Stomach Remedies

Last week Rheumatoid Arthritis Guy ran out of Prilosec. Instead of immediately going to the store to get more –as I should have done – I decided that I would ride it out through the weekend and get my medicines once I was back in a commercial part of town during the week.

How much harm could possibly come from skipping a few days of my stomach protection medication, I thought? Well, I learned that the answer was more harm was done than I could have imagined. (The fact that I also started taking my anti-inflammatory medication twice a day, up from the previous once a day, didn’t help either.)

If Superman is the superhero with abs of steel, Rheumatoid Arthritis Guy is the superhero with a stomach that seems to be made of tissue paper.

After being woken up in the middle of the night with heartburn, and experiencing an upset stomach during the day, I decided that I needed to complement my Prilosec with two additional home remedies that have proven helpful when I my stomach has gone out of whack in the past due to the NSAIDS and other rheumatoid arthritis pills that I take on a daily basis.

Cornstarch

Maizena Corn Starch Power Drink

1 tablespoon corn starch dissolved in cold water
1 cup water or apple juice

Directions: Warm up the water or apple juice in a small saucepan. Add the corn starch that has been dissolved in water. Stir constantly until hot. Serve immediately and drink with a spoon.

This is a wonderful method of soothing an upset stomach, which I often use when I wake up in the morning. If I use water instead of apple juice, I will throw in a cinnamon stick while the water boils and finish with a spoonful of honey in order to add a little flavor and sweetness.

flaxseed

Flax Seed

2 tablespoons whole flax seed
1 cup water

Directions: Boil water and flax seed in a small saucepan for about 5 minutes, until the liquid becomes thick and cloudy. Pass the liquid through a strainer to remove the flax seeds (it will have a phlegm-like consistency.) Drink warm.

I often use this method during the evenings, before I go to sleep. Sometimes I will add a bag of anise or chamomile tea to the water while it is boiling in order to add a little flavor.

When I drink the above two items on a daily basis in addition to Prilosec, my stomach often seems to get much better in almost no time! Do you have any other home remedies for stomach protection that you can share?

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9 Comments
9 comments
  1. cateepoo says:

    I take daily probiotics and an enzyme with food for my stomach. Mint and ginger teas are both good for stomach ailments also. We have also used apple cider vinegar with a little honey.

    I hope you are feeling better!

  2. Denise says:

    For heartburn a tablespoon of apple cider vineger works great
    sounds weird but it works
    Denise

  3. Cathy says:

    Your timing on this was perfect for me – just switched to a new NSAID this morning, and had to take my Prilosec. For some reason, the old NSAID and the million other meds I take every day didn’t really bother my stomach that much – I think it helps that I take them with food, and that I try to drink DanActive or eat yogurt every day (although I’ve been lax about this lately). Thanks for the reminder that it really is important to protect my stomach!

  4. RA Guy says:

    Another piece of advice which might seem obvious to most, but passed over my head for years is to take Prilosec on hour before taking any other pills. (I used to take them in one handful, until my current rheumatologist suggested otherwise.)

  5. RA Guy says:

    Synovial, I know I know I just could not find another word for it.:) Once it hits your stomach though, any previous thoughts of unpleasantness with its consistency immediately disappear.

  6. mur says:

    Those were great ideas. I’ll at least have back up when I run out of Prilosec. Great tip on taking it an hour before I take my other ‘handful’ of meds!

  7. Ksmith says:

    HA ! I’m right there with you, Raandme. My huaband has RA and is starting to have stomach problems. I’m going to make sure and remind him to take the prilosec at least 1 hr before his other meds.

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