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couchtater
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Date Joined Jul 2009
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   Posted 10/17/2012 6:48 PM (GMT -6)   
For nearly ten years I suffered from GERD. I rarely had the burning episodes. I dealt with it by consuming tums galore. I though I was normal.
 
Then it went haywire. I would feel food stick in my chest, get dizzy, and almost blackout. I coughed constantly from the acid flowing up and spilling into my lungs. I had to go mega on my medicines...Stronger asthma meds, Stronger antacids.
My doctors were scratching there heads.
 
Then I heard of the fundoplication from my sister whose a medical records coder. I was getting desparate and saw a GI. He told me more about the surgery and told me that he didn't think it would help my type of GERD.
 
I decided to do some research and found a wonderful doctor. He told me he could help me. He did the modified Hill procedure (270) that he had invented.
 
I'm now approaching my 3rd year of being GERD free. I no longer suffer from the choking on acid. However I discover that due to letting the acid wash over my windpipe for so long I have damaged my epiglottis. I had to go to a speech teacher to be trained on how to swallow food and drink. If I don't do my swallowing proper I will choke on the food.
 
I'm writing to tell you there is hope in the surgery and not to let it be too long in when you get help.
Joy
Lupus, Fibromyalgia, Glaucoma, Asthma, Hypothyriodism, Sleep Apnea, Degenerative Disk and Facet Disease, and Allergies

When life throws you lemons....
Pick them up and throw them right back at them! :))

Sweet Potatoe
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Date Joined Oct 2012
Total Posts : 87
   Posted 10/17/2012 8:34 PM (GMT -6)   
Thank you Joy for sharing your story with us Newbies. My goal after 9 days ago having my TIF Surgery is to share with others my hopefully success to be GERD Free in the near future. I am sharing my Surgery on Face book to help encourage others who suffer with Acid reflux disease to seek surgery to hopefully end their reflux before it causes too much damage. I am one of the lucky ones as I chose surgery when I realized I had a hopeless no getting better reflux problem after exhausting less invasive conservative options.
Anne :-)

couchtater
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Date Joined Jul 2009
Total Posts : 14475
   Posted 10/19/2012 1:41 PM (GMT -6)   
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Joy
Lupus, Fibromyalgia, Glaucoma, Asthma, Hypothyriodism, Sleep Apnea, Degenerative Disk and Facet Disease, and Allergies

When life throws you lemons....
Pick them up and throw them right back at them! :))
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