I am hoping you fellow GERD sufferers can help me.
My son, who is 11 years old, has suffered with Reflux since the day he was born. He never outgrew the awful baby reflux.
He is NOT a sickly child... infact he is very healthy and of good size and weight...
My main concern was whether the constant 'daily' reflux was causing damage which would cause problems later in life.
Recently we attended 3 days at the Royal Children's Hospital where he underwent several tests to try to find a reason for his Reflux. He had a full blood test/iron panel, ph monitor for 24 hours... a gastroscopy (biopsies were also taken) and then several days later he had a gastric stomach emptying test.
His ph monitor showed 51 reflux episodes in 24 hours. We aware that he has many episodes of reflux every single day...but wasn't aware it was quite so much. The doctor said that although they are very frequent they are fast...straight up the esophagus and down again...no lingering.
The gastroscopy showed no damage... everything appeared normal.
His stomach emptying test also showed 'normal'
The doctor says he is a candidate for fundiplication surgery but I am hesitant to allow the surgery if the reflux is not causing any damage? He is a healthy child, and accepts his constant reflux well as he knows no different.
I would like to give his condition more time and make the decision at a later date when he is a bit older, but only if it's not causing damage...
...How can so many episodes of Acid Reflux every day cause no damage? His ph readings during his monitoring were often only .5
Just after opinions.