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bundlejoy
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   Posted 10/10/2010 5:26 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi im new to this forum would like to ask someone if my symptoms are classic for gerd.  I am awaiting my results from the barrium swallow I received last week.  The first symptom I got was waking up in the middle of the night choking on acid and not being able to breath my god I thought I was dying, anyway about two days later I found I could not eat solid food it would go into my stomach and then come back up my osoephagus and stick in my throat until it slowly went into my stomach,  my throat feels as though someone is strangling me.  Anyway that was six weeks ago and I still cant eat solid food, the first two or three mouthfulls go down but then come back up, I have a crushing feeling in my chest, pain in the upper part of my abdomen.  My doctor has put me on omezaprazole 20 mg which I have been taking in the mornings the last few days but when I go to bed or lie down the acid and any food start to come back up my food pipe. My doctor wants to wait until my results come through before prescribing anything else.  Can I ask if this sounds like gerd to anyone who has already been diagnosed.  I am middle aged and currently going through menopause - never had any digestive problems before. confused

couchtater
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   Posted 10/10/2010 6:35 PM (GMT -6)   
Yes, it definely sounds like gerd. Prop your bed head up six to eight inches high. Keep taking the prilocet it takes a week for it to start helping. Stick to bland liquid foods for now.
Keep us informed on how you're doing.
Joy

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   Posted 10/10/2010 6:53 PM (GMT -6)   
I agree, it sounds like GERD.  Check out this link as it may have some helpful info for you:
 
 
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dencha
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   Posted 10/10/2010 7:51 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Bundlejoy,
Sounds like GERD alright. You can use bricks, or blocks of wood, or buy bed risers and just use them for the head of your bed. If you can raise it, gravity will help keep the acid in your stomach.

It sounds to me like your symptoms are worse than average. It would probably be a good idea to get your doc to refer you to a GI doc, who will probably treat your symptoms more aggressively.

It does take a couple of weeks for PPI's to work, but 20mg once a day sounds like a pretty low does for what you're describing. I'm sure your doc wants to see if you respond to a low dose before moving to a higher one. If you don't feel better by a week or two, call your doc. He will probably tell you to increase the dosage.

Good luck!
Denise

bundlejoy
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   Posted 10/11/2010 11:48 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi all no results yet at doctors just been informed have to chase up the hospital as it has been two weeks now. Just found out I have a buried wisdom tooth that will need extracting I wonder if this has any bearing on the symptoms I am having. OMG it never rains but it pours doesnt it! Everything seems to come together.

couchtater
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   Posted 10/11/2010 7:41 PM (GMT -6)   
Buried wisdom tooth?? Ouch! Mine was only partial and it was rough. Good luck in getting it out.
Joy

bundlejoy
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   Posted 10/12/2010 1:20 PM (GMT -6)   
I think ill need good luck when it comes time to getting that tooth out im a big baby - I managed to eat a little mashed potato turn at tea time tonight - not counting my chickens though.

ZhyKitty
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   Posted 10/12/2010 5:22 PM (GMT -6)   
Dont worry honey.....they'll get the tooth out. I had that when I was young - 18 or 19 and once it was out I had such relief....
The headaches and such I'd been having went away and the healing only took a week or two, it wasn't too bad and I was on painkillers so I hardly noticed.

The rest of it sounded like how things got started for me and I'm now a couple of weeks away from Nissen surgery to fix everything. I'm so looking forward to the part that comes after the healing....

Good luck!

couchtater
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   Posted 10/12/2010 5:48 PM (GMT -6)   
Tell the dentist you want IV sedation. It will make it easier. I slept through most of mine. I only woke up once when he was pulling my partially buried tooth. It was very stubborn.
Make sure you have mushy foods (mostly liquids) to eat. Chewing action hurt me the most. Don't use straws! Don't spit, brush, or rinse your mouth.
Joy

Lyn williams
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   Posted 10/12/2010 9:09 PM (GMT -6)   
i hope you feel better real soon. i have  a ?, my son is only 11 years old and we went to see a sergon monday and my son might be a canidate for the fundoplication, is the transoral incisionless, the better sergery or cutting the belly/or down the mouth? down the mouth sounds better but  it's none reversable, I don't know and he's only 11. We have not seen the sergon that preforms only the Incisionless one yet. I am very scared for him just because it will hurt and he's only 11. He's had since birth and has asmtha for it and a vocal cord dysfunction. HE also has slow gastric emptying which complicates the sergery. Does anyone have imput. Thanks, Lyn

bundlejoy
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   Posted 10/13/2010 10:03 AM (GMT -6)   
Thanks for all your input, I thought I was a little old at 50 to have wisdom teeth but they must have been buried deep within my jaw.  Lynn I am sorry your 11 year old has this teriible problem I hope he feels better after the surgery he is young and Im sure he will quickly get well.  I would opt for keyhole surgery (thats what we call it in UK) it appears to be less evasive than the other methods.  I have never had anything like this before in my entire life and my diet has not been too bad.  I just hope the medication Im taking starts to work soon and I can get back to work, although if they offer me surgery, I will probably opt for that method rather than taking medication.  Would it rectify your sons slow gastric emptying also, I read that there is medication that quickens up the emptying of the stomach but cant remember what it is called. Since I started with menopause, I hav'nt been well at all, its going on three years now and its been one thing after another, ill be glad when its all over and done with being a woman sucks at times.  Hope everything goes well for you and you son.  

mitsie
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   Posted 10/13/2010 2:51 PM (GMT -6)   
Lyn
 
I had the TIF surgery on 4/9 this year.   This surgery didnt work for me.
 
