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Date Joined Sep 2011
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   Posted 4/5/2012 5:59 AM (GMT -6)   
So,I was told i had Gerd.I was put on Nexium 40mg and all was fine for 2 yrs,then i started vomiting almost after every meal.I had upper chest pain,not burning,but pressure after i ate.It felt like the food was building up in my upper chest and the food would not move down to my stomach.This was very pain ful.a Barium swallow was done and i was told everything looked fine.perhaps i developed building a tolerance to the anther med was given of zantac 150.this was good for about 3 months.
Then the symptoms developed again. this has been going on for about 5-6 months.
almost 80% of what i ate i find myself coughing til i vomit just to relieve myself of the chest pain and pressure.once i do that i am 100% better.Of course doing this will irritate the esophagus and high risk of Barrets esophagus.
I followed an acid reflux diet and nothing.It's like poker of a hand i get dealt..
Yesterday a grilled cheese,pain,vomited
an apple-pain vomited today
spaghetti monday -everything fine no pain
a grilled cheese tuesday fine
soup-pain vomited.
perhaps a stricture,
an egd is going to be done in the next week or so.
what could this possibly be,if it is a stricture how come the barium didn't pick it up?
all prayers to be successful and come out alive after the g.e.d. scared to death.
although this is a simple procedure,i am not a simple person.
i was dx with L.A.M. disease and have 80 cysts in my lungs.

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   Posted 4/5/2012 9:45 AM (GMT -6)   
Hello and welcome to HealingWell.  I cannot imagine the level of fear you are feeling right now but you are on my prayer list.  For members who may not know, LAM, clinically known as lymphangioleiomyomatosis, is a disease where abnormal cells begin to grow out of control and adversely affect organs or tissues in the body. Over time, the disease, which as yet has no cure, can invade the lungs and destroy normal lung tissue. 
I am glad to hear you are going to have an EGD and that should help to distinguish if GERD is your problem or something else.  I do hate to hear of your making yourself vomit.  Would it be possible to back off on eating solid foods and try full liquid as they may go down better for you and stay down.  
I hope you have a LAM clinic available to you and that you are getting the best care possible for this disease.
I am glad you joined us and I look forward to getting to know you better.
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Date Joined Oct 2009
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   Posted 4/5/2012 11:37 AM (GMT -6)   
Sounds like more is going on than simple GERD. Frequent vomiting is not a common symptom of GERD. Some people get some regurgitation, but it sounds like you have more than that. Definitely a good idea to let the doctors figure it out. An EGD is not that big a deal, so don't worry about that. They should be able to get a good look inside and figure things out. Hopefully you can find some foods that you are able to tolerate better.

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Date Joined Sep 2011
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   Posted 4/5/2012 5:20 PM (GMT -6)   
so could upper chest pressure after eating and a feeling of food sometimes stuck in your throat be a stricture?

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Date Joined Oct 2009
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   Posted 4/5/2012 7:47 PM (GMT -6)   
Doesn't sound much like a stricture. That would cause a difficulty in swallowing. Feeling like food is stuck is usually a symptom of acid irritation of the throat.

If it were a stricture, they would see that during the scope procedure.

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   Posted 4/6/2012 7:47 AM (GMT -6)   
Here's the post for you that I wrote on the "damaged esophagus" thread:
Hi gettysyork,
Sorry you're struggling. I don't think you have to worry about your lungs in regards to sedation. First of all, you're not going under general anesthesia...they use a drug that relaxes you and puts you out a little while the endoscopy is being done.
I have asthma, and was having a lung infection and serious breathing problems when I had my Nissen fundoplication surgery. At that time I was worried that I might have an asthma attack while under general anesthesia (a much more severe version of what you'll be having). A friend of mine who was a nurse-anesthetist told me that they put medicine in the anesthesia tube that helps asthmatics and eliminates that worry. I had the surgery and didn't have any problems as a result.
I've had an endoscopy 3 times. The first time I was aware and awake, but under a very mild sedative. I remember the procedure and actually helped swallow the endoscope, but was very relaxed. The second time I chose to do the procedure without any sedation. This works fine if you're motivated and have a good nurse to talk you through it. The third time I asked to have very little sedation, but was put out, as I remember the doc coming in and talking to me and that's the last I remembered until the whole thing was done.
As long as you make your GI doc aware of your lung issues, he/she will be able to determine whether or not it is a problem that would contraindicate the sedation. I really, really doubt that, but since I'm not a doctor, I'd suggest you call your GI Doc's office and/or the office of the doc who diagnosed you, to ask the question and set your mind at ease.
Don't worry about the endoscopy procedure. It only lasts about 5 minutes, and most people are put out for it, so you don't even remember anything. There is always the option of no sedation, but I don't recommend that for the first one. You should at least have them give you enough to relax you. You could request that be allowed to be awake but medicated if that would ease your mind.
It seems to me that if you contact the doctor who diagosed you with LAM, he/she will be able to tell you if there is a risk in doing the procedure.
Good luck!

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