Thursday, May 2, 2013

Hmmmm...a hiatal hernia

So hot of the presses, I called Dr. LJ's office to find the results of the double endoscopy.  I'll evidently be getting a letter detailing everything.

The good news is that my colonoscopy is completely normal and negative for everything.  I guess I'll just rely on Immodium to stabilize things once I am off meds and take it from there.

The bad news is that I have a hiatal hernia, which is when the top of the stomach intrudes where the esophagus is supposed to be.  It's nothing to be concerned about but it can cause acid reflux, which I have experienced from time to time (including, ironically, last night).

It can be corrected surgically but this is considered an extreme step.  Instead, they recommend some simple dietary changes.

I just looked this up, and they sucked.  It might as well be a list of food I enjoy.

To avoid:

* Citrus foods, such as oranges, grapefruits, lemons, orange juice, grapefruit juice, cranberry juice and lemonade.  Not the end of the world but I do have this stuff 2-3X a month.

* Chocolate.  I am good at curbing my sweet tooth most times by I do have this 2-3X a month as well.

* Fatty and fried foods.  Easiest thing for me to eliminate -- I effectively have already done so.

* Garlic and onions.  Love them both.  Essential in some cooking.  No way.

* Spicy food.   Love it.  No way.

* Peppermint and spearmint.  My precious altoids!  Not a big deal.

* Tomato-based foods such as spaghetti sauce, pizza, chili, salsa and tomato juice.  No way.  I loves me some tomatoes.

* Coffee, tea (including decaffeinated versions) and alcohol.  Good luck there.  No way.

* Carbonated beverages.  Again, no way.  So far, I can drink tap water and eat steamed broccoli so long as it doesn't have a hint of spice or onions or garlic.  I think I'll deal with the acid reflux.

* Dairy products.  I don't use a lot, but once in a while they're necessary.

* Oil and butter.  Oh c'mon.  Be realistic!

So...yeah.  I'll just take my pantoprazole once in a while and enjoy my life!


  1. Nick, With you all the way. You know I am serious about diet, but one should not sacrifice the key things that bring on enjoyment.

    Life is not for a prognosis or martyrdom, but rather for enjoyment and pleasure.

    Enjoy those onions and tomatoes.


  2. Life is short, but moderation is the key! I have MM with hernia and part of my colon stuck to my inside gut due to a intestinal blowout two years ago. Had to wear a colostomy bag for six months, when they did the surgery they had to kind of take everything out to clean out (no prep before blowout!) and consequently big scar and complications.
    So, along with Dex/Rev/Kyprolis clogging my system I have to be careful what I eat/drink, but at the same time I don't plan on being a monk.
    Couple of suggestions:
    I switched to almond milk (soy milk to me is yechh!). Almond milk comes flavored, sweetened lots of variety. I like the straight up, high protein type.
    I like everything, been all over the US and the world and sampled food ranging from chicken feet (good as long as you don't think about it too long) to unpasteurized "live" cheese (awesome)to pick-your-live sea anemone (strangely good). What I find is the flavors and combinations are the most interesting. I'll grill vegies basted with sunflower oil and salt/pepper, a whole variety of them, at the same time. Then I'll skip the onions and garlic cause the rest of it is flavored with same. Kind of have your cake and eat it too!
    Hang in there, loved the colonoscopy minute by minute flush! Glad you left out the most graphic parts, been there, done that!

  3. Oh my lord that list looks scary!I cant miss my chocolates!Hope I don't get such type of hernia.No spicy food ,chocolate,coffee, butter,...For sure I am gonna die starving if I follow the diet in that list!

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