Dr Oz: Antacid Dependency For Heartburn + Acid Reflux Damage

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Dr Oz: Dependent On Antacids For Heartburn

Dr Oz wanted to share how we can become less dependent on antacids when it comes to controlling heartburn. Dr Oz heard from one of his viewers who constantly deals with acid reflux that she feels like will never go away. For her, the acid reflux has gotten progressively worse and her pain is at its worst in the evening. She’s tried all kinds of pillows trying to find the right one to help her symptoms, knowing that if she’s had a bland dinner she “can get away with a feather pillow.”

Dr Oz: Antacid Dependency For Heartburn + Acid Reflux Damage

Dr Oz talked to a woman with an antacid dependency due to her acid reflux. (Andrea Danti / Shutterstock.com)

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She said she’s struggling to manage her diet because coffee, salsa, red wine, and spaghetti really get to her. She’s entirely dependent on antacids, taking them  multiple times a day. On any given day, she takes around eight or nine of them. She’s concerned about the damage being done to her vocal cords and worried about what she’s doing to herself.

Dr Oz: Acid Reflux Damaging Vocal Cords

Tricia joined Dr Oz and said she felt like she’s constantly swallowing and dealing with the burning in her throat. She even wakes up at 2:30 in the morning to take another pill, knowing it will guarantee her more sleep. Dr Oz wanted to put Tricia in the Truth Tube to see what was going on. He also sent her to a different doctor to see if she had damage to her esophagus. The good news is that her esophagus looks normal.

Tricia then explained her vocal cords weren’t functioning like they used to, and Dr Oz revealed that normally the area is made up of thin, crisp structures. Tricia’s vocal cords were inflamed, due to damage from the acid rising in her throat.

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Dr Oz said Tricia’s condition is actually reversible, and the best thing she did was realize that something wasn’t right and talk to a doctor about it. He wanted to find natural ways to help Tricia deal with her acid reflux, so that she was no longer dependent on her antacids.

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