Acid reflux travel mystery

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Hello all,

I started suffering from acid reflux 6 years ago and it has gone through stages. I'd often not get it for days/weeks and then it would come on, perhaps on an evening out then the day after then day after. I'd usually put it down to over indulgence on alcohol and rich foods, and then the next day the esophagus sphincter still being weak. I took medication (PPIs) for about a year but came off them and, except the odd bout of acid, was largely healed.

However, my wife and I have just returned from a six-month trip in south-east Asia where the only few times i got acid were after a heavy night of drinking. Otherwise i was fine, eating anything, all of the time.

We returned to Europe. To my country England and my wife's Lithuania and now where we live, Denmark. It seems that even with healthy eating I am getting acid more regularly, every few days, sometimes even once a day. Despite a bit of naughty food here and there, we are both very healthy when it comes to eating. Although I am a snacker and my portions tend to be big. We don't drink often, but it tends to be binges (a week without alcohol and then quite a lot all at once.).

I've often thought alcohol was the problem, but our experiences in Asia, where we had beers more or less every day, proved otherwise. I've tried cutting various things over the years but nothing fixes it entirely.

I'm wondering whether a) anyone has any other experiences of being in different countries/cultures where reflux has occurred more/less frequently and has any idea of why this might be/the different diets that might cause this and b) whether anyone has specifically been to south-east Asia, eating plenty of rice dishes and noodle soups, etc, and found that these are easier on the stomach /for reflux.

I'd also be curious to know if anyone can suggest why the apparent difference between me not getting reflux in one part of the world and yet a lot in another.

Thanks to anyone who can add to the conversation.


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    In my case I think it depends on what I eat and drink, how much and what time of the day! When I'm on holiday I always suffer more with acid reflux, especially towards the end of the holiday. I now know its because I'm eating later and drinking more alcohol than I normally would, I also tend to drink coffee which I don't drink at home. I now try to have an alcohol free day every few days when I'm on holiday as I find this gives my stomach a chance to recover. Of course the usual foods such as curries, chinese, spices, onions etc are always going to cause a problem if you suffer from reflux, whereas bland foods will usually be kinder on the stomach.

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