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Bowtiemama
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   Posted 9/15/2009 9:59 AM (GMT -6)   
Hello - I just found this website when I typed in a search for "I have GERD and IBS, what can I eat?!"  I have been looking and finding a lot of good information and just want to say I was so glad to find this site :-)    I have had both GERD and IBS for several years but recently had such a severe attack that I ended up in the hospital for a day.  People think "you went to the hospital for heartburn?? nono    I am just happy to find a site where others may know what I'm experiencing; and that it's not "just heartburn" that will go away!

stkitt
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   Posted 9/15/2009 10:51 AM (GMT -6)   

Hello Bowtiemama

Welcome to HealingWell and the GERD/Heartburn forum.  I must say I love your user name.............very cute.

I am glad you found us and I am sure you will find the members to be very helpful and supportive.  Many people have spent time in a hospital with heartburn sorting out what is happening and making sure their problem is not cardiac related.  You are in good company here.'

Again a warm welcome,

Kitt


 

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rlopez75
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   Posted 9/15/2009 12:01 PM (GMT -6)   
Welcome Bowtiemomma! You found a good group of people here. I have found great moral support and great information pre and post op for my recent Nissen Fundoplication surgey. Its great to be surounded by people who know and feel or have felt what you describe to them and can offer help and great advice.

Other than the hospital visit have you have any other medical attention for your heartburn?

Bowtiemama
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   Posted 9/15/2009 12:08 PM (GMT -6)   

I haven't had to seek medical attention for a few years now.  They've checked (what seems like) just about everything and that is how/why I was diagnosed with the GERD and IBS several years ago.  I usually just 'suffer' through my days if a problem arises.  At this hospital visit, I was prescribed some type of protonics (sp?) but as my insurance won't cover it, I've been told to try taking 2 Prilosec tablets a day (two because they are only 20mg and the prescription was for a 40mg drug).  However, nobody was able to tell me why I was vomiting for 3 out of 4 days last week, which was one of the biggest reasons why I went to the hospital.  Well, that and the terrible pain in my chest.  This all started on 9/4/09 and as long as I don't eat much of anything, it has been getting a little better everyday.  (but a heck of a way to lose weight...ugh)

 


rlopez75
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   Posted 9/15/2009 12:14 PM (GMT -6)   
Have you have a barium test done yet to see how bad teh reflux is?

Bowtiemama
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   Posted 9/15/2009 1:46 PM (GMT -6)   
Sorry...had to step out. No, no barium test has been done. Something you suggest? What would knowing the level of reflux be able to do; do you know?

rlopez75
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   Posted 9/15/2009 3:57 PM (GMT -6)   
Please dont be scared by the following explination. I will try to explain from first hand experience. Your situation may be different or require different treatment.



Severe GERD my be caused by a Hiatal Hernia or a weak Lower Esophigeal Sphyintec(LES) or both. My hernia damaged my LES and thats what was causing my pains. The LES is the valve that holds the contents of the stomach in so they wont leak up in to the esophogus causing you heart burn and possibly damaging your esophogus. I had sever erosion of the esophogus because of my damaged LES. So far surgery is the only way to corect this when medication fails to controll the acid. I had the surgery 5 weeks ago and feel 100 times better! No more acid, phlem in my throat, regurtating food, or severe burning. I can allready drink OJ again, eat sour cream, and many other mildly acidic food that would send me to the hospital before.

A Barium swallow test shows real time with an x ray video camera, when you swallow a heavy liquid to similate food what your esophogus does when the contents enter the stomach. It shows any reflux and can even show the hernia if that is the case. A
 
Motility test tells the doctors how strong your esophogus is and what the pressure of the LES is as you swallow water. Both tests have to be requested by a G.I specialist. Depending on the test results is the path or options they will give you to make you feel better and live a normal life. I had both tests done.

The word "surgery" scares people who dont know what they have yet. I would do this surgery every 10 years or as necessary to feel as good as I feel now compared to 6 weeks ago. Though this surgery is typically a one time thing some people have had to have it re done. Its ver non invasive and you end up with 5, 1inch long scars on your abdomin.

I hope I didnt scare you but I wanted you to know what severe GED leads to or what the cayuse may be. You may not need surgery and may juts need to find a good specialist that will give you the necessary prescription to ease your symptoms.

I hope that helped you learn a bit more of what some of us have gone through with this desiese.

Rafael

Post Edited (rlopez75) : 9/15/2009 3:00:11 PM (GMT-6)


Bowtiemama
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   Posted 9/15/2009 4:06 PM (GMT -6)   
Thank you Rafael! No, your explanations didn't scare me, as always I am just more curious! The biggest hurdle is finding a good specialist I think. I have to sign off the computer for now, but I surely appreciate all of your feedback - thanks again!
~Bowtiemama~

stkitt
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   Posted 9/15/2009 5:53 PM (GMT -6)   
Rafael
Great post and explanation.........you are a wise person and very supportive.  It is so good to have you with us.
 
Hugs
Kitt

couchtater
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   Posted 9/15/2009 6:23 PM (GMT -6)   
bowtiemama,
Welcome to our little corner of the internet smilewinkgrin
 
My reflux symtoms are not as severe as the the others who post here. However, my reflux affects my lungs. I'm trying to get a newer surgery called EsophyX procedure. It's a little less invasive than the Nissen as they go down your throat instead. redface (open wide)
 
I do suggest you find a good GI. You can find them listed easily on the web with the American Gastroenterologist Association.
 
I pray you will only need medication to help you.
 
Joy

mookiemoomoo
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   Posted 9/19/2009 1:32 PM (GMT -6)   
hello bowtiemamma welcome to this great site

opnwhl4
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   Posted 9/19/2009 10:41 PM (GMT -6)   
Bowtie-
I want to welcome you also. Rafael's post was very informative. If you haven't seen the GI recently I suggest making an appointment if you are able to. There a several tests that will show how severe the GERD is. With the syptoms you have I am surprised tey didn't want to do some of them to see what was going on.
Joy is full of information on the EsophyX. I sure hope that procedure is as good as it sounds. Sure would save a lopt of recovery time for the right patients. It is good you are curious about this disease. Please remember that there is a lot of negative information out there about the surgery options. I believe this site has the most realistic information about these. Not everyone has a great outcome with the surgery, but I believe that has more to do with under qualified surgeons and not screening the patients well enough before hand to make sure the surgery is a good choice for them. Please ask all the questions you need to. We are more than happy to help.

Take care,
Bill
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