream there.

    I am still in so much pain. Worse than before yesterday's visit and boot fitting. I am really hoping it is normal because part of me is concerned something went wrong with the boot fitting or something yesterday. I hate that it is Friday because not sure if I need to call the doctor's office or just tough it out. I am supposed to be getting a visiting nurse visit today so we can schedule the Home PT (passive exercises only for a month for range of motion and flexibility) visits starting next week and they have to get a visiting nurse OK before the PT can be set up. Hoping for today for the Nurse visit and just waiting for the phone call to see if that will happen. If so I hope they can say if the boot is OK or not. I know if I call the doctor's office they won't be able to say if it is normal so not sure if that will do anything for peace of mind. Hoping it is normal and I just have to tough it out. Darn pain meds not touching the pain enough right now.

    I am so glad you are fully recovered from your torn calf muscle NYer. Thank you for your strong support and common sense and for taking the time and energy to share your wisdom with me. I am more vulnerable now than my usual self and I appreciate your kindness and patience and hugs too. (((HUGS))) to you too.

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  • NYer
    OMG! That is one big boot!!
    1. That is not a cankle. That is an ankle that is no where near as swollen as I thought it was going to be from your description! Of course it's going to be swollen for awhile but given how not-nearly-as-swollen-as-it-could-be that it is now, you're ankle will definitely go back to it's normal size. But it could certainly be a year or so till it is.

    2. Before I opened the photos, I was laughing to myself that your leg is probably really hairy. But seriously, until I looked closely, my first reaction was that you must've shaved your leg really gently or something. You're quite lucky if that's all the hair you have on your leg after almost a month!!

    3. It was Moose Tracks. OMG what a great ice cream flavor!!

    4. Yeah, so no running. Big deal. You weren't really planning on it, were you?

    5. After I tore a muscle in my calf, for about 5 years after that, my leg would hurt if it was going to rain or snow. Now it's fine. These things do take time but they DO get better. And they get better to the point of being FINE.

    6. Not surprising that your leg is really hurting now, even though it's 11 hours later. Your leg was already hurting your BEFORE they started manipulating it this morning and then putting a heavy boot on it. You're still early post-surgery and you have a badly broken leg. Anytime you do something to it for the next month or so, you're gonna feel it for the rest of the day. So, there is nothing unusual going on. This will probably start calming down in a month or so. But the pain from this morning will probably ease up while you sleep tonight and go back to your usual level of pain that you've had this week, prior to the poking around this morning.

    7. You will walk without a limp. The doctor has to prepare you for the worst so he can be a hero when it doesn't happen that way. You will go to Physical Therapy and they will get you walking back to normal again. But, again, that's quite a ways away. You will INITIALLY walk with a limp. You're leg and muscles and ligaments and tendons are all re-growing and that's a slow process.

    8. Although you have Frankenstein stitches, your leg does NOT look as gruesome as YOU think it does. I was expecting a lot more bumps and discolorations.

    9. Regarding the doctor suggesting PPI's. Oh Jeeezzz. Clueless. But he's a leg-bone doctor. Not a GI.

    10. As always, your pedicure looks lovely.

    11. It could be much worse. You didn't hit your head. And your leg is still connected to your body. Try to focus on the blessings that you do have.

    12. You have a good husband and good friends. And you have us here, for whatever that's worth.

    ((((((((((((((((((((((((HUGS)))))))))))))))))))))) )))))))))


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  • hayleyBW
    Hazel I am so happy at least some of your symptoms are improving and that your doctor is being thorough. Fingers crossed you continue to improve!

    NYer, yumm ice cream. Definitely worth giving up tomato sauce and even avocados for and I love avocados! Because I am living vicariously through others right now care to share which flavor?

    I was hesitating posting my update because it sucks so bad and I am so tired of being such a woe is me person these days yanno? But I do appreciate the support and encouragement you guys offer so here it is. My first follow up was today and the surgeon said it will be 5 months before I can go back to work. I cannot believe it. I thought he said 3 months last time which was bad enough.

    But worse than that he once again said I will not recover full function and he cannot promise I won't walk without a limp (I asked that question he didn't offer) but he hopes I will. He said he doesn't sugar coat things (and I appreciate that because I need to temper my expectations and not be a pollyanna and unrealistic about it all but it can be hard to hear) and he cannot promise anything. I almost started crying in his office when my dh asked the question about if I will recover full function which I asked last visit and he answered the same so not sure why my dh wanted to ask that again. Except I know he was hoping for a different answer. My dh still thinks I will be able to do everything I did before as I am not a long distance runner anyway and that is the one thing the doctor said not to do ever again-running. That's not a big deal to me but I am worried about how well I heal and how well I can recover my function and how my leg will look.

