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what is up with the large amount of Nissen surgery failures??? Part 2 of 3  
 
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   Posted 4/21/2009 10:56 AM (GMT -6)   

Posted by chicago1968  on 4/20 @ 7:12 PM

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Hi all,

  Marie - I agree with everyone.  Get a second opinion.  Especially since you have such a willingness to learn all about this you will have a lot of "ammo" if you find a doctor who gives you a hard time!!   We're all here for you girl!!  Or shall I say "old lady".   I guess since I'm 40 I should get a geriatric doctor also?? tongue   Thanks for the trial info on the website.  I not only watched it, I called but missed when the lady called me.  I was talking to someone at the hospital today (I went to the community hospital over the weekend to get into the system this way I'll have backup if my insurance doesn't pay much for surgery..I hope!!!).. and they also had similiar symptoms and were very negative unfortunately.  When I said I had a "sore throat"...(It's just irritated from the acid) he said...that's cancer symptoms.  Like I wanted to hear that even though I know it can be.  It got me so I cried 1/2 the drive home.  Then, I start "concentrating" on how it feels when I swallow and I get more worried.  I have times throughout this trial that I can get really down.  But, I somehow pull myself up although not as much as before. 

  Barb - I'm praying for your new pains as well as for Bill's upcoming surgery and Marie's new doc :-) .   I swear Barb, we're given new pains so we don't think as much about all our issues.  I pray they get resolved for you.  The shooting pains in belly sound like they may just go away.  The other, down lower, sounds surgically related but more due to soreness.  Please let me know how your feeling.  I didn't hear about mental illness drugs helping but BRING EM ON.  I'll try anything at this point.  I guess I feel like the clock is ticking and that I am pressured with this disease ya know??  I wish I could take my time more.  Get this.....I never mentioned much stuff about having issues with having daily bowel movements.  I work for a doctor and his daughter (another doctor) wrote me a letter to bring to any doctors I see.  It says she thinks I have Hirshsprungs disease.  It's where you don't go but every several days and then it is larger and hard to have movements.  It is diagnosed as a child but sometimes missed.  She is a PHD so is pretty smart but who knows.  I remember being a kid and having a "chart" and taking mineral oil.  After talking to my mom and knowing how I've been for so long and hearing about tests I could of had that my mom thought at the time were invasive  I think the doc might be right.  Other gastro's never really made a diagnosis because I never really mentioned it but when talking to the holistic doc, he said that that is a MAJOR problem and might be why no meds ever helped.  Although now, I'm sure my LES is flapping in the "wind" 24/7 and my whole digestive system is a mess.  I just got done drinking major prune juice (not something on my diet but I'm miserable) and nothing.  I do get luck with an herbal tea but it has senna and I'd rather just use prune juice first.   Oh, what happens with Hirshprungs is that your nerves at the end of the colon don't work so you don't feel a need to go until lots of stool pushes and by that time your extrememly bloated and everything is like concrete shocked    I really don't care what I have I just want to be able to go.  I'M AFRAID THAT MAY CAUSE PROBLEMS WITH ME BEING A SURGERY CANDIDATE!!  Barb, you are such a trooper and been through so much, I feel like a big "punk" because I'm so scared of all this stuff.  I went to a prayer meeting (I was born Catholic but go to Christian functions etc. sometimes) Sunday and it felt so good I cried.  It was so cool.  And then today after work and picking up meds at the county hospital I got really down.  I had to turn down a major opportunity for major money.  A brother of a man I use to do nursing for called me but I was honest with him and said at this time I can't make any major commitments.  I mean, it would be on my own not where I could call someone to take my place.  And...besides, I would have to drop other less committed jobs that I am currently comfortable with at the time.  I mean money will be very very tight but If I can get a handle on this THE SKY IS THE LIMIT.  And I dont mean financially.  I just love to help others and hate to have to turn things down.  I guess you could say I'm a workaholic.  :-)

