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Emotional Eating...

Friday, February 03, 2017

Last night emotional eating took me away and afterwards I felt like crap - I need to come up with a better solution. I ended up eating a large McDonald's fries with a salad - I would have been better off doing the kid's meal to appease my inner rumbling. Then I ate two of their cookies as well. You will see below what happened to me this day, but, what I did - did not help the situation. I am not going to beat myself up or be disappointed in myself - I am going to move forward today and push towards better habits and lose that mentality of comfort food will take me away - because it doesn't.

One minute I was standing in the kitchen looking at my spices, the next minute I was holding the sink trying not to go down on the floor (this was unsuccessful). As I went down I was able to bellow for Tim Delaware who was sleeping, but he heard me (the laundry chute and heat vents were close to me so my voice traveled). He comes down to find me curled on the floor with no clue what to do. Because I couldn't get off the floor, 911 was called. They did all their tests, but because they can't do blood draws I was carted off to the ER for blood tests, another EKG and vital tests.

The pain? Imagine someone sticking a knife in the center of your breastbone and turning it. I have had labor pains, and this is right up there in comparison. I have never been knocked to the floor in pain before.

Tim made friends with the man behind the curtain next to us while we waited.

I have a new prescription for Prilosec daily along with LIQUID antacids as needed.

I had an appointment with my regular doctor tomorrow so I will be talking to her as well.
Lifestyle changes include
- limit or avoid fatty, fried and spicy foods as well as coffee, chocolate, mint and foods with high acid content such as tomatoes, citrus fruit and juices.
- don't eat large meals. Do not like down after eating. Don't eat anything 3 hours before going to bed
- no alcohol or smoking - no second hand smoke
- lose weight
- avoid tight clothing

I have Gastroespohageal Reflux Disease with Esophagitis - say that five times quickly.
It's weird because I never have heartburn, but I have now had this attack three times.
The issue is that the esophagitis makes it feel like a heart attack - the pain is sharp, severe and is like someone stuck a knife in your chest and twisted it. The pain radiates up and down the chest and a bit to the sides, but since it mimics the signs of heart attacks - it is best to be sure.
Reflux means that stomach acid and juices move back up into your esophagus, the tube that leads from the throat to the stomach. This can cause heartburn, ulcers, and damage to your esophagus. When you have heartburn that bothers you often, it's called gastroesophageal reflux disease, or GERD.
Esophagitis is irritation or inflammation of the esophagus . The esophagus is the tube that carries food
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  • VIRGINIAGIRL
    Hope you are feeling much better!
    1332 days ago
  • LAJ137
    How are you feeling now? I hope you are doing okay.
    1332 days ago
  • KNORRIS_924
    I am struggling with emotional eating as well. I just started here today on spark people. Still trying to learn my way around it. Hope you are feeling better. I too had an episode like this as you explained above. I think I had a meatball sub and I seriously thought I was having a heart attack too. Scary!!!
    1353 days ago
  • XNANNY
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    1363 days ago
  • TWEETYX2
    My husband has had this and yes they thought he was having a heart attack. He has had multiple tests like yourself and right now he also has to be careful what he eats.

    Eating McDonald's was only risky because of the high fat content. However, don't beat yourself up about it. I am diabetic and I still make the wrong choices for my disease. Give yourself time to adjust to a new diet and you will be fine.


    Take care, Pam emoticon
    1363 days ago
  • SUNNYWBL
    It sounds as if you have 'silent' GERD, just like I had. I found out in my fifties; I thought I was having a heart attack.
    1363 days ago
  • TWEDEE777
    I have to take an antacid every night before bed.
    1364 days ago
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