Monday, January 2, 2012

Starting 2012 with Acid

Last night I experienced excruciating abdominal pain that left me calling nurses and driving around to get a prescription from an on call doctor who had a hawaii area code.

Insurance issues prevented me from getting medication so I tossed and turned in bed while a gremlin inside of my stomach was clawing at the walls.  Holding on to Jimmy was the only source of relief.

What causes acid reflex?  heartburn?  Everything I love:

Learn about foods that cause acid reflux

Here's the story on some common acid reflux triggers that may—or may not—affect you. Of course, it's best to avoid the foods that bother you.
High-fat foods tend to relax the lower esophageal sphincter (LES) muscle, which usually stays tight to keep acid in the stomach and out of the esophagus.
Spicy foods can irritate the lining of the esophagus leading to heartburn in some people.
Tomatoes, citrus fruits, and onions are acidic and trigger heartburn in some people.
Mint, long thought to aid in digestion, tends to stimulate reflux in people with acid reflux disease.
Alcoholic drinks can damage the lining of the esophagus and the stomach. And fermented beverages, like wine and beer, can also increase the production of stomach acid.
Caffeinated drinks—including coffees, teas, sodas, and even hot chocolate—are a problem for some people with acid reflux disease. Even decaffeinated coffee, although better than regular coffee, is still acidic and can aggravate heartburn.
Sodas, even if they're caffeine-free, can trigger heartburn because they are carbonated.

Definitely had spicy foods.  Inhaled at least a half a slightly cooked onion eating Mediterranean.  Tomatoes for New Years.  Mint in my Pho yesterday morning. Tangerines because they were on sale. Cheese daily = high-fats.  Copious amounts of alcohol during the break.  Hot teas with Jimmy and last night I had a can of Canada Dry thinking it would help.

SO basically, I had everything on this list triggering what I believe is an ulcer.

Nothing worked - Tums, milk, Mylanta.  All of which were supposed to provide immediate relief.  I was over loaded with magnesium and calcium, yet I was still aching.  Finally, after Jimmy left at 4:30AM for work, things calmed down, but I hope this isn't an indication of the new year:  painful, bed ridden, discomfort.

Does this mean I have to become one of those obnoxious people with "Dietary Restrictions?"    I have to make sure my spicy food and cheese is cage less, organic and free range before I can eat it. I hate myself already.

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