I didn't know if it was just some bad sauce the first time, but it seems to be any type of tomato sauce. I have been staying away from it lately and have been too scared to see if I will get the same reaction to just tomatos fresh. I have however, eaten a spoonful of salsa without having a terrible reaction (heart burn + just AWFUL pain in my stomach), but then again the other night I had chips and salsa and was in pain the entire evening (but I also got sick off the meal as well...so hard to say what caused what).
I am fine with every other sort of acidic food and like I said am not allergic to anything. Could it be bad sauce? The sauce was made poorly so the tomatos get too acidic?? Or me and tomatos are just enemies now?? And does anyone have any idea what I can use instead of tomatos?? I am guessing there is no tomato replacement, but I want to make some food that calls for it - also anything like Beano for tomatos??
I guess it wouldn't hurt to get some professional advice on this though. It's just it doesn't come up often enough (I don't eat much with tomatos) that I wasn't even thinking a doctor was needed, just wanted to know if there was anything I could do when tomatos do come up.
Blegh, I guess the logical answer is just stay away from tomatos right?? Eh, no harm there, I don't eat them a lot and now it's just another excuse not to eat pizza...and I don't even need an excuse for that I find pizza gross.
There is a condition called GERD (gastro intestinal reflux disease), and a hiatal hernia would cause that too.
I discovered I had the latter after I had consistent hearburn after everytime I ate chocolate or anything with a tomato sauce. My doctor put me on Nexium, and in this next year I'll be scheduled for an endoscopy to check my esophagus.
You don't want to mess with repetitive hearburn - after a while, the acid can erode the lining of your esophagus and cause a lot of other problems. In the meantime, lay off the tomatoes a little bit, but see a doctor.
What else do you need to sub?
It's possible you are intolerant to tomato (i.e. your body doesn't produce the enzyme required to digest them). This can cause pain as you describe. There is a company in Essex producing a tomato replacement. have a look at http:www.tomatofree.co.uk
Some salsas give me heartburn and others don't. It could be the peppers in it, or the amount of acid. Having it with guacamole helped because the fat absorbed the heat.
I went low carb for a while and almost all of my heartburn problems went away. I started eating more breads again and guess what? Heartburn returned so maybe it's what you are eating with the tomato sauce. I'd keep a food diary for a few weeks and see what you are really reacting to. If you make your own tomato sauce try adding a tiny bit of baking soda to it (cuts the acid) and see if that helps. Or maybe salsa with jalapenos is the real culprit.
The side effects of allergy medications keep some people from using them. Natural remedies can be a great alternative, but some are more effective than others.