I can't even express my anger and how I feel about the medical world neglecting LPR as desease. Different kinds of surgeries and techniques have been developed to help strenghten the lower spinchter, but noone seems to care enough to investigate any treatments of the upper one. How can this even be possible in 2010?
The more I read about this condition, the more depressed I get.
I didn't have LPR just a few months ago, but I had been dealing with chronic gastritis and erosions in my stomach for 1 year prior to that. During this time I underwent 4 gastroscopies. After the last two I started feeling this nasty bitter taste in my throat and at first didn't know what to think. The last two gastroscopies were without any sedation and I nearly coughed my guts out. It was a terrible experience. I think I must have pulled some of the muscles resposible for keeping the UES tight, because I didn't have this condition before that.
I've been on omeprazole and ranitadine for months because of the gastritis and I experienced severe side effects. I don't think I will be able to handle taking them for life. The PPI's would cause such depression and mood swings that I can't even describe...
Fundoplication seems pointless to me as I know my problem is in the UES.. Not to mention there are people who have had the surgery and didn't get any relief in their throat. It's scary...
I've been doing some reasearch on LPR for the past two weeks and the most significant finding I came accross was that: http://www.freepatentsonline.com/y2010/0021554.html You can read more about it here: http://patentauthority.com/content/patents/US20090148530A1.pdf
Anyone tried it? Does it help?
I just pray some scientist comes up with a solution or surgery technique for the UES as well. Why does noone care about that?