how do you figure out your trigger foods when you feel like everything/anything gives you heartburn?

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   Posted 2/27/2012 8:20 PM (GMT -6)   
i feel like i always have heartburn, hard to tell what foods may be my trigger.
i have an appt w my gi on fri.
i usually take omeprazole, but its only somewhat effective.
i do notice that sugar is a DEFINITE trigger
if it seems like everything bothers you then how do you pinpoint the culprit??
UC since 1991( skips around colon)
dx 2001 esophagitis, GERD
Mildly flaring. 2/16 cscope shows one small patch in rectum

Lialda , Entocort, Hydrocort enemas, omeprazole (for the gerd)
fiber supp ,calcium, fish oil
jarrows sach. boul. probiotic,slippery elm

Diet: lactose intolerant
Limit : coffee/gluten/breads/potatoes/alcohol

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   Posted 2/27/2012 8:41 PM (GMT -6)   
I have the same problem ILC. Everything I eat causes problems. I eat a really healthy diet...all to no avail.


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   Posted 2/28/2012 2:47 AM (GMT -6)   
The best thing to do 1) keep a journal 2) eat "mono" meaning eat one food at a time. For ex. eat a toast alone wait and write, then eat something else.

3)to be safe eat the lightest foods, do not eat the trigger foods

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   Posted 2/28/2012 8:00 AM (GMT -6)   

thanks so far for your replies :)

nickles: I like the eat mono idea.  how long to wait before eating a second item?

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   Posted 2/28/2012 8:46 AM (GMT -6)   
When you do a food challenge (mono item) you start with a tsp if you're pretty sure it's a culprit, or a Tbsp if it's something like bread or milk.

Then you wait 20 minutes. If there's no reaction you double the dose (2) and wait another 20 minutes. No reaction, then double the dose again (4) and wait, then 8 and stop with 16. If you get a reaction STOP!

When I was doing this I waited at least 2 hours between tests.

Do keep a food diary or log. I like to write down all my foods, drinks, meds in a daily calendar.

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   Posted 2/28/2012 12:24 PM (GMT -6)   
Definitely keep a food and symptom diary, I agree. Have you tried food combining? I have a friend with UC who has done well with that plus aloe vera and meds (but much less stable and no breakthrough symptoms since food combining).

A strategy used by allergists for patients who have multiple allergies or intolerances and who cannot restrict their diet further, is to try a 3 or 4 day rotation diet. The top common offending allergens are totally excluded but other foods are only eaten once in every 3 or 4 days. When combined with keeping the diary it then becomes possible to spot triggers, the overall allergic burden is reduced but the diet is more varied. I know your GERD and UC may not be allergic in nature, but the same strategy may be a way forward?

New stuff: GERD, Recurrent cystitis/Overactive bladder
Lifelong stuff: Food allergies/intolerance, eczema, asthma

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   Posted 2/29/2012 2:55 PM (GMT -6)   

thanks alcie

Mudmagnetum: i have read about food combining and it is something i put on my list to look into further.  I think i have several food intolerances in addition to my gerd and my uc so yes i have been doing alot of reading up on elimination diets , i am going to look into the 3-4 day rotation diet, i am not sure i understand how it is supposed to work...

between my lactose intolerance, my uc, the gerd and now food that is casuing a bad reaction, well, i have been eating prety darn healthy,.

there are a couple of things that i know give me heartburn and the number one thing is sugar/sugary foods.  also chocolate, onions, peppers and most recently had a horrendous reaction to vinegar....

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