Bill - My prayers go out to you also.  May 18th is really not that far.  :-)    I had to laugh when you said that the docs said that "everything felt right when they ran the scope past it".  Then you thought..."It doesn't FEEL right when I swallow".  It's not funny...but I would be saying the same thing.  When I was at the community hospital and told the doc about the bitter taste (It's just red tape to go to ER so you can get in the system), he said "i've never heard of 24-7 bitterness" are you sure??.  He was nice enough but I said "oh, make no mistake..it's definitely there ALL the time.  I hate when a doc makes me feel like I don't know what I'm talking about.  I almost feel like pulling my college grades out (although getting ancient) or something but that's just me!! :-)    I wonder how many times a nissan can be done?  I'm sure many times and I know you'll be fine.  Your in good hands.  One question bill...I know you go to Loyola for some things but didn't you say you get your surgery done near you in the Quad cities??  Is the same surgeon re-doing it or will it be another guy.  Is it the same surgeon that "widened" your esophigis when you had trouble the first year? 

Okay guys - take care - I'm going to pray for us later this evening - thanks for listening - tracy tongue


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Posted by pandacrazy on 4/20  @ 8:07 PM

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Hi Tracy, hang in there. I have been through a lot over the years, but put my trust in God and have a good sense of humor about things even the bad things. I also look for the good in every situation and there always is something good that comes out of every thing. I had a mom that dwelled on the bad things in her life and eventually killed herself and I vowed never to be like that no matter what. I love life no  matter what comes my way and I don't intend on going any sooner than I have too. So I will fight for the best health care possible so I can stick around for a long time to come. I found out last night that my new daughter in law might be having twins. I'll find out for sure in a few weeks. We'll also find out what she is having too Boy/Girl or perhaps one of each. Twins do run in my family. Thank Good ness I didn't have any. Lol. tongue

 
I feel sorry for you having constipation that bad. I had it really bad a few years ago when they talked me into taking Welcol for cholesterol. It was so bad that I was eating so much fiber that i was bloated and I couldn't go unless I used an enema. It didn't do any thing for my cholesterol and when they wanted to increase it I said for get it I'm off of this stuff. Can't they give you a stool softner? Maybe you should just take time each day to sit on the can and read or something and then maybe you would go. I don't think the drugs for mental illness would help with that problem as I was told that they can help supress the feeling in the esophagus of stuff coming up. It didn't work for me though and I think that's because there really is crap coming up as I choke on it and at times it fries the crap out of my throat. If you hear any more about those drugs let me know. I only tried the generic  of Elavil. Barb


My laundry list of diseases include IBS-D, Ulcetive Colitis, GERD, Asthma, Alergies, CAD stent to LAD 1/4/05, Fibromyalgia, TMJ and a deteriorating disk in lower back and cysts on ovaries and uterus. Also chronic pain from a moped accident 11/9/07 which left me with back, hand, knee and foot problems.  

Meds, Nexium, gaviscon, Advair 500/50, Proventil inhaler, Plavix, Nitroquick, Benadryl, Natural progesterone cream, fish oil, calcium, lecithin, biotin, flax oil, magnesium, CoQ 10, vitamin C, vitamin D, multivitamin.

 
Proud Mother of a US Marine Seargent (son) & a daughter who is a certified dog trainer! Also furry children Abby(rat terrier) and Gizmo(chihuahua)
 
Proud grandma of Isabella Rose, Keegen and furry grandchildren Kayu, Sophie, Diesel & Lucy.


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Posted by opnwhl4  on 4/20  @ 8:55 PM

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Tracy,
My daughter has the same problem with constipation. She is 14 and has been that way since about 5 years old. Our new family doctor, who is awesome, told us she basically has a "lazy" colon and it's not her fault. He told us to try Miralax. It's over the counter, you mix it with water or what ever and it is supposed to be tasteless. I haven't tried any, but she doesn't complain any about it. Our other family doctor told us "she was lazy" and didn't want to go. WRONG! Anyhow, it has helped her a lot.
I had my original surgery and dilations done here in the Quad Cities, but this one is at Loyola. He said he is finally convinced he needs to go in and see what's wrong.

Barb,
Congrats on the grandbaby news. I just asked my wife if her incision hurt like yours and she said hers was numb and doesn't remember it hurting. That was for an ovary though.

Bill


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Posted by oakley on  4/20 @ 9:03 PM

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 Good luck Bill

Hope all turns out well when you go for your check up. 

 My son had the same problem as your daughter but grew out of it.

Our pediatrician at the time came into the hallway to and xray screen and showed us our son's opicture of his tummy and all I saw was this black stuff and the doc said he was FOP .

