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Reflux and heartburn

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#1 Kiwi


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Posted 27 July 2008 - 06:48 PM

Hi all
I don't have "reflux" as such... sometimes it's a little hard to swallow if I haven't chewed properly and sometimes I need to burp and liquid comes up instead. I have also been getting a burning in my chest sometimes. Can anyone recommend foods to eat or not eat to keep this at a minimum?
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Posted 27 July 2008 - 09:57 PM

Hi Megan, You say that you don't have reflux as such, but the symptoms you describe sound like you do have reflux!. Are you taking any medciation for this ? If not it might be an idea to tell your Dr about the symptoms you are having. There are a number of things I avoid or know I should avoid but don't because I like them too much and am weak willed!) these include chocolate and curry. In fact I think I have more problems with things I have drunk - orange juice and wine are particular culprits.

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Posted 28 July 2008 - 04:45 AM

Hi Kiwi,

I try (key word "try") to avoid anything acidic. Tomato sauce, orange juice, tea. I was told not to drink coffee but that's once vice I just can't give up.

You may also want to try an antacid medication, just to buffer. I know if I didn't take my Prylosexc, I'd be in lots of burning pain.


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Posted 28 July 2008 - 05:52 AM

Hi Megan, Sounds like acid reflux to me. I have the head of my bed elevated and take Nexium each day. This has helped me. Good luck, Birdman
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Posted 28 July 2008 - 05:59 PM

The best way to find out a list of foods is to notice which foods bother you. It is trial and error. Everyone of us has certain foods that really get us, but the standard ones include caffeine, acidic ones including tomato sauces, alcoholic beverages, and citrus fruits to start. Then you need to become aware of other foods in particular that get to you. You should also talk to your doctor because as the other members of the forum have stated what you describe is pretty much classic GERD or reflux. Feel better and get that attended to quickly!

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Posted 31 July 2008 - 02:09 AM


I agree with all the foods mentioned here causing acid reflux. I would like to include greasy fried foods, like fried chicken and french fries and spicy food, like salsa and hot wings. Naturally these are some of my all time favorite and I will sneak in a bite or two. But definitely stay away from foods cooked with hot peppers. If I take a bite of spicy food, I almost can't breathe. The chemicals in the peppers cause a reaction in my throat to the point where I can't catch my breath. I can't toss down those jalapenos like I used to.

You should talk to your doctor about your symptoms. They sound like acid reflux and can be treated with Nexium and elevating the head portion of your bed.

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Posted 01 August 2008 - 06:07 AM

Yes, you should talk to your doctor about these symptoms.

Our page on Reflux (Heartburn) and GERD has a wealth of information. You will also find discussions of reflux in many threads on the forum.

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