Hello everyone. I've been lurking around this forum for some weeks now as I await the results of testing to see that I "qualify" for an NF. I keep coming back and reading old threads and wondering how things worked out for those folks who posted back in 2005.
I'm in a lot of pain. Can't eat much at all. Not sleeping unless I'm sitting up and it hurts now to sit up and sleep. I have HH, gastritis, esophagitis with 3 strictures so far, diverticulosis, and according to the nurse who did the testing on me last week a "wide
open" LES. I've lost 20 lbs in 3 weeks and have no appetite.
I have no gall bladder and my problems with reflux got exponentially worse after GB removal 16 years ago. They became acute about
10 years ago and in the last two years have become unbearable following three rounds of steroids and numerous antibiotics.
I am approved by my own GI doc for NF surgery as long as the tests done last week indicate it as well. The surgeon is local and likable and experienced so I understand.
Everyone seems to talk as if I need to go to Mayo or USC or White Plains to get a good and proper procedure done but I met a local lady who had it done in my hometown about
8 years ago and she has encouraged me to have it done locally so any follow-ups can be managed without a lot of travel etc. She has done super since her surgery and says she wished she'd had it done 20 years ago.
I guess I'm scared as well as all the others who come here. I've had a hysterectomy, GB removal and my tonsils out so I'm not really experienced with multiple surgeries etc. I just want to be able to eat without pain, sleep through the night and not dread waking up in the morning with acid running out of my nose and mouth. I'm sick of coughing and wheezing and breathing shallow and running to the ER and being given meds for panic.
After a zillion dollars worth of heart tests I'm told I'm as healthy as a horse but it's hard to swallow when you awaken in the morning with your heart pounding out of you and feeling as if you're in a state of panic.
I do know it is GERD and HH and I want the surgery and I want it over and I want to hear from the reports.
Waiting is killing me.
By the way, it's nice to meet you!
Post Edited By Moderator (stkitt) : 7/20/2011 9:18:09 AM (GMT-6)