Stomach Pain - What Can I Eat?

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My family has a history of overactive acid production and digestive problems - GERD, IBS, etc. My sister has struggled with stomach 'attacks' all her life where a trigger food or stress will basically incapacitate her with pain for sometimes hours. I have been mercifully mostly left out of this situation, but two days ago I had what I can only describe as one of these 'attacks'. I wasn't feeling very hungry so I didn't eat dinner, then around 9 had some rice with chicken and oh my gosh. All I could do was lie down and wait for it to pass me over. It has not gotten better since. The pain has been low but constant unless I eat something, and then depending on what I eat it gets worse. I have tried to stick to flavorless, colorless foods since those seem to hurt the least (rice, toast, broth), but they don't do anything to fill me up and I am constantly starving, which also hurts. I am medicating with just about everything I know to do - pepto, mylanta, tums, pepsid, but it feels like I'm squirting a water gun at a house fire. My family is very much against PPI's so I've stayed away from those, but in this case would it be worth it? Is there any other medicine I can take? What can I eat that won't damage me but will also keep me from feeling sick with hunger?

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    If you have not already done so you can consult a gastroenterologist and also a registered dietician who would make up a daily menu for you.

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    I know you are trying to calm the acids down, but antacids will make you ill. You need a stronger acid reliever. PPIs can help you but that is up to you. I would go to a GI specialist to get these symptoms under control. Have you been checked for hiatal hernia. This causes very bad reflux and stomach issues. Are you eating baked or fried foods? Baked is my choice. Cut out sodas or alcohol and smoking for they stimulate acids in your stomach causing sickness. Hope you feel better, for I know what you are going through. feel better.

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      Thank you for your response! I haven't been able to go to the doctor yet. This only started on Monday and I'm in a big city/COVID hotspot so it might be a little while before I get an appointment somebody. I sent my doctor a message today so hopefully they can prescribe something without seeing me. Since Monday night I haven't eaten anything other than soup, broth, crackers, rice, pasta, or toast. They hurt me, but don't put me in agony. So far the only thing providing real relief is a heating pad. I can cut back on the antacids if they're doing damage. Is there anything else I can do that I'm not already doing?

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    Hi Anna, I think this what I am going through too, or very similar. The only thing that seems to help right now is just eating or drinking nothing for as long as I can. When I go to eat or drink something again I feel it worse again. I think I'm going to fast for next couple days to see if it gets better and if not I may just try a PPI in the short term to see if it helps.

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