I went to a surgeon in Pittsburgh Pa.  I am having the Lap Nissen fundoplication on Oct 20.   He has stated that he isnt doing the TIF surgery anymore because of problems that happen like what happened to me.
 
I know there are some people that have had the TIF surgery that it has been successful.   
 
I hope your son has success in which ever surgery you choose.

couchtater
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   Posted 10/13/2010 5:52 PM (GMT -6)   
I'd do the laproscopic. The outside heals fast and it doesn't hurt that bad really.
My PT's son had it done at age three and he's still doing fine at age 9.
Joy

bundlejoy
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   Posted 10/14/2010 2:55 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi I had my gall bladder removed 5 years ago with laprascopic surgery and I was well within two weeks and not too much discomfort. 
 
good luck

bundlejoy
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   Posted 10/14/2010 4:29 AM (GMT -6)   
ZhyKitty - good luck with your surgery :-)

bundlejoy
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   Posted 10/15/2010 3:54 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi everyone,  thought I would update you on my condition, managed to chase up the results from the hospital, they had actually been sent over to the secretaries on xray on 28th September the day I had the test, but the secretary told me that the printer had not printed them out, I was very angry to think that a hospital could make this mistake. My complaint will follow not that it will do any good.  Anyway she faxed them to the doctors this morning and it appears that I have severe reflux and slightly paralysed upper oesophagus.  The doctor has referred me to have an upper endoscopy to rule out anything else and he has increased the medication to 40 mg taken 20 in the morning and 20 at night.  Do you think that reflux can cause these symptoms.   I really hope this works as I have had a bad day today - havnt been able to eat anything, two teaspoons of thin porridge this morning stuck in my throat for a few hours.  I have just managed to drink.  Also having terrible cramps in my legs.  Oh well see what tomorow brings.
 
Thanks to all D

couchtater
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   Posted 10/15/2010 5:30 PM (GMT -6)   
I've never heard of a paralysed esophagus. Do they know how it happened?
This is something new to me.
Joy

bundlejoy
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   Posted 10/16/2010 3:06 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Joy thanks for your reply - I hav'nt heard of it either and was quite shocked to hear that.  Im a bit too scared to research on the internet in case I get a little paranoid and think I have all sorts.  I will certainly ask them what they think the reason is and what treatment I will get once I have the endoscopy. I really need to think about what to eat as I am having the same food items over and over namely milkshakes and yoghurt otherwise I will become ill.  Have you any suggestions for food.  I have tried to liquidise food but it was a little too thick for me.  I have a food processor and will try to liquidise until the food purees.  It is getting me down a bit now but I keep thinking that well there are people worse off than me. 
 
Denise 

couchtater
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   Posted 10/16/2010 8:02 AM (GMT -6)   
pureed baby food
Chicken or beef broth
Thin soups
watery grits
Slimfast
Boost high protein
GNC high protein drink or whey
Joy

bundlejoy
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   Posted 10/16/2010 10:31 AM (GMT -6)   
Thanks Joy I will try these.  Did you feel like this when you first had this complaint?  On a lighter note I just had my kitchen refurbished after waiting 20 years funny really because new cooker, new fridge freezer and I cant eat anything lol :-)

couchtater
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   Posted 10/16/2010 11:12 AM (GMT -6)   
I had no pain, but my dentist said they had cavities developing. So out they came.
Afterwards for a couple of weeks I had to eat soft foods like the post surgery gerd diet.
Joy

bundlejoy
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   Posted 10/16/2010 11:52 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Joy - I have just been reading about the surgery they have available for patients that suffer severe gerd. It leaves me quite optimistic for the future.  I am a support worker for people with learning disabilities and we have a patient who has had the fundolopication surgery 6 years ago and he appears to be well at the moment. 
 
Denise:)

couchtater
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   Posted 10/16/2010 3:31 PM (GMT -6)   
I had no idea of the surgery options available to me until two years ago when I went to the GI doctor.
There's the full Nissen, the toupet(sp?), the TIF, the Hill, and the partial wrap.
I had the 270 degree wrap similar to the toupet (sp?).
It is something to considered, but don't go into it with blinders on. It's not a cure all. You are left with some quirks afterwards, but they are easy to adjust to.
Joy

bundlejoy
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   Posted 10/17/2010 2:35 AM (GMT -6)   
Thanks Joy
 
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