People whose stomach doesn’t make enough intrinsic factor can also develop problems if they fail to take supplements. Lack of gastric juice would cause multiple consequences. I’ll describe three of them. Without the hydrochloric acid located in gastric juice, pepsinogen wouldn’t be changed into pepsin in the stomach.
More acid production is the key. Vitamin B12 is found in foods from animals but not in those from plants. Vegans who fail to take vitamin B12 supplements can develop serious health problems. This indicates that we don’t absorb enough vitamin B12 from the bacteria in our large intestine to be helpful.
It’s just like any other chronic disease. I just wish I had learned earlier that heartburn is not something you have to live with, that treatments and lifestyle changes exist that can help. Good luck to all of you who are still struggling.
I was on ranitadine, but I found pineapple also helped, but it’s one of the few fruits you should eat AFTER you eat (I think if you eat it on an empty stomach it can actually make heartburn worse). Two weeks before my due date I ate around one pineapple a night (along with a tub of ice cream of course ;)). I was mainlining huge Tums (the 1000mg kind) for, oooh, two months or more to no avail — I mean, they’d do the trick at the time, but you’d be back for more at every meal and snack.
If your general pediatrician isn’t comfortable prescribing these medicines, a referral to a pediatric gastroenterologist would be valuable. There’s a condition called laryngopharyngeal reflux in which acid from the stomach gets into the throat and larynx. The affected person sometimes feels like they have mucus in their throat. You should seek a doctor’s advice if you’re experiencing a mucus problem.
I was so sick of waking up every morning just to vomit, I began thinking this is hell, and I don’t want to deal with this any more I wanted to give up! I am so happy that I found a doctor that actually sits down and talks and actually cares, not a specialist who is in and out giving me 3 minutes to explain what’s going on and to have to pay $200 a visit for 3 minutes of their time. That day I met my new doctor was the first day I walked out of a doctor’s office feeling relieved, and taken care of. I have been vomit free for 6 months! After 9 years of hell and I am loving waking up in a good mood.
Stomach acid can also aggravate ulcers, making them more painful. Sometimes cells in the stomach lining are unable to make hydrochloric acid. Without enough acid, protein digestion in the stomach is difficult and bacterial overgrowth can occur. Stomach acid is a helpful substance but is potentially harmful as well. Fortunately, our body has ways to protect us from any harmful effects.
Many of the common antacids also include alginates. Most alginates work by forming a gel which floats on top of the stomach contents. The gel acts as a protective barrier, preventing stomach acid from irritating the oesophagus. When antacids work on stomach acid, they can produce gas which may cause wind (flatulence). Simeticone helps to stop this foaming effect and may sometimes be included within antacid medications.
Takes some will power…. Acid reflux.
This is also known as acid reflux, and it can irritate the lining of your esophagus. As I mentioned in a previous answer, H2-receptor blockers such as Zantac sometimes lose effectiveness over time.
How do acid blockers work to treat heartburn?
Some folks, like my husband, have a stomach of steel and can eat fruit after meals and mix grains with protein. If you have any GI issues I recommend talking with your GI doctor about what is healthiest for you and whether there are certain food combinations you should avoid. Put your digestion first. I don’t recommend one diet for everyone because people’s microbiomes are so different.
It’s common in patients with autism and may be a repetitive “stimulatory” behavior. Research has identified a number of behavioral therapy strategies for addressing the issue. I’ve also seen rumination reduced by treating reflux. Gastrointestinal conditions that could be associated with excessive chewing, prolonged eating times and sometimes difficulty swallowing could indeed include acid reflux. Also, I would consider esophageal inflammation from other conditions such as allergic or eosinophilic esophagitis.
Then I was pregnant and so when I complained to the doctor I was told that it is a fact of life because of my situation. Living on antacids became routine. Eating small meals, sleeping high on cushions during the years of childbirth was acceptable.