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Mike C
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Date Joined Mar 2010
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   Posted 3/7/2010 3:40 PM (GMT -6)   
I am a 51 years old and I have been suffering with stomach problems since my early 20's.For the last couple of years I was doing okay as long as I was taking my prevacid daily.After hurting my back the doc put my on 200mg of Celebrex two weeks before last Christmas... I was on them for about 2 weeks when my stomach started bothering me. I have had a lot of pain since January and the doc put me on double dose of Prevacid.. I am managing through it ..the only thing is since the last 2 months I have had episodes of what it fees like esophageal spams and pain... which last from 2 to 3 hours...feels like I swallowed a golf ball...I try to drink water and eat some crackers to help get rid of it..I also been having hunger pains ..you know the one that it feels like the acid is eating you away until you eat something... I had H pylori in the past and went through the treatment... and got rid of it..but the treatment itself made me IMO sicker. I am scheduled for a barium swallow and an abdominal ultrasound(to check my gall bladder) this week...I am glad I found this place...sort of makes me feel I am not alone in this struggle.

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   Posted 3/7/2010 5:30 PM (GMT -6)   
Welcome Mike, I'm new here too. My problems are a little different to yours, but I can certainly relate to the golf ball feeling! I'm up for a barium swallow on Friday, but am skeptical, for some reason I don't trust health professionals lol!

Good luck with your tests

Liz x

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   Posted 3/8/2010 7:37 PM (GMT -6)   
Welcome Mike and Liz,
This is a a great forum, and you'll find lots of support and information here. You're definitely not alone. It's a bummer, but those of us who drew the short straw and ended up with GERD severe enough to interfere with our lives, have to suck it up and find a way to make it thorough!

There is a lot out there to help us, so keep your chin up. The testing you are having will provide your doctors with the information they'll need to provide you with relief. Hang in there!

Unfortunately, I had a complicating factor, which ended up leading me to having the surgery about a year ago. I would have been fine on meds, with some breakthrough heartburn, but I have asthma, and the GERD had caused my lungs to become extremely unhealthy. It because a life-threatening situation. After a few months (while my lungs healed and recovered) post-op, my lungs were much improved. I have spent a year very happy with the results.

Unfortunately, I'm worried that the surgery may have been compromised by the fact that I was on high doses of steroids before and after the surgery. Due to the steroids, my internal tissues were very fragile, and my constant coughing post-surgery may have created problems.

That said, if I have to have a re-do of the surgery I will do it without hesitation. It has made a tremendous difference in my life, and I have been healthy for the first time in years.

There are lots of people here who have had symptoms like yours, and more members will be by to talk to you, I'm sure.
Stay with us, and let us know how things are progressing. Feel free to ask any questions you might have.
Good luck, and take care,
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