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musicsteve
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   Posted 1/11/2008 1:10 PM (GMT -6)   
I have been struggling with very bad reflux for many years and it just seems to be getting worse,so I finally decided to do some serious research  on the net,and thats how I ended up here. Anyhow it is definitely is most noticeable first thing in the morning,and invariably is at its very worst when I decide to eat a large meal right before sleeping. Anyhow I have been through times when I tried giving up these late night meals but I always seem to go back to them.  Sometimes I would just decide to have a snack before going to bed,but once I start doing this,the snacks just seems to get larger,until I am eating full meals again. Anyhow I hope that some people can relate ,and maybe offer some suggestions as to whether it is a good idea to eat at all after a certain time or not. I find it SO hard to resist not eating when I am watching tv and all of these great looking food commercials come on late at night. I am certainly not overweight,in fact I am quite thin,so it is easy to rationalize eating whenever I am hungry even very late at night. However,I always seem to forget how lousy I usually feel the next day.   

TammyGrl0528
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   Posted 1/11/2008 2:47 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi there musicsteve...first and foremost, welcome to healingwell. I am glad you found us, as this is an AMAZING place to get information and support!

Late night eating...I can SOOOOO relate to that. I am a late night snacker, and I hate it. Since you have been struggling with acid reflux for many years, you probably know how bad it is to eat before laying down. I am not needing to express that to you, I am sure.

I have several suggestions if you must eat before bed. Try your best to not make it big meals, or even large snacks...keep it as small as possible. Don't eat any of the NO NO foods for GERD, such as acidy things, spicy things, etc...and don't lie down right after eating. Do your best to stay up as long as you can after your snack. I don't know if you are taking any meds for your problem right now, but I would also suggest maybe using a liquid antacid before going to bed. This could possibly reduce your discomfort in the morning.

Well, these are the suggestions I have, I hope others come along with more.

I do wish you all the best, and I hope you stick with us...again, WELCOME!!!!
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musicsteve
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   Posted 1/11/2008 4:15 PM (GMT -6)   
ok thanks a lot Tammygrl for the advice and warm welcome. I think I will just try and go without eating after 8:00 since I am not sure I trust myself to keep my snacks small. Anyhow I am sure I never want to eat a full meal late again. I used to think maybe it was ok if I didnt eat the wrong things   ,but now I am much more aware of what happens in my stomach once I lie down after a large meal .thanks again,Steve 

musicsteve
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   Posted 1/12/2008 9:35 AM (GMT -6)   
ok so I didnt eat anything after 7:30 last night,but I sure drank a lot of beer. Obviously I didnt feel so great this morning,so I will have to do better tonight(and hopefully every night)

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   Posted 1/13/2008 6:30 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi there Steve...I know it may be hard...but try to cut the beer as well if possible!

Stopping your eating as early as possible is a great idea!!

Keep me updated on how you are doing.

Wishing you the best!
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   Posted 1/14/2008 8:13 AM (GMT -6)   
Welcome Steve! Like you, I suffered with GERD symptoms for yrs. Although, I've never been a late night heavy eater, but I do snack on occasion. These snacks consist of a couple of Retz crackers and Cheese, a couple of peanut butter crackers, or a slice of deli turkey.....nothing too heavy. There have been many times that I had to decide whether to eat or sleep as a result of GERD symptoms.

It is suggested that we shouldn't lie down for at least 4 hrs after eating. Although, I notice that sometimes 4 hrs isn't enough time for some foods consumed, also meat can take many, many hrs to break down. I sometimes don't feel the negative effects of eating certain foods until a day or two later. So, hang in there, you're not alone....

huggs,
Vanessa


musicsteve
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   Posted 1/14/2008 1:21 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks for the advice and support from both of you. I know I really have to get the beer drinking under control,thats for sure. I quit for nearly 6 weeks until about a week ago. The reason I went back to it was simply because I was feeling so lousy with my GERD symptoms. I let my coffee drinking get out of hand,plus as I said I was eating late at night,sometimes full meals. Therefore it was inevitable that I would start drinking again,just to help me feel better temporarily. As usual though it got out of hand,and at times it makes me feel much worse than I ever would have felt without it.    Anyhow all I can do is keep trying,and I am definitely seeing the link between what I put into myself,and my cravings for substances like alcohol. I am glad I found this forum,so I can at least talk about it,and it helps knowing that maybe others can relate,Steve  

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   Posted 1/14/2008 5:21 PM (GMT -6)   
Steve,

You can definately come here at anytime and talk, ask, or vent!!! That is what we are here for!

How hard do you think it would be for you to quit drinking again? I am not trying to get too personal, and if I am, then I apologize...just curious.

Wishing you the best.
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musicsteve
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   Posted 1/15/2008 10:35 AM (GMT -6)   
Thanks for the thoughts Tammygrl. I am trying to quit drinking again.  I havent had a beer in
about 20 hours,and I definitely feel much better than yesterday. My reflux was so bad I was having a very hard time swallowing +breathing,so I didnt each much yesterday ,just a bowl of soup at dinnertime. Thankfully I was able to get a good sleep and woke up feeling well enough to function today. I must admit I stll feel some discomfort in my chest /upper abdomen,but I am hoping if I start treating myself better that this will get better as well. I definitely know that I have to watch what+when I put into my stomach,since it seems that every time I have started to drink again,its because I was having very noticeable GERD symptoms. At least I am now convinced that it wont just go away by starting to drink beer again. Eventually this will just make it much worse,thanks again for listening,Steve     

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   Posted 1/15/2008 11:14 AM (GMT -6)   
Listening is what I am here for Steve, feel free to drop by anytime! :)
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