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Date Joined Jan 2011
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   Posted 1/17/2011 1:46 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi everyone,
I wanted to let all of you know how helpful your posts have been for me throughout the past months. I finally decided to join in and ask a few questions:

My GERD started after I had a tummy tuck (like the day after). It was a poor choice I know and I have to live with that now. I have a hiatal hernia and most of my pain is in my chest, lungs, and throat. It is really difficult to swallow, hurts to breathe, and even to twist my torso because my esophagus is so sore. So I've had this since August 2009, which I know compared to some of you is hardly any time at all. My problem is that I am allergic to ALL PPIs. My doctor has put me on every kind there is and I break out in hives, my eyesight blurs, and my right arm and leg go numb with each brand some worse than others. The PPIs also made the GERD worse. H2 blocks don't help at all. My doctor said there's nothing more he can do for me. So pretty much I just have to stick it out. Well, I can't take it any more. I keep thinking I can fix this naturally, but I just think that my anatomy got changed by my TT and no matter how clean I eat or how many digestive enzymes I take I will always be in pain. This is such a difficult decision for me since all of my problems started with surgery and to have to get another surgery just depresses me but I don't see any other options. So here is my question for all of you:

What surgery do you think is best? The hill, nissen, or esophyx.

Background info: I used to exercise a lot (now all I can do is walk) I weigh 110 lbs and I eat a very balanced diet and have for the past 9 months (raw veggies, lean protein about 10% of a meal, whole grains but still not too many carbs).

Thank you so much, and I wish all of you a pain free day!

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Date Joined Jan 2011
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   Posted 1/19/2011 3:10 PM (GMT -6)   
Yes I'm posting on my own post. I found something interesting I thought I'd share:

In a trial at Australia's University of Adelaide, researchers applied a mild electrical pulse to stimulate an acupressure point on the wrist known as Neiguan, which is associated with upper gastrointestinal conditions. Fourteen healthy volunteers with no symptoms of heartburn or acid reflux received stimulation at the Neiguan point and at a sham point on the hip.

Using a barostat balloon to measure movement of the oesophagus, researchers found that Neiguan stimulation prompted about 40 percent fewer relaxations of the lower oesophageal sphincter (LES) compared to stimulation of the sham point.

In an interview with Reuters Health, lead researcher Dr Richard H. Holloway described his trial as 'very preliminary.' Further tests will be needed to determine if the same effect would occur with acid reflux patients, and if so, how long the effects might last.

The Neiguan point is 2 inches up the palm side of your arm from your wrist crease, between the tendons.

Lots of love and healing for you all

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Date Joined Jul 2009
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   Posted 1/19/2011 4:40 PM (GMT -6)   
I had the toupet (270 degree wrap). I don't have the tightness problems that sometimes affect people with the nissen. I had it because I had extra movements in my esophagus and my doctor was afraid I would have trouble swallowing passed a full wrap.
I've been very happy with it.
I'd stay away from the Esophex because if your HH. My surgeon said because they have to stretch the esophagus to do the pinch it risks pulling your stomach up into your chest if the HH is over a certain size.

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   Posted 5/30/2011 5:34 PM (GMT -6)   
Thank you Joy. I decided to go with the Stretta just to try something less evasive and then if it doesn't work to go with a surgery. I swear no one here does a toupet--I need to do more research. I'm starting a new thread for my Stretta experience to let everyone know how it works.
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