disappearing GERD

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   Posted 3/13/2006 9:25 AM (GMT -6)   
I almost feel dumb asking this, but does anyone elses GERD just go away? The doc diagnosed me with it just on symptoms, no tests. Some days I can eat anything I want to, and be perfectly fine. One day I ate a bowl of spicy chili, got a headache and laid down.. and no problems. Another day I eat a piece of pizza and lean back a little to read and WHAMMO instant chest pain, belching.
I've been keeping a record in my head, and there is no "common" thing. No anxiety, nor extra pain on the days I do get it. I've eaten cheeseburgers while out for lunch.. and been great. Then one day, I can do it and hate myself for the next three hours. Just out of the blue.
Is this really GERD or just plain old heartburn attacks? Or is there any difference at all? This really does bug me, as there are no foods to "avoid", or things to do differently to stop it from happening. I don't take a daily med for it, just pop some rolaids, or zantac, whichever I find first.
Thanks everyone!
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   Posted 3/13/2006 11:05 AM (GMT -6)   

Sarah, I can't comment on your situation but just wanted to share what has happened to me over the last 8 months.

Every now and then I would wake up early in the morning feeling so acidic and desperately needed to eat something. I had regular heartburn after evening meals too. This progressed as time went on until eventually I could not eat certain foods such as spicy or acidic.My situation got worse over the months and antacids were not enough in the end. I wasn't able to eat much for weeks and lost lots of weight due to the symptoms.I now have pump proton inhibitors to stop the acid.

This doesn't help you I know,but I feel as though my symptoms have been a wake up call to make me change my diet and eat more sensibly. Do take care of what of you eat and I think you will be fine. It is a case of working out what is best for you. I have just started a low carb eating plan. You may have read about this in other posts such as Dr Norms. :-)

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   Posted 3/13/2006 11:41 PM (GMT -6)   
I will be interested in hearing about your experience with this diet plan. Please post from time to time and let us know how you are doing.

I wish you luck.

Norm Robillard
I am a Ph.D. microbiologist and author. I am not a physician. The views I express, while research-based, are my own and should never take the place of consultations with your own physician.

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   Posted 3/15/2006 6:01 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Sarah,
My symptoms can be very inconsistent too. For me, the biggest difference is if my stomach is empty or not when I eat those "bad" foods. I seem to tolerate them alot more on an empty stomach. I know I sound like a broken record, but I think for us females, our hormones come in to play sooooooo much.
Also.....sometimes I think I have a sliding hiatal hernia, and if it's "up", then I get all the bad symptoms. But I don't get them if it's "down".
Why don't you keep track of your cycle.....and see if you can find any correlation.
Also....might it be a combination of foods?? At least there are some times when you can get by eating the bad stuff!
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