I got really scared and asked what the heck that was and he told me .....Full of POOP !!

Honestly he had me so freaked out thinking my son had a terrible desease !!

 

I believe that more fiber in the diet , and exercise and finally my encouraging my son to try to go number @ at the same time each day really, really helped.

God bless, Anne 


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   Posted 4/21/2009 11:04 AM (GMT -6)   

Dear Friends,

Please do continue this thread right here and refer to Part 1 by clicking on link provided.

I thank you in advance for your cooperation.

Peace,

Kitt


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   Posted 4/21/2009 10:53 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks Bill. I'm very excited about the new grandbaby/babies.
 
Tracy, I've heard really good things about Miralax. In fact that is what my doctor told me to use after taking the Welcol and having so many problems from it. Barb
My laundry list of diseases include IBS-D, Ulcetive Colitis, GERD, Asthma, Alergies, CAD stent to LAD 1/4/05, Fibromyalgia, TMJ and a deteriorating disk in lower back and cysts on ovaries and uterus. Also chronic pain from a moped accident 11/9/07 which left me with back, hand, knee and foot problems.  

Meds, Nexium, gaviscon, Advair 500/50, Proventil inhaler, Plavix, Nitroquick, Benadryl, Natural progesterone cream, fish oil, calcium, lecithin, biotin, flax oil, magnesium, CoQ 10, vitamin C, vitamin D, multivitamin.

 
Proud Mother of a US Marine Seargent (son) & a daughter who is a certified dog trainer! Also furry children Abby(rat terrier) and Gizmo(chihuahua)
 
Proud grandma of Isabella Rose, Keegen and furry grandchildren Kayu, Sophie, Diesel & Lucy.


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   Posted 4/22/2009 1:09 PM (GMT -6)   

 

Hi Tracy,
Tracy, I hope you feel better today. Don't feel bad. BIG HUG *smile* You know - Marie also feel bad and sad sometime - but the problem got compounded. For example, one time one of my GI doc diagnosis me with a wrong problem -he say no cure for the problem -make me worry like crazy. I couldn't sleep for many days. I went to another Dr. and it turn out a different problem. It make me worry for nothing. I fire that GI Dr. I don't know why - but I tend to run into weird GI doc. It much be my HMO thing *Laff*

Tracy, you will be fine. You have Marie & the whole gang here to support  & put on some Happy Time :D :) :-)   SomeDayz - we will get there & dance with Joy without any more reflux. Very Kool cool
Take care, Tracy.

Marie


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   Posted 4/22/2009 8:19 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi every one, I saw my PC today for my first physical with him. He answered all my questions and is ok with me continueing to take nexium and pepcid for my stomach even though my GI told me to quit taking any thing and that I could eat or drink any thing I wanted now just because his test showed there was no problem.  My PC did tell me that is the point of having nissan done but it doesn't always work out that way. I told my PC that I tried that and ended up with even worse problems. This is the best my stomach has been in 8 years and he told me to keep doing what works for me. I told him it probably wouldn't last as I my body adjusts to the meds and he said he wouldn't be surprized if it didn't last because that is common. Well for now I will enjoy the sleep uninterupted by reflux. I did find out though that I have still have to take the generic of elavil as I have too much saliva pooling in the esophagus with out that to dry up my saliva. At least that just makes me choke and irritates a little bit with out frieing the crap out of my esophagus like when the acid comes up. Now if I could just get my darn sinus to stop draining down my throat I'd be great. I am going to try a different allergy medication and see if that helps. I wansn't even having issues with that until the last few weeks. I guess spring is here! Hope you are all doing ok. Barb
My laundry list of diseases include IBS-D, Ulcetive Colitis, GERD, Asthma, Alergies, CAD stent to LAD 1/4/05, Fibromyalgia, TMJ and a deteriorating disk in lower back and cysts on ovaries and uterus. Also chronic pain from a moped accident 11/9/07 which left me with back, hand, knee and foot problems.  

Meds, Nexium, gaviscon, Advair 500/50, Proventil inhaler, Plavix, Nitroquick, Benadryl, Natural progesterone cream, fish oil, calcium, lecithin, biotin, flax oil, magnesium, CoQ 10, vitamin C, vitamin D, multivitamin.

