INtro from a newbie and doctor recommendations needed

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Date Joined Jan 2010
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   Posted 1/6/2010 2:04 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi all,
 I am writing this for my husband who is 33 years old and in massive pain. He can't even exercise anymore due to the pain he encounters when he does any type of cardio. He has had a endoscopy and a barium swallow. They did an ultrasound, but not a hida scan. THe docotors have him on prilosec and he just started karafate yesterday. The karafate pills are hard for him to get down and feel stuck in his throat.  HE has tried reglan, aciphex and nexium with no improvement.  After piecing this all together, I do think upping the ppi's made things worse for him. He upped his dose and things got very bad. Doctor said he has bile reflux and acid reflux. He stopped the ppi's thinking that would help with the bile reflux and I think it made things worse since he didn't wean off of  them. He takes ambien to help him sleep since he is so stressed and feels hopeless. We are going to do a food tolerance test for him and see if that might pinpoint some of the triggers. The doctors are not really helpful at all and we have been through two of them already. We are looking for an excellent GI  in NYC who will be able to tell us if surgery is an option. My husband also has a hiatal hernia. He has barett's Espophagus as well. He is scared to death of the surgery but doesn't feel he has an option if it will help him get out of this misery. Would love some recommendations.

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Date Joined Jul 2009
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   Posted 1/6/2010 7:01 PM (GMT -6)   
Go on the America Gastroenterolgists website. You can look up your state and get recommendation from them.
If he has Barrett's he needs something do quickly for that.
I had a 270 degree wrap done and the recovery wasn't too bad. I only needed pain meds for three days off and on.


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Date Joined Oct 2009
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   Posted 1/6/2010 10:22 PM (GMT -6)   
When I had to take carafate I was supposed to chew the tablets. It takes a lot of chewing and swallowing with water to get them down.

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Date Joined Dec 2009
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   Posted 1/7/2010 1:24 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Elle,
Sorry to hear that your husband is having these issues but i can certainly appreciate the situation.  I am 40, have Barretts and also a hiatal hernia.  I was in exactly the same position and was also in desperate pain a few months ago I found that I had to make some immediate and drastic lifestyle changes to get things under control--and that is the key, especially if you have Barretts. I'd be happy to share how I was able to get my symptoms under control, though I suppose everyone's situation is a little different.  There are a lot of natural aides and tricks that I found useful and definitely keeping a daily of food triggers is very important.  Stay on the PPI's and stay consisent.  It was your comments about exercise and anxiety that caught my eye. A few questions for you.  You mention he has trouble excercising--what time of day is he exercising? What types of excercises? Some suggestions: Excercise in the morning before eating anything. Stick with low impact cardio equipment like elipticals--STAY AWAY from treadmills/road running and other impact cardio for the time being. In fact, if he is tha much pain--light walking is all he should be doing. If you use a bike-use an upright versus recumbant.  If he is doing strength training--make sure they are Hiatus Hernia safe exercises as some exercises can make the situation and pain worse.  Stress and anxiety is a huge contributor to GERD and it can be a vicious circle.  Some suggestions for night time: Don't eat 3 hours before bed, sleep with upper torso (waist-up) elevated, don't use AMBIEN!--stick with someting natural to aid in relaxtion like Calms Forte by Hylands or Melatonin supplements--both available in most drug/health food stores. I'd also recommend structured deep breathing exercises for 15 minutes before bed. Not only can it lower blood pressure immediately (and continously if you do it every day) --it should allow him to completely relax and be ready for sleep.  
By the way--I have put off Nissen surgery for now but am having a procedure (Halo 360) to eliminate the Barretts later this month.
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