I've had GERD for about 4 months now following a stretching of my esophagus. It has ranged from severe to mild. Lots of things have helped and I have managed the symptoms fairly well.
I still suffer from a mild cough, the lump in the throat off and on, and the feeling of something stuck in the chest. I have some burping, and a bit of acid coming back up...those two are manageable. I'm still having a hard time swallowing things like lettuce bits, etc. I do fine with breads and liquids and yogurts and soups with small bites of food. I chew everything a lot. No alcohol, soda, coffee, tea, juice, and very little meat. My diet is fairly restricted because of my swallowing.
I was overweight when this all started. I have lost thirty pounds in 4 months, which is a good thing. I have about 36 to go to hit my "ideal" weight. I'd be pretty thin...ideally thin by all standards at that weight. I know one of the GERD rules is to lose weight. Does anyone think this really works? Are most of us on this forum overweight or are most of us at an ideal weight? Has anyone lost weight and seen an improvement in their GERD?