 
Proud Mother of a US Marine Seargent (son) & a daughter who is a certified dog trainer! Also furry children Abby(rat terrier) and Gizmo(chihuahua)
 
Proud grandma of Isabella Rose, Keegen and furry grandchildren Kayu, Sophie, Diesel & Lucy.


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   Posted 4/22/2009 9:22 PM (GMT -6)   
 
Hi Barb,
Marie glad to hear that you are catching some ZZZzz. Barb, congratulation on the grandbaby :D. They are so Q - so lovely. They make us so happy. They tend to make us forget about our problem. Maybe someday - we will not remember that we have this thing.
 
Barb, I saw your previous post something about loosen the wrap a little so that your esophagus can work better or something...
Maybe someday or soon, can your doctor help you with this...
Marie give Barb big *HUG* - please take care of yourself  & get plenty of rest so your body can go into repair....
 
Barb, on Tuesday, I went to USC - I spoke to one of the GI doctor there regarding to the Linx Reflux Management System (from Torax Medical). It is a very new procedure - actually it is not yet got approval. It is still in the trial stage. I just went there to enquire more info on this method.
 
Have a good nite :D
Marie.

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   Posted 4/22/2009 11:32 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Marie, I've been taking Melatonin too to help me sleep and it works awesome so far. It's a natural thing I picked up from the store. You take it 30 minutes before bed. I do need to start going to bed earlier though since I will be going back to work in 2 weeks. Yuck!
 
Grand kids are pretty neat to have. They do make you forget about your problems. I just wish mine weren't 1200 miles away. I did get chewed out today from the doc when I told him we drive straight through and my legs really swell up bad. He said I need to stop every 3 hours to walk around because of my varicose veins. I'll try to stop more from now on. It's so hard though because you just want to get there and hug those little ones. Their all excited too because they know we're coming.
 
Yes my GI doc wanted to send me to Mayo or UW Madison hospitals and clinic since I can't go to the same surgeon up here because my insurance won't cover him any more. He thinks it needs to be loosened but I can't take any more time off work right now and would rather live with it for now since I'm not having any major swallowing problems and things have calmed down with the reflux. I would be interested in hearing more about the procedure you are talking about. Well my sleepy med is kicking in so better go for now. Barb 
My laundry list of diseases include IBS-D, Ulcetive Colitis, GERD, Asthma, Alergies, CAD stent to LAD 1/4/05, Fibromyalgia, TMJ and a deteriorating disk in lower back and cysts on ovaries and uterus. Also chronic pain from a moped accident 11/9/07 which left me with back, hand, knee and foot problems.  

Meds, Nexium, gaviscon, Advair 500/50, Proventil inhaler, Plavix, Nitroquick, Benadryl, Natural progesterone cream, fish oil, calcium, lecithin, biotin, flax oil, magnesium, CoQ 10, vitamin C, vitamin D, multivitamin.

 
Proud Mother of a US Marine Seargent (son) & a daughter who is a certified dog trainer! Also furry children Abby(rat terrier) and Gizmo(chihuahua)
 
Proud grandma of Isabella Rose, Keegen and furry grandchildren Kayu, Sophie, Diesel & Lucy.


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   Posted Yesterday 7:12 AM (GMT -6)   

 

Barb,

Linx, from what I understand from the USC doc, is somewhat similar idea to Nissen surgery. Except that Linx procedure -they put a magnetic bea of bracelet ring around the weak  sphincter (valve), and that ring act like a muscle valve. If one swallaw - the pressure force the ring to expand and contract. After the swallow pass, the bracelet magnetic ring magnet itself and force itself to close. The doctor say this procedure also allow patients to burp and gas without any problem. It is still in the trial phase 2 right now. The doctor told me that during trial phase 1, they have success about 80%. If the trial 2 goes well, I think they will make it public to everyone.

Here is more info from this website: http://www.refluxstudy.com/more.php.
You can play the video media clip at the end of the website. It looks pretty neat


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   Posted Yesterday 9:45 PM (GMT -6)   
Marie,
That looks very interesting. I guessing that would only be for those who haven't already had the other surgeries. I really do like the concept though. Seems it would be an easier recovery as far as eating and such goes.

