I have had acid reflux for oh about
at least 15 years and slowly went from tums to zantac to prilosec and now delinex ...I just found out about
a month ago that I have BE and had to be dilated for strictures as I was having trouble swallowing ...
last year in July I started having shortness of breath and am now on advair and klonipin because they can't figure out what giving me the shortness of breath and think it may be anxiety ... I also was diagnosed with severe sleep apnea in November and now sleep with CPAP...
For the past 2 or 3 years I would occasionally wake up choking after inhaling vomit from my reflux and other times I would wake up with a small puddle of vomit on my pillow ... the reason I went to the gastro this time was because I was having a hard time swallowing ..I had been to one about
4 years ago to make sure it was ok that I stay on prilosec daily...
I had radio frequency ablation done for my BE 3 weeks ago at that time my gastro also found I have a sliding hernia...I will be going in Thursday to have my esophagus stretched again because my swallowing has gotten worse in the past 3 weeks, so bad in fact yesterday after I tried eating a ham sandwich, that would not go down.. I stood on my porch having to regurgitate my food from my throat feeling like I was going to pass out, I was hoping if I did pass out a neighbor would see me and call 911, I also have a 4 year old so that makes it even worse to know what he do if I did pass out..... I tried to teach him how to call 911 but I have a blackberry phone and its not so easy...so now I am totally eating only soft food and not taking a chance with that happening again ...I was also been diagnosed with lupus and fibromyalgia in May ..
So anyways my doctor has said that its likely that I will need the Nissan surgery and I am unsure that its something I want to have done locally and am thinking of Oregon Health Sciences University..I wanted to go to Swedish in Seattle but they are not a preferred provider for our insurance... I keep reading how important a good surgeon is and I am not quite sure how to find the best one ... I see others have traveled to other states to get there procedures done ..
Do they just pay out of pocket or have awesome insurance ? what about
after surgery do you go back to your local gastro and follow up with them ..
I will have to be scoped every year or other year for my BE........ so I don't want my gastro to get upset that I am going somewhere else to get surgery because I do like him, its not like he is going to do the surgery anyways....he said he would recommend our local guy even after I expressed that I would like to have it done in Portland.. I just don't know what to do .
I have been sick with so many things for so long I am tired of dealing with all of it and wish I knew what was best for me....... anyways I wanted to introduce myself I have been reading this board for about
a month so I already know alot of your stories and just want to speak up with issues, concerns and questions in case anybody else has been through what is happening to me......
Post Edited (badreflux) : 8/3/2010 4:45:26 PM (GMT-6)