Aaaaaacid Reflux =(

I guess I should have seen this coming…I’ve previously had minor cases of heartburn after eating raw garlic and a couple times after overeating…but the last few nights, I’ve been waking up at 3-4am with a pain in my chest. Of course, self-diagnosing always makes you paranoid and I first thought I was having congestive heart failure, hehe…wasn’t really laughing this morning at 3:30…but the symptoms look like what many millions of Americans suffer from…acid reflux.

Acid Reflux: a condition in which acidic gastric fluid is regurgitated into the esophagus, causing heartburn.

There are a good amount of signs that I have this:

  1. Every morning, I have to brush my tongue since there is a white film over it (food coming back up in your sleep)
  2. Food triggers: caffeine, tomatoes, garlic, carbonated drinks (I bought a lot of sparkling water), chocolate, spicy food, cheese, red meat, fatty foods, etc
  3. Wearing tight pants that restrict my stomach and causing discomfort
  4. Sleeping on my back which makes the acid travel back up and has been giving me bad chest pains at night
  5. Needing to sleep upright to let the pain subside…think I’ll need to adjust my bedding…don’t wanna keep sleeping on the couch
  6. Regurgitation/vomit/bloating: this happens every so often after eating a lot and I feel the acid in my throat…makes swallowing hurt

Guess this is just one of the signs of getting older. I guess I’ll be forced to change my diet. I’ve already ordered some apple cider vinegar, turmeric, and antacid pills from Target. I ate oatmeal and a banana today and drank hot ginger water. Honestly, I am thankful. It is quite common and it isn’t the worst thing to deal with (though I wish I could get a good night’s sleep). I should probably eat healthier in the long run…the hubby is secretly jumping for joy…

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