GERD - What to eat?

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Desperation has brought me here and reading the threads I am relieved I am not alone. I have been diagnosed with Gerd through a endoscopy the result of which was - mild reflux of the upper oesophagitis. 

Together with the acid pains in my abdomen, chest and back I have found myself increasingly suffering panic/anxiety attacks and losing weight probably due to the fact that I am worried what certain foods will do and my skipping of meals now. When I do eat it is very bland meals that seem to offer no nourishment - chicken, rice, couscous, mash etc...

I have been supplementing with yogurts, organic honey and wholemeal bread to name a few.

I was originally perscribed with Lansoprazole which made matters worse so I was put on Omeprazole 20mg daily, after three weeks of which I have still felt no improvement. My doctor recently perscribed 300mg of Rantidine also which I am currently on day three of taking under the new regime....

My question is if anybody knows of nutricious food that doesn't t trigger Gerd symptoms and enables weight gain as I am worried that I am fading away.

I plan to contact my GP tomorrow to ask if the next step can be an appointment with a specialist as I feel that the doctor is just continually perscribing different drugs and not paying heed to my worries and concerns.

Thank you for helping me as I feel cornered in a dark place.

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    We are all different (as a result of unique gut biomes and learning in infancy) so react to foods differently.

    Keep a food diary to determine your own particular triggers.

    There are may websites / books out there which claim to help but many are there just to make their authors rich.

    Visi the free boo / website www DownWithAcid org uk to find out more.

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    WOW reading this is like i have wrote it all myself.

    I am the same lost 4Kgs in 2 months and now my doctor has done loads of blood tests even one for cancer of the pancreas which i get back in the morning.

    But i am the same with food and eat roughly the same as you, and have no dairy at all. I have not tired yogurts because i thought it would trigger it off again,

    My reflux is silent and i get bits of phlegm when it starts in my throat and drives me nuts and almost makes me panic.

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    Have a read of the related information on the right of this page.

    I had to try several PPI's until I found one that helped more than the others.

    Much depends on finding food that suits you. People call me Mr Bland with the kinds of food that I eat. You could have fish, it is bland and nourishing. Be careful with the honey. I was taking Manuka honey before meals to put a protective coating on my esophagus but in no time my blood glucose went through the roof.

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    Hi Jay,

    I too had GERD, it took me about 14 years of taking PPI before I was considered for surgery to fix it.. I had all the symptoms that comes with it and was on 40mg of omeprazole for about 10 years and Nexium 40mg for the past year. Also I was taking 300mg of Ranitadine most days and lots of Gaviscon.

    Before surgery I tried to change my diet to see if I could control it, but the Reflux was so bad even a drink of water I could burp back up, if I swallowed it it will come back with neutralised acid ( phlegm) I also had a 2cm hiatus hernia, my surgeon told me I had pathological reflux which scared me as he said the neutralised acid coming up can in the future cause damage to my lungs oesophagus and throat. There was no contest, I went for surgery 4 weeks ago tomorrow, I've not taken any PPI since, I can lay down flat in bed, I'm still on sloppy food at the moment but it all stays in my stomach now.

    Good luck with your journey whichever route it takes, I'm glad I took the surgery route. :-)

    Margaret

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    Thank you for all of your comments. To say I am scared is an understatement but at least it is nice to know there are other fellow sufferers out there and I am am not alone. My next plan of action will be to contact my GP again and arrange an appointment with either a specialist or a nutritionist? 
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