Protein powder ok for GERD diet?

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   Posted 2/8/2013 10:44 AM (GMT -6)   
I have GERD as well as what I suspect is a hernia after researching my symptoms. I don't have insurance so Dr doesn't seem to want to order any tests. I am losing about a pound of body weight a day and need some nourishment. Does anyone know if a whey protein powder would be irritating to the condition? All I am able to eat without nausea and full feeling is about a cup of food a day. I'm getting shaky and weak and I am worried.

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   Posted 2/8/2013 5:54 PM (GMT -6)   
I don't know much about protein whey powder. Is it made from milk? Usually eggs are about the easiest thing to digest. You could cook greens like spinach with eggs for more nutrients.

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   Posted 2/8/2013 10:29 PM (GMT -6)   
Welcome, time2.

Is there any way to get insurance or get put on medicaid or other program? The tests you need are expensive! Sometimes you can bargain for a reasonable price if you borrow the money to pay up front, Ask if they would accept the amount insurance would pay them.

Did the doc say why he doesn't want the tests? Losing a pound a day is serious if it keeps on. What does he say to do about it?

Sunbeam's got a good suggestion!

Just protein isn't going to go very far in stopping weight loss. Whey is only one kind of protein. Since it's from milk some people don't tolerate it. It's not lactose though - the milk sugar. I add whey to my coffee or soup and other food to try to get a little more protein in me. I am lactose intolerant but have no trouble with whey.

Are your electrolytes in order? That will contribute to shakiness. The doc should at least run a blood test for that. That one's affordable.

Hope to hear from you again soon.

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   Posted 2/8/2013 10:39 PM (GMT -6)   
What about drinking Boost or Ensure. They have calories and nutrients. I know when I lost 20 pounds initially I would try to sip them during the day.

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   Posted 2/9/2013 3:42 PM (GMT -6)   
Did sipping them during the day reduce your GERD symptoms? If so, keep doing that. If not, try what I have suggested. Digestion begins in your mouth as you chew, with the enzymes in saliva mixing with your food. Consuming food that does not need to be chewed doesn't necessarily help digestion.
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