Thanks, Kitt and Joy.
What I'd like to know: What tests are normally recommended? I know my problem is long-standing; however, this year, 2010, has been more troublesome than in the previous couple of years.
I have read the information posted on the forum, and I have read about others' experiences on this forum, but I need to know what tests a GI Specialist would normally order for my problem.
I have been unable to remedy the onset of nausea with changes in my diet; however, I have never been one to eat a lot of fat, sugar, spices, etc. so there isn't much wiggle room left. Gravol, Tums, herbal teas, etc. are ineffective. I was Rx'd Motilium and another drug in its class a number of years ago when I also suffered from IBS, but I suffered from an adverse drug reaction (more nausea, restless legs, agitation).
The GI Specialist I saw in 2009 did not give me much information at all, aside from saying that the nausea may be caused by the mild hiatus hernia. I have been reading about GERD and its relation to hiatus hernia online.
Joy, aside from taking drugs like Prevacid, or surgery, what else can one do about a weak LES. I don't get problems at night, but I am diligent about NOT laying down after eating. Even if I don't get problems during night time, would elevating the bed help with daytime nausea?
Thank you for your help, and I look forward to others chiming in.