What's the best way to learn your trigger foods?

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   Posted 9/22/2013 2:08 AM (GMT -6)   
I find it very difficult to learn whats bothering me when it can sometimes take days for what feels like heartburn to happen then it bothers me all day.

Should I eat the same thing all day? What's the easiest way to do this? I hope I am living with GERD but I have a lot of weird symptoms and sometimes think that's not what I have.

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   Posted 9/22/2013 2:40 AM (GMT -6)   

You need to see a doctor to get tests done to see if you have gerd and then take it from there.

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   Posted 9/22/2013 2:42 AM (GMT -6)   
What kind of tests need to be performed to make sure one actually has it? I've been having this horrible chest pain for over 8 hours and don't think heartburn works like this.

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   Posted 9/22/2013 3:27 AM (GMT -6)   
Maybe it's not heartburn. You need to see your dr to discuss.
The tests you need to determine if you have gerd are a Manometry test , 24 hour impedance test and an endoscopy.

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   Posted 9/22/2013 5:09 AM (GMT -6)   
Me and my wife did a 30 day diary for breakfast, lunch and dinner. It takes time to populate data bit it works really well...

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   Posted 9/23/2013 1:16 PM (GMT -6)   
food diary seems to work for a lot of us. Trial and error I am afraid although there are foods to avoid in general (spicy foods, fried foods, acidic foods, caffine, carbonated drinks)
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   Posted 9/23/2013 1:36 PM (GMT -6)   
You can find a lot of older posts about food triggers by putting words like food triggers, or food journal in the search box at the top of the page.

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   Posted 9/24/2013 6:14 AM (GMT -6)   
Really simplify your diet for a while so that you can tell when there is a change...otherwise you are looking at too many variables.

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   Posted 9/24/2013 5:21 PM (GMT -6)   
Food diary is what my allergist recommends. Some reactions, like migraines, don't appear for 2 days, and the only way to look back into your history is to write it down.

After you get a list of meals or foods you can do challenge testing (see the search box for information). But only try this if you don't have severe reactions. An example is say you reacted to a hamburger. You then have to break it down into the bun, the meat, the condiments and seasonings.

These tests worked wonders for me. I found a single ingredient (sulfite) causes most of my reactions. Eliminating it has been literally a lifesaver. Before I knew about it I ate a bowl of cereal with dried fruit and my stomach and esophagus triggered my coronary arteries to spasm (via the vagus nerve). This led to a heart attack (pinched artery) which I was lucky to survive. Look up cardioesophageal reflex.
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