I am glad I found this board. I'm a 35 year old female and have had GERD since my last pregnancy 2.5 years ago. What I thought was pregnancy heartburn and nausea never went away. I went from taking zantac occasionally, to once a day, to twice a day. I saw a GI in Dec 07 who performed a scope with the intention of a dilation since I said that I had the sensation of food -esp starches/breads - stuck in my throat. He said it appeared normal. I started on prevacid in fall 07 and it controlled the acid. However, if I didn't take the prevacid, I had burning all day long.
Probably over the last 6 mos, my bowels have become more sensitive - on and off constipation. And, I have begun regurgitating mouthfuls of undigested food - starting 1 to 2 hr after a meal up to 5 hours past a meal. It happens most days and most often at night. Part of it is that I don't spread my meals out enough in the day time. But, I even regurg when I eat a small to medium size dinner. I at 4 hours ago - 5 small meatballs (1/4 lb) with vegatables and rice with 1.5 slices of bread and ginger tea. I still feel very full and my reflux/regurg is just starting to slow down. If I overeat - I can regurg 30+ times in an evening.
I went to the GI last month. He said I should try reglan. My other option would be surgery. He wasn't interested in exploring the cause of the symptoms. He just said I have motility problems.
I saw another GI last week for a 2nd opinion, and she is assuming I have a weak LES. She says she rarely recommends surgery, but I may benefit from it. But, she was going to run some tests and asked my to up my prevacid to 2x day. She said she would do some biopsies with the manometry as well. She mentioned eosinophilic esophagitis and accalasia and said there were lots of things that could cause symptoms.
Other probs I have are Graves' Disease - in remission, allergies, and eczema. Also, I was on an elimination diet to nurse my last child until spring/summer of '08 due to her colic/reflux/food intolerances that she has since outgrown.
I would be happy to hear anyones thoughts. What I am really interested is finding the cause of the symptoms in order to have them properly treated.