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Old 02-25-2020, 08:01 AM   #331
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Hi bluebicycle. I don't think there is anything that wrong with eating only twice per day. I would suggest that if you do eat little that the content be fairly well-rounded or if not, do you take a multi-vitamin? I hope my suggestion doesn't sound preachy, but it is very important not to become deficient in various ways.
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Hi bluebicycle. I don't think there is anything that wrong with eating only twice per day. I would suggest that if you do eat little that the content be fairly well-rounded or if not, do you take a multi-vitamin? I hope my suggestion doesn't sound preachy, but it is very important not to become deficient in various ways.
Yeah, I should probably try vitamins. That's a good idea.

I have to pick up my cogentin today anyways since my pharmacy didn't fill it yesterday, so I'll browse the vitamins aisle.

I forgot to say... sometimes when I get too much reflux, I puke in my mouth and have to go spit it out in the toilet or whatever, then rise my mouth out with water. That's a big reason I try not to eat too much crappy food in one day. But I'm afraid of the cancer stuff that comes with a lot of reflux meds.
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Yeah, I should probably try vitamins. That's a good idea.

I have to pick up my cogentin today anyways since my pharmacy didn't fill it yesterday, so I'll browse the vitamins aisle.

I forgot to say... sometimes when I get too much reflux, I puke in my mouth and have to go spit it out in the toilet or whatever, then rise my mouth out with water. That's a big reason I try not to eat too much crappy food in one day. But I'm afraid of the cancer stuff that comes with a lot of reflux meds.
That's terrible that your reflux gives you such distress! I wish I had some suggestions. Does bread help?

One need not buy 3 or more bottles of vitamins. One really good multi-vitamin can often be plenty.
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That's terrible that your reflux gives you such distress! I wish I had some suggestions. Does bread help?

One need not buy 3 or more bottles of vitamins. One really good multi-vitamin can often be plenty.
Too much bread and crackers can give me bad reflux, but I can eat some. I'd say that Ritz crackers and Cheez-Its are probably the worst offenders for me (in fact, eating both of those things isjust as bad as chewing on hot peppers, which I had done before as a young kid), but if I eat lots of toast (for example), then I will get a burning sensation and possibly puke a little.

Veggies are safe for me, even if I am not a huge fan of them.

But I can eat spicy food and be okay, as long as I eat in moderation. I don't know why bread and crackers are worse than spicy foods, though.
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Too much bread and crackers can give me bad reflux, but I can eat some. I'd say that Ritz crackers and Cheez-Its are probably the worst offenders for me (in fact, eating both of those things isjust as bad as chewing on hot peppers, which I had done before as a young kid), but if I eat lots of toast (for example), then I will get a burning sensation and possibly puke a little.

Veggies are safe for me, even if I am not a huge fan of them.

But I can eat spicy food and be okay, as long as I eat in moderation. I don't know why bread and crackers are worse than spicy foods, though.
Oh my, I was dead wrong about the bread. As I wrote, I didn't really know. I'm sorry you suffer from the reflux. I don't have a major problem with it, but I do get gastrointestinal issues from time to time. I remember my GP recommended Zantac. I only just heard about the cancer risks. I had been taking Nexium OTC, but I stopped because it gave me a rash on my face. I have never gotten to the point of needing prescription treatments.
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Never posted here, but here it goes...

Since stopping my rexulti, I've pretty much stopped eating. I eat only once or twice a day. For example, two days ago, I ate 2 eggo waffles for breakfast @ 4am and then had a small amount of pasta with red sauce @ 3pm. It was like 1/3 of a standard bowl of pasta. Then yesterday, I ate 2 eggs for breakfast and half a grilled cheese for lunch.

I was never an overeater and have never been overweight, but I guess I'm just eating a lot less. I don't know why. Prior to this, I'd eat breakfast, a morning snack, lunch, and an early afternoon snack. (Yeah, no dinner. Never ate that because I'd get horrible reflux.) Now it's like... I hardly eat. Just not hungry or interested in food anymore, I guess. In fact, eating is more of a hassle than anything else, and I can't be bothered to do it.

I don't even want to weigh myself. I managed to pull my weight up to 110 at some point, but I'm sure it's back down again from not eating. But I'm also not that tall... I'm somewhere between 5'4" and 5'5". Still, I've always had problems with eating because of reflux and IBS... and gaining weight back is hard unless I want to get severe reflux pain and the shits.

