WHICH ARE YOUR SYMPTOMS??OR WHERE BEFORE SURGERY??MAY MY SYMPTOMS BE ONLY GERD?!?

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Candybia
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   Posted 7/1/2010 10:49 AM (GMT -6)   
I'm going to describe my symptoms which I have been since when I was a child.They got worsen in the years...
 
BITTER AND ACID MOUTH
 
BURNED(BOILED)TONGUE
 
ABDOMINAL CRAMPS
 
AN HOLE FEELING AT THE STOMACH,AS I AM HUNGRY AND EMPTY,BUT IT ISN'T.
 
LANGUOR
 
IPER SALIVATION
 
BURNING AND PAIN ONLY SOMETIMES
 
ABNORMAL THIRST (IT DOES NOT STOP BY DRINKING)
 
INAPPETENCY
 
FEELING OF SATIETY AND FULLNESS EVEN IF I EAT A VERY LITTLE MEAL
 
HEAVINESS
 
SOMETIMES NAUSEA
 
ABDOMINAL RIBS' DRAUGHT
 
BELLY-ACHE AND ALTERNATION OF LITTLE AND HARD EXCREMENTS AND diarrhea
(IT MAY BE IRRITABLE COLON,I MADE 2 COLONSCOPIES WITHOUT ANY SIGNS OF CHRON'S DISEASE)
 
SWELLISH AND HARD BELLY ALL THE TIME EVEN IF I LOSE WEIGHT.
 
More or less I wrote every symptom lol,of course they alternate..but I feel all the time sick,all the year for many years,too many!!!
So what do you think,what do you suggest me?
Every doctor says to me it's anxiety but I don't believe in it,maybe anxiety might worse physical symptoms...
Do you think that GERD is given by all these symptoms??Some doctors told me about functional dyspepsia...some others told me it's irritable colon...some others GERD...
I'm getting crazy!!!!
What about you?
I hope you understand me a bit,sorry for my bad English,I'm Italian... rolleyes turn
Jatal hernia,gastritis GERD


Candybia
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   Posted 7/1/2010 3:35 PM (GMT -6)   
Uhmmm..no one does have any symptoms??
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couchtater
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   Posted 7/1/2010 7:23 PM (GMT -6)   
Sorry it takes time to get everyone's opinions, because of different time zones. :)

As for the symptoms it sounds like everything I've heard from others who have visited.

The symptoms vary for some, but most are the same.

I,myself, have suffered from:
bitter and acid mouth
An empty feeling in my stomach like I'm hungry
swollen and hard belly
I also had a constant cough and a throat I couldn't clear

Joy

Candybia
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   Posted 7/2/2010 5:32 AM (GMT -6)   
You are true couchtater!I forgot about different zone times:)
Did you have Fundoplicatio?Did it work well?How are you now?Did your symptoms go away??
Please let me Know!!Thanks a lot!
Jatal hernia,gastritis GERD


Alcie
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   Posted 7/2/2010 9:02 AM (GMT -6)   
I just posted a description to Katrina about how to find out if you have specific food allergies/sensitivities/intolerances. You can do this exercise too. My allergist had me keep a food journal, and it helped me find out what was causing my reflux symptoms.

Acid in the esophagus is probably due to a bad sphincter (valve) between the esophagus and stomach. Refluxing of the stomach - the jumping around and pain in the stomach - is caused by irritation, often from something you ate.
Alcie
 
 


dencha
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   Posted 7/2/2010 10:15 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Candybia,
Welcome to Healing Well! It sounds like you're in the right place. As Bill said, many people who have posted on this GERD forum have had many of the symptoms you describe.

Do you have a good GI doctor who can do testing to see what's happening with you? Have you had a PH 24 hour monitor to see what amount of reflux you are getting (with acid and bitter taste, I'm sure you're getting reflux, and your LES (the valve that is supposed to hold food and acid in your stomach) is weak and allowing acid/bile to get through.)

A thorough workup, with a barium swallow, 24 hour PH monitoring, and an endoscopy would be helpful for you. If you're having that many symptoms, it's definitely important to follow up and see what's going on for sure.

