Holding down a job and suffering with GERD

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judy02
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   Posted 1/4/2011 11:51 AM (GMT -6)   
I just wondered whether any of you also have a job, as well as dealing with this condition?
 
I am out of work at the moment due to redundancy and am hoping to get something new, but sometimes I find pushing through a job hard when I'm ill, especially a new one.
 
Just wondered if anyone else here works, and how you cope?
Thanks

couchtater
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   Posted 1/4/2011 1:09 PM (GMT -6)   
I taught school with my stomach issues. I just kept tums on had for breakthroughs.
Joy

Tinlou
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   Posted 1/4/2011 1:46 PM (GMT -6)   
Sometimes working can be a good thing if the stress level is low. I have worked high stress jobs that set off attacks big time and end up leaving because of it. Now I work on a substitute basis and I am able to choose the days I work and that helps quite a bit. I also find that working can get your mind off of yourself and your symptoms for a little while and that is always a good thing.

judy02
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   Posted 1/4/2011 2:45 PM (GMT -6)   
Yeah good point...I've been out of work for 2 months now, I think I just sit around feeling sorry for myself too much haha.

dencha
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   Posted 1/4/2011 4:23 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Judy,
You'll want more than Tums if you have severe heartburn at times. Maalox tucked away in a desk drawer (or something like that) can be a lifesaver. I also taught with severe reflux and GERD related asthma, so I know what you mean. The kids got used to seeing me down Maalox, or during bad times, use a nebulizer!

Avoid bending when you can, as it definitely sets you up for reflux.
Work is good at providing a distraction--I totally agree with Tinlou!

judy02
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   Posted 1/4/2011 5:04 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi, most of the time I'm not too bad with burning. To be honest, I seem to go from having heartburn to feeling bloated and full sometimes along with nausea. It feels like my stomach goes from having too much to too little acid to be honest :P

If I have bad burning symptoms, I usually just try and treat it naturally with more alkaline foods now. I drink loads of milk, and have loads of yoghurt...have sometimes tried bicarbonate soda as well with water, although don't want to overdo it with that. I could also try something like Gaviscon, the most well marketed OTC antacid over here if it gets bad, but part of me thinks it won't make a huge amount of difference and I should just treat it with diet, and that I might be wasting my money. PPI's sadly don't work for me :P

Most of the time my acid problems aren't that severe to be honest. It's the bloating, and nausea feeling I get more, but then sometimes the acid problems come back. I think it worries me as well what I'll be like in a job, having to explain to work colleagues how there's loads of things I can't eat and drink. My diet is so restrictive. No wheat, limited sugar intake, limited fat intake, no alcohol, and if I'm having a bad acid spell, no acidic stuff. In my last office job, people were forever bringing in cakes/biscuits/chocolate and it was so hard to refuse, I don't think they understood how difficult this was for me.

Heh, maybe I should just get over it, and stop caring what people think and just be concerned with looking after myself :P I feel kinda embarrised saying this now as it might seem kinda petty...it's hard because I can't be as sociable now with evenings out and meals. Maybe I just need a less sociable job.

But yes, a new job, that is hopefully not too stressful would be great! :P 2 months out of work is long enough

dencha
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   Posted 1/4/2011 7:51 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Judy,
It would probably be wise for you to bring snacks that you can tolerate to work with you. It is hard not to be able to eat things others can tolerate, but that's a reality that most of us experience. I have memories of looking around at a restaurant to people enjoying a margarita, or something spicy, and thinking how those people take that privilege for granted...that they just don't know how lucky they are. And they don't. But oh well. We have to make the best of our situations and not let it get us down.

If you eat those small meals/snacks of alkaline foods throughout the day, you will probably feel better. I'm sure your coworkers will be sympathetic towards your specific eating needs.

Hey, it's a bummer, but it could be a LOT worse. Let's appreciate what we do have, rather than focusing on the negative.

You'll handle whatever comes your way.
Hang in there!
Denise

stkitt
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   Posted 1/4/2011 9:55 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Judy,
 
I worked for many years with heartburn that nearly brought me to my knees and at first I would chew Rolaids by the roll.  My Dr then instructed me to use the liqid Maalox or Mylanta which I kept in my file cabinet.  I sometimes had a white mustache smhair I knew some of my problems were due to anxiety but also due to drinking Diet Coke. 
 
Eventually I did have to start taking Prilosec which has worked fairly well for me. 
 
Looking for a new job and interviews can be stressful so prepare yourself ahead of time to keep your sx down to a low roar.   Stress essentially fuels stomach acid production, encouraging heartburn symptoms. Meditating or doing yoga poses is a better, healthier way to end the day than succumbing to stress eating after a long day at work. So when you end your stressful day try the above. 
 
You are a woman with physical problems and stress in your life so do not worry that you are feeling sorry for yourself.  We are always here and open 24/7 so come here and share, vent or ask questions whenever you like.  You are family here.
 
Gentle Hugs,
 
Kitt
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LdyJane
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   Posted 1/4/2011 9:58 PM (GMT -6)   
Just retired, but worked every day with this and other medical issues; you just push forward and keep on going...you take a licking and keep on ticking...
Janice

judy02
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   Posted 1/5/2011 4:35 AM (GMT -6)   
Thanks for the replies everyone - it was really helpful :)

stkitt
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   Posted 1/5/2011 9:26 AM (GMT -6)   
Judy,
 
I am glad you found the responses helpful and keep on talking with us.  At sometime or another, we all need or want help or simply someone with whom we can share our burdens or successes.
 
You are an important member here in the forum.
 
Gentle Hugs,
 
Kitt
 
 
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