May have to change carry style due to acid reflux.

May have to change carry style due to acid reflux.

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    May have to change carry style due to acid reflux.

    I've had some really bad acid re-flux the last week. In fact, I couldn't even go to work for the last 2 days. I went to visit a gastroenterologist yesterday. I decided to leave my gun in the car since I knew he'd be examining my stomach and I didn't feel like carrying my jacket (to hide the gun while in the exam room). But we talked for a while about my lifestyle, eating habits, all kinds of stuff. One of the biggest problems is probably due to my weight gain. I've gained about 30 pounds the last year or so. I've been trying to loose that weight as it is almost all entirely on my gut and my chin and nowhere else. He said my worsening problems are probably due, in part at least, to the weight gain. One of the questions he asked about was how tight I wear my belt. I was hesitant to mention, but I said, "Well, I usually wear it pretty tight because most of the time I'm wearing a firearm and I don't want it to be lose." He smiled and replied, "Really? What kind?" I said, "A Glock, usually." He replied, "Which model? The 19?" I said, "Yes, how did you know?" He sort of switched topics after that since he was clicking around on his tablet computer looking at different medications. But anyway, I may need to find another way to carry my Glock or perhaps just switch to my little Taurus for a while until I get this issue under control and maybe lose some weight from my gut.
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    Good Luck! I've had very little luck at losing the 25 lbs.

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    We had a diet in the service called the BOOM diet,catch a stomach or intestine virus,BOOM,you've lost 10 pounds.

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    I dropped 20 lbs so far using weightwatchers. Apologize if I am advertising, just trying to offer help. Got knee issues from football and am continuing to try and keep the weight off. I like it because you can eat normal food, its mainly a portion thing. Good luck, getting old sucks.
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    I had reflux so bad I nearly choked to death during my sleep several times. Aciphex and then Nexium probably saved my life. Lived with acid indigestion since my teens. Now I rarely have indigestion. Get treatment and get it under control asap.
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    Quote Originally Posted by adric22 View Post
    I've had some really bad acid re-flux the last week. In fact, I couldn't even go to work for the last 2 days. I went to visit a gastroenterologist yesterday. I decided to leave my gun in the car since I knew he'd be examining my stomach and I didn't feel like carrying my jacket (to hide the gun while in the exam room). But we talked for a while about my lifestyle, eating habits, all kinds of stuff. One of the biggest problems is probably due to my weight gain. I've gained about 30 pounds the last year or so. I've been trying to loose that weight as it is almost all entirely on my gut and my chin and nowhere else. He said my worsening problems are probably due, in part at least, to the weight gain. One of the questions he asked about was how tight I wear my belt. I was hesitant to mention, but I said, "Well, I usually wear it pretty tight because most of the time I'm wearing a firearm and I don't want it to be lose." He smiled and replied, "Really? What kind?" I said, "A Glock, usually." He replied, "Which model? The 19?" I said, "Yes, how did you know?" He sort of switched topics after that since he was clicking around on his tablet computer looking at different medications. But anyway, I may need to find another way to carry my Glock or perhaps just switch to my little Taurus for a while until I get this issue under control and maybe lose some weight from my gut.
    You can't lose weight from your gut. You will need to lose weight and it will come from all over for body. It will come from the gut but elsewhere as well.

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    I just want to wish you well dealing with this acid reflux issue. It is a tough one. Most of us really can't lose weight or keep it off, diet and medicine are imperfect solutions, and the various surgeries (Google "fundoplication" ) are a bit more than most of us are willing to go through.

    Since you went to a GI specialist I will assume he has correctly diagnosed you, has or will run any appropriate additional tests,
    and has or will rule out a gastric ulcer; something relatively easy to treat nowadays -- quite unlike the not too distant past.

    Good luck.
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    I quit the fire department Oct. 25th. Now I'm behind a desk. So far I've lost 20 pounds. Guess there was something to be said about the firehouse diet I had! I haven't really tried to diet...just paying attention to portion control helps alot. As far as exercising/dieting goes, I've heard it takes 4 weeks for you to notice your body changing, 8 weeks for friends to notice and 12 week for the rest of world...Give 12 weeks...Don't give up.
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    Just something to note that you may or may not have considered. Belt, what kind of belt/holster are you running. I'm not saying it's going to solve your issue but I can't run my belt very tight, gives me stomach problems and has for years. What I've found is that with a stiffer gun belt you don't need it nearly as tight. Also running an IWB rig seems to require less belt tension as well along with the possibility of a lighter gun. If you're not running what most guys would call a "real gunbelt" I would highly recommend getting one and starting there but also possibly picking up a different carry rig as well depending on what your using now. Wider generally within reason is better because it will distribute the weight over a larger area, then the stiff belt spreads it even further which allows you to wear your belt allot looser while still keeping the whole thing stable and working better than cinching down your belt.

    Of course that's all depending on what setup your using now, I could be way off but like I said sounds kind of like what I experienced in the past myself of course to a much lesser degree than your running into.

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    Nexium, stopped my GURD in it's tracks. Best of luck.
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    It may sound stupid, but .... wearing looser fitting pants, etc. does make a difference. Even studies have shown that readuces it. I told them OK, I'll do it... and it made a big difference .... to my surprise.

    The other thing, they were treating me for it for about 3 yrs, and then did a sigmoidoscopy.... they found my intestine was partially restricted... it narrowed.... and it wasn't allowing the food to get into my intestine well to digest the food. So, the food was staying and trying to digest more in my stomach, thus causing the problem. He ballooned it, and all was well after that.

    Medicine today is less about finding the real cause, or the problem, and just giving you something to make you feel better.
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    I had Barrets Esophagus (probaly not spelled right) from acid reflux. Funny thing is I never had any acid reflux in my life. I had to have my Esophagus removed (pre-cancerous thing). Now since the flap on the top of my stomach is removed I get acid all the time. You can't win, sleep on a wedge pillow, no eating 3 hours before you go to bed, BUT-it's good to be alive !.

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    I have had mild problems with acid reflux myself.

    BESIDES losing weight and taking meds - CHANGE IN DIET works wonders.

    Eat the stuff that is easy to digest so your stomach won't HAVE to make so much acid.

    You could also try pocket carry with a J frame or small auto.
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    Quote Originally Posted by AKsrule View Post
    I have had mild problems with acid reflux myself.

    BESIDES losing weight and taking meds - CHANGE IN DIET works wonders.

    Eat the stuff that is easy to digest so your stomach won't HAVE to make so much acid.

    You could also try pocket carry with a J frame or small auto.
    Or he could eat Sigs, according to your sig. Oh my god, way too much funny for one sentence.
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    Quote Originally Posted by brownsbacker View Post
    I had Barrets Esophagus (probaly not spelled right) from acid reflux. Funny thing is I never had any acid reflux in my life. I had to have my Esophagus removed (pre-cancerous thing). Now since the flap on the top of my stomach is removed I get acid all the time. You can't win, sleep on a wedge pillow, no eating 3 hours before you go to bed, BUT-it's good to be alive !.
    Sorry to hear about that. Good that you got it taken care of before it did you in.
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