Trigger Foods?

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88keys
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Date Joined Jan 2012
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   Posted 2/13/2012 11:57 AM (GMT -6)   
I've been having issues since October. I'm currently on AciPhex 20mg 1x per day, and recently started Carafate 4x a day. My GI doctor wanted me to try the Carafate for 2 weeks after my endoscopy showed a duodenal ulcer (small intestine) and esophagitis. He said my stomach looked normal. Biopsies benign and no Barrett's.

I continue to have that vapor feeling in my throat and sore throat shortly after I eat anything. I also sometimes have chest pressure and pain, but no longer 24/7 like I used to, but still daily. Exercise seems to make it worse.

Determined to do everything I could to "fix" things, I've gradually eliminated all refined sugar, breads, milk products, and gluten....and I still get the same symptoms, even with the carafate. Since that didn't work, I'm tempted to reintroduce some of these things back in and see what happens. Does anyone do better eating things like bread? I have no reason to believe I'm allergic to anything at this time, I just eliminated them trying to find my triggers, but it didn't work. I've been eating mainly green vegetables, gluten free oatmeal, yams, some bananas, lean turkey or chicken breast. I've lost 35 pounds since October and hope to lose 20 more pounds in hopes of making things better.

Alcie
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   Posted 2/13/2012 7:10 PM (GMT -6)   
Welcome to the forum, 88keys.

Are any of the foods you are eating processed at all - sliced turkey or chicken from the deli? What are you drinking?

You should be able to tolerate rice, lamb and pears. They're pretty hypoallergenic.

You can find a lot of older posts about food triggers by putting words like food triggers, or food journal in the search box at the top of the page.

I have just a couple of true allergies, but lots of food triggers. On advice from my allergist I found out what they were by keeping a journal and doing food challenge testing.

88keys
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   Posted 2/13/2012 8:21 PM (GMT -6)   
The only thing I drink anymore is water. The turkey or chicken I use is fresh, not processed. If I don't make it, I don't eat it. My problem is I'm not finding any food that doesn't trigger reflux. Guess I could start trying one food at a time each meal for a while.

Alcie
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   Posted 2/14/2012 9:28 AM (GMT -6)   
Are you writing down your reactions and what you are eating that causes them? A Food Journal really helps me remember and figure out my triggers.

Yesterday I had an hour's bout of tachycardia. I looked back and found I had eaten a different brand of cashews and some non-preservative bread I thought was OK. I ate another slice of the bread in the evening and immediately had chest pain. I sliced up the bread and put it in the freezer (to ward off mold since there are no preservatives) so my hubby can have some. It was probably the wheat, but the new brand of cashews could have been sulfited (done with nuts to whiten them).

I usualy react within a half hour. Do you have any idea how long it takes before you get your reaction? It is possible that the mere irritation of the touch of food in the esophagus is the problem, but I'd look for specific foods.
I've gotten my tachycardia reaction 6 hours after a single puff of albuterol inhaler, also when I was getting appendicitis, and when my colon developed a rupture. When I try to swallow a dry or broken half of a large tablet my esophagus can get irritated and trigger a reaction. This thing with triggers is tricky.

Kewpie1957
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   Posted 2/23/2012 8:18 AM (GMT -6)   
My triggers include almost anything processed whether cold cuts, chips or pastries. So, in addition to those things, I have eliminated carbonated drinks, coffee, cruciferous veggies, anything fried, tomatoe, citrus, and all things spicy. Meeting with my surgeon on March 6th to discuss which surgery makes sense for my particular physiology.

sunbeam48
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   Posted 2/23/2012 3:31 PM (GMT -6)   
I never really found any triggers, after doing all that you describe. Most of my LPR symptoms are now gone, and I credit the Koufman diet, which was developed for people with LPR, which sounds like includes you. I have a thread going here: make sure you read everything on the very first post of my thread to understand what it is about. I have now twice reduced my PPI, am still taking 40 mg Prilosec.

Adam77
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   Posted 2/24/2012 1:56 PM (GMT -6)   
After keeping track of my trigger foods, I have found that tomato, onion, cheese, fried foods, red meats, and citrus fruits are the culprits. Carbonated sodas are triple threats to me due to their acidity and sugar, and they cause food and acid to push the esophagus. So, soda is a big no no to me.
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