Bill

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Thanks for the info Marie. That sounds really neat. That would inlliminate the problem I ended up with my loss of parystalsis in my esophagus. I wonder if I would even be a canidate for that with my esophagus the way it is now. It will be interesting to see how the trials go and if this will work for people with my problem. It sure sounds like alot better solution than the surgery I had done.
 
Bill that's the same thing I was thinking. I wanted to let you know I talked to my doc yesterday about the antinausea medication and he told me to keep liquid benedryl on hand and if it didn't work that I should call and he would give me the prescription medication. I asked about when I'm on vacation and he asked where I was going and when I told him it was 1200 miles away in North Carolina he said to call just before my trip and he would give me the prescription medication so it wouldn't be outdated for my trip. Thanks for saying something about that because I didn't even think of that until you mentioned it here. Barb


My laundry list of diseases include IBS-D, Ulcetive Colitis, GERD, Asthma, Alergies, CAD stent to LAD 1/4/05, Fibromyalgia, TMJ and a deteriorating disk in lower back and cysts on ovaries and uterus. Also chronic pain from a moped accident 11/9/07 which left me with back, hand, knee and foot problems.  

Meds, Nexium, gaviscon, Advair 500/50, Proventil inhaler, Plavix, Nitroquick, Benadryl, Natural progesterone cream, fish oil, calcium, lecithin, biotin, flax oil, magnesium, CoQ 10, vitamin C, vitamin D, multivitamin.

 
Proud Mother of a US Marine Seargent (son) & a daughter who is a certified dog trainer! Also furry children Abby(rat terrier) and Gizmo(chihuahua)
 
Proud grandma of Isabella Rose, Keegen and furry grandchildren Kayu, Sophie, Diesel & Lucy.

Post Edited (pandacrazy) : 4/23/2009 10:01:43 PM (GMT-6)


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   Posted Today 2:43 AM (GMT -6)   
You are welcome Barb. I know I don't want to have it happen again. I told my wife to make sure I ask my surgeon for a new prescription before we leave the hospital in May. I definitely don't want to do it right after that.

Bill

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   Posted 4/25/2009 12:00 AM (GMT -6)   
Yeah I know what you mean Bill. Once was enough for me. I still have to get some liquid benedryl to have on hand here at home just in case. Barb
My laundry list of diseases include IBS-D, Ulcetive Colitis, GERD, Asthma, Alergies, CAD stent to LAD 1/4/05, Fibromyalgia, TMJ and a deteriorating disk in lower back and cysts on ovaries and uterus. Also chronic pain from a moped accident 11/9/07 which left me with back, hand, knee and foot problems.  

Meds, Nexium, gaviscon, Advair 500/50, Proventil inhaler, Plavix, Nitroquick, Benadryl, Natural progesterone cream, fish oil, calcium, lecithin, biotin, flax oil, magnesium, CoQ 10, vitamin C, vitamin D, multivitamin.

 
Proud Mother of a US Marine Seargent (son) & a daughter who is a certified dog trainer! Also furry children Abby(rat terrier) and Gizmo(chihuahua)
 
Proud grandma of Isabella Rose, Keegen and furry grandchildren Kayu, Sophie, Diesel & Lucy.


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   Posted 4/29/2009 12:26 PM (GMT -6)   
Tracy-
How's the chiropractor and such going? We haven't heard from you in a while. I was wondering if you got in to see the doctor at Loyola yet?

Take care,
Bill

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   Posted 5/1/2009 9:08 AM (GMT -6)   
Tracy -
Well I got an answer to my question as to whether or not you had your appointment at Loyola. The doctor called me to see if I was the one who referred you to him. He called to thank me for referring him. I hope he can help you also. If you get a chance send me an email.

Take care,
Bill

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   Posted 5/3/2009 8:37 PM (GMT -6)   
 
Hi Everyone,
How are everyone tonight?
I hope everyone feeling well :)
I have a question regarding to some very strange symtomp I am getting from my lower rib area.
 
It is really strange, it seem that on my left lower rib area, I get like fluid or bubble feeling from time to time on my lower left rib area. It is kinda hard to explain. Does anyone know what this is...
 
