Okay so I upped my carb intake because of the nausea, IBS like flare ups with pain, diarrhea, shivers, heartburn, gas pains and just a general sense of unease all accompanied by anxiety that I was getting before and after and during my menstrual cycle, that and I am only 95lbs and 5 ft, I find I tend to do better on more carbs 35-80g a day.
It has helped with most of the symptoms but the heartburn like pain suddenly got worse and more acute. Nothing specific triggers it the only pattern that I notice is if I am hungry and don't realize it or I don't eat a hearty meal and just something like a butternut squash soup i start getting pain. Also sometimes after I eat I get the pain. It feels like gas or just sometimes burning between the breastbone, sometimes stomach area and right under the left breast. Some days lots of pain, some days a little and some days none, if I do nothing for it, it does eventually ease up in a few minutes or a couple of hours. Oh and the other day for the first time I got this sort of almost unnoticeable bitter taste at the back of my throat after a round of pain and I had not eaten anything yet.
I eat plenty of lacto-fermented vegetables, have 4oz of kefir a day, eat yogurt, drink kombucha and when I eat dairy it is raw, unpasteurized and non-homogenized. I take a digestive enzyme and and enzyme to help support stomach acid and promote your body to start producing its own digestive enzymes.
One thing I found that helps a bit is sipping on a bit of raw milk.
I know that there are a lot of post on heartburn, but like I said mine has no set pattern, it came on to this degree suddenly and I seem to be doing everything right any thoughts?
Also does anyone find once you get rid of one major symptom or problem a new one pops up?
Thank you in advance.
Kombucha, just like apple cider vinegar, gives me heartburn from hell. I know its often said that if you have tummy troubles, that you have low stomach acid, but maybe yours is a tiny bit too high -so when you add acid, it gives you heartburn.
You know, sometimes fermented foods make things worse. Maybe you are like Peggy @ The Primal Parent and you can't tolerate them. I went through a period where I really couldn't, so did Chris. Maybe it's the histamines? Either way, I would try removing them. And I would try discontinuing all supplements for awhile and then adding them back in to see if they might contribute to the problem. That's what I always do when I start having a weird symptom.
I would also trial some white rice. Honestly, nothing really calms my stomach the way rice cooked in broth does.
It seems as if I develop stronger stomach acid after eating high protein for a while, and when I switch to a carb heavier meal it sometimes causes heartburn that goes away after a heavier carb meal or two
Not sure if that is helpful, but it might be a useful data point
Today's update, I did nothing different food wise today, this was the menu:
Breakfast = 2 eggs scrambled in whey butter w. slice almond flour bread and 2 slices smoked salmon
Lunch= onion soup (caramelized onions in broth w. sea salt) and a slice raw milk cheese
Snack= cashew cookie larabar & later 4 strawberries and half a peach
Diner= Meatloaf w. sauerkraut, beet salad and carrots in butter and garlic w, 3 blocks 80% chocolate.
No pain today and the only thing I can think that I did differently is that I had about 2 oz banana chips fried in palmolein oil last night.
Just an update. I did not know hormones can cause a slew of screwy symptoms and heartburn, indigestion and reflux is one of them. If I am on the computer late at night or around to much artificial light I realized I start to get really bad attacks but as soon as I go into my newly completely dark room it suddenly just stops.
We have new black out curtains that make it completely dark and I also no longer cramp through the night when on cycle. I and the hubby are going to start properly practicing night lighting.
Also a final note, plantain chips worked to calm stomach problems or prevent them because I was told any form of a banana acts as an antacid, go figure right?
Thanks again for all your help and I hope me figuring this out helps someone else.