I did have the surgery because the reflux was causing my asthma to be uncontrollable. It did help me tremendously. It's not a surgery to go into without a lot of knowledge, and you'd need a very skilled and experienced (in the procedure) surgeon.

You won't know if your symptoms could be helped by the surgery until you've had several tests and evaluations.

Please be sure to stay around our forum! Feel free to ask questions and we'll do our best to help support you through your challenges!
Take care,
Denise turn

Candybia
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   Posted 7/2/2010 10:45 AM (GMT -6)   
Dear Denise,thank you very much for your kind answer!
I had 6 gastroscopies and showed only a small jatal hernia,and a gastritis,no esophagitis,no reflux.I had a barium rx test at the stomach and showed nothing,just some reflux at the beginning.
I have to do the manometry test and the ph monitoring of 24 hours,but I'm too scared and I would prefer have the Bravo System.Unlucky in Italy this last exam is not free,I will have to pay about 1,500,00 Euro mad and I will have to go to Milan to a very good surgeon,Doctor Luigi Bonavina.So I have to choose,having a FREE ph meter tube of 24 hours or paying a lot of money and have the Bravo at Milan,a very far city from me.
As you can see this is Italy.... mad cry
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dencha
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   Posted 7/2/2010 2:21 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Candybia,
I had the 24 hour PH monitor twice, and it's really not all that bad. The worst part for me was having to be off reflux medicine for a week prior. Really, you won't mind it that much, and it's certainly not worth spending that much money for the BRAVO. There are some GI docs here who don't prefer the newer Bravo technique, and feel the wired monitor is more accurate.

The manometry is a challenging, but is a necessity for placing the monitor wire and for indications as to whether your problems will be helped by surgery, as well as what type of wrap is most likely to work for you without creating swallowing problems. Just relax, and breathe...focus on thinking about a happy place and counting slow breathing to take your mind off the discomfort. You may read some posts that say it's horrible, and I won't lie--it's not fun, but it's not that long and you'll be able to handle it just fine.

I'm glad you're going through testing. I know just how you feel. I had mild reflux that my GI doc never thought amounted to much, but it was enough to inflame my lungs and make my asthma terrible. He finally decided that I might be helped with the surgery. I was definitely helped and my health is so much better now.

Good luck with all the tests. Let us know how they go.
We're here to support you, Candybia!
Take care,
Denise

couchtater
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   Posted 7/2/2010 3:59 PM (GMT -6)   
Candybia,
I had a 270 degree wrap done. Yes, my reflux is gone. Denise is right about the manometry test, it's not fun, but it's fairly quick.

Joy

Oscar's Mum
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   Posted 7/2/2010 5:25 PM (GMT -6)   
Candybia, I think you should choose the free option first. It could have every bearing on your results and pave the way for further treatment.

I have to say (albeit reluctantly for other reasons), I sometimes feel blessed to live in the UK where healthcare is free, although I had my treatment done privately because it is also common-place for companies in the UK to offer private healthcare to their employees.

My symptoms were not as bad as some and I had the surgery as my preferred option against a lifetime of meds and/or restricted diet, as well as a preventative measure to stop the damage that reflux can do to the esophagus (amongst other things). I had no heartburn, just a sore throat and very severe regurgitation. Regurgitation without any other symptoms will, in time, rot your teeth and damage your esophagus, plus countless other irreversable ailments.

The surgery wasn't a last resort for me. I never tried severe food restriction and elimation from my diet, I tried the 2 or 3 most common meds available in the UK for this condition but no more. I did the surgery because it was free and I wanted to be free of this condition, without meds or food restrictions. I am almost there and fully believe I will be 100% there in the near future.

Personally, even with the after-effects of this surgery - which can be ghastly - I would still recommend it, if it becomes an option for you.