Thanks.
Marie

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Maybe it's a gas bubble. It kind of sounds like it. Does it hurt? Try some Gas x and heat on it. Barb
My laundry list of diseases include IBS-D, Ulcetive Colitis, GERD, Asthma, Alergies, CAD stent to LAD 1/4/05, Fibromyalgia, TMJ and a deteriorating disk in lower back and cysts on ovaries and uterus. Also chronic pain from a moped accident 11/9/07 which left me with back, hand, knee and foot problems.  

Meds, Nexium, gaviscon, Advair 500/50, Proventil inhaler, Plavix, Nitroquick, Benadryl, Natural progesterone cream, fish oil, calcium, lecithin, biotin, flax oil, magnesium, CoQ 10, vitamin C, vitamin D, multivitamin.

 
Proud Mother of a US Marine Seargent (son) & a daughter who is a certified dog trainer! Also furry children Abby(rat terrier) and Gizmo(chihuahua)
 
Proud grandma of Isabella Rose, Keegen and furry grandchildren Kayu, Sophie, Diesel & Lucy.


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   Posted 5/3/2009 10:18 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Barb,
Good to hear from you tonight.
How are you, Barb?
Hope you are well :)

- It doesn't hurt. I get a lot of - sound like bubble thing on my left rib area all the time. Barb, is gas bubble cause by Acid in the stomach? Barb, thank you - I am going to try Gas x. :)
Marie

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   Posted 5/3/2009 10:39 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Marie, I'm pretty tired tonight as I was gone from Friday am until 5pm tonight at a scrapbooking retreat. It was just one town over from where we live at a hotel. My hubby and I had never been to one before and it was so much fun, but don't get a lot of sleep. My sister and cousin were there too and we had a blast. I dont' know if I lifted too much though because I have alot more pain by my belly button stitches than I did before. Will have to take it easy tomorrow. I hope my doc oks a weight retriction for lifting at work for a few more weeks as I can't see me lifting tables and chairs with out pain by Thursday if I'm still having pain from these little things I lift. That's the day i go back to work. Oh well have to call him back tomorrow.
 
I would assume that acid causes the gas as when I eat stuff I'm not supposed to and it inflames my stomach it cause horrible gas and pain. I was really bad Saturday night as I drank coffee and ate chocolate to try to make up for the lack of sleep. Plus chocolate tastes great. You would think I would learn my lesson about eating that stuff. I was so bloated that it made my stitches hurt. A heating pad and gas x really help though. I would talk to the doctor about the bubble thing though as maybe it's something more serious. Let me know what the doctor says. Well I am off to bed. Will check in with you tomorrow. Barb
My laundry list of diseases include IBS-D, Ulcetive Colitis, GERD, Asthma, Alergies, CAD stent to LAD 1/4/05, Fibromyalgia, TMJ and a deteriorating disk in lower back and cysts on ovaries and uterus. Also chronic pain from a moped accident 11/9/07 which left me with back, hand, knee and foot problems.  

Meds, Nexium, gaviscon, Advair 500/50, Proventil inhaler, Plavix, Nitroquick, Benadryl, Natural progesterone cream, fish oil, calcium, lecithin, biotin, flax oil, magnesium, CoQ 10, vitamin C, vitamin D, multivitamin.

 
Proud Mother of a US Marine Seargent (son) & a daughter who is a certified dog trainer! Also furry children Abby(rat terrier) and Gizmo(chihuahua)
 
Proud grandma of Isabella Rose, Keegen and furry grandchildren Kayu, Sophie, Diesel & Lucy.


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   Posted 5/5/2009 9:14 AM (GMT -6)   

Hi all,

  I've been thinking about you guys alot and praying I can get time to write.  Things have been pretty crazy.  My relationship of 15 years is really being tested through all this and so there's been a lot of drama.  I don't want to discuss it much but to say that my boyfreind was in the hospital for 6 weeks 6 years ago and I never (except work and sleep) left his side.  And now, I'm seeing that he couldn't even handle one appointment with me.  Oh well, what doesn't kill you makes you stronger as they say.  I guess I'm so concerned about getting control of the acid and bitterness that my family is beginning to come first and I'm not worried about my boyfreind's financial situation or paying the rent or anything.  If he can't do it on his own I don't know what to tell him.  I mean, I've worked 60 plus hours a week for years and sometimes stop home in the afternoon and he's sleeping and then complains of having no money.  Again guys, I don't want to talk about this because I have so much to say about stomach issues but as one of my faves on the Animal Planet used to say CRIKES!!!!!  I had to get that off my shoulder and now I'm letting it all go just for today. :-)

