how to gain weight with Gerd

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phoebek
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   Posted 3/15/2011 3:02 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi,


I have been suffering from terrible gerd for the last 2 years. The doctors never listened to me and after 6 doctors they eventually listened and found a hiatus hernia during my 4th gastroscopy.
I am on 30mg's antacid morning and night but I'm still in constant pain.
I was very careful with what I ate but it didn't really help and I figured since I have a hernia diet wouldn't really help anyway because my valve is already open.
I am trying to gain weight, does anyone have any suggestions?
I was told to stay off all gluten as they thought I had celiac but then said I wasn't, so I also thought about maybe introducing gluten again as my symptons didn't stop without gluten.

Thanks so much

couchtater
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   Posted 3/15/2011 7:16 PM (GMT -6)   
Try something with high protein like whey shakes, ensure, boost, slim fast.
Joy

phoebek
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   Posted 3/15/2011 11:49 PM (GMT -6)   
I was on high calorie shakes and it gave me the worst gerd attack that I couldn't eat for a week

couchtater
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   Posted 3/16/2011 4:46 PM (GMT -6)   
Were they chocolate? Chocolate can burn you.
Joy

phoebek
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   Posted 3/17/2011 12:50 AM (GMT -6)   
No, vanilla

miketx
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   Posted 3/17/2011 10:23 AM (GMT -6)   
You should experiment with calorie-dense foods to see what works for you. I do very well with oatmeal, rice, chicken, and fish. I have significantly slowed -- but have not entirely eliminated -- my weight loss by eating just enough of those foods to trigger symptoms and stopping there. Like you, I'm still trying to figure out how to gain weight, but I've been able to slow my weight loss quite a bit (from one pound a week to one pound every two or three weeks) with the above diet. I have to start with a bowl of oatmeal first thing when I roll out of bed at 6 and keep eating every two or three hours until 7 at night. Obviously those specific foods may not work for you, but you need to experiment with high calorie foods until you find something that works.

phoebek
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   Posted 3/17/2011 10:25 AM (GMT -6)   
Ya I eat a lot of chicken drumsticks, pork steaks, butter, sometimes french fries, gluten free crackers, eggs and gluten free pancakes with syrup. I've managed to gain 3 pounds which has been great but am in constant pain. I cannot touch any gluten unfortunately. I snack on candy and tiny pieces of chocolate or frozen yoghurts or even cookies.

miketx
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   Posted 3/17/2011 10:30 AM (GMT -6)   
That's impressive. I haven't been brave enough to try butter or french fries. I'm working with the theory that my problem is partially blood-sugar related, so I also haven't tried chocolate or candy.

Edit -- Like you, I'm staying off of gluten. The oatmeal I eat is gluten free. I don't know if it makes a difference. The nutritionist I see thinks that I have a slight wheat sensitivity. I'm a little skeptical myself. It seems too easy to say that any digestive problem can be traced or contributed to by a wheat sensitivity that I've never noticed in all of my 32 years. But I'm wheat free right now just in case.

phoebek
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   Posted 3/17/2011 10:32 AM (GMT -6)   
Ya I actually ended up in hospital for two weeks because my weight dropped to 81 pounds, and spent 12 weeks on a feeding tube. I figured I'm always in pain anyway so might as well eat what I enjoy, and definitely don't ever want to end up on a feeding tube again. The sugar seems to help pack on the pounds

miketx
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   Posted 3/17/2011 10:42 AM (GMT -6)   
You have it much worse than I do. My symptoms are not severe, and my weight is OK right now (6'2", 175). My concern is that I've been steadily dropping for nearly two months. I'm fine now, but I can't do this for a year.
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