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Date Joined Jul 2009
Total Posts : 12
   Posted 9/13/2009 12:05 AM (GMT -6)   
This may seem like an odd post but I'm just popping in to get what I'm feeling out in writing. This condition has plagued me for far to long. I have have taken different medications and talked to different doctors and many tests. I still suffer from reflux on a daily basis and I feel as though I've lost vitality. I don't feel healthy anymore, I feel like I'm just barely living, that's how this reflux makes me feel. The pains and discomforts are taking their toll and its easy to lose hope. I long for a day when I can just feel normal. I feel like there is no relief and no fix for this condition. I believe in God and He isn't granting me healing at this point. I'm not sure about the rest of you out there but I feel your pain. This is no way to live and it is difficult to keep my head up. When the day comes that I am finally reflux free it will be nothing short of a miracle. I wish the best to the rest of you as well.

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Date Joined Jul 2009
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   Posted 9/13/2009 9:07 AM (GMT -6)   
Sorry you're feeling down. What do the doctors say about surgery? There's many surgery options: EsophyX procedure, Nissen, or Linx (which is in studies right now).

I hope you will find a solutions to your troubles.


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Date Joined Feb 2009
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   Posted 9/13/2009 9:50 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Solarpowered,
I know just what you're feeling. I spent four years in terrible health when my GERD got progressively worse, and it caused my asthma to worsen to the point that I became extremely unhealthy. My doctors got to the point where they told me that they couldn't do anything more than they were doing--and I was getting worse, not better. At best, I was maintaining at that sick level, and whenever I actually got sick--a virus or allergies, my lungs became dangerously involved. My family doctor said that it was a life-threatening and that I needed to consider the surgery. He and my asthma docs nudged me for years.

In the end, I was sick of being sick. That's when I finally decided that regardless of the negative things I'd seen and heard regarding the Nissen procedure, I had to try it. I couldn't go on living like I was. Fortunately about that time as I searched the internet for information, I found this site, and was able to talk to people who'd had the surgery and had come out the other side much healthier and with a higher quality of life.

I had the surgery in February, and I can tell you that I'd have it again in a minute. The recover wasn't ANYTHING like I'd expected. I had a surgeon who was very skilled and experienced in the Nissen procedure, and that makes all the difference in the quality of your life post-Nissen. My lungs took about 2 and a half months to recover after surgery--they'd been so inflamed for so many years. But when they did, I finally experienced health again. People even told me that I looked better--my color was better, I sounded better. It's great to be able to breathe and not be constantly coughing and medicating my lungs.

I don't know if surgery is an option for you, but you sound like you've reached a point where you need to at least consider it as an option. There are lots of members here who can discuss this option with you.
We're here to listen to you, Solarpowered.
I'm sure you'll get lots of support.

Regular Member

Date Joined Sep 2009
Total Posts : 59
   Posted 10/8/2009 4:15 PM (GMT -6)   
Hey Solarpowdered, can I help with some information that I post at the moment- I have to ask you somethings please

1. Did you -Do- the ESOPHAGUS transit barium swallow- TEST, where they make you drink barium and shake you and see IF it passes back Up to your esophagus?
2. Was the barium visible in your esophagus?

3. have you done endoscopy, biposy, and so forth? they can check for hpylori in the biopsy, and what are the results?

The point is I want to know if your reflux is from a defective sphincter only, OR a defective sphincter + hpylori or hpylori OR hpylori without defective sphincter?

If it's only hpylori without defective sphincter, you can take antibiotics and probiotics to heal the hpylori and reduce the reflux alotttt!!! so there is Hopppe here!

But if it's a defective sphincter with or without hpylori, then I think you probably have to consider surgery to fix it...i think the forum talks alot about the current surgeries...

GERD is ruining my LIFE at the moment too.
I HAVE NO HPYLORI, but I HAVE a very defective sphincter/... valve.

Please be strong. Wish you all the best:(
I'd consider finding out the cause and solution if you want....

Post Edited (jules12345) : 10/9/2009 3:54:56 PM (GMT-6)

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Date Joined Apr 2007
Total Posts : 32602
   Posted 10/9/2009 12:27 PM (GMT -6)   
Hey Solarpowdered,
Hello and welcome to HealingWell and the GERD/Heartburn forum.

Support groups are a place for people to give and receive both emotional and practical support as well as to exchange information. People with health conditions, as well as their friends and families find support groups to be a valuable resource and get confirmation that their feelings are "normal", educate others, or just let off steam. IMHO joining a support group is joining a family.  Consider yourself family and do let us help you in any way we can.

Health and Happiness,



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Regular Member

Date Joined Oct 2009
Total Posts : 175
   Posted 10/9/2009 12:50 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi solarpowered,

I don't know what degree of pain you experience each day, but one thing that has helped me a lot is getting involved in a vigorous exercise program.

I went through a period where I dwelled on the pain too much, and let other things in life start to pass me by. My body grew weaker as I just got through my days instead of living them.

If you can put the pain aside you will realize that this pain does not need to prevent you from taking care of the other parts of your body. Once I started exercising three times a week, I found I had so much more energy that it made the GERD pain a lot easier to deal with.

If you do exercise with GERD, be sure to do it on an empty stomach, and avoid exercises where you would need to bend over. You wouldn't want the exercise to splash any more acid into your esophagus than is there already. You can also take an antacid, like gaviscon just before exercising to make sure there isn't excess acid in your stomach while exercising. Riding a stationary bike and using a weight machine work well for me since they don't splash the stomach contents around.

Anyway it helped me a lot so maybe you could give that a try.


Regular Member

Date Joined Sep 2009
Total Posts : 59
   Posted 10/9/2009 4:57 PM (GMT -6)   
hope youre better solarpowered
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