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couchtater
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   Posted 7/28/2011 7:26 PM (GMT -6)   
efit said...
Hi couchtater

I was reading your posts and I was wondering if you were still 100% "cured" of your reflux after having Esophyx.
I didn't have this surgery because my HH was too big, but the wrap did fix me 99%. Once in awhile I will have some heartburn but it's from eating something too greasy. It's cured quicky with a tums.
I was also wondering if you have / had run of the mill GERD or LPR like myself.
I had LPR, but it was silent on me except for coughing.
Did they tell you how long you can expect relief of symptoms after this procedure?
I was able to stop my antiacid at week 6, by weaning off of the medicine.
What about failure rate?
Nissen has a higher success rate than the TIF.
Can you exercise? I teach high impact aerobics and lift weights daily so I am concerned about my quality of life.
The first six weeks no lifting anything over 5lbs. You can resume extreme activities in three months.

Joy

efit
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   Posted 7/29/2011 12:28 PM (GMT -6)   
Joy
 
Thanks for the response.  I was curious when you had your procedure done and how long you suffered with symptoms prior to surgery? What finally made you decide to go for it? What meds did you try? Were they unsuccessful altogether or did they provide you with some substantial relief? I've read bad things about the fundo not being successful for LPR and I can't understand why that would be if it's all caused by the same thing.  Did they tell you how long the results would last before you'd have to get the surgery re-done? Can you burp? I've read that you can't once you have the surgery done.  Can you eat anything you want now or do you avoid certain foods? You know, I used to be able to eat ALL the "bad" foods for acid reflux without any issues and then one day...bam! This is nuts. Ah well
 
Thanks,
Liz

aeshleyrose
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   Posted 7/29/2011 2:35 PM (GMT -6)   
Liz, I had the exact same thing. Two months ago I could have eaten pizza with no problems, and now if I even take a tiny bite I'll be up literally all night. Hope it improves for you!

Ashley

efit
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   Posted 7/29/2011 3:17 PM (GMT -6)   

Hi Ashley,

I'm in month 3 of this awful experience. What meds are you taking? Have your symptoms come and gone or remained constant? Mine went away for 2 weeks. Gone without a trace and then came back despite my bland diet. It is frustrating and I hope you improve as well. I'm just having a difficult time coping with this although I know it could be worse. I just don't want to have a disease the rest of my life that limits me from eating and drinking freely like other my age (29). I pray everyday for myself so I will pray for you as well. I do believe it helps.

Thanks,

Liz


aeshleyrose
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   Posted 7/29/2011 3:49 PM (GMT -6)   
Hey Liz, I so feel your pain, literally and figuratively.

I'm in month three myself, taking Nexium 40mg/day for six weeks now. It helps in that I don't get actual heartburn anymore, but I experience way more discomfort after meals of any type. I now constantly have the feeling that I'm about to get heartburn.

I used to have only occasional heartburn until one night a spicy (albeit healthy) dinner sent me to the ER. I made a doctor's appt the next day and was put on Nexium 40mg/day for two weeks. It worked for me then (no dietary changes at all) but as soon as I was off of it, it returned with a vengeance. I self-medicated with Somac (pantoprazol) which worked wonders when I needed it, but since I was still feeling bad in the interim I went back to the doc, who put me on my current dose of Nexium but for 6 months.

In the six weeks I've been on Nexium this time, I have completely revamped my eating habits (totally bland, no triggers, and teeny portions), have lost 30lbs, taken up Yoga and Pilates, and my symptoms have gotten worse. I don't know why. I'm going to go back August 1st (all health care centers are closed the entire month of July in Finland) and get some answers. I'm guessing that an gastroscopy comes next. If it gives me answers, I will do anything!

I understand you so well on the social aspects sucking pretty badly. I am 26 and constantly missing out on social experiences because I can't drink without paying the price for two days afterwards. Even if I don't drink in excess it still causes discomfort.

I also don't want to have a disease the rest of my life after getting it so young! I promise that I will keep you updated (on this thread, I always select the 'E-mail notifications' option so I'll know if you write back with a question or something) on anything that works for me.

How about you? How did this start for you? Anything working/not working to give you some relief?

I will keep you in my good thoughts.

Good luck! I hope we both get some improvement :)
Ashley

couchtater
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   Posted 7/29/2011 4:37 PM (GMT -6)   
I was curious when you had your procedure done and how long you suffered with symptoms prior to surgery?
I'm 19 months post-op. I had my gerd under control for six years and then out of control for three years.
 
What finally made you decide to go for it?
Non-stopped coughing and choking on mucus in my throat. smhair
 
 What meds did you try? Were they unsuccessful altogether or did they provide you with some substantial relief?
I was only on Nexium but they kept increasing the dosage and added zantac. It didn't help during the three years I was out of control.
 
I've read bad things about the fundo not being successful for LPR and I can't understand why that would be if it's all caused by the same thing. 
There are a lot of horror stories on the web, but my surgeon told me if done right you won't have any trouble.
 
Did they tell you how long the results would last before you'd have to get the surgery re-done?
No, he didn't give me a timeline on it. He just said it should last me a long time.
 
 Can you burp? I've read that you can't once you have the surgery done. 
I can rock the house! Hours after the surgery I was doing little burps. blush
 
Can you eat anything you want now or do you avoid certain foods?
If I eat pringles BBQ chips I'll have some burning, but it's so mild.
 

Joy
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