new member with gerd and ibs

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susieq610212001
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Date Joined Aug 2009
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   Posted 8/18/2009 6:56 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi to everyone.  I have had gerd for about two-three years now and I have had ibs for a year.  My gerd is driving me crazy!  I take prilosec that does not help at all.  I quit drinking regular coffee and switched to decaf and I drink caffeine free pop.  Anything that upsets my stomach, upsets my heartburn and that is a big problem.  For about the last two weeks or so, my heartburn has been at its worst.  I have a difficult time swallowing.  I can't eat or hardly drink when this happens.  It also affects my sinuses more now and there are times when I can feel the pressure building up in my chest and it can make me feel like I can't breathe properly.  I also have panic attacks on top of all this.  I have been lucky and that my panic attacks have been small ones for now.  Also when my heartburn builds up, I can feel my heartbeat pick up some until I can release the pressure by belching.  Does anyone else have some of the same problems that I have been having?  If so, how have you been able to cope with this?  Any help would be deeply appreciated.

stkitt
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   Posted 8/18/2009 8:13 AM (GMT -6)   

Good Morning susieq610212001

Welcome to HealingWell and the GERD/Heartburn forum.

You may want to read this info re GERD:

http://www.healingwell.com/community/default.aspx?f=45&m=1483795

Just click on the link.

Yes I have had many of the same symptoms you have described.  I woke up early this morning so I got up at 4:00 AM.  I use Prilosec but did not take it before I ate some cereal and drank a Diet Coke.  The heartburn hit like a ton of bricks.  So  I have been eating Rolaids and took my meds at 7:00 AM. 

I am wondering if you have a GI physician and also if you have ever had an endoscopy? If not I would recommend you make an appointment with one as perhaps you need more aggressive care.

Again a warm welcome to HW. We love new members and are glad you joined us.

Kitt

 


 


 

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susieq610212001
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Date Joined Aug 2009
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   Posted 8/18/2009 8:55 PM (GMT -6)   
Yes, I do have a GI doctor and had an endoscopy done last year.  He said the only thing that it showed was some inflamation in the top part of my stomach.  I have an appointment with him in three weeks.  Hopefully he will be able to help me get some relief from all of this.

dencha
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   Posted 8/18/2009 9:37 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Susieq,
I hope you'll get some answers when you visit your GI doc. Be sure to tell him/her everything you've been experiencing. I'd recommend that you write all your questions and symptoms on paper, so you'll remember what you want to say. I always forget to ask something, and once you're gone, it's too late!

Your symptoms are real, so if your GI doc doesn't take them seriously, consider a second opinion.
Good luck getting to the bottom of your problems!
We're here to offer support and encouragement, as well as share our own experiences. We're great at being cheerleaders!yeah yeah yeah
Take care and stay with us!
Denise

k9lov3r
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   Posted 8/18/2009 10:59 PM (GMT -6)   
I agree with Denise. I went through several differant doctors and 2 differant surgeons before they figured out the symptoms were not controlled with medication. I finally had my supervisor print out all the days Icalled in sick to work and took that to my doctor. That was when I finally got sent to the surgeon that is doing my surgery tomorrow. Write your questions down I forget to write down my questions and then I think of something I wanted to ask on the drive home. Good luck to you and let us know how things are going for you
Mary

susieq610212001
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   Posted 8/19/2009 6:45 AM (GMT -6)   
Thank you to the both of you.  I will make sure that I write down any questions that I have for my doc.  My symptoms seem to get alot worse when I get ready to start my period and right after.  What kind of surgery are you having done?  Good luck with it.

couchtater
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   Posted 8/19/2009 5:42 PM (GMT -6)   
It's called a Nissen. They wrap the top of your stomach around your esophagus like a bun. It strenghtens the LES. I'm having the Esophyx procedure in December. They go down your throat and staple the top of your stomach around your esophagus to strenghten the LES.
Good luck with your visit.

Joy

susieq610212001
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Date Joined Aug 2009
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   Posted 8/28/2009 6:55 AM (GMT -6)   
Does anyone have problems swallowing if their reflux gets too bad?  With mine, it feels like my throat is tight, really bad heartburn that has pressure built up in my chest, and I feel like I can't hardly swallow or feel myself swallow.  Trying to take my medicine in the morning is a joke.  I don't go to my gastro doc for another week and a half yet.  How does anyone else cope with this and is there anything I can do until I go to the doc? 

k9lov3r
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   Posted 8/28/2009 9:59 AM (GMT -6)   
Unfortunately prior to the surgery I just had to deal with it. The medication never did anything for me. Occaisonallyt I would get some relief from Gaviscon but for the most part I had to to just take it easy and rest when I could Make sure I did not eat to close to bedtime and ate a basically soft diet. Hope things go well for you. try to relax because stress only adds to the problem
Mary

couchtater
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   Posted 8/28/2009 4:31 PM (GMT -6)   
I agree with Mary. Unfortunately you just have to deal with it until you get the surgery. Tell your doctor you want a pressure test. It's called a manometry test. It will tell what kind of swallowing problem you are having. It's not a pleasant test but it tells many things.

Good luck

Joy

arizona82
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   Posted 8/28/2009 6:11 PM (GMT -6)   
Susie,

As far as the swallowing problems are concerned, I also started having swallowing problems (dysphagia) roughly 3 1/2 years ago when my reflux appeared. Mine is bad to the point where I have non-functional dysphagia, meaning that I end up losing 30-40 lbs when my reflux flares up, including difficulty drinking......sigh. So, the swallowing problems are probably related to your reflux and it's kind of a tricky thing to deal with. I sometimes feel like I have a lump in my throat or that my throat is closing up or really tight, but that's just the sensation you get (MANY doctor visits and tests later there really isn't anything there :)) Unfortunately, that sensation is strong enough to give you swallowing problems. Same thing goes for the breathing difficulties/shortness of breath. It's just another GERD symptom, though very uncomfortable as well.

susieq610212001
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Date Joined Aug 2009
Total Posts : 12
   Posted 9/2/2009 9:54 PM (GMT -6)   
to arizona 82   Your symptoms sound alot like mine.  I have lost a few pounds because of not being able to eat when it gets too bad.  Also, trying to even drink water can be a feat.  Have you had anything done to treat yours or are you still dealing with it?  Hopefully I can get something done to where I can get some relief and be able to eat and drink normally again.  I can't afford to lose any more weight.  Twenty years ago, I had my gallbladder removed and ended up losing about 25-30 pounds.  I only weighed 99 pounds when I went in for my surgery.
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