Along with a referral to a gastroenterologist (I hope I spelled that at least close to right) so that you can get started on the path to healing you might want to modify your diet. I eventually got to the point where I just couldn't do solid food without serious pain so what I do now is a special diet I made up for myself...which helps a lot but it's catered to my individual problems and I'm not sure it would be ideal for anyone else....
However, I'd be happy to share it with you.
When I wake up I put 8 oz of 1% milk in a personal sized blender, add 3 ice cubes, one scoop of GNC whey protein (chocolate flavor is delicious but then, they're all good that I've tried) and I blend it all up and slowly sip it until it's gone.
Once that sits on my stomach for a while I get a bottle of smart water, room temperature, with a tiny lemon wedge squeezed in and I start drinking it. I then take a liquid multivitamin from GNC and my first dose of prilosec.
11:30 am I feel hungry again so I take 8 oz of water, put it into my personal sized blender, 3 tablespoons of activia vanilla yogurt, 3 ice cubes, a scoop of citrucel (must be this brand as it is the only one that doesnt cause gas which is always a problem since I'm a bad air swallower) and blend it up - then slowly sip it till it's gone. You want to make sure you don't take too long with this one so that the fiber doesnt settle.
Then I drink another bottle of room temperature water with a tiny lemon wedge squeezed in.
Around 2:30 or 3 I'm hungry again so if I'm feeling brave I MIGHT try a disk of wholegrain, low-calorie, very thin bread with a piece of ham. The trick with solid food is to never take a bite bigger than you fingertip and always chew it to a paste before you swallow it. Sometimes I can eat this without too much trouble. Other days I know I cant so I will have a little bit of sugar free protein jello (buy at GNC) or maybe take a handful of frozen fruit, 6 oz of 1% milk or water, 3 ice cubes, one package of splenda, and blend it up for lunch.
Most days I can tolerate that and I vary the fruit which is why I vary the milk/water.
Then another bottle of water with a tiny lemon wedge squeezed in, maybe two until dinner time - right before dinnertime, I also do another prilosec.
In the evening I have another GNC shake like the one I had for breakfast (sometimes I vary the flavor). I make these fresh myself rather than buying the pre-made ones to control the amount of sodium I'm getting - because I have high bloodpressure.
If I'm hungry just before bed I make another smoothie - but the way I do them, listed above, they're less fattening and not hard to digest.
I still have reflux on this plan, don't get me wrong, but I have less of it and most of the time it doesn't burn when it comes up as it does when it's real food. I also think I'll be able to stay on this after surgery - or I hope so.
Once in a while you let yourself go and you try to eat something you just shouldn't have but I try to keep it to softer, less spicy things like Quiches and such..... and sometimes I can hold that in.... again, if you eat real food you want to never take a bite bigger than your fingertip and always chew it until it's a liquid or a paste.
It may not be the most balanced diet in the world but I can hold it down, not mess with my blood sugar or my high blood pressure, and not suffer much while on it. If any part of it appeals to you, you might try it.
Good luck, feel better, and please dont give up. GERD seems to give us all something in common but the remedies or what gives us relief seems to vary a bit....like some people can't tolerate cold drinks, etc.
I see people on here who talk about
eating things like Mexican food or pizza and just can't believe my eyes because I'm still pre-surgery - and I can't have those things. So YMMV.
Get yourself to the dr and ask for a referral to a gastroenterologist so you can start the necessary tests to move forward.
Unfortunately, problems like GERD and a haital hernia (if you have one) don't fix themselves.
Post Edited (ZhyKitty) : 10/11/2010 9:44:02 AM (GMT-6)