Relief From Faux Nausea / Reflux


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Doug M Says:
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Hi All. I am new to this experience. I learned on 12.12.16 I had a 4.7 CM Gist in my stomach with a mitoic rate of 7. The gist was removed 1.12.17 and I began a 3 year journey on a daily dose of 400 mg of Gleevec on 1.25.17.

As time progressed, so did my side effects. By April 2017 the side effects were beginning to side line me. It was difficult to quantify these to my team, made up of an oncologist, ontological surgeon and gastroenterologist. Oh and the Blue Shield research pharmacist also (A free and wonderful resource). I had "nausea" but was not inclined to upchuck. I had "reflux" but no pain. I was told I could dose down on the Gleevec - but that sounded like a a bad idea to me, long term. I was given Nexium, Carafate, all sorts of acid reducers to no avail. Ginger everything... no help. The symptoms just got worse. I finally figured it out on my own.

I felt like crap all day long except for the first 10 minutes of my day. I thought about what was different about these 10 minutes. It finally occurred to me. Since I've grinded my teeth at night forever, I sleep with a night guard, which I remove when I get up. The next day I wore it for my 1st hour awake, shaving, showering, reading the news, and I still felt fine ! I removed it and realized my mouth was full of saliva - a key component in good digestion - which dissipated within 10 minutes.

I mentioned this to my business partner. He confided he suffers from dry mouth. He steered me away from alcohol based, mouth drying Listerine towards Dr Katz Dry Mouth mouthwash and lozenges, designed to promote the production of saliva. I'm sure there are other brands as well that do the same thing. Anyway, problem solved !!! The Gleevec was drying out my mouth which mimicked nausea and reflux symptoms. I'm back on track and fully functional. Just wanted to share and hopefully spare others from this experience. I'm a tax accountant, not a physician. I can't guarantee this will help others, but once I figured this out, it's been an easy, reliable fix. I hope this helps someone...

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