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Keeping a Heartburn Journal

A Simple Way to Find & Avoid Your Triggers


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Great info! Thanks! Report
I was having constant clearing of my throat and choking, chest pains, respiratory infections. I thought they were all unrelated until I had a swallowing test done. I have silent reflux. This can lead to severe problems including cancer.
I have not tried the food journal but I will. Losing weight has helped. Unfortunately, a lot of the meds I have taken for Multiple Sclerosis have not helped the problem.
Mine had gotten better until I had ACDF surgery. It will get better again once my esophagus heals more. Report
Just started keeping track on Spark again. I like the note idea. I just recently realized chocolate seems to really set it off along with the IBS bloat. Too much peanut butter will do it too. Anyway, spark helped me lose 30 lbs. ten yrs ago. Gained it back since I have had allergies for the past 3 yrs. Its not just food that sparks the gerd and ibs, also, air allergens set it off for me too. Now I am keeping notes in the nutrition tracker. Thanks Spark. Report
Good points. Report
ANYTHING at ALL citrus !! EVEN if it's only a lemon honey cough drop !! Tomato's and I have been DEEP enemies since this all started when I was 14 ! YES 14. Both my parents have it as do 3 of my siblings out of 4 (the "other" is an ODD duck ALL the way around. If he and I didn't look exactly like identical twins I'd be SCARED he's NOT one of us ! LOL). Tomato's also eat the skin off the insides of my mouth as do most citrus items.

Chocolates IF eaten 5 hrs before bed (naps included thankfully it's rare I am sleepy now other than night,,,, has A LOT to do with my weight loss AND a change in med) of ANY type including such as hot chocolate, in anything such as pudding, pies etc.

TY for the article which does mention Barrett's esophagus which I've had for at least 6 yrs and YES ALWAYS keep up with ones appointment for a G! !! My step Mom (so of course no relation) didn't think anything more than "foods not to eat" and by the time she was diagnosed with it,,, sadly she passed in only 6 months ! She went from being this very energetic person to that as said in only 6 months. Report
My tips on how I completely cured my heartburn & acid reflux.
Tip 1; an immediate relief is found via root ginger. Seems to neutralise the esophagus immediately.
Tip 2; apple cider vinegar diluted with a bit of water and then down it. Every morning.
Tip 3; have a look at the free video on and just follow the methods it gives you. Takes about a week but reflux symptoms will then be gone forever.
Tip 4; dont push your luck! once you feel your symptoms have relieved still don’t be silly and have that greasy take away! Be cautious what you eat without it ruling your life.

Acid reflux can indeed cause many various symptoms, I think thats another thing what struggled me for many years when i had it
have not had heartburn in a while.
orange juice
allot of drinking (party)
really very fatty foods
a pie is a killer halfway the heartburn starts.

this is with triggers it for me. carbs being the worst of the lot. its like instant heartburn Report
This is weird! I had acid reflux when I was 35 pounds heavier and ate junk a lot! Now I never have acid reflux. I was on nexium prior to the weight loss too! I stopped taking it and began eating healthy and have had no acid reflux at all no matter what I eat! I have eaten tomatoes (a trigger before) and even sauces. The only thing that happens is I get those canker sores on my tongue from too much acid, but even they are less.. It's just weird! Report
wondering if anybody experiences chest pain? It's scary because I think it feels like what a heart attack must feel like, but my doc says it's GERD... Report
regurditation after diary products, tried elimination for a few weeks, no diary at all and today I re-introduced a little bit of milk. Well, it's here again - regurditation, bloating, abdominal cramps, severe fatigue... so from now on, diary free diet i guess Report
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. :-) Report
Anything deep fried really seems to trigger my symptoms. Just another reason to avoid this unhealthy type of food. Report
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. Report
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. Report
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.

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