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livenlaugh
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   Posted 2/1/2013 9:44 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi there,
I am new to this forum but am usually at the Fibro, anxiety and Depression forums.
I have had GERD for over 15 years and been on Protonix for about 10 of those years. My dr wants me to get off the meds and want me to try to manage it with diet. Feeling very overwhelmed. Any advice or books?
Thanks,
Lisa

sunbeam48
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   Posted 2/2/2013 5:43 AM (GMT -6)   
Fast Tract for Heartburn is the best available. There is a thread here with more details. The book is available from Amazon. I am now off meds with this diet. The hardest part is getting through the rebound that will happen if you discontinue meds. I tapered off, but still had to go through two uncomfortable weeks of rebound. So you will also need to search out other threads about getting off meds and rebound.

mymulligan
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   Posted 2/2/2013 8:03 PM (GMT -6)   
trying to figure out lifestyle and diet stuff before another round of PPIs. I'm off everything at the moment. Nothing has worked for my LPR and I've only started getting lower GERD symptoms since being off meds.

Have been slowly introducing foods back (first meal of day since my symptoms tend to be cumulative) and the rest of the day eating safe foods. I keep a food diary. I'm determined to be well again and if this doesn't work I will try meds and consider surgery.

I think i may be an upright/daytime refluxer. (I have been sleeping on a wedge so it might be that but I don't really care which is it because I kind of like wedge) I only notice my symptoms which tend to change day to day, during the day.

Foodwise there are so many variables: if i had scrambled eggs with yolk but what was it cooked in? I tolerated Greens with Vinaigrette and the vinaigrette was safe so why was it not safe on pasta? Then next day I try plain pasta. Additionally what was my portion size? It might be a safe food but if i over eat I will get symptoms most of the time. Etc.

But the thing I've really been noticing is I don't get symptoms while sitting still. I am very active during week and can't avoid moving and bending over for long, but today I was not taking care of my children and was able to chill out all day on the couch barely moving and had no symptoms. I don't know exactly how I can do this but I just wanted to share and see if anyone else has worked on healing this way? I hate this thing and want more info not involving surgery. Or if anyone knows of a forum with more lifestyle stuff I would love to know. Thanks

sunbeam48
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   Posted 2/3/2013 6:41 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi myMulligan,
I don't know of a better forum than this one. There are many people discussing surgery issues, but also tons of lifestyle suggestions if you take the time to cruise through various thread topics.

I guess you haven't looked at the Fast Tract diet thread I've already mentioned on this thread. It mentions that carbs like pasta are harder to digest than proteins and fats. There are also many people with wheat and or gluten sensitivities that contribute to their GERD, so you could eliminate those products for a couple of weeks to see if that makes a difference. If you drink milk, you could switch to lactose-free for a couple of weeks. I agree with you that small meals are very important.

My general experience is that I feel better if I move around after eating like walking, or work at a kitchen counter than I do sitting. Bending over to load the dishwasher or pull garden weeds will make my symptoms worse.

Post Edited (sunbeam48) : 2/3/2013 7:18:04 PM (GMT-7)


mymulligan
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   Posted 2/3/2013 9:13 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks!
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