gerd and hiatal hernia diagnosis

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   Posted 3/6/2012 10:47 AM (GMT -6)   
  I am new to this post, so any input is appreciated.  I was just diagnosed with GERD and hiatial hernia.  I am 41, a previous tobacco user so I was just happy it was not something worse, but I have been taking omeprazole for a week now.  A couple of questions.(BTW my Dr. feels rushed...almost seems put out when I ask questions)  How long does omeprazole take to run through your system.  I take it first thing in the morning before eating.  Also, I exercise almost everyday, and consider my diet pretty healthy and my overall fitness good.  What are some dietary options that I can implement? I am somewhat at a loss as to what to eat, seeing that I thought I was doing a pretty good prior.  I had no symptoms whatsoever, until the last couple of weeks.  Like I said, any input would be appreciated

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   Posted 3/6/2012 6:43 PM (GMT -6)   

I would be tempted to go plain plain plain and avoid orange juice, coffee, tea, spicy food just for a little while then reintroduce things one by one. Some people manage coffee fine in morning an hour or so after pills, others it's a trigger. Even the plainest food for you might be a trigger for me. What dose are you on? Once you've had it a week or so you should feel relief within hour or two. Timing is everything. What are your symptoms? When do you suffer most?

There are lots of good people here, with much more relevant and insightful things to say I am sure! This site helped me a lot. I suffered for some years with volume reflux and worked my way through most pills, and had the NF and HH repair last august.

That being said my wife has managed her gerd with those pills for 15 years no problem!!

Good luck to you


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   Posted 3/8/2012 2:02 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks for the reply Kevin. My symptoms are primarily the difficulty swallowing, which combines with some shortness of breath. I don't think the heartburn or burning reflux is something that happens all the time. Your right! It seems like a timing issue. Some days, I have no problem with a certain food, and then go back to that food the next day and feel like I am going to die! I have only been taking the 20 mg Omeprazole for about a week, so I hope it changes. I seem to suffer the most in the afternoon, but I had a wave last night eating a piece of buttered toast, and had a huge task getting down an oatmeal bar today. I even called my dr. today because it just does not seem right to not be able to swallow. Scary! Anyway, I am determined to get it under control and all the research and feedback will hopefully allow me to figure what works and doesn't. Thanks for your time!

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   Posted 3/15/2012 8:06 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Rsarj,
This is just my opinion but the first thing I would do is find another physician if this one acts put upon because you ask questions. I had GERD and hiatel hernia and did have Nissen but only after interviewing three surgeons. I turned out to be allergic to omeprazole (my hands broke out in bloody blisters). Also, be aware that the entire family of proton pump inhibitors are not meant to be a long term solution to GERD. I found this out only after being off and on for nearly five years. In terms of diet, I had to give up spicy, greasy, citrus, processed foods, coffee, chocolate and soft drinks. After all of that, unfortunately my symptoms persisted. I was diagnosed with esophagitis and hiatel hernia, had Nissen earlier this week and I feel better than I have in years. I wish you good health!
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