I *was* prescribed protonix for reflux at one point after having an endoscopy, but after hearing about Zantac causing cancer in people, I didn't want to touch it anymore. Then again, my aunt has the same problem as me where there is an irritation of the stomach spinchter from reflux and she needed surgery to fix it. I hope that doesn't happen to me. But I find that if I just eat less and eat healthier, I don't have to worry about reflux so much. I would normally eat like 1200-1400 cals a day on average, but nowadays, it's more like... 500 or less.
Hey Blue. I'm glad you're posting with us. I'm also sorry to hear about the reflux. I don't like ingesting chemicals either. Maybe one of these would help?

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Eating twice a day is ok for some people, but generally speaking small amounts of food spread out into 6 meals or so is the recommendation for optimal digestive health. Just something to keep in mind.

Eating only 500 calories a day is a red flag though and you can easily throw your body into an unhealthy level of ketosis with that approach. You don't have much of a fat reserve, so your body will feed elsewhere when the reserves dry up.

In the past, I think it was over the summer or early fall, when you were mentally symptomatic the same eating pattern came about. You even got to the point where eating anything at all was incredibly painful. I'm concerned.
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Too much bread and crackers can give me bad reflux, but I can eat some. I'd say that Ritz crackers and Cheez-Its are probably the worst offenders for me (in fact, eating both of those things isjust as bad as chewing on hot peppers, which I had done before as a young kid), but if I eat lots of toast (for example), then I will get a burning sensation and possibly puke a little.

Veggies are safe for me, even if I am not a huge fan of them.

But I can eat spicy food and be okay, as long as I eat in moderation. I don't know why bread and crackers are worse than spicy foods, though.
Have you been tested for gluten intolerance or Celiac? I'm just wondering about this since you struggle so much with breads and crackers. Also, sorry that you're having such troubles. No fun! But yes, I am also concerned about the low amount of calories. And 5'4" or 5'5" is not really short.
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Oh my, I was dead wrong about the bread. As I wrote, I didn't really know. I'm sorry you suffer from the reflux. I don't have a major problem with it, but I do get gastrointestinal issues from time to time. I remember my GP recommended Zantac. I only just heard about the cancer risks. I had been taking Nexium OTC, but I stopped because it gave me a rash on my face. I have never gotten to the point of needing prescription treatments.
Reflux is such a tricky issue and it affects so many people. There are basic foods to avoid like refined carbs, refined sugars, caffeine, alcohol, tomatoes, and some others but it seems to hit everyone a bit differently.

My husband has horrible reflux and had a close relative pass from reflux induced esophageal cancer. My husband takes Prilosec and it works for him, but I wish he'd be open to natural methods or controlling it better with diet choices. He prefers to rely on a pill. I don't push it since the main goal is to keep the reflux at bay. Eye on the prize!
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@BirdDancer: Yeah, makes sense why you stopped Nexium. Nexium didn't help me whatsoever. Protonix helped when I was prescribed it (since I think it's Rx only), but the cancer stories scared me away since colon cancer runs in the family. (I know the med works on the stomach, but the intestines are connected to the stomach!) I do worry about the chronic cough and sphincter inflammation, though.

@fern46: Thanks for the link. Maybe I should try eating multiple meals a day to see if that'll help. I do remember eating being painful, though, yeah. I think Rexulti has really messed with my digestive system. I just hope that the cogentin I took doesn't worsen things, since apparently it can reduce hunger and affect your GI tract in a number of other ways.

@giddykitty: yeah, I was tested for celiac disease when I was tested for chronic diarrhea, but it came back negative. They instead said I have IBS-D. I don't have so much of a diarrhea problem now, though, because meds constipate me. lol. But I used to take an antispasmodic a while back.
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@BirdDancer: Yeah, makes sense why you stopped Nexium. Nexium didn't help me whatsoever. Protonix helped when I was prescribed it (since I think it's Rx only), but the cancer stories scared me away since colon cancer runs in the family. (I know the med works on the stomach, but the intestines are connected to the stomach!) I do worry about the chronic cough and sphincter inflammation, though.

@fern46: Thanks for the link. Maybe I should try eating multiple meals a day to see if that'll help. I do remember eating being painful, though, yeah. I think Rexulti has really messed with my digestive system. I just hope that the cogentin I took doesn't worsen things, since apparently it can reduce hunger and affect your GI tract in a number of other ways.

@giddykitty: yeah, I was tested for celiac disease when I was tested for chronic diarrhea, but it came back negative. They instead said I have IBS-D. I don't have so much of a diarrhea problem now, though, because meds constipate me. lol. But I used to take an antispasmodic a while back.
I've also read a number of times that eating the small frequent portions assists with the reflux. I'm not up to speed on the sciemce behind it, but it makes sense that it would be helpful to be constantly giving the acid something small to work on. I hope it helps a bit.
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