Sorry to hear you're struggling. Before my Nissen surgery I had gastritis and esophagitis at least a couple times a year, and each time lost about 20 pounds before recovering.
If you have esophagitis, I wouldn't recommend apple cider vinegar. In that situation, you'll want to eat protective foods.
If you can get a script for the generic version of Carafate (Sulcrafate) tablets. Put the tablet in a shotglass or medicine cup. Add a little water and stir it with a toothpick. Then throw it back like a shot. It will coat your esophagus and stomach and help them to heal. I know it may be impossible for you to see a doc and get a script, but just in case, I'd recommend that.
If you can eat milk and eggs, try eating egg custard. When I had esophagitis, it was the only thing I could eat without pain. Here's a recipe:
5 c. milk
1/2 tsp. salt
1 c. sugar
1 tbsp. vanilla
a sprinkle of ground nutmeg (optional)
Pour mixture into a greased/oil-sprayed oven safe dish
Place the dish in a pan of water/water bath and put into the oven
@375 for 1 hour
You'll know it's done when a knife comes out clean
(no milky substance--it'll be a bit wet).
You can also tell by how jiggly it is!
Stay away from acidic and spicy foods. No alcohol. Be sure to chew all food until a creamy consistency. Eat nothing that remains chunky or rough after chewing. Your stomach will mash foods as part of its digestion action, and those things will irritate your esophagus on the way down, and your stomach as it mashes. Ouch!
My GI doc told me to wait until I feel perfect for TWO WEEKS before introducing more challenging foods into my diet.
Good luck. Hang in there...I know it's hard!
Be sure to grease/spray the pan before pouring in the custard mix.
Nissen Fundoplication 2/09
"Whatever you fight, you strengthen, and what you resist, persists.”
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“Accept - then act. Whatever the present moment contains, accept it as if you had chosen it. Always work with it, not against it.”