Readers~ I would love to get your input on this! I have been fighting heartburn/acid reflux for months now. I am learning (and not liking what I am learning) what my "trigger foods" are and I know that part of the problem is weight gain but this is not a fun battle. It keeps me from getting a good night's sleep because it kicks in as soon as I lay down and at least one night a week it's so bad in the middle of the night that I wake up coughing up the "acid" and have to sleep half sitting up on my couch if I want any rest. I have talked to both my Rheumy and my GP. Neither is surprised. They have me on a daily Prilosec which helps a bit but I still go through at least a 25ct bottle of Tums Freshers a month.
The weight gain is a significant issue. I have been fighting it so long and nothing is working. I swear, I could do nothing more than drink water for a week and I would gain 5lbs. It's stressful, it's frustrating and it's disheartening.
The other side of it is that the whole acid reflux thing really bothers me. I don't know anyone who LIKES to vomit but when I am coughing and bringing up the acid, I just wish I could throw up and have it over with. When I get up on the "morning after" my throat is just raw.
I know that my meds contribute to this in a way- but I can't stop those without serious ramifications. One trigger is overeating. I have to be very careful and find that "full but not too full" line. It also seems that sugar in the evening is another trigger. Not so much during the day but if I eat a serving at night- it seems to add to the usual and make it worse. Of course- spicy foods are not good and I seem to be getting more sensitive to spice. I am actually writing this in the evening and will schedule it for the morning in hopes that it reaches you. Tonight we had tacos for dinner. Basic, one each Old El Paso taco kit which we have used forever. I had shells, meat with the seasoning packet in it and tomatoes and 3 hours later I can't bend over to take the dogs off their leads without feeling the acid in my throat. It looks like I will bunk on the couch tonight so I can half sit-up.
I would love to hear if you have had this issue too and how you solved it. Thanks so much in advance!
On a happier note~ This blog has been voted one of Healthline's Top 10 Rheumatoid Arthritis Blogs again this year. I am in great company (Shout out to WREN for making the list again!) and am so very honored since I have written so much less this year. It's inspired me to get going again once I get through the madness. Stop over on Healthline (link below) and see the other great blogs that they have chosen.