What to do about this GERD

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eugenia
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   Posted 12/23/2009 5:52 PM (GMT -6)   
Have been officially diagnosed with GERD after 2 years.  The reason for the delay was that my first GI thought I had anxiety...anyway that's another story.
 
Have always been on Nexium. Went for a barium swallow and everything looked ok (no strictures, esophagitus).  Despite taking the PPI Nexium (and I have tried quite a few) I still have symptoms varying from heartburn to lump in throat (depending on what day).  I have cut out all the "bad" foods, raised the head of my bed and still continue to get symptoms.  I have a new GI doctor who I'm seeing in January so hoping for another down the throat to see the damage (I'm hoping that there won't be much if any @ all).
 
Anyway, have had a lot of anxiety with this and am having a rough day thinking bad thoughts
 
I guess I just need some words of encouragement from people who have been through this GERD thing and manage to live a normal life.
 
Thanks to anyone who replies.
 
Eugenia
 

couchtater
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   Posted 12/23/2009 6:00 PM (GMT -6)   
Welcome, Eugenia.
I was on two Nexium a day and a 300 zantac. I was not getting better so I caved in and had the surgery yesterday.
The 270 wrap is nothing. My surgery was a 8:00 yesterday my last dose of pain medication at the hospital was a 12 yesterday. I did take a dose of lortab for the ride home.

I hope the doctor helps you.

Joy

joe1619
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   Posted 2/7/2010 2:09 PM (GMT -6)   
tater, you were posting one day post surgery, wow. as far as the question i am right with you. this is ruining my life. just hang in there that is all we can do. i got jacked around by 2 doctors and things are worse due to them. nothing is helping, but i now have a 3rd doc who seems better, but i think hes marching toward surgery. just get more opinions and research the surgeries. i am afraid too, but think its the way. just not sure which one i should do.

couchtater
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   Posted 2/7/2010 2:26 PM (GMT -6)   
Joe,

research is extremely important before you make your decision. That is why I came to this forum. They help me answer many questions that I cannot seem to find anywhere else. This is the reason I am still here. Even though, I am considered Gerd free, I feel it is my responsibility to help others who are confused about all of the information that is out there. I thought I would be a good candidate for the EsophyX surgery. After talking with my new G.I. I discovered that this would not be good for me, my hiatal hernia was too big. He told me that a large hiatal hernia will cause my stomach to be pulled up into my chest if I go through with it.

I was terrified of having the Nissen fundoplication. I had heard such terrible things like you can't throw up, you have to stay on soft foods, you can't belch, etc. Plus I am a wimp when it comes to pain and my old G.I. told me the recovery will be extremely painful.

My new G.I. convinced me to do the Hill procedure. It was not as severe as the method used by other doctors. He did a 270° wrap instead of the 360° wrap.

Please research your surgeon. My surgeon is famous in Georgia for being the first doctor to use the laparoscope for acid reflux surgery. Even though it was a 5 Hour drive for me I decided he was the best.
Choose the best for you. Ask many questions. This is the only way ever find the right one.


Joy

joe1619
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   Posted 2/7/2010 4:06 PM (GMT -6)   
do they let us post our surgeons. i am from ia, but would go wherever to have my life back. how do i find out about the person in ga. i was just telling my wife how impressed i was at you sticking around to help us. it is much appreciated as its very frustrating

couchtater
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   Posted 2/7/2010 7:51 PM (GMT -6)   
Just type in "EsophyX procedure in GA" on google and his site is one of the first ones to come up.
georgia reflux surgery is in his site. He takes out of state people. He accepts your information by fax or e-mail.

Joy

nervymeg
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   Posted 2/7/2010 10:28 PM (GMT -6)   
Joy,

thank you

TCO
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   Posted 2/8/2010 8:35 AM (GMT -6)   
I was wondering if anyone has ever experienced uncontrollable drooling with their GERD. 

tarajane
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   Posted 2/8/2010 8:37 AM (GMT -6)   
i have hun join me in gerd live chat

TCO
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   Posted 2/8/2010 8:42 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi, I can't chat - I am at work.  Thank you for your reply.  I have a hard time working as it is because of this drooling.

tarajane
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   Posted 2/8/2010 8:45 AM (GMT -6)   
i suffer from terrible flem because of it , and boy do i drool on me pillow, ask your doctor if there is anything they can give you

TCO
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   Posted 2/8/2010 8:49 AM (GMT -6)   
I just started taking Protonix 3 days ago.  I had surgery and they gave me Protonix rather than my Nexium and the drooling stopped.  However, after 3 days on Protonix the drooling has not stopped. 
 
Do you just live with it?

couchtater
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   Posted 2/8/2010 5:07 PM (GMT -6)   
I drool a lot on my pillow. I do seem to swallow a lot. But I don't drool outside my mouth.

Joy

Alcie
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   Posted 2/8/2010 6:11 PM (GMT -6)   
Eugenia
Sorry your post seems to have been somewhat hijacked. I frankly don't believe there are necessarily any "bad" foods for all GERD sufferers. I think you have to make up your own personal list of your food triggers.

I also don't believer you should rush into surgery. It's a last resort and there are side effects not everyone wants, like not being able to burp and having painful gas.

Anyway, I just posted a brief note to ladybelle on how to keep a food log and do challenge testing to find your own food triggers. If you have any trouble with it, just post again here.
Alcie
 
 

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