So... I just noticed a few weird things over the last few days. The reason? My reflux symptoms have hit me very hard, and all my usual ways to reduce the symptoms simply aren't working. Even the meds like Gaviscon Advance do nothing. I've decided to be brave and try some foods to see what is really going on.
- A few days ago, I started getting symptoms of a common cold. I had some Manuka Honey and felt like my throat was set on fire only 10 seconds later.
- Because I was so wary of the burning throat, I spent a few days just sticking with my Kouffman reflux diet. EVERYTHING made me burn. Even a sip of ph 8.2 - 8.8 water or a single bite of a banana... On the first of these days, just a glass of water at lunch made me burn. Nothing else. Just water.
- This continued for a few days. I tried many things; the only relief I got was to fall asleep or to visit a local steam room of all things. Anyway, I felt so depressed after my latest bagel-and-burn I gave up and ate some angel cake. And suddenly MY SYMPTOMS IMMEDIATELY VANISHED. I was even able to burp with no consequence. No burning throat, no throat clearing, no tickly throat, and the burping diminished probably because I was able to release my gas.
- Chocolate, Angel Cake, Rich Tea Biscuits, Yoghurt, Chinese takeaways and Milk. I keep hearing from people how these things are bad for GERD/LPR, but I tried some (one at a time of course!) each evening for the next few days. Nothing happened at all. Other foods I've been safe with include certain breakfast cereals, flapjacks and a pizza.
So... anyone care to explain what could be the reasoning behind this? I don't want to think I just had a lucky few days, because I thought reflux didn't work like that. How on earth did acidic "problem" foods - and so many of them to boot - keep my burning throat away? On that note, is there something other than LPR that could cause a burning throat sensation? Maybe from me clearing my throat habitually or something?
Sorry if this post makes no sense. I'm just very confused, so any observations and insight would be very handy, thank you. :)
EDIT: One of the best example scenarios I can think of just popped into my head, and it's an important one..! I had just finished work for the day, having shrugged off a cold all day. I finished off my room-temp water and took a single bite out of a salmon bagel I had - a recommendation from Dr Kouffman no less. Only 2 seconds later, or almost immediately after swallowing, my throat burned like hellfire. 2 minutes later (I was still burning at the time) I collected one of my rapid spit test samples. It reported no reflux, even though the burning continued for another 10 minutes after.
Post Edited (Daxter) : 2/8/2014 2:33:41 PM (GMT-7)