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Keeping a Heartburn Journal

A Simple Way to Find & Avoid Your Triggers

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RICH_IN_NFPA_2

4/1/2014 11:12:29 PM

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My GERD turned out to be caused by a hiatal hernia. My primary doctor knew I had a hiatal hernia but never checked to see how bad it was. He told me I just needed to lose a little weight to take care of the GERD. A surgeon I was seeing for a different matter checked and told me the hernia was one of the largest he'd ever seen. While doing the surgery for the other matter he repaired the hernia and I haven't had a single GERD episode since. It's wonderful to be able to sleep on my back now instead of propped up.

Unfortunately, the years of GERD gave me Barrett's esophagus a condition which makes it more likely I could develop esophageal cancer. I have to have an endoscopy every year to make sure that doesn't happen.

BTW, I have a new primary doctor now. :-)

SUGARFLY69

2/18/2014 7:05:09 PM

Anything deep fried really seems to trigger my symptoms. Just another reason to avoid this unhealthy type of food.

SAERJOMO2006

1/9/2014 3:02:17 PM

I get heartburn late in the evening if I drink coffee, eat bread, drink water or juices. Also, if I eat anything that contains tomato sauce or any acid foods or anything with mint.

MPINEDA87

1/5/2014 1:00:44 PM

For my severe GERD I started on organic apple cider vinager, one teaspoon in the morning before breakfast and during the day as needed when heartburn starts. Also Pure Aloe Vera 4oz after taking the apple cider vinager. I have not taking omeprazole in few weeks.

4MOMWOW

9/29/2013 5:44:16 PM

A food journal is a great idea. Thanks.
Tomato based foods--chili, sauces/pasta-- are high acid which can trigger an episode with me. At home when i cook with canned tomatoes I add 1-2 Tbls of sugar . Seems to help but I try not to eat too much at one time.

PARKIEMAT

5/9/2013 11:35:59 PM

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There are two foods that trigger it for me, bananas and almonds, I also get it when I'm hungry too.

2009GETINLINE

4/20/2013 8:28:48 AM

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I'm avoiding fruits/veggies from the Birch and Alder family. For other veggies/fruit I cook, steam, place in microwave for 3 minutes before eating.

SMARTIN77

12/18/2012 3:20:42 AM

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Gosh, this "random" article is perfect timing. I've been experiencing a lot of heartburn lately. I upped my calories at doctor's request, but my body doesn't seem to be adjusting well. I'm going to start paying more attention to this, and try to avoid the patterns and/or foods causing it. Thanks for the info. I'm already participating in several challenges, incl. sleep and diabetes, so I'm doing a fair amt. of health journaling already. But maybe I can make quick observations on my nutrition notes on the tracker.

SMARTIN77

12/18/2012 3:20:18 AM

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Gosh, this "random" article is perfect timing. I've been experiencing a lot of heartburn lately. I upped my calories at doctor's request, but my body doesn't seem to be adjusting well. I'm going to start paying more attention to this, and try to avoid the patterns and/or foods causing it. Thanks for the info. I'm already participating in several challenges, incl. sleep and diabetes, so I'm doing a fair amt. of health journaling already. But maybe I can make quick observations on my nutrition notes on the tracker.

LAURIEDIARY

12/2/2012 10:45:29 AM

Nothing triggers my GERD like stress! Seems like one day I can eat the food that bothered me the week before. I take a omeprozole (20mg) everyday to keep it in check. Seems to be working. Now that the holidays are upon us, I will have to watch the party food & question what ingredients are in some foods...or not eat them at all.

ELONBRO

11/16/2012 8:54:38 AM

Omeprazole is supposed to help but I still get it from stress. Stupid people and computers that don't work properly give me heartburn. :-)

NANAGAIL1958

10/9/2012 2:37:09 PM

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I have terrible acid reflex but Ragu tomatoe sauce does not bother me. So weird

DFNICELY

10/7/2012 7:46:09 PM

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It's funny but when I eat a fresh tomato it doesn't bother me but let me eat tomato based sauce and it often causes my acid reflux to act up.

HONDAGURL2021

9/17/2012 4:11:41 PM

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I noticed that tomato based foods make it worse however when i take my
Omeprazole i dont usually have any symptoms.. not that i have noticed

ALICIA0527

6/29/2012 11:33:09 AM

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Definitely going to put this into practice, wish me luck!

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