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stargazer1
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Date Joined Jan 2009
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   Posted 1/9/2009 12:46 PM (GMT -6)   
Hello!

My name is Karen and I am a 51 yr. old woman from Northern California and so happy I have found this forum. I have had acid reflux problems now off and on for 15 yrs. but only about once a month and would take prilosec every so often to help. I never had to alter my eating habits until about a month ago. One day I had ate the most greasy, spicy food for lunch and dinner. During the middle of the night had the worst attack of acid reflux! I starting taking prilosec and was babying my stomach but it didn't seem to help. Long story short, after seeing my PCP and a GI doctor, I am scheduled for an upper endoscopy in a few weeks. I am on Protonix 40 mg. twice a day and I also take Zantac 150 for my lunch and dinner. My acid attacks are maybe about every 4 days and the days I don't have them I can still tell it is on the edge of starting up.

This problem has really made me depressed. Having to analyze everything I put in my mouth and then the waiting to see what happens later is very stressful as I am sure many of you can relate.. I decided to find a forum where I share my ups and downs... :-)
 
I gave you thread a title.........Kitt

Post Edited By Moderator (stkitt) : 1/9/2009 7:04:21 PM (GMT-7)


Green Grove
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   Posted 1/9/2009 3:44 PM (GMT -6)   
Hello :) I'm here helping Kitt, your GERD Forum Moderaton, today.

One of the members that knows more about this will be on here shortly to give you some great advice!

Have a good day :)
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CordeliaGray
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   Posted 1/9/2009 7:19 PM (GMT -6)   

Hi Stargazer1,

Thanks for sharing.  I understand completely how frustrating this disorder is. My GERD came on suddenly. I went through an upper endoscopy also. I discovered through keeping a food diary what some of my triggers were ( mine are carbonation, any type of nut, corn) Others on this forum have different triggers. Mind you this was all new, not having any problems before. Stress and anxiety always will make things worse. Anyway good luck with the tests. Glad to have you with us, and keep posting

Cordelia


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oakley
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   Posted 1/9/2009 11:42 PM (GMT -6)   
I just wanted to add that I think my issues with Gerd started when I gained about 30 pounds after quitting smoking. I know i had acid reflux for a year or more but it flared real bad when I gained all the weight around my middle . Thankfully quitting smoking helped to control some of the reflux that I was going thru then but of course I ate more and hence the problem I have now...acid reflux from my bigger stomach ...which makes me depressed too, so I bought an elliptical for myself for Christmas and am determined that this is my time to get in shape !!!
Has anyone else had the reflux start up bad when they have gained weight or do you think the weight affect yours too ?? Anyone ??
thank you and God bless

stkitt
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   Posted 1/10/2009 11:05 AM (GMT -6)   

Annie,

I have not but I know my consumption of soda plays a role in all the heart burn that started my issues.

I too have a goal to exercise more but I am not going to beat myself up if I miss a day or so and don't you either. A steady plan is better then no plan but  don't let it consume you.

Gentle Hugs

Kitt


 

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stargazer1
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Date Joined Jan 2009
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   Posted 1/11/2009 12:08 AM (GMT -6)   
I think there were many factors to my acid reflux becoming so frequent. about six months ago starting entering that wonderful world of menopause, and gained about 20 pounds on top of my already over weight problem. (I am 5'1" and weigh 162 now) Also, it didn't help I was wearing my jeans so darn tight around my stomach my eyes would almost bug out when I'd bend over and I also had been eating very spicy food a lot.

I have now bought pants that actually fit right and obviously have altered my diet to much healthier foods.. In fact, I have lost some weight which is something I needed to do. But, still have symptoms more than I would like.. Hope my endoscopy will find something out as this is getting very old. Hope everyone had a good day today and thanks for the replies!

Karen

Mizzbeeutiful
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   Posted 1/11/2009 2:18 PM (GMT -6)   
When i was feeling really bad from my heartburn on christmas day i went to the er and the doc told me to lay off alcohol(dont drink), smoking(dont smoke), caffeine, anything with carbonated water, and spicy foods, and aleve, motrin, asprin...maybe you've already been told these but if not just offering a few triggers.....(i cant seem to stop with the spicy foods though, love em!)

stargazer1
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Date Joined Jan 2009
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   Posted 1/11/2009 5:18 PM (GMT -6)   
I too have given up caffeine, chocolate, alcohol and spicy food.. Now the spicy food is the hardest because I was a spice-a-holic and love mexican and Thai.. Oh, and not being able to eat anything tomato based is hard because I do love italian food a lot..

stkitt
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   Posted 1/11/2009 5:25 PM (GMT -6)   
I know what triggers my GERD yet when I am not having an issue  I just don't think and order or drink something I shouldn't.
 
It feels like we have to really be careful but if it works are there any other choices?
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Kitt
 

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