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babygirl10150
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   Posted 12/16/2012 11:24 PM (GMT -6)   
My bravo from two weeks ago came back normal but yet I still have acid burn in my esophagus so there's reflux going on. I can feel it, taste it, etc. My GI has no answers for me. So I've been keeping a food journal and I've found something quite interesting. The only foods that don't give me symptoms are junk food. cookies, chips, pretzels, and Cherry Pepsi. The foods that do give me symptoms is everything from rice, boiled chicken, toast, to tacos and spaghetti. I can literally eat chips all day and be fine. Ex. we made cookies most of the day. I had a few, was fine. I get home, eat a little plain chicken and I want to vomit acid. Cherry Pepsi is the only drink that doesn't give me symptoms. I was thinking it's because the junk is processed but I can't tolerate chicken nuggets or sandwiches and those are processed. I haven't found a 'good healthy' food that won't give me symptoms. Obviously one can't live on Doritos and Pepsi. Any ideas on what the connection might be???
Michelle

~Diagnosed with POTS 10/11~
~Nissen redo #3 coming soon~
~Nissen redo again 12/13/10~
~Nissen redo 05/10/10~
~Nissen 12/14/09~
~Colostomy 07/30/06~

mudmagnetmum
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   Posted 12/17/2012 7:00 AM (GMT -6)   
Is it the foods with more protein in that cause trouble?? Have you tried digestive enzymes?

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dencha
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   Posted 12/17/2012 7:43 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Michelle,
Sorry you're struggling!  Do you think that perhaps some food is getting stuck at the wrap site, and causing irritation, and reflux feelings?  If you have a very sensitive esophagus, it could cause even more discomfort.  The acid/sour taste could be fermented food as well as some (normal level) reflux.
 
Doritos can be chewed completely more easily than chicken, as strange as that seems.  I'm probably off base, but when I heard that normal chicken is harder on you than nuggets (created from chicken that is made liquid, then formed into nuggets) it seemed like it could be a consistency issue.
 
Be sure to chew your food slowly and completely--until it's a liquid/creamy consistency.  Since you've had surgery after surgery, you've never had a chance to get fully healed.  Because of that, I'm sure that you will take longer to get through the healing and adjustment stage.
 
I'm probably off base, but the thought came to mind, so I figured I should share it!
Feel better!
Denise
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IlliniFan
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   Posted 12/17/2012 8:49 AM (GMT -6)   
As a former coca cola addict, I can tell you to stop the Pepsi. It does not help you, although it may temporarily feel like it. just try doing without for a couple of weeks and see how you do. Pepsi can generate a burning feeling.

babygirl10150
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   Posted 12/17/2012 9:07 AM (GMT -6)   
I have tried a probiotic with no effects. Is a digestive enzyme the same?

I do have trouble swallowing bigger bites such as breads, mashed potatoes, etc. Baby bites work best. I take a few drinks when I'm done eating to ensure the food is washed down. Maybe there could still be some stubborn pieces that still get stuck? Chicken nuggets react the same as regular chicken. I can have some ramen noodles which have no nutritional value and get symptoms. I was starting to question gluten but chicken should be ok. I will add that I do not eat junk all day. I eat normal foods no matter how bad I feel. I've just notice I don't feel horrible after a handful of pretzels.

I'm far from an addict. I don't even finish one can a day. I feel fine after I have Pepsi but can't tolerate juice, waters, milk, other sodas. I know it's not the best beverage but if it's the one liquid that doesn't give me issues, I'll drink it.
Michelle

~Diagnosed with POTS 10/11~
~Nissen redo #3 coming soon~
~Nissen redo again 12/13/10~
~Nissen redo 05/10/10~
~Nissen 12/14/09~
~Colostomy 07/30/06~

dencha
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   Posted 12/17/2012 9:15 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Michelle,
I still suspect some food irritating the wrap and also being held back at the wrap site.  I know it seems like a long time since your surgery, but the fact is, we can irritate our wraps at any time after a Nissen.
 
Have you tried sticking to smooth, bland foods for a while to see if it gets feeling better.  I wish I could be of more help!
 
Hang in there,
Denise
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Nissen Fundoplication 2/09
Allergy/Asthma

"Whatever you fight, you strengthen, and what you resist, persists.”

“Worry pretends to be necessary but serves no useful purpose”

“Accept - then act. Whatever the present moment contains, accept it as if you had chosen it. Always work with it, not against it.”
Eckhart Tolle

babygirl10150
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   Posted 12/17/2012 9:24 AM (GMT -6)   
I will try the post nissen diet again. My dr brought up bile reflux. He prescribed me carafate again but these are big tablets. Is there a difference in how the tablets and liquid coat? I don't see a tablet coating the esophagus very well.

I had an appt with my hematologist last week. I am severely anemic which has been regulated with iron infusions. My levels came back normal. I asked why I'm bruising so easily, both of my legs are completely covered in big bruises. She looked at my med list and said omeprazole can cause it if taken long term. Have you heard of that?
Michelle

~Diagnosed with POTS 10/11~
~Nissen redo #3 coming soon~
~Nissen redo again 12/13/10~
~Nissen redo 05/10/10~
~Nissen 12/14/09~
~Colostomy 07/30/06~

mudmagnetmum
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   Posted 12/17/2012 3:07 PM (GMT -6)   
I haven't heard of that with Omeprazole. I presume they checked your clotting profile and platelets?

Digestive enzymes are non- animal sources of enzymes that help break down food; some people say they really help their GERD issues. As the medication takes away our stomach acid it does mean that proteins and fat become harder to break down and digest, which can contribute to the feelings of indigestion and cause food to linger in the stomach. Catch-22 situation - we can't tolerate the acid but not having it has consequences too!

But I would test out Denise's theories too, in case it's the consistency thing!

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