My Little Disease Part 3: The Acid Reflux Solution by Jorge Rodriguez

The GERD has been pretty bad of late. Last Monday was a trip to the emergency room, already detailed earlier. I had an equally bad attack on another night, but decided hey, you know what this is. Suck it up. And it’s been pretty stubborn and persistent since then.

I thought I would try a low acid diet, and the end result of that and too much antacid seems to be that I’m not digesting the food that I eat entirely. Sooo, that’s not the result we want either.

I am trying a new book by Jorge Rodriguez called The Acid Reflux Solution, and it does limit certain foods that have been proven in studies to do things to the sphincter that causes the trouble (mint, coffee (yes, also decaf), caffeine, carbonation, chocolate, fried foods, saturated fat, booze, cigs, and processed foods), and it suggests you proceed with caution regarding the things you know are a problem. And of course, losing weight features heavily again.

Portion control is key in this book. I have not been good about this in the past. I manage pretty well at small meals most of the time, but if I go out, or if I am hungry at the end of the day, it’s time for the gigantic dinner, and that, my friends, is a stomach distender. So, my goals is to eat smaller portions more frequently, which means I’ll be a joy to dine with. You’ll eat, and I’ll…watch you eat. 😀 And you can watch me eat about five small meals a day. No eating after seven either, because then I’ll turn into a bad gremlin.

Anyway, something’s gotta give. I’ve been on acid reducers for the last 10 years, and that’s not good for you, and there’s talk of putting me on something stronger, and that’ll be worse for me.

I go to see my gastroenterologist next week, and there’s one more thing I’m going to ask about. It seems that the little esophogal flap can be repaired by a minimally evasive surgery now called (and I’m not making this up) Esophyx. I know, sounds like an Asterix and Obelix character. Anyway, that’s a fantasy. People who undergo this surgery pretty much get a second chance at a normal digestive system. And I would respect the new system so much, that I would never, ever mistreat it. So, if I’m lucky, maybe I can talk them into it. Hey, it’d save money on a kabillion pills in the long run. I take TWO Aciphex a day, and one Zantac. So, that’s pricey.

Well. I need to get up to some cat care and cooking. And I think some story critiquing, and actual novelizing, today or tomorrow.

Still waiting for someone to put the Spring in my spring break.

Author: Catherine Schaff-Stump

Catherine Schaff-Stump writes fiction for children and young adults. Her most recent book, The Vessel of Ra, is the first book in the Klaereon Scroll series. She is currently working on its sequel, as well as penning the middle grade adventures of Abigail Rath, monster hunter.

2 thoughts on “My Little Disease Part 3: The Acid Reflux Solution by Jorge Rodriguez”

  1. Hey Cath, I’m sure you’ve done more research that I have on this device, but for my short search the results seems to depend on the type of GERD/reflux you’re experiencing and that this device may not be better than laparoscopic fundoplication (although the side-effects seem to be less).

  2. Steve, it’s been getting a lot of good press on our news channels lately, but indeed I suspect there is no magic bullet.

    I need to talk to my doctor. Part of the reason we didn’t pursue laparoscopic fundoplication is because of the malfunction. I might not be able to burp, for example. We decided that was a bit risky.

    I haven’t read much about similar affects with Esophyx, but the news probably wouldn’t spotlight those side affects.

    I’ll keep you posted.

    However, this link looks promising.

    And this link does not.

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