GERD sufferer with question

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Date Joined Feb 2005
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   Posted 2/16/2005 5:53 PM (GMT -6)   
When I was sixteen I had laparoscopic anti-reflux surgery for GERD disease. I am now twenty-five and was recently put on Prevacid by my ENT after complaining of a sore throat on one side (This all happened after being 'treated' twice by my primary for throat infection and lymph-node infection mad ). I was scoped and told that my esophagus was swollen as a result of acid reflux. My questions:

Is it normal for this problem to reoccur this soon after surgery?

Is a second surgery doable?

I've been on Prevacid for 2 weeks and don't notice a difference. I'm supposed to see the doctor again in two weeks. Should I drop the ENT and go see a Gastro?
Does anyone else take Prevacid and if so, thoughts?

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Date Joined Jan 2005
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   Posted 2/16/2005 6:53 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi JW!

Welcome to the GERD board!  Sorry you are having throat discomfort!

I've heard that after surgery like yours, many people have heartburn return anywhere from 5 to 10 years after the procedure (depressing, huh?).  But having never had it myself, I can't say that's fact for sure.  I'd talk to your doctor and see if that's a normal occurance.  Also can't advise on a second surgery, as I've never had a first, but that's not to say they can't perform a different procedure to get the results you want.
Concerning the Prevacid, I've been on this medicine before, but it was to treat heartburn only.  I've never had sore throats due to acid.  I would think two weeks' time would be sufficient to tell if it is going to work.  It doesn't appear to be helping you much at all.
I also suggest seeing a gastroenterologist, simply because this (among other conditions) is their specialty.  He may be able to see things your ENT might not, as well as suggest other remedies/solutions.
I hope you feel better real soon!  Please keep us updated!


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Date Joined Feb 2005
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   Posted 2/17/2005 8:29 PM (GMT -6)   
JW - I definitely agree with Toni that you should seek help from a  gastroenterologist.  Best of luck to you.
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