New people on this board may not know me, but I've been around on these boards (and have been suffering from GERD) for over a year now.
In summary - early on - my GERD was severe and now it is much less so. More of LPR (throat/mouth) symptoms during the first 8 months (first 3-4 months were pure hell) - and now mostly heartburn (chest) symptoms which are still quite bothersome but nothing compared to what they were doing to me back last spring. I could've easily tamed this beast, if I could tolerate the medications. However, I was a total mess on PPIs (prilosec, nexium, prevacid, protonix) and H2s caused other other issues - and I just could not stay on any of them. When I take the meds, I start to feel better in 3-4 days, but just can not stay on them .. as they start to give me terrible side effects.
Now, because I don't have severe GERD, I feel hesitant to go for the Nissen. I am therefore looking to get TIF done. However, my insurance is giving me a ton of issues. I am going through their appeal process right now and will just have to wait out the process. I know that they will deny me since they blindly follow their policies without giving any specific attention to the unique cases. I will then work with an independent medical reviewer and if even that fails, then I will file a lawsuit (already talking to some attorneys). I feel that the insurance companies have too much of a say in matters that should really be between the doctor and the patient. In my case, I am quite confident that I can prove why they are being negligent toward the well being of the ones they've insured (me) - by denying to cover this procedure. I am hoping, this can
open the doors for the others and eventually all insurance companies will have to start to pay for patients who are in similar boat as mine.
Anyway .. one good news .. tried aciphex + klonopin combo today and the aciphex side effects were fairly reduced with the klonopin. I will keep this as my reserve option when the symptoms bother me too much - as I know I should not be taking klonopin too much!
Post Edited (PPI-LESS) : 4/6/2012 5:57:57 PM (GMT-6)