Hello everyone. My name is Jeff and I'm 28 years old. I found this nice community while researching acid reflux/GERD. Usually my biggest health concerns are related to panic disorder and other anxiety issues, but not in this instance. I have had occasional heartburn before in my life, but about a week ago it became a problem I couldn't ignore, culminating in a terrible night that included excruciating chest pain which (possibly due to inflammation and tension) ended up creating a relapse of an intense shoulder problem I had about 2 years ago (doctors never figured out what it was - fail - but I suspect a pinched nerve).
Leading up to that night I had been experiencing several days of very excessive belching, and I had started noticing pain in my esophagus. My digestive system has really given me fits for years, so this doesn't necessarily surprise me. My mother is on a lifelong prescription to deal with GERD, and my sister has also dealt with the issue previously. Other than genetic links, we also each have a penchant for spicy foods and coffee, among other possible problem foods.
Anyway, other than posting to introduce myself to the community, I'm also looking for a printable food chart I could put in my kitchen. Right now I'm taking Omeprazole 20 mg once a day with fair results (some unwanted side effects, but my esophagus is finally healing). But I would really like to focus in on a reflux-friendly diet so I don't have to rely on PPIs and antacids. At least as a start.
I know there isn't a 100% fool proof diet, but I'd like something reliable to start with. I have found an unbelievable amount of contradictory advice on the internet, including many so-called experts. Alkaline versus acid even seems to be disputable. Does anyone know of a good chart or list I could print to help in grocery shopping and food preparation?
Any other advice is welcome as well. I hope you fellow sufferers are on the track to well being. :)