I agree with Joy about
getting a motility test,. You might consider a scope, maybe a Ph, a Barium Swallow and stomach emptying test. They will tell you some important things. Does the Carafate help with the regurg? My surgeon put me on Carafate and Erythromycin for the regurg. He explained that the two taken together helps some (about
30%) not only coat the esophagus and stomach but helps the stomach empty in a more timely manner, which reduces food to regurg.
I've been "working with" my esophagus (primarily LES...lower esophagus sphincter) for over 25 years. In the beginning, I'm not sure I could have differentiated reflux, regurg, spasm, constriction, etc. with the knowledge that I now have. Tests eliminate guessing. There is likely a diagnosable reason for why you have regurgitated your whole life. Did no doctor seek to figure out why you were doing this?
I have had some reduction in symptoms from Kapadix 60 mg. It also facilitates healing damaged linings. Depending on your insurance, it can be expensive. Often, having the surgery reduces or eliminates the need for medication. With my past esophageal surgeries I haven't needed medication following the surgery.
I again stress...follow the post surgery rules...don't lift, bend, small amounts of liquids...then soft food...chew until food is liquid. Just because you can do something...doesn't mean it is wise to do so. The consequences of weakening the surgical area being repaired can lead to long term misery or added surgery, as some of our member have written about
Please keep us posted
Good wishes and blessings,
Please keep us posted.
Post Edited (my7pinecones) : 3/21/2010 2:43:23 PM (GMT-6)