    My leg looked gruesome when they took off the cast and took out some of the stitches (had to leave one of the biggest line of stitches in however) and replaced the cast with a big heavy boot. And the pain I am in since that visit this morning is bad. I am not sure if it is the boot (very uncomfortable and heavy) or just the fact they manipulated my leg a bit today. But that was 11 hours ago so would that be the reason I am in so much pain now?

    Sorry for the boohoo post but I have to say I felt the lowest today I have since the accident happened. I am sad, very scared and overwhelmed and not sure how I am going to get through the next few weeks let alone the rest of the year. The pain is not helped much at all by the meds but if I don't take them it is worse and any little bit helps. They could not offer me any alternative to the oral pain meds i.e. injections or patch but said I should take a PPI to help. LOL. Yes this is my life for now.

    I took pics of the post op X-rays and of my leg out of the cast and then with the new boot can I share these here. I am trying to remember how I shared pics here before...but they might be too graphic and gruesome for you guys so not sure if I should if I can figure it out.

    Here goes nothing. Not sure if it will work and if it does feel free to skip if you are sensitive to these things.
    First 3 pics show the 3 metal plates and numerous screws holding the bones/plates together in my left leg.

    The next few pics are of my leg out of the cast and before the surgical boot. I have 3 incisions on my lower leg with stitches. One on each side and on on top. In these pics you can see I now have a "cankle" and I don't know if my ankle will ever get back to its normal size...

    and here you can see the comparison of my good ankle (right leg) and my bad ankle. Sorry for the hairy left leg. I have not been able to shave it since June 27th. Yukk.

    And lastly here's the big boot I now have to wear. I prefer the old cast because as I wrote this thing is killing me and that's with taking pain meds.

    I wish everyone sweet dreams and a good night's sleep and thanks for listening to me cry. I have a feeling the next few months will be the most challenging of my life but I will get through it. And I appreciate you guys being so supportive and just letting me vent. (((Hugs))).

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  • NYer
    Hi Hazel,
    Oy! Well, the pain under your rib is probably less intrusive than the burning tongue. (I'm trying to come up with something positive!!) Sounds like your doctor was very thorough! I hope you have good results.
    As far as my "eating well"...haha...that's within the limits of being (mostly) careful. No tomato sauce on a dish that was supposed to have it. No guacamole because it has onions in it. But I did have a real ice cream!!!! Yay!!! (Yes, my blood sugar went up. But it was great while I was eating it! )

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  • Hazeleyes
    Hello my ladies,

    Haley Im sorry to hear your suffering so. Couldn't imagine the additional pain on top of dealing with the GERD. Keeping you in my thoughts and sending healing vibes your way. Hope you get some relief soon xoxo.

    I seem to have turned a corner on some fronts. Tongue and mouth have stopped burning finally, but that paid has been replaced with a consistent pain under my right rib. If its not one thing its another sheesh Had my endoscopy yesterday morning. Doc took 16 biopsies He doesn't want to miss ANYTHING. Now to wait another week for the results.

    NYer glad to hear your enjoying the summer. Hearing you say you ate well is music to my ears. Very envious but so happy for you.

    Nikki, hope your feeling better.


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  • hayleyBW
    Thanks NYer. They came today and I am looking forward to beating the pants off my dh.

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  • NYer
    I'm impressed that your got real board games vs. video games! Sounds like fun!!

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  • hayleyBW
    Hey Nyer, I'm glad you had a great weekend at the beach house despite the weather not being fully cooperative. And especially glad there were no unwelcome surprises waiting for you when you returned. I remember always being hesitant coming back seeing what might be waiting in terms of breaking down etc. We usually went for 4 day weekends so there was always the potential for something to be messed up upon our return lol.

    One more day till surgeon's follow up visit so just going to hang tough till then. Yesterday wasn't too bad and I had some visitors so that helped too. I learned a new card game (Casino) and also ordered a whole load of board games from Amazon including Go, Chess, Chinese Checkers and regular checkers, Backgammon etc. Love Amazon Prime membership. Just trying to get my mind off the pain as best I can and it definitely helps.

    Enjoy the hot weather today. As long as my A/C continues to work well I will be OK. Stay cool and comfortable everyone.

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