I've been pondering the association of the lab band to stomach acid production for quite a while. I've had problems with too much stomach acid, gastritis, esophagitis, and an ulcer since having the band (even with a moderate fill level). I know I'm not alone, because I've read of several other people on here with similar issues. I've wondered about the cause, speculating that the band itself might be stimulating acid production somehow, or maybe impeding proper function of the esophagus.
However, I've been reading a lot about the causes and cures of too much stomach acid, and one thing keeps coming up: Too much protein. Apparently, protein is difficult to digest, so the body has to produce more acid to digest it. Acid suppressors, like the PPI that I am on, keep the body from producing excess acid, but they can be very difficult to go off of, because there's a rebound effect of hyper-acidity. I'm attempting to gradually go off of the Dexilant that I'm on, which is why I've spent time researching this. (Dexilant is very expensive, and taking PPIs long-term can lead to a variety of other health issues, with bone loss/osteoporosis being a major risk.) I would like to get the acid problem solved, and get off of PPIs, before getting my currently empty band re-filled and back in gear.
Since being banded, I've focused on getting in that all-important protein. But, now I'm wondering if that's exactly what caused my gastric issues. I'm going to try scaling back on the protein, and make sure that I eat plenty of veggies with protein. I'm also taking a couple of herbal supplements (ginger and DGL) to improve digestion and reduce acidity. This is going to take some time and adjustment, but I seriously hope it works. I'll let ya'll know if it does.
If anyone has any thoughts on reducing stomach acid, and especially tips on going off of a PPI medication, I'd love to hear them!
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Formerly "TamiFromAL"; 4cc band, unfilled