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Tourmantiger
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Date Joined Jul 2009
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   Posted 8/17/2009 6:41 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi All,
Kitt I hope you had a good holiday,

well once again I find myself searching this forum for answers,

quick recap, I was diagnosed with LPR in January of this year after 12 months of sinus problems and a hoarse voice, I started taking ompreazole PPI 40 mg twice a day and my body hated them it made my throat 100 times worse and made me anxious as hell, I then went to see a GI DR in April who did a scope and said all looked ok there was one small area at the bottom of my osephagus that was slightly inflammed but he thought the PPI's should help this and it was nothing serious to be concerned about, he also said he found no evidence of a hernia either, he suggested I take the meds for another two months and then stop, coming off them slowly and gently, which I did

at the same time I was still seeing the ENT and he also noticed that after about four - five months on the Meds my throat started to show signs of improvements, I could not feel much difference to be honest but on the scope it looked improved, he also suggest that I take the PPI's for another couple of months and then stop

so I have now been med free for the last three months and my throat feels much better, but I now have all the typical Gerd symptoms which I did not have before, I get massive amount of back pain mid back and a real stinging pain in my sternum, not everyday but once in a while when the gerd is bad, its kinda like a stich, it is strange that when I do finally relax things improve, my wife and I went away last week for a few days stayed in a real nice hotel and just relaxed and surprise surprise no pain , or symptoms what so ever yet we got back home and within 24 hours back to the usual

I also find that if I bend over and learn on my stomach then it is painful and my sternum is often tender to touch

I do also keep getting once in a while little bits of food coming back up after eating

so thats the long winded bit, my questions are what should I do next, when I recently sae my GP and mentioned to her do I need to get scoped again to see if anything was worse she said no they would only re scope me if they had found barretts which in March they did not, but now it is mid August

I dont want to just wait and see what happens or wait until its bad enough for them to do something by which time it may be to late, any advise form you guys on what I should do next would be really appreciated, as I have found your collective knowledge to be a real god send

also if there is anybody on this board from the UK who has experience of how treatment for this works over here that would be great to hear from you, as I am not sure how much differs in terms of treatment between the US and the UK

thanks everybody

stkitt
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   Posted 8/17/2009 8:26 AM (GMT -6)   
Hello and thank you for the nice comment re my vacation.  It was truly wonderful to be away for a bit and like you my anxiety was down and I had no problems with my GERD. 
 
I do take Priolsec 20 mg once daily which really seems to help my GERD. For a short time I was on it twice daily but went back to once as I was doing well  on that dose before I had a flair.
 
Perhaps you would benefit from seeing another GI Doctor to get a second opinion re your symptoms. 
 
I know stess and anxiety can aggravate GERD.  Have you tried any of the anxiety reducing exercises?  I would be glad to post some here for you if you are interested.
 
I wish you peace,
Kitt
 
 


 

Kitt,
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Tourmantiger
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Date Joined Jul 2009
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   Posted 8/17/2009 9:53 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Kitt,
thanks for the response :-)

on your suggestion I have started having some counselling which I hope will help with my stress and anxiety issues, I have also bought a Puppy as I have heard Dogs can be good for stress,

if you could let me have the exercises you talked about that would be great

I would also love to hear from the guys and gals on the board about their thoughts on my situation and what they would do in my shoes, I dont want to over react to this put I dont want to leave things and then end up with much bigger scarier problems later on, its so hard to know what to do, I am thinking I may need to see a different GI doc maybe in September as this will then have been six months since i saw the first one and had the endoscopy, its strange how the sinus problems and mucus in the morning are way way better now yet the Gerd symptoms which I had none off before have now developed

stkitt
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   Posted 8/17/2009 1:56 PM (GMT -6)   

Good Afternoon,

I am going to give you a couple of things that work for me and the first one is what works best for me.

I am a great believer in staying in the moment which I learned in therapy. Making ourself miserable is how we tend to spend a lot of time in the past or the future. We spend much time thinking about what was and what could have been. And we spend much time projecting into the future and wondering about what may happen.

This way of thinking is indeed a great way to make much of your life a lot more miserable and limited than necessary. The key to solving this problem is of course to live as much as you can in the only moment that you ever really live in and control. This moment right now. The moment that is all there ever was and - probably - will be.

But how can you step away from the thought loops that whirl back and forth through your memories and fantasies?

How do you actually return to the present moment?

Focus on what’s right in front of you, push all other thoughts out of your mind.

This is my favorite breathing technique.

Three-Part Breathing

Find a place where it's quiet.

Sit in a straight back chair with both feet on the floor or lie on the floor with a straight spine.

Begin inhaling by expanding the abdomen (let it inflate like a balloon), then move the breath into your rib cage and, finally, all the way into your upper chest.

Exhale by reversing this action; begin at your collarbones and exhale down through your rib cage and into your abdomen. Contract your abdominal muscles as you finish exhaling.

You might find it helpful to lightly place your right hand on your abdomen and your left hand on your rib cage to help direct the breath on its journey.

Begin by practicing for one minute and then gradually lengthen the practice to five minutes.

This technique helps to eliminate shallow chest breathing and encourages full exhalation and inhalation.

Once again, there's no need to push yourself or judge yourself for being anxious. The idea is simply to be quiet for a short time and notice your breath.

 


 

Kitt,
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couchtater
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   Posted 8/17/2009 3:38 PM (GMT -6)   
Ask for a motilty test- manometry test. That might help.

Joy

opnwhl4
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   Posted 8/17/2009 3:39 PM (GMT -6)   
tourmantiger-
Since you have developed new symptoms I recommend contacting your GI and see what they say. My GI wants to know when anything changes and that is enough for them to redo an EGD. I have to have one at least every year because of Barretts, but they have said in he past if I feel things have changed or have different symptoms they want to go look what is going on. Check with your GI because they probably have a different take on things than your PCP.
When our symptoms change it usually indicates something has worsened or changed. At one time I was getting EGDs every 6 months because of changing symptoms.

Take care,
Bill

Tourmantiger
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   Posted 8/18/2009 4:13 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Kitt,

thanks for the exercises I will give them a go and let you know how I get on with them, I find it real hard to live in the moment I am always worrying about what might happen in the future,
I think I am also going to go and see another GI dr and see what he thinks, I so wish this would just all go away, but I dont think it is going to, this disease really knows how to bring you down

thanks for the post's Bill & Joy really appreciate you guys taking the time to post back

feeling a bit down about it all tonight sad

hoping for a better day tomorrow

thanks

David
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