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theacidrefluxman
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   Posted 4/3/2012 11:46 AM (GMT -6)   
Alright, went a good amount without venting, but I am gonna vent now ;)

I am now on two Ranitidine's a day but my heartburn has actually gotten worse. 12 of the past 14 nights have been constant heartburn...My Dr. assures me my risk of cancer is super low b/c I have always had no esophagitis or only grade 1, but it is tough not to think of long-term consequences every time I feel it, which is every few minutes it seems these days.

The forum is funny...out with the old in with the new...I barely recognize any members anymore, it seems like most that were around when I started here have left and a lot of newcomers have taken their place. I am hoping one day I'll be one of the people that gets this resolved and who can go to :)

The only good news of this time is the LINX news...I wonder if people who aren't good candidates for the Nissen are candidates for the LINX?

stkitt
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   Posted 4/3/2012 2:34 PM (GMT -6)   
 
Your right , members come and members go but some of us are always here.   It is good to have new members join up as we can all learn from each other. 
 
The best advice I can give you is to not get stuck in the "what if?" thinking.  Make a list of good things happening in your life right now - change your focus immediately. 
 
Perhaps seeing a counselor to help you deal with your anxiety would be worth thinking about.  I am here for you and I understand anxiety well.
 
Kindly,
Kitt

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dencha
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   Posted 4/3/2012 3:45 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi ARM,
Sorry to hear you're still struggling.  It's too bad you're not getting relief from the Ranitidine.  I can't remember why you're not considered a good candidate for a Nissen.  Can you refresh my memory? 
 
You are so right that some of our friends here move on, which is a good thing, as you've said.  Most of the people who helped me through my surgery three years ago are off living their lives. I decided to stick around and help others here the way I was helped. 
 
I very much hope that one day you're feeling so well that you can fly the forum coop.  Still, I also hope that even then, you decide to stick around and help other members the way you have helped them over these past months!
 
I had extremely sick lungs for over 4 years before my surgery, and my GI doc did not think I was a good candidate for surgey.  Still, I persisted, and eventually my GI doc gave in and sent me to a surgeon.  Hang in there...it can happen.
 
Kitt has offered some great advice.  Try to find a way to follow it, as hard as it might be right now.
Very best wishes,
Denise
Words of wisdom by Eckhart Tolle:
"Whatever you fight, you strengthen, and what you resist, persists.”

“Worry pretends to be necessary but serves no useful purpose”

“Accept - then act. Whatever the present moment contains, accept it as if you had chosen it. Always work with it, not against it.”

sunbeam48
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   Posted 4/4/2012 5:49 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi ARM,
The problem with Zantec (Ranitidine) and other H2 blockers is that many people develop tolerance for them, and they become ineffective over time. You may need a higher doseage, or to switch to a different product for a little while. I've been completely off my PPI for over two weeks now, so I'm also on Zantec, and that's how I plan to manage it. I won't be going back on a PPI.

mudmagnetmum
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   Posted 4/4/2012 2:10 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Sunbeam - sounds like you're doing really well!!

Hi ARM,

It seemed like you were in a really good patch symptom wise - were you on Zantac all along or did you enjoy a drug free phase? Just wondering if you became 'tolerant' of the Zantac or whether something else changed that set things off again. It's so easy, when we feel good, to take virtually no notice of what we're doing by way of diet, supplements, lifestyle - then when things flare up it's impossible to work out which of five thousand variables was the one that slipped!

I wish I could fly the nest too - or at least talk about my GERD in the past tense!!!

Hope things settle down,

MMM
New stuff: GERD, Recurrent cystitis/Overactive bladder
Lifelong stuff: Food allergies/intolerance, eczema, asthma

theacidrefluxman
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   Posted 4/7/2012 10:53 AM (GMT -6)   
Hey MMM,

I was off zantac when I was doing well, then got really bad so ran to zantac. It has helped with burning at the back of my throat, which has disappeared, but the stinging feeling of heartburn has gotten worse while on it, unfortunately. It doesn't make much sense because zantac used to be the only thing that helped me...I went 1.5 years on nexium w/ no symptoms, and months on zantac the same, but these past 2 years neither has any impact and it seems they actually make the heartburn worse.

My last PH test was done on nexium and came back normal, although I had heartburn the entire time...

Thanks always for the support.

Dan

mudmagnetmum
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   Posted 4/8/2012 2:09 PM (GMT -6)   
Mine often spikes for no reason that I can fathom too. I try to stand back and just picture it having its own little life cycle. At least you did manage a good break - you never know, another one may be around the corner!

MMM
New stuff: GERD, Recurrent cystitis/Overactive bladder
Lifelong stuff: Food allergies/intolerance, eczema, asthma
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