Gerd for 3 years, 23 Years old. Cant Skateboard.

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   Posted 6/25/2012 2:03 PM (GMT -6)   
Hello...My name is Daniel.
For the last 3 years I have had Acid Reflux Disease.
I am one of those people who got it out of nowhere.
I am only 23 years old.
One day I was fine, one day I had gerd all the sudden.
"I think it may have been brought on by heavy lifting."

I started getting constant heartburn, Heart palpitations and constant neck pain.
I started taking PPIs, which helped about 50%.
But I still had tons of symptoms.
I finally got surgery about a year ago (Nissen Fundo)
As soon as I got it I went off ppis, the surgery seemed to have worked
about 50% also...temporarily...

But here I am now, with all the same symptoms.
Back on PPIs.

Here are my symptoms...
almost constant heartburn
Constant feeling of uneasiness in stomach
constant neck pain
constant bloating
excersice intolerance.
weird squeezing feeling in stomach apon standing.

The most annoying thing about this is that I had to give up one
of my favorite things in life (Skateboarding)
jumping seems to REALLY bother my stomach...

Before this happened I could skate for hours every day
now I can only last about 5 minutes on a skateboard then I am done...
Its not even fun anymore...

Here is what happens when I try to skate.
Like I said, its the jumping that seems to bother my stomach, I can ride around fine.

Immediatly after I jump
I feel this weird sensation in my stomach, almost like I just got startled
it also feels a bit like squeezing.
It travels up to my neck and shoulders and seems to make my breathing impaired also.
Then I start feeling VERY tired and I have to stop.

I dont want to live like this for the rest of my life.

The weird thing is, this is only when I jump.
I am a drummer also, and thankfully I can play drums fine still even though its also a form of excersice.

I just wan to be able to skate bad...
Im aware gerd can be a lifelong condition but surely there has to be
something I can do to be able to skate again.

Any help would be appreciated...

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   Posted 6/25/2012 2:29 PM (GMT -6)   
I forgot to mention, that I recently had a barium test done (showed minimul reflux)
Doctor said the wrap is in place and my stomach is fine...
Why do I still have constant heartburn then?

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Date Joined Jun 2012
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   Posted 6/25/2012 9:36 PM (GMT -6)   
Is it possible that your wrap is tight and food gets stuck? If it does, then it will reflux back and cause same symptoms as reflux normally does. I am not sure how your doctor said your wrap is in place but you are having some reflux - that means whoever did the wrap did it incorrectly or it got loose - there should be no reflux if the surgery was done correctly...

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   Posted 6/25/2012 10:53 PM (GMT -6)   
I really dont think the problem is food getting stuck...
I wake up with heartburn constantly...I still have it constantly...

The doctors said minimul reflux on the barium test was normal even with the wrap...

they ordered another test for h polori
and another endoscopy...

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   Posted 6/26/2012 1:34 AM (GMT -6)   
I cannot really give you any advice since my reflux is a very recent thing but I just wanted to voice my support. I really feel for you since I'm your age. I understand how depressing it is when reflux makes our hobbies impossible. I also had a band and used to sing, but reflux and constant cough destroyed my voice. I wish you the best, remain strong! We never know what future will bring :) I have great hopes in LINX system since many people here were very satisfied with it, but for now I'm trying to get my reflux under control with meds and diet. Cheers!

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   Posted 6/26/2012 4:42 AM (GMT -6)   
The only thing I can suggest based on my experiences are that during jumping you will squeeze in your abdomen (as in core strength exercises) and this will push your stomach contents upwards putting pressure on your les. I know that when I squeeze in my stomach I will get acid into my les and I have seen this when on a ph monitor. You could try this by tensing your stomach when you have a full stomach (obviously don't go mad as I think I burst my wrap through excessive lifting on a full stomach). This could indicate your wrap may be too loose and although ok for day to day activities may be being overcome by pressure from your stomach.

I may be completely wrong as all I have is my own experiences and would suggest you talk to a doctor and be very persistent. On your barium swallow if the liquid flowed though ok then it would not be tight wrap.

Good luck.

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   Posted 6/26/2012 10:16 AM (GMT -6)   

Ir really feels like thats what is happening.
Im gonna demand another ph test I think.
If the wrap is too loose im trying to decide if I should get another nissen
or go for something else like LYNX.
Are you a Candidate for the lynx if you have already had a nissen?

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Date Joined May 2012
Total Posts : 121
   Posted 6/26/2012 2:38 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Daniel
I agree you should be persistent if something isn't right it isn't right and you have the right to be diagnosed correctly, if it loose and pressure related then it would be seen on the manometry testing first as this measures the strength of your les. I had never heard of lynx until I found this site, I have today finished the ph test and await the appointment with the consultant where I will discuss all options. I do not know the life of a lynx so will have to ask this. I would happily have another Nissen as I know that until it burst it worked and it was a major improvement to life. I think what a lot of people (including doctors) do not realise is how crap life can be on ppi's, they really make me feel crappy and I did not realise how much until I had stopped after my Nissen.

I wish you best of luck and hopefully have given you something you can at least ask about.
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