spicy food - how long?

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   Posted 7/21/2011 12:51 PM (GMT -6)   
So I asked for sauce on my food today and low and behold it was spicy. I tried to eat around it but in the end ate my fair share and probably would have been better off just buying another plate without the sauce and given the spicy food to someone for free...

I have avoided spicy for probably over a year now. I ate this meal 2 hours ago (and quickly ate a couple apples to get the hot taste out of my mouth). I am taking it as an opportunity to see how much spicy hurts me....how long after would an average GERD sufferer usually feel the effects? For how many hours/days would it last?

I am just bummed because I think with spicy I can get affected hours later (say tomorrow), and it will throw my reflux into high gear for a number of days, even a week. Is that possible/normal? Thanks!

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   Posted 7/21/2011 5:33 PM (GMT -6)   
Hey there.  :-) I know you have mutiple questions on different topics but perhaps grouping your topics on each subject together would help members find  reading your threads easier to follow.
RE spicy foods,  each person is different and I don't have a lot of trouble with mild spicy red sauces.  Try keeping that food diary and rule out foods that cause you distress.  Record what and when you react to these foods.
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   Posted 7/26/2011 3:24 AM (GMT -6)   
Hey acidrefluxman,

I definitely agree with Kitt that everyone is different. If I eat a spicy food, it hits me within the hour, and depending on the spiciness, it can cause anywhere from intense pain to normal, run of the mill heartburn.

I also believe it's possible for one little mistake to throw you for a long period of time. I haven't had GERD for a week, but last night I ate just a little too much and I was up all night. This week, I know, my stomach will be extra sensitive to things I've built a little resistance to. It feels like I'm backto square one.

Perservere, friend! I hope that since we haven't heard an update that it didn't bother you at all :)
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