Hi- I'm back after a few months of a good stomach situation.
To summarize my history...Last November I had a ring in my esophagus and couldn't get food down. My doc went in and stretched it which caused me to start having a terrible case of GERD. Go figure! I had difficulty swallowing, food backing up and couldn't hold much food at once. I lost 30 pounds in three months which I have kept off. I stopped all alcohol, carbonated stuff, and tea and coffee and all vegies and fruits and really meats. I was just on yogurts and slimfast for quite a while if you can believe it. Anyhow, things gradually got better--it was slow, but it did improve. All of this time I was on Protonix and Pepcid which I am still taking.
about a month ago I was eating pretty much whatever I wanted...chocolate, mildy spicy stuff (nothing wild), tomatoes, etc. I noticed I was getting heartburn literally every day all day. I was also getting that backed up feeling in my chest and throat. The last few days I have had bad pain in my stomach. I work as a substitute teacher and the pain has gotten bad at school. Eating seems to help a bit and I have taken Xanax when it gets bad which does help a lot. I know some of the pain is from stress. Also when I eat a full meal I just suffer terribly. I need to eat very small amounts but that is hard to do.
I think I need to go back to very small quantities of food six times a day. I am not quite sure what to eat. I am able to snack at school...the kids snack and no one would mind if I quickly ate something at 10 am and then I could eat right at the end of school at 3.
It is also hard to prepare a meal for my family and then have something I can eat.
I guess I am just griping here. I know what I need to do--I just am frustrated that I am back to suffering again.
I also had a lot of luck doing the honey and vinegar last time and I think I will try that again as another idea.
Thanks for listening. :)
I'd love some ideas of what you all ARE eating instead of just long lists of what NOT to eat.