I do hope you find a solution.

x

Candybia
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   Posted 7/2/2010 5:56 PM (GMT -6)   
Thank you very much for your kind and clear answer.You are very Kind :-)
I have to admit I'm scared a lot...about these 2 awful exams and about the surgery!!!So,may it have ghastly after-effects??Did you have them?Did you have a Fundoplicatio or what else?
I am stuck by the fear,maybe horror!!!Help!!! shakehead sad
Please tell me more about your surgery,about everything,I want to be sure before trying(maybe)a worse way...but in the main time I'm so tired and bored feeling so bad.... sad
I listended and read about a lot of people who felt worse and have worse symptoms after the surgery!!!
Thanks very much for listening to me..
Jatal hernia,gastritis GERD


couchtater
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   Posted 7/2/2010 6:26 PM (GMT -6)   
My only after surgery trouble is flaulations. It gets bad sometimes. (phew)

The recovery is not that bad. The food restrictions and weight lifting limits were the hardest. If you over ate you are stuck with spasms for a little while. I kept getting painful little hiccups while I was recovering. By two months I was eating whatever I wanted.
My surgery scars were a little tender for about a week. I only took pain medicine maybe four times after the surgery. I took maybe six doses of anti-nausea medicine since the surgery. My recovery went very well, because I listen to my body and didn't rush the healing process.

It's now six months since my surgery and I have no problems.

Joy

Candybia
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   Posted 7/3/2010 3:07 AM (GMT -6)   
Thanks,sorry why anti-nausea meds?Did you throw up?
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couchtater
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   Posted 7/3/2010 12:03 PM (GMT -6)   
No throwing up, just nausea. Sometimes you get a little nausea after the surgery, not sure exactly why. The medication is to prevent you from throwing up and tearing a stitch or two.
The surgeon insists on you carrying around a bottle of anti-nausea medicine to prevent this during the healing process and future.

Joy

Moo'sMum
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   Posted 7/4/2010 6:03 PM (GMT -6)   
Can I chip in here too and recommend you read GERDO's posts. It's titled A story of recovering from GERD. The constant full feeling is exactly as she describes. Her post is very interesting.

mitsie
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   Posted 7/27/2010 6:58 PM (GMT -6)   
Candybia
 
My symptoms are burning tongue, sore throat, gums burn at front teeth.  Burning nose.  Bitter taste.
 
last Thursday I had the Manometry, 24hr ph wire, Endoscopy.
 
I do not have the results back from my tests so I havent had an appt with my Dr.
 
The Tech. did say that she didnt see a problem with my swallow,from the manometry test, which she also did say she wasnt supposed to tell me anything.  LOL.
 
She did say I did well with the manometry test.    I do not have a strong gag reflex,   I think a person just has to make up their mind they are having the tests and these are going to help you.     It is kind of unpleasant, but nothing hurt.    Maybe ask for a tissue, as the problem is when you are not swallowing saliva collects in your mouth and that is when you feel you need to swallow, plus you do kind of have a feeling of something needing to be swallowed because of the tube in your throat.   They will tell you when to swallow.    There isnt a major problem if you swallow when you are not supposed too, it just makes your test a little longer.    I think I probably swallowed 4 or 5 times when I wasnt supposed too.
 
They do put gel in your nose and tell you to sniff and it goes in your throat too.  That is to numb your nose and throat.    I had no pain.   She gave me a squirt of Gatorade and then would tell me to swallow once.    Then to wait and she would give me more gatorade and to swallow again.
 
I had the endoscopy next and they put the ph wire in while I was sedated so I cant tell you how that felt.
 
There was nothing painful about the wire, just kind of annoying.   The tape on your face to hold the wire in place is annoying.     I did try to swallow a little grape tomato and I think I had a problem with the skin on the tomato and also hamburger got stuck so probably is better to eat things that slip down easy.   I was told to eat normal things.   So I had coffee, chocolate, and noodles with sauce.    Of course I have the burning tongue even with things that supposedly shouldnt give me acid.
 
I had the TIF surgery on April 9th this year.    The Dr did tell me that the LES valve was open.   So I took from that remark that my surgery wasnt a success.
I am waiting to hear from them to set up an appt.
 
I wish you the best in your tests.

stkitt
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   Posted 7/28/2010 8:13 AM (GMT -6)   
Martina,


No problem :)



My symptoms have always been severe heartburn and regurgitation. I am well controlled by one Prilosec 20 mg per day and not eating late in the evening prior to bedtime.



Stress has set mine off many times.



Kindly,

Kitt
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