Figuring out the trigger foods

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SpiritsUp
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   Posted 6/2/2008 10:18 PM (GMT -6)   
One problem I have with narrowing down my diet is that I'm never sure whether my reflux pain is from, say the cheese I had this morning or the apple I had 5 minutes ago. Can anyone tell me:

1. If you eat a "bad" thing, how long til you find out? a few minutes? hours? next day?
2. How long do you suffer for a mistake? Same as above - minutes/hours/days? Do some foods punish you longer than others?

I usually find my symptoms are less while I'm eating and a while afterwards. Does anyone try kind of munching most of the time to keep the acid busy? As it is, I'm losing weight because eating is getting depressing.

Thanks!

Acid Prone
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   Posted 6/3/2008 11:12 AM (GMT -6)   
Okay, this is just me but I gave up trying to figure out trigger foods. I'm sure that there are triggers; sometimes coffee makes it a little worse but not enough to stop drinking it a couple of times a week. (My GI doc says that I should be able to drink a cup of coffee without a problem.) Alcohol will do it; but I do like an occasional beer. Fatty stuff is my biggest trigger but...like I said I quit trying to find what foods do what. I've got GERD 24/7 and there's nothing I can do about it. My Prevacid twice a day only lessens the symptoms but gives me a low grade headache and messes with my bowel functions. For me it doesn't seem to matter what I eat and my acid is worse between feedings. Sorry, I'm not more help.

Mary Lynn


SpiritsUp
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   Posted 6/3/2008 10:01 PM (GMT -6)   
Well, actually, AcidProne, you were helpful. Sorry you've had so much frustration. I try not to obsess about it but ordinary eating is a huge sacrifice to make. I already experiment with really small portions (like 3 grapefruit sections!) and it hasn't killed me yet. But I'm also getting into "one day at a time" thinking.
Thanks.

sillylilly
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   Posted 6/5/2008 7:39 AM (GMT -6)   
Acid Prone,
I understand your delimna where food and drink is concerned...nobody wants to give up everything that gives us pleasure but having Gerd is a big incentive to change our ways.  Alcohol and coffee are the top two Gerd triggers and I wonder if you have tried not using them for awhile and see if your Gerd improves.  I know mine did.  Prevacid did not work that well for me and also caused constipation...have you thought of asking your GI to switch you to Nexium...it worked alot better for me and didn't cause bowel disturbance. 
 
Spiritsup,
You should be able to tell in about a half hour if you are getting a flareup from something.  Try eating only one thing  per half hour or hour  to see what the trigger is.  Sometimes a flare up will last a few  hours or even a day for me.  Cheese and apple are not huge trigger foods usually in fact some people say apples temper the acid.  IF you have a weak Les then it will open and close at the wrong time so sometimes it doesn't matter if you have eaten or not.  I had 71 episodes of Gerd in two days lasting from 5 to 40 minutes and I certainly didn't eat that many times in two days. 
 
God bless you both as you are beginning to understand your body with Gerd.

SpiritsUp
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   Posted 6/5/2008 7:02 PM (GMT -6)   
Sillylilly,
Thanks for your experience. I actually do eat cheese and apples w/o any problem so far. I guess I haven't been willing to do the tracking and research on the "good stuff" (fries, wine, chocolate, citrus fruits, and anti-inflammatory meds) but you're right, it's probably the only way.

Acid Prone
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   Posted 6/5/2008 7:26 PM (GMT -6)   
Sillylilly,
Yes, I've gone without coffee and alcohol for years to no effect. I still have GERD. It doesn't matter what I eat or drink. I wish just giving up some foods would work.

SpiritsUp, I'm glad you can handle citrus for me it is a major acid producer much worse than alcohol or coffee.

I hope to hear something next week when I see my gastroenterologist.

Mary Lynn

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