I DON'T WANT TO have to watch EVERYTHING I Eat!!!! I want the Linx or something!

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Carrie48
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   Posted 5/16/2012 11:06 AM (GMT -6)   
I've been reading some posts where people are talking about wanting the LINX and keep seeing people saying that you can control your acid reflux with diet changes.  I have eaten healthy for most of my life.  I don't eat fast food, I'm not an alcoholic, I don't smoke, I excercise, etc. 
 
I may just be having a bad day but to be honest, I want to enjoy life!  I WANT to have a glass of red wine when I get home from work everyday.  I WANT to have a nice garlic sauce with my seafood...I DO NOT want to have to watch for the rest of my life watching everyone else enjoying the things that I keep being told to avoid! 
 
So much of our lives involve food and drink.  I feel SO DEPRIVED all the time and feeling guilty everytime I cave in and having something that isn't GERD friendly.  I HATE THIS!!!!! 
 
I'm just venting.....  I want the LINX.  I've only been dealing with the GERD thing for about 3 months or so but I can tell you that I absolutely do NOT want to deal with this any longer.  I'm sick of it!
 
I have an endoscopy on 5/24, so we'll see what happens.  I don't hold out much hope though because I know they are just going to tell me that my LES is loose...same thing I was told 8-10 years ago (but I went to 8 full years without any reflux at all).  I really don't know what it's going to accomplish.
 
Ugh

ericapeace2000
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   Posted 5/16/2012 11:57 AM (GMT -6)   
I hear your frustration. I recently went on a honeymoon and watched people drink and eat to their heart's content. When I am sitting there eating fruit and salad people are telling me to "live a little". It was really hard. I wanted to cry. I did cry. It isn't fair, but no illness is. I am hoping that I can stay on this diet and then occasionally I will be able to have some of my favorites. I really do n ot want to go the surgical route but the LINX is promising. I hate this too. It has affected my social life and work life. Yesterday they had pizza at work and I had to leave the common area to my office to eat my plain chicken and peas. I often have to bring my own food to people's homes which is embarrassing. I also enjoy going to beer festivals and had to give that up. I miss having a beer or two on the weekends. Now i have a rum in water (non acidic) about once a month. This sucks. I hate it. I am just trying to make the best of it.

fireworks
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   Posted 5/16/2012 6:16 PM (GMT -6)   
Do we really have to be so strict? I thought we will just have to avoid ppl that makes us sick..for e.g. you had steak and you feel fine. Shouldn't you just eat it anyway? Or maybeIits just too much raw salad that makes you sick..

theacidrefluxman
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   Posted 5/16/2012 9:17 PM (GMT -6)   
me want linx 2

paul29
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   Posted 5/17/2012 6:46 AM (GMT -6)   
as long as you sleep good, exercise ok, keep stress to a minimum and avoid really bad foods like chocolate I have found that I can eat pretty much what I want on a good day the thing is known when to stop I tend to think great I can eat this then booom I am eating everything in sight, then I will pay lie'ing awake in agony, but hey you could be die'ing or you could have limbs missing or you could be blind or deaf or dumb lots of things out there that are far more soul destroying to your life, I to have bad days but I just get on with it, its all we can do, dont go through surgery unless you need it to live plus the surgery might not even work.

sunbeam48
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   Posted 5/17/2012 7:32 PM (GMT -6)   
I feel like I should start a companion thread: But I don't want to have surgery! We all land in different places at different times. I believe that we all have choices, and right now mine is diet, lifestyle changes, meds with fewer side effects, teas and trial supplements. I could jump on that surgery wagon any time I choose, but that's not where I,m at right now. I can continue with my life without surgery. I will deal with the future when it arrives.

ericapeace2000
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   Posted 5/18/2012 1:52 PM (GMT -6)   
Sunbeam, that is where I am at too. I will re evaluate things as time goes on. The LINX is attractive but the thought of magnents in me is also a bit unsettling. And the Nissen terrifies me because of the complications and recovery time.

sunbeam48
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   Posted 5/18/2012 2:40 PM (GMT -6)   
Hey Erica, I have always thought we are on variations of a similar path. I think I don't qualify for linx because of my Barrett's; what's that all about??? And the stories about Nissen are not encouraging, compared to my pretty good status now.

ericapeace2000
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   Posted 5/18/2012 7:53 PM (GMT -6)   
I am not really sure about the specifications for surgery, if would think with barette's they would jump on doing surgery. So far my reflux is non erosive so I'm pretty sure that disqualifies me for now. It is pretty much a roller coaster with this Gerd

jmumom
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   Posted 6/4/2012 5:08 PM (GMT -6)   
I can really relate to Carrie48 and everyone else on this thread. It is so frustrating not being able to eat what you like and I don't even know what I have. I've been through a ton of tests but have no solid diagnosis. I have a BRAVO test coming up in 2 weeks. I constantly have burning in my esophagus and mucus/lump in the throat. Nothing I've been given works and I hate taking all these drugs. It's so odd that I ate anything I ever wanted for years (I'm 55) and all of a sudden this happens. I am not a heavy drinker or have I never abused food, I'm not overweight, and I don't smoke. There has to be something out there to help us all. I shutter to think of surgery but after reading all of these posts, maybe its all there is left to get back to some normalcy.
Thank goodness for these forums because I feel so alone sometimes with this.

opnwhl4
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   Posted 6/8/2012 5:22 AM (GMT -6)   
jmumom-

When you have had the testing they should be able to tell you wha the cause is. Whether it's a true malfunction or what ever. I unfortunately had a complete malfunction and ended up with no choice but to have the surgery. For me it was the best decision, but I did have a lot of testing and tried many other treatments first. Not everyone is a good candidate for the surgery and seems those are the ones who have ongoing issues. I believe some surgeons thinks this is a cure all when it definitely is not when done for the wrong reasons.

Take care,
Bill
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