About 4 years ago I was diagnosed a hiatal hernia, IBS, and diverticulitis after having a endoscopy and a colonoscopy.
I also suffer from osteoarthritis, which started developing in my late teens (I'm in my early 50's now), including OA in my spine. Not being able to take some of different types of pain medications because of risk of making my GERD symptoms worse makes pain control hard.
I would enjoy hearing from other people who have been living with GERD and other digestive disorders for many years."
Points to Remember:
While foods aren't always a trigger for heartburn, the majority of patients do state eating certain foods is sure to cause heartburn. If you are not sure which foods trigger your heartburn, you can try keeping a record of what you eat, and any symptoms that may occur afterwards, for a week or two. If you've eaten several foods during a meal and don't know which one triggered your heartburn, you can re-introduce each food one at a time into your diet to determine which one is causing the heartburn. To help with meal planning, you can check out the list of most often safe foods for heartburn sufferers, and foods to avoid. You may also want to check out some heartburn-free menu suggestions. Also, what we may take for the treatment of other medical conditions may affect the severity of GERD or ulcer symptoms. Your doctor may be able to prescribe an alternative treatment for other conditions, such as arthritis, in order to avoid complications or increased symptoms.
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