23 Just Diagnosed, Alcohol intake??

Do drink alcohol with no symptoms?
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Yes, as much as I want, but I take medications to control GERD - 50.0%
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No, I never drink alcohol - 0.0%
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I drink alcohol socially and am ok with out medication - 0.0%
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Alcohol really upsets my GERD but I still drink it - 0.0%
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I have suffered major repercussions from drinking Alcohol with GERD - 50.0%

 
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Livelight1
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   Posted 11/10/2011 9:16 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi guys. I went to the Ear Nose and Throat Dr today and after scoping my throat he suggested that I have GERD. I have to go to the hospital next week for a barium swallow test to confirm. He said I can't eat foods like onions, mushrooms, and tomatoes...this is devastating because I LOVE to cook and usually use one of these three ingredients in everything! I can adjust to save my esophagus if I must though.

To be honest I am just relieved that I didn't have a tumor or something in my throat (I went to the Dr because I was having major difficulty swallowing).

I do however have an issue with not being able to drink wine or beer. I am old enough now to come home from work and enjoy a drink on the weekends, not being able to do this is frustrating and it is going to be really difficult for me to accept. I would like to hear if any of you guys out there can still enjoy a drink on the weekends or does this really mean I have to stop ALL alcohol intake. mad

Any insight on weather or not Green Tea is ok would be helpful also! I LOVE GREEN TEA!! It will break my heart if I can no longer drink it in the mornings, but I am willing to do what needs to be done. Any insight is welcome and appreciated. cry

opnwhl4
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   Posted 11/10/2011 9:20 PM (GMT -6)   
Green tea is ok, actually my GI says any tea is ok since it has less caffeine than coffee or soda. I have never heard of avoiding mushrooms though. I eat them all the time, even before I had my nissen.

Take care,
Bill
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dencha
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   Posted 11/10/2011 9:40 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Livelight,
First, have you had an appointment with a GI doctor?  If you have serious enough symptoms to need to see an ENT, you probably should.  Has anyone prescribed acid reducing medications?
 
Once you get your GERD issues under control, you will likely be able to drink beer.  Wine is much more acidic, and should be treated with more caution. 
 
Right now you're at a healing stage. You want to be very careful to avoid GERD triggers, and since you've had severe enough irritation to cause swallowing issues, I'm afraid you will need to avoid alcohol for a while. 
 
It's unlikely you'll never be able to enjoy a drink with your friends...it's just that you need to give yourself some time to heal.  Please be sure to make an appointment with a GI specialist--or at least your primary care doc. 
 
If you're having nighttime reflux, be sure to elevate the head of your bed with blocks, wood, or bed risers.  It will help keep the acid in your stomach where it belongs.
 
Good luck!
Denise

Livelight1
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   Posted 11/10/2011 10:48 PM (GMT -6)   
Bill-Sorry I meant to say Garlic not mushrooms (just ate mushrooms tonight and must have had them on my mind). :-p Thanks for letting me know what your Dr has recommended about Tea; it gives me some hope that I won't have to give up all things yummy!

Denise- I have not made an appointment with a GI doctor, and your right I should! After my swallow test next week I will be sure to make an appointment right away. Thus far, my ENT said that I should take Prilosec OTC and avoid offending foods. Thank you so much for your response! I am going on a vacation this weekend and was looking forward to having a couple of drinks but I guess I should avoid them and figure out a different way to relax.

sunbeam48
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   Posted 11/11/2011 7:05 AM (GMT -6)   
People seem to have a lot of different trigger foods. These may or may not include onions and garlic, though these are common triggers. It is more important to reduce your consumption of fats, that is the most important thing. Acidic foods can make your stomach more acid, so you want to be careful not to eat too much. Many beverages have acidic preservatives, avoid them. I use calcium carbonate to reduce the acidity of foods I like to eat, especially tomatoes. You can buy it at WalMart, or there is a product sold in a shaker on the internet called CalciBlend.

Alcohol is especially hard on the lining of the stomach. If you have any stomach discomfort at all, stay away from alcohol. You are right, you need to find some alternatives for relaxation. Maybe yoga? Maybe sitting in a chair listing to CD's of nature sounds?

I have found the Kouffman low acid diet very educational, and more beneficial than those various lists of foods to avoid. The lists never told me what the good foods to eat are. It is the only GERD diet I've encountered that has some research behind it. Here's alink to the thread I've started here: http://www.healingwell.com/community/default.aspx?f=45&m=2210975
 

Livelight1
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   Posted 11/11/2011 7:41 AM (GMT -6)   
Thanks Sunbeam! In regards to Yoga, have you ever noticed that it causes symptoms? With all of the bending and inversions, Im curious if there are repercussions for practicing it.

aeshleyrose
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   Posted 11/11/2011 9:59 AM (GMT -6)   
Hey Livelight,

I'm 26 and I love to drink and party, but those days are over for me. If I drink even a little bit, I will have a stomach hangover for 2+ days. I haven't had a drink in over 6 months, I'm too scared of the symptoms. I feel bad, this is the time in both of our lives to do it, but when it comes down to it, it's an indulgence that I just can't have right now.

Best of luck to you,
Ashley

sunbeam48
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   Posted 11/11/2011 7:40 PM (GMT -6)   
I do a lot of gardening, and some yoga. I don't do any of this right after eating: wait at least and hour, two is better. It is best with GERD to avoid all strenuous exercise right after eating. The class I take is called gentle yoga, offered by many studios. Once you have taken a few classes to get the basics, there are many yoga books and CD's available, including this concept. I like the Yoga for Arthritis book I got. One of the authors (Saltonstall) has offered a couple of half-day seminars in my area. Pilates has similar approaches available.

ericapeace2000
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   Posted 7/2/2013 2:01 PM (GMT -6)   
I am able to tolerate cocnut rum in water. No beer, wine or any other mixed drinks for me.
GERD Moderator; Diagnosed GERD, no other medical conditions (this one is enough) ; Gluten free since 2012; low dairy since 2012
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