   Bill, I'm definitely going to write you an e-mail sometime in the next few days.  You are going to laugh.   I will say this though, I had so many questions etc., and he said, "we have all the time in the world".  Nice guy, and his assistant was nice also.  Thanks so much for asking.  Hey, did your daughter ever have a barium enema to rule out hirshsprings??  Just wondering.   Yeah, we're all just lazy and want to be bloated all day right?? smhair tongue    Anyhow thanks for the info on Miralax.  Ya know, the doctor I take care of takes that also and I tried it one day about a month ago but forgot all about it.  I did find something natural that works absolute wonders.  It's called Slippery Elm and is in powder form.  It's made by a company called Nature's Sunshine that is very legit and well known in the area I live in.  Thank God.  I mean, it's only been 2 days but so far it's like a miracle.  We'll see.  There's a lady that does colonics in the city that wants me to come and although I think I'm going to skip the colonic, she has alkaline water that's supposed to help.  I'm going to try it I mean, what the heck.  The chiropractor I think I'm going to drop.  He seemed upset when I asked about if he knew about a few other natural people that help others in the area and he was in a big hurry last time I was there.  I said I have 2 questions and he said "you're running out of questions".  I mean, It's not like he's a miracle worker or that I should bow down on my knees.  What a cocky one.  Anyhow, he may have just been rushed but he certainly rubbed me the wrong way.  Plus, I'm not getting any relief.  Okay....I will keep praying for the 18th for you and of course...for every day. 

     Barb,  I'm so sorry to hear about your mom..I mean really sorry..but as you said there's something good in everything that happens and I'm so proud of you.  I mean, all you guys are so positive and supportive that you can't help but keep coming back here.  Really Barb, you just sound like an awesome person and yes....definitely something wonderful came out of unfortunate tragedy. shakehead tongue    Congrats on the twins!!!  Wow, you sounded busy enough as it is...it's gonna be like Grand Central around there. tongue    Yea for you and prayers and best wishes to your daughter in law.  Question about nexium...  It must help with your reflux.  I guess that's what worries me is that nothing helped me and if the surgery doesn't help I'll be S O L....I think ya'll know what that means.  I am not as postiive as you and that's why it's so refreshing to hear from you.  I think so negatively lately but I keep apologizing and asking for forgiveness and then I won't let the whole day be like that.   My parents are in real estate and I stopped by one of their clients to drop something off and it was a mother and her daughter in law.  They had one shnauzer (dog) and 3 cats and I had an awesome time.  I ended up staying a few hours (kept trying to leave) but we just had a blast.  I never mentioned anything about my sickness because the mother was crying about her husband who had died a few years back.  Funny, how being there made me forget.  Also, what's elavil again??  Next...yes defintely keep getting out of your car...even every 2 hours.  Good idea.  Promise me you'll do that.  Okay prayers to you tool  Oh yeah...I am a chocolate fiend myself...also have a weakness for macadamia nuts.

    Marie...that linx thing is totally cool.  Do you think you would wait for it depending on the the doctors???  There is also one in New York calla transoral incisiohnless fundoplication with a less than one hours surgery...etc.etc.  I am in the middle of researching this but it's done by a Dr. Marc Bessler at New York Presbyterian Hospital and I am researching it now.  I think the site is www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/140637.php     Intersting to say the least.  All symptoms the same for me and seems like the swallowing during the day getting worse.  It's uncomfortable and dry without the gum which the surgeon I just saw said gum is good for what we have even though I had nautral docs say different.  But, I have to have the gum.  I've had that "pressure/pain" in the rib area acutally on both sides at different times.  I'm just ignoring it for now but I wonder also.  I am supposed to have the test where they put a tube down to your stomach and you wear in 24 hours.  Did you do that yet??  I'm just going along.  My work week is kinda busy and I just want to be home.  Do you have neck pain also at all??  I do on occassion when I lean forward like when you have a bad headache and you lean forward.  Oh well...I gotta keep postive or I'm going to start to bring myself down.  thinking of you with prayers

