Originally Posted by Ken7
I started experienced excessive burping and after several weeks of
burping my voice started getting hoarse with a bit of an irritated
throat. My family doctor ran an upper GI (drinking the Barium) and I
was found to have a very small Hiatal Hernia and moderate Reflux (GERD).
Wow, you really do sound a lot like me there!
My main problem is burping (small, unnoticeable except to me) – and hiccupping (likewise small unnoticeable) with it. I knew something was terribly wrong with me the 2 days I had burping every minute at least. And the main thing after that is throat hurts/scratchy/warm. Unlike some apparently who say they're relieved by burping, if I start burping, I know I'm in trouble. My throat will be suffering soon after too many burps (as will my stomach itself).
My GE doc (head of a top GE dept) doesn’t believe in diets for pure GERD/LPR. He says that theory is “old”, “outdated” and “has no proof”. However, as with those who actually distinguish the “disease” from the mere symptom of reflux, he does say it’s best to avoid chocolate and peppermint
(I avoid all mints). These weaken the sphincter, so if you have the “disease” (not just the symptom), you need to avoid making it worse. (This could apply if you have hiatal hernia which by nature would “weaken” the sphincter, but that’s not a given either.) We really need to figure out if the sphincters are bad, or it's just something else. But that's hard to do.
Tomatoes were mentioned by my GP (my 1st visit for this), but most literature doesn’t mention this as weakening. I think it’s just because it’s acidic and can further hurt damaged tissue (esophagus = heartburn).
I suspect my GE doc is right, because I hardly notice any change whether I went on strict “boring” diet or ate “wild and crazy”. I’ve eaten wonderfully garlicky spaghetti and pizzas and lasagna with no problem, and been through hell on pea soup. I just plain seem to have good and (mostly) bad days, 8 mos later. Of course, any problems I do
have may be mostly because of other problems in the upper GI (I may have a GB problem now), more than “acid-reflux disease
I keep trying to be “good” (even when my GE berates me for bothering to), but have no idea if it really helps. I’m still up in the air. I too would like to know if you “know right away” that some food is bad, or if it can be the next day! That would be VERY
helpful to know what period to notice.