From my initial research I've discovered that trigger foods are different for different people. When meds alone didn't improve my symptoms, I started eliminating the most commong GERD trigger foods. Right now I am avoiding the following foods:
Alcohol (well, I never drank before but...)
Soda / carbonated drinks
Tomatoes / tomato sauce
Vinegar except in tiny amounts
Really fatty foods (since I'm underweight I still try to eat foods with some fat though!)
While my symptoms are not completely gone, I did notice drastic improvement within 24 hours of starting this diet, since previously I had several items on this list every day! It's been very hard for me though -- I love chocolate and used to eat it every day but now I haven't had it for a month. Whenever we go out to eat we love ethnic food but try finding any sort of Asian, Italian, or Mexican food that's not loaded with garlic, onions, tomatoes, and/or spices! Cooking at home I can alter some recipes but still... I also love anything citrusy, mint, tomatoes... Nearly all of my favorite family Christmas
foods are also on this list :(
Sometimes I can handle small amounts of these foods -- a little garlic powder in flavored crackers, or tiny amounts of diced onions in a frozen dinner, for example, don't usually bother me but I still avoid them when I can.
I also believe there are other factors involved besides just diet -- I suspect stress and/or position (e.g. slouching or sitting can make a hiatal hernia worse than standing straight and I do have a small hiatal hernia). Since I have a stressful job and sit at a cubicle all day I'm guessing those things aren't helping ;) Some times I can even eat the exact same food for two days in a row but only get symptoms on one day, which also makes me think there are other factors involved! I suspect stress because I've been working on a stressful project for the last month or so, and had a lot of symptoms before Thanksgiving, then I took a week off for Thanksgiving and spent it relaxing with my in-laws and by the second day of that trip I felt much better, then I went back to work and felt fine for a few days (despite working 15-16 hr days!) but now that I've been back at work for several days I'm getting symptoms again. Hmmm... can I get worker's comp from GERD? lol The coworker who's working on this project with me has recently started keeping an ecomony-sized jar of Tums at his desk ;) I am still undergoing tests though -- I had an EGD, and will have an esophagul manometry soon.
I may have other trigger foods but they are going to be harder to track down -- they're probably some sort of spice or additive, since it's much easier to realize you get symptoms every time you eat a certain whole food! So one of these days I might try keeping a food diary and see if I can notice any other patterns.
Also, every doctor
I've talked to has told me to avoid caffeine and chocolate :( The rest of the list varies depending on what doctor I talk to, but since everyone has different trigger foods anyway, I treat doctor's food guidelines as more of a starting point or recommendation :)
Medications: Nexium (GERD), Singulair (allergies), Tazorac (acne), Clindagel (acne)
Post Edited (girl_geek) : 12/4/2009 1:44:55 PM (GMT-7)