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Old 05-31-2005, 04:34 PM   #1
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food and drink

I am 20, was recently diagnosed with acid reflux disease. Lately it has been awful - major sore throat, nausea, haven't even been able to do anything or go out the last few days. I am wondering what foods/drinks to avoid, any other tips to avoid this misery (i am already getting on nexium.) I made a self-discovery that alcohol is a no-no for acid-reflux, but that's all I know. Thanks

 
Old 05-31-2005, 04:53 PM   #2
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I would avoid spicy foods, tomatoes, chocolate, peppermint, caffiene, coffee (decaf or regular), tea. I have all of the same symptoms as you do. I have the constant nausea all day. Have you actually thrown up yet. I am a 24 year old female and know where you are coming from. If you haven't thrown up ask yourself if you are going to let yourself let the nausea run your life. Also, I have an anxiety problem over my healh, could this be causing the acid reflux to be worse? Let me know.

 
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Old 05-31-2005, 06:41 PM   #3
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Re: food and drink

Hey - yeah I do have some anxiety problems - I think alcohol has more to do with it though - I have thrown up but only after drinking, only I will throw up for like two whole days after drinking, I think it's cause GERD + alcohol do not mix. This is really driving me nuts though! I just constantly feel bad - dizzy and nauseous.

 
Old 07-27-2005, 10:53 PM   #4
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Re: food and drink

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Originally Posted by rhodasoda
I would avoid spicy foods, tomatoes, chocolate, peppermint, caffiene, coffee (decaf or regular), tea. I have all of the same symptoms as you do. I have the constant nausea all day. Have you actually thrown up yet. I am a 24 year old female and know where you are coming from. If you haven't thrown up ask yourself if you are going to let yourself let the nausea run your life. Also, I have an anxiety problem over my healh, could this be causing the acid reflux to be worse? Let me know.
I would add that I've been advised to cook food, so for instance I'm not eating raw veggies or salad. I'm making soups and stews. If you cook something like eggs, use ghee (clarified butter) and if you sautee veggies use coconut oil. NOT cheap vegetable oils which go rancid under heat.

I am also avoiding carbonation, dairy, and heavy starches. (bread, pasta, rice, corn, oats etc...)

 
Old 07-28-2005, 09:16 AM   #5
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Re: food and drink

I was diagnosed with reflux (LPR) after a barium swallow about four months ago. I had a chronic sore throat, earache and mild dysphagia for about three months.
My ENT consultant prescribed Omerprazole (I live in the UK!) and I have been seeing a speech therapist who is helping me to swallow properly again. PPIs didn't work for me (bad side effects) so I'm on natural remedies and lifestyle changes such as the well-known abstinence of certain foods mentioned here. However, some things I've been told from my speech therapist I haven't seen mentiond here (or many other places at all).
These are: [1] (no joke) eat lemon sorbet - ONLY lemon, not raspberry or mango! - every night [2] Breathe in steam with specialist steamer or in a steam room for ten minues every day [3] have lots of ice with every drink and [4] drink at least 2 litres of water a day.
All of the above help the so-called 'sensation' of swallowing and can keep symptoms such as a sore throat and dysphagia at bay in at least (apparently) 80% of cases! The thing is you have to stick to it as well as keep up an acid-producing-free diet! No, she isn't whacko and yes, she is a very well qualified speech therapist who practises in private hospitals in the UK.

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