I am new to this site but have been reading all of your posts for many weeks. I am a 34 year old female who has been suffering from GERD for about three years now. I had been going to my primary care physician for a chronic cough. She referred me to a pulmonologist who did many tests and found nothing. I was then referred to an allergist thinking it may be allergies. After doing allergy testing and finding I was allergic to nothing the allergist suggested that I try nexium as a chronic cough is a symtem of GERD. Well the Nexium has worked until about eight months ago. I started feeling alot of pressure in my chest and went back to my pcp. They did every cardiac test known to man I think and everything came back fine. She then referred me to a gastroenterologist who performed a bravo endoscopy. The findings of that showed that I had a lot of acid. He indicated that typically for levels as bad as mine he would recommed the nissen procedure. Before going that far he doubled my nexium dose to see if that would help. It didn't and it gave me horrible side effects. Then he decided to go to my normal dose of nexium and add carafate four times a day. The carafate helped my stomach pain from the double dose of nexium but gave me severe headachs and even worse chest pain. So now I am off Nexium and carafate and on aciphex twice a day. I have been on it for about a week now with no side effects but no relief. Chest pain and cough are both at their worst.
So after all of this I guess my question is for those of you who have had this procedure is is it worth it? I have read many posts from you all going through the difficulties of the recovery process and I've not seen if any of you regret that you had it done. Does the recovery process out weigh all of the medicines, pain, and discomfort that you had before?
I am tired of taking all of the medicine for nothing especially if this procedure will help.
Thank you all for listening!!!