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Suffering from acid reflex, constant UTI. Recommendations?

I have been on Aciphex for years, have a problem with acid reflex and nothing else was working - now I'm coming up with constant UTI' and can not tolerate any antibiotics - my doctor hates to even hear from me. Can you tell me what is causing my problem?
Asked On : Thu, 4 Apr 2013
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Hello and welcome to HCM.

Thank you for your query.

I can understand you frustration, as acid reflux can be difficult to control at times, but the key to controlling acid reflux is understanding what trigger it, and avoiding all such factors. For example:
-Avoid smoking
-Prevent obesity, if you are over-weight try losing weight
-Maintain a good posture, this will prevent the acid reflux with natures help (gravity)
-Diet (avoid fatty/oily/fried food, citrus fruits or drinks, caffeine, garlic, onions, chocolates, etc.
-Avoid eating large meals, eat small and healthy meals frequently (prevent the stomach from being empty which can cause an increase in acid production)
-Avoid eating quickly

Finding the right medication is also crucial, and once you do, you will not experience the symptoms for months together, may be even years.

Now coming to the urinary problem you have been facing. This could purely be a urinary tract infection (UTI). As you have assumed the same, I am guessing you are acquainted with the symptoms, but I wish to state them, just so you may relate to them and confirm. Please note that all symptoms need not be present in one individual to clinically suspect a UTI.
-Burning sensation while urinating
-Frequent urination
-Increased urge to urinate, but less amount of urine passed
-Lower abdominal and/or flank region pain
-Itching around the genitals
-Blood in urine or immediately after (not always seen)

You will have to visit your doctor and get your urine examined. Once an infection has been confirmed, the doctor will prescribe a course of antibiotics, pain management medication (if pain is present) and a urine alkalizer (if your urine is acidic).

In the meantime, please consume plenty of water, you could 1 teaspoon of baking soda to each glass of water and also add cranberry juice to your daily diet. This will help in reducing the symptoms of a UTI.

I hope I have succeeded in providing the information you were looking for. Please feel free to write back to me for any further clarifications. I would gladly help you.

Best wishes.
Answered: Sat, 27 Apr 2013
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