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arttamh
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Date Joined Apr 2010
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   Posted 4/4/2010 7:04 PM (GMT -6)   
Hello! I was diagnosed with GERD 3 years ago, though I've been dealing with sporadic episodes of acid reflux since my teens (about 30 years, now). I had my gall bladder out 3 years ago, and the GERD has been a constant unwanted companion since that time. Relux is worse at night, in spite of sleeping with a 12" wedge pillow and
popping Gavison like candy.

Meds that I've tried are Pariet, Nexium, Prevacid and Pantoprazole -- none really seems to help much. The Gaviscon does help but I am worried about the long term effects of it and the PPIs. I use DGL before meals and at night when my symptoms aren't that bad.

I've made dietary changes (restrict intake of tomatoes -- difficult as I'm Italian -- citrus, chocolate, peppermint, and caffeine -- all my favourite foods) in addition to the above. I don't smoke, I am not overweight, and I eat a pretty healthy diet, I think.

An endoscopy two years ago was clear. My doctors are saying this is something I must live with. I'm having a very hard time accepting this. No one else in my family suffers from this.

I am looking forward to learning and sharing with the other members or this forum.

tirali
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Date Joined Mar 2010
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   Posted 4/4/2010 7:13 PM (GMT -6)   
Have you discussed surgical options? I recently had an endoscopy that didn't turn anything up, but I expressed interest in surgery to my gastroenterologist, who referred me to a surgeon. The surgeon said I was an ideal candidate even though I didn't have any big health risks from the GERD, and I am "getting wrapped" in four days. A desire to change your situation, along with a disinclination for lifetime medication and your young age could be reason enough for surgery! If your doctor isn't helpful, you might want to try for a second opinion.

arttamh
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   Posted 4/4/2010 7:23 PM (GMT -6)   
I haven't considered that, yet. I guess I'm still hopeful that I will somehow get it under control. And because my GERD became worse after my gall bladder surgery, I'm a little worried about another one. At the same time, I'm not ruling it out in the future. Best if luck with your surgery.

couchtater
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   Posted 4/4/2010 7:49 PM (GMT -6)   
Get rid of the pillow wedge. Get bed risers or blocks instead. The wedge causes you to bend wrong at night causing more night reflux.
My GI kept saying I don't think the surgery will really help you. I was constantly coughing from the acid getting into my lungs. I went for a second opinion and the doctor said it would help me. I had the Modified Hill (his speciality) and am cough free.

Joy

arttamh
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Date Joined Apr 2010
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   Posted 4/4/2010 8:21 PM (GMT -6)   
I'll try the risers, as the wedge is terribly uncomfortable. Thanks!

tracks83
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Date Joined Mar 2008
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   Posted 4/5/2010 9:27 AM (GMT -6)   
Hey Tirali,
Keep us updated on your wrap. I would be really interested in your recovery. I'm a candidate for surgery. I get all the tests next Monday. So today is day one without any PPI's. It feels like Im on line going into hell. As of right now I have to options either the Nissen or the Esophyx procedure. But I won;t know for sure until the motility test and Bravo are completed and the Doc wants to see how big my HH is. Its its larger than 3 cm than im limited to the Nissen. Please keep us updated.

Thanks,
Tom

charliemom
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   Posted 4/23/2010 4:36 PM (GMT -6)   
I would urge all of you to read these articles that were just released last week.
I am not longer on OTC drugs for reflux and I feel like I am on the mend.

http://thehealthyskeptic.org/heartburn
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