FODMAP Life is about bringing people together, supporting one another and educating all about the FODMAP Diet, and what it is like for anyone to have digestive or inflammatory health issues. There’s a new section on our website called “Your Story” where you can read about others’ experiences with different digestive and inflammatory issues.  Today we welcome Angela Kinder, Angela Kinder is from Central Texas and is the owner of Edge of Insanity a frugal living blog where she often talks about her life with GERD.

Angela Kinder

Angela Kinder

In the Spring of 2008, I was rushed to the emergency room one morning because I had what I thought were chest pains. I was immediately whisked into a room where I was handed the terrible news – I had GERD. I had heard of it, but never thought I would get it.

So that afternoon, I decided to do some research on it. What I found out is that a small cluster of people who had their gallbladders removed can develop GERD because their bodies aren’t producing what they need to digest things that cause acid reflux. Since I had my gallbladder removed in the 5th grade, I knew I was part of that small cluster.

I tried taking Nexium, but the side effects were worse than having GERD! So I stopped taking them (with my doctor’s permission) and decided to change my diet and use liquid Maalox to control flare-ups. I stopped eating anything too spicy, salty, greasy, fatty, and even stopped eating raw onions. For a while, I would hardly have any symptoms, unless I messed up and ate something I wasn’t supposed to.

Now that it is years later, I still have my GERD. I haven’t eaten a jalapeno since that diagnosis and only eat cooked onions. I occasionally have the foods I’m not “supposed” to, but I control my GERD by cleansing my body regularly.

At first, I thought GERD was like a death sentence for me and my love of food. I even let it control how I ate or what I drank. But now, I control it with a somewhat balanced diet, exercise, and determination to not let it get the best of me. I may never eat jalapenos again, but that’s okay.

*Check back on again for more of Angela’s story.

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