Heartburn minus food

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Closetfire
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   Posted 11/2/2006 2:19 AM (GMT -6)   
I read so much here about controlling one's diet, but what's going on when I haven't eaten in a while and the heartburn kicks up worse than when I've eaten? It takes me time to cook something up, if I take the nexium or carafate or whatever i need to wait an hour for it to work its best but in the meantime the pain becomes so unbearable when I haven't even begun eating yet. Is this normal?

sillylilly
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   Posted 11/2/2006 11:04 AM (GMT -6)   
Just a thought...it could be that your LES is weak and possibly spasming therefore acid would be able to leak up without even eating anything. Many GERD patients have a weak or leaky LES muscle.

Closetfire
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   Posted 11/2/2006 12:19 PM (GMT -6)   
What would I do about that?

sillylilly
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   Posted 11/2/2006 6:08 PM (GMT -6)   

You must discuss it with your dr.  A scope of your esophagus can tell if it's weak.

I personally am doing the Shaker exercise to help strengthen the LES.  My dr says it won't work but doctors have been wrong before.  Go to the website http://healthlink.mcw.edu/article/907444461.html and you can read about it.

I raise my head for one minute and then rest a few then raise again for one minute, then again.  Do this 3 to 4 times a day.  Might as well try it and in 6 weeks maybe there will be a difference. 

We have to do all we can to try and get off meds.  All the best....


Closetfire
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   Posted 11/2/2006 6:15 PM (GMT -6)   
Lovely, I just got back from the doc and can't afford to go back yet again, at least not yet...

wknight
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   Posted 11/2/2006 6:18 PM (GMT -6)   
I control my reflux by a combination of the PPI, not consuming foods and drinks which aggrevate the condition or going too long between meals.
 
What works for me is 30mg of PPI in the morning and that then lasts all day. I tried taking 15mg in the morning and 15mg at night and that didn't control my symptoms which my dr said would most likely happen.
 
I find its really important to eat regularly even taking the medication so what you say doesn't surprise me at all. Today I wonder how much discomfort I would be in if I didn't take the medication.
 
 

Closetfire
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   Posted 11/2/2006 6:25 PM (GMT -6)   
How in the world do you people get enough calories? I'm severely underweight and still losing because I can't eat full meals, and because I'm diabetic I have to limit my carb intake, this is really starting to scare me because I feel like I'm gonna waste away.

YankeeRose
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   Posted 11/3/2006 8:52 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi...
  I have found with me, that I have to eat every 3-4 hours, or the acid in my empty stomach makes the symptoms worse.  I also can not eat large amounts of food at one sitting anymore.  I try to eat more often, but smaller portions.  When my condition is acting up, I eat alot of a certain food that agrees with me, that may be higher in calories, but I dont care at this point.  With me, its macaroni and cheese, or grilled cheese sandwiches.  It doesnt seem to give me heartburn, it has some calories in it too.  I am not sure about a diabetic diet...but, experiment and see what works for you. 

rijssel
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   Posted 11/3/2006 3:16 PM (GMT -6)   
What kind of cheese do you eat? I am staying away from dairy products right now. I read that goats cheese is okay.

Closetfire
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   Posted 11/3/2006 3:31 PM (GMT -6)   
Been eating basic low fat American cheese, and sometimes soy cheese singles. I eat a LOT of sandwiches, because I'm a terrible cook. How do you people find time to live your lives inbetween meals and cooking all the time?
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