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Date Joined Dec 2012
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   Posted 12/13/2012 4:28 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi I know that a lot of GERD topics have been covered here and i don't want to tread on any toes or anything so i'm sorry if this is a repeat of everyones previous threads. I just wanted to give a heads up to anyone new to Gerd that is wondering what the hell is going on in their life.
I started getting a sore throat about 6-8 months ago. First in the morning then slowly lasting longer through the days. I live as a british expat in the Cz Rep. I visited the doctor who sent me to a throat and ear doctor. He said i had an ear infection. He put me on antibiotics which gave me a fever and put me in bed for three days.
i visited my doctor again who sent me for endosciopy. He said that the valve was broken and i would have to manage it. Quite flippant if i'm honest. He gave me some ppis and sent me on my way. By this point i had the famous acid taste in my mouth . No bloating or anything or pain in chest just a horrid taste however the sore throat had started to go.
the ppis just sent my acid through the roof even out of my nose and up my face. I went back and got some more PPIS same thing. I stoped taking them and the acid went down. I was very worried about the acid causing cancer as my reasearch was quite limited then.
I went on to try to cure it myself.Wedge in bed, hunny,small meals etc. I have tried Kefir which seemed to work a little but the milk was an issue. I also took Vit d3 high doassage of about 10000iu that seemed to work too a little. I changed my diet.took zinc and other vits. Loads of veg etc.But then just as i thought i had it under control it went crazy again. This time pain in chest etc.
I have looked to surgery The wrap round (cant spell the name lol) the TIf surgery and the stretta. They all scare me silly. The latest i want to look at is the Linx but it costs a lot of money in the uk and i dont know yet if they do it in the cz rep or in another country where it would be cheaper for me to get it.(if anyone knows i would be really grateful its 9000 pounds in the UK)
MY latest cure for my gerd is chewing gum. I cant tell you the relief it gives me. i carry a big tub with me all the time. It really helps me.
Im not advocating any of the methods i've tried and some have no scientific backing behind them at all but you have to try what you can and I know how stressful it is.
One more thing i know i had a lot of stress in my life when i started getting this problem. My wife was pregnant and we had a high chance of downs with our son. Thankfully he is o.k now but the 9 months were pretty hard. Stress really triggers my GERD and thinking about if i may get cancer form it really does not help me at all. Try some simply relaxing techniques if you can.
Good luck. sorry if this has all been covered before. I just needed to get it all out somewhere.
Good luck all. One day we will all be set free i'm sure.hang in there

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Date Joined Feb 2009
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   Posted 12/13/2012 11:03 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Greg,
Welcome to Healing Well!  It sounds like you're in the right place!  I had a Nissen fundoplication (it is a complicated spelling!) in February 2008 and have been very happy with the results.  I can't help you with the Linx information, as I haven't really researched it.  There are others here, who are very interested in it, and will probably be able to help.
You are so right that anxiety makes GERD much worse.  I'm glad things worked out with your baby.  Congratulations, by the way! turn The chances of you getting cancer from GERD is very low.  Don't rule out the Nissen fundoplication.  There are many here who've had it and had excellent results.  In addition, keep in mind that many have the surgery and never post online.  They just go about their lives and enjoy a better quality of life post-Nissen.
I hope you find your answers and get feeling better soon!
Hang in there!
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