I am planning on tracking my GERD. After years of trying at-home remedies and seeing a gastroenterological specialist (and being put on pretty serious drugs) I am still not finding much relief from the symptoms. Here is my brainstorming paragraph of questions and my plan for what to observe. I welcome feedback and advise. One concern of mine is the large amount of stuff that I want to track. I plan on doing a 2 week trial, starting today, of tracking these and see if it is doable.
Question: What is causing the GERD? Can I control it?
Is the GERD I experience caused by a present action or actions of my doing or is it the result of physiological causes over which I have no control?
How many times a day do I need to treat the symptoms with my usual 3 chewable tablets of 400 mg of DGL?
Does it matter what foods I eat or what time of day I eat? Or what I do directly after eating? Are the thoughts that I am thinking just before I treat the symptoms with DGL related to the frequency of symptoms?
In other words, if I am worrying or thinking negative thoughts, will there more likely be symptoms?
If it is caused by a hiatal hernia, does the position of my body contribute to the occurrence of symptoms (like bending over which would put pressure on the stomach and may cause acid to flow up)?
Does the amount of work or volunteer work vs. relaxation and recreation contribute to a greater level of stress that may increase the symptoms?
Does the way I move my body contribute to the tension in my stomach which may contribute to the symptoms of acid reflux (am I moving gracefully or am I moving in a jerky manner shortly before I treat the symptoms with DGL)?
Does my mood affect how many times I need to treat symptoms?
What mitigating efforts on my part will reduce the symptoms?
List of things to observe:
Amount of DGL used to treat symptoms
Action performed when DGL was used
Time of day of DGL consumption
Position of the body when DGL was consumed
Thoughts present in the mind when DGL was consumed
Jerky or Graceful movements at time of DGL consumption?
What time of day that food was consumed
Hours of work/service and hours of recreation/relaxation in that day
Hours of exercise