  One more thing guys...I heard of this stuff called Heartburn Free by Enzymatic Therapy (health food store).  I'm going to maybe try it.  But I have to see if I'm going to try meds again first.   I know it sounds like I'm jumping around but I really want to try anything before surgery because I'm scared. sad    Trac y


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   Posted 5/5/2009 9:56 AM (GMT -6)   
Tracy -
It's good to hear from you. They haven't checked her for hirshsprings, but she has been doing really well the last few months. I don't even have to pester her anymore. It does sound like that chiro is quite cocky. Sorry that didn't work out.
Tomorrow is the pre-op day for me.

Take care,
Bill

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   Posted 5/5/2009 6:51 PM (GMT -6)   

Hi Tracy, that was 27 years ago that my mom died. It's just too bad she didn't stick around because she would have had 9 grandkids and 4 or 5 great grandkids and she would have been a young grandma like me so that she could have really enjoyed them. I saw my new hand doctor today. I really like him. He seems to really know what he is talking about and he has a sense of humor too. I like that in a doctor. I would rather laugh at my problems than cry about them. My hubby is in a wheel chair and we laugh all the time about different aspects of it. We still laugh about the time we were camping and I was pushing on his butt to try to get him into the camper and we were both laughing so hard we had tears. My whole family has a good sense of humor. The new doc thinks that I have corpal tunnel syndrome brought on by my accident. He put a cortizone shot into my wrist and told me to tell him if I had a sharp hot pain because then he was too close to the nerve then. Well I didn't have to tell him as I jerked my hand which was really stupid but the pain and burning was such a shock that it was automatic. He held my hand then and put the needle back in to finish it. He was really nice about me jerking my hand like that. Some doctors can be real jerks about that. My arm really hurts tonight from it but if it helps it will be worth it. I will try heat on it like I did when I had a shot in my knuckle. If that doesn't help will take a pain pill. I found out today that my insurance won't pay for nexium so will just keep taking my out dated pills that seem to still be working. I'll have to call the doc and see if maybe I can take 40mg of omeprazole over the counter which is very similar to nexium. The nexium by itself doesn't work but with pepcid 2x a day I am good. I might try some natural stuff as I just got a book written by a doctor and 2 nutritionist. I'll let you know if I find any thing that helps other than the traditional drugs.

I am a bit nervous about the dentist tomorrow as my dentist that i have had since I was 16 is out of town and I am going to get the brand new dentist my dentists son who just graduated from school. I have a problem with night grinding I was just told about 2 weeks ago by my doctor when he ground my teeth down to adjust my bite. He never said any thing about a mouth guard for me, but the dental assistant today read his notes and said he told me to use my appliance at night. Well I guess he's loosing his mind as he never gave me one and up until 2 weeks ago I was never told any thing about grinding my teeth. Oh well will find out tomorrow whats up I guess. Well better go make some thing to eat so I can get to bed as I have to go see the chiropractor before I see the dentist. The hand doctor said not to let him touch my hands because I go back to see him in 2 weeks and he doens't want any thing to mask my hand problems. It does always get better after I see the chiropractor but gets bad again with any thing I do that irritates my hands.

I will find out for sure on the 13th if we will be grand parents to twins and what the baby or babies will be. I sure wish the grandkids were closer. We have to travel 1200 miles to see them as my son is a Marine and stationed on the coast and we live in the upper midwest. Oh well at least we get to see them 2-3 times a year. Some people don't get to see the grand kids for years. I spoil them rotten when I see them. Well my hand is going numb from that shot and is really hurting so will go for now. Take Care. Barb


My laundry list of diseases include IBS-D, Ulcetive Colitis, GERD, Asthma, Alergies, CAD stent to LAD 1/4/05, Fibromyalgia, TMJ and a deteriorating disk in lower back and cysts on ovaries and uterus. Also chronic pain from a moped accident 11/9/07 which left me with back, hand, knee and foot problems.  

Meds, Nexium, gaviscon, Advair 500/50, Proventil inhaler, Plavix, Nitroquick, Benadryl, Natural progesterone cream, fish oil, calcium, lecithin, biotin, flax oil, magnesium, CoQ 10, vitamin C, vitamin D, multivitamin.

 
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