Tomatoes and cheese reaction

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Circus Dog
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   Posted 8/31/2014 7:00 AM (GMT -6)   
When I eat cheese or tomatoes I get an immediate tightening sensation in my throat, followed by a slightly unwell feeling all over. Last night I tried pizza for the first time in 8 months. it tasted great but shortly after going to bed, I woke up nauseous and remained so all night. Not horrific, just uncomfortable. That is how my GERD manifested itself, but the nausea had been gone for a few weeks. I was even able to have coffee in the morning. Now I have to backtrack a bit. It is discouraging.

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   Posted 8/31/2014 7:41 PM (GMT -6)   
Tomatoes do seem to be a big trigger with stay away from them!

Have you got your bed elevated? they recommend it needs to be between 6 and 8 inches, and it really does help.
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Circus Dog
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   Posted 9/1/2014 5:31 AM (GMT -6)   
I had my bed elevated but after a week of nausea free days, I put it back down. I can raise it again.

Pat Tall
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   Posted 9/1/2014 8:38 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Circus Dog
Think you need to look at the acid inducing foods that you are consuming, -- like coffee (very acidic) , tomatoes are triggers, cheese is protein and will need more acid produced to digest. Also look at the spices on the pizza and think about the 'wheat-gluten' connection. (We love pizza too but have learned it is a no-no thing). Since you went without pizza for eight months, then I'd stay away from it and the nausea (possibly gastritis) will subside. Also, it helps not to consume any foods for 2-3 hours before bed. Sounds like you might have some food sensitivities going on and it is worth writing down your meals for a while or downloading one of those food sensitivity apps that let you record what you eat, time and symptom and it points out possible triggers. Discuss the concerns with your doctor. This is a mean illness and so inconvenient as we want to just get on with our lives. Want you well real soon. Let us know how you do with diet changes. Pat

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   Posted 9/1/2014 11:42 AM (GMT -6)   
Your stomach makes loads of acid. Acid containing foods actually reduce the amount of acid the stomach makes.

Tomatoes may not be the problem, but cheese probably is a trigger. Pizza dough contains "dough conditioners" which are triggers too.

If you have an "intolerance" and not a true allergy, which sounds like the case from your symptoms, you may find you can tolerate a small or even moderate amount of foods containing your triggers. I can't eat cheese or pizza dough in any quantity, but I do tolerate a single slice, especially if it doesn't have any pork products on it.

Circus Dog
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   Posted 9/1/2014 4:49 PM (GMT -6)   
Good to know. I will try one slice next time.
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