Today is the 58th day of being free from PPIs. It is the 49th day of being Xyzal free!
I now realise that the garlic which I had thought to have caused me to have gastric/reflux is actually an IBS symptom. Garlic is a definite high on the FODMAP food list. I've also been eating BREAD! Yes, I couldn't resist the temptation of bread. It was like I died and went to bread heaven. Again, this is high on the FODMAP diet. But one needs to know the amount that one can take before the IBS symptoms start to manifest. And the new gastro told me that I have to experiment and know my limit as everyone is different. Most of the time, it was the IBS that pushed the gas up to the stomach which then pushed the acid up to the esophagus. Once I had my food under control, there wasn't any IBS or 'reflux'.
I still get random itches here and there now and then. The good news is that the craving for Xyzal has lessened a lot. I've been consuming quite a lot of food high on the salicylate list. I've had broccoli, spinach, okra, corn, curry, turmeric and etc. I overdid it and my bucket overflowed. I had a nasty reaction two days ago and I had to take two piritons to help settle this episode. Well, it's back to low salicylate diet again for now. But I am so happy that today, I am able to tolerate better high levels of salicylate in food.
Will be working towards experimenting outside food in the future. But for now, it's still maintaining being drug-free and symptom-free.
The beginning of this journey: 1000 Kilometres and Candida
The second part of this journey: Candida & Dr. Yadav
The third part of this journey: Pain & Rock Star No More (Part One)
The fourth part of this journey: Pain & Rock Star No More (Part Two)
The fifth part of this journey: The New Hell Called Steroids!
The sixth part of this journey: Onward, Forward, No Looking Back
The seventh part of this journey: Moving On