Timing of Symptoms

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   Posted 9/13/2012 8:44 AM (GMT -6)   
Does anyone's symptoms become worse in the later afternoon? I can be managing the symptoms ok and then starting at about 3:30pm, I start to get mild heartburn (more of a vapor feeling) and it lasts until I eat dinner which is usually around 6. After dinner  I tend to be back to how I was in the earlier part of the day (symptoms but less bothersome). I have no idea why this is. It is like clock work though, as soon as 3:30 hits, it arrives. Even if I eat around then, the issue still occurs. Just wanted to see if anyone else has this issue.
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   Posted 9/13/2012 9:39 AM (GMT -6)   
Before I started eliminating GERD trigger foods, my symptoms usually got worse throughout the day and didn't really correspond to meal times or eating certain foods, but I was typically eating several triggers a day. My symptoms are pretty well-controlled by diet now though.

You've probably already done this, but have you examined your lunch and afternoon snacks to see if you may be eating something that triggers your symptoms? Or perhaps it's a certain activity -- e.g. sitting at a desk all day at work which puts pressure on your stomach? (My symptoms are always worse when sitting, better when standing or walking.)
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   Posted 9/13/2012 9:50 AM (GMT -6)   
I am on a pretty stict and rigid diet, my lunch consists of lean meat like turkey and non acid veggies like carrots or peas. It could be my job, I am a therapist and I am sitting a lot of the day. I try and make sure I sit up straight but maybe as the day goes on I am not as good with it. I do get up and down to get clients and do office stuff (my office is not on the main floor where everything is) but maybe I will try walking around my office more in the later parts of the day.
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   Posted 9/13/2012 2:37 PM (GMT -6)   

Sitting for long periods of time can put pressure on things and make it act up. Might try to ea a small snack in between meals. I was told to eat 4 to 6 times a day vs. 3 times.

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