New to gerd/nausea-any hope?

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   Posted 2/5/2008 2:00 PM (GMT -6)   
Too make a long story short...... I was diagnosed with GERD in Dec., 07. Last summer, I started not feeling well - main symptom= nausea 24/7, also lots of burping, stomach gurlgling, no heatburn but some pressure at times beneath sternum. My first GI doc was convinced that my diverticulosis was somehow acting up and causing upper digestive peoblem. He sent me to a surgeon who said that it could be my gall bladder and that he would remove it "if I wanted" (ultrasound showed no stones, 2 very tiny polyps . HIDA scan = 32% ejection fraction) So, I sought another opinion from a reputable GI guy. He said I would be disappointed if I had my gall bladder out because he didn't think that 32% was low enough to cause my trouble. He suspected GERD, did a 48 hour Bravo pH test which showed a large amt. or refluxing. He said not feeling any hearburn is not that uncommon. So, I started Nexium on Dec. 22. After a few days, I felt worse. So, they switched my to Zegerid. Now, 6 weeks later, I think I might be starting to feel somewhat better, but far from 100%. I would classify about 30% of my days as good, they rest fall between really bad and not so great. A scope showed a little gastritis which I can feel is now healed. My nausea is still my biggest complaint, also some burping, gurgling and bloating, at times. My question: Has anyone out there taken this long to respond to a ppi? Do I have any hope for ever feeling any better? My doc says that most people respond fairly quickly, but a few do take much longer. He wants to wait for 3 more months and see how I feel.

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   Posted 2/5/2008 6:24 PM (GMT -6)   
I know exactly how you feel!  If it is one symptom that I wish I didn't have, it would be nausea.  For my case, however, I actually was diagnosed with GERD and gastroparesis...slow emptying of the stomach.  Ask the doc to have a Gastric Emptying Study to see if that might be it.  HTH

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   Posted 2/6/2008 6:10 AM (GMT -6)   
Actually, I had the gastric emptying test a couple of weeks ago and it came out OK so that's not part of the problem. Thanks for the reply, though.

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   Posted 2/6/2008 10:21 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi there sciencelady, and welcome to healingwell. I am glad you have found us, as this is a great place to come for information and support! Everyone here is very helpful, and we have so many members here that have been through so much!

Everyone reacts differently to any med, including ppi's. You might not take well to them...that can happen. It is best to give them a try for the waiting period your doctor is requesting, because you don't want to go to extreme measures if you don't have to.

Other things you can do in the meantime is treat your nausea as if you are pregnant, with morning can try saltiene crackers, or dry toast.

If you are having any burning in your throat or stomach, you can try a liquid antacid.

Give it time, I know it's tough, but if you are confident in your doctor, things will be fine.

In the meantime, come here with any questions or concerns you may have. And, if you want more of an answer from me on this, let me know.

Wishing you the best, and I do hope you stick with us.
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