Hello new here, GERD/ hiatal hernia questions.

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   Posted 4/6/2013 9:09 PM (GMT -6)   
Hello, I'm new here but not new to gerd/acid reflux.
I have been reading lots of information on this website for the last couple of weeks now, and thought I'd introduce myself.
I have been dealing with the lump in the throat and hoarseness for about 5years now, I started out by going to a family doctor, who had no clue what was wrong with me, I told him I had a feeling like something was stuck in my throat all the time.
After I had seen the first doctor, he sent me to a specialist who informed me I should stop welding because that seems to be my issue.
So I worked other jobs for a while until it had gotten so bad I couldn't stand it, so I went to another doctor who told me I needed to have my tonsils out and that must be the problem.

I had my tonsils out and then the issues continued, anyhow it wasn't till last year when I went to another specialist who had me do an esophagoscopy which confirmed I had a hiatal hernia, hpylori bacteria, gastritis and esophagitis.
I was put on a prev pack and then told I needed surgery since I was having breakthrough symptoms, the only option he gave me was the nissen fundoplication.

Symptoms I have:
Sore throat, hoarseness, throat swelling, what seems like neck muscle soreness at times, sour taste, lots of sinus headaches. Seems like gerd 101 from what I have read, I have many more symptoms but really only the lump in the throat and neck soreness/ thyroid soreness bug me the most, at times it all makes me wheeze a bit.
I was told my thyroid was normal, but haven't gotten the actual numbers.

I looked up the surgery and didn't like that being my only option so I have an appointment at the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota to see what they say (they also perform the linx surgery there).
I have also been seeing my chiropractor on almost a daily basis and it has been helping significantly, it just doesn't seem like it's going to be a permanent solution.
-Is it normal for an ENT to just jump right onto the surgery wagon?
-I have a feeling that most of my issues are from the hernia, due to lifting heavy and odd objects around the time this all started, plus when I go to my chiro and get put back into place I feel amazing afterwards.
So why don't surgeons seem to offer the hernia repair as much anymore?

It seems like everyone I know is being told they need this surgery, from plain heartburn symptoms to people who just have terrible diets.

-One more question that has been bugging me, Is it normal to have a tender thyroid gland from refluxing?

Sorry for the terrible write up, I'm not that great of a writer. :D
Thanks in advance for any information.

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   Posted 4/7/2013 6:53 PM (GMT -6)   
Welcome Mike.

Have you seen a gastroenterologist?
Are you taking PPIs or other acid reducers?
How large is the hernia? Did you have a barium swallow? They probably couldn't tell how large just from looking inside your esophagus. Barium swallow would also show if the lower esophageal sphincter is functioning properly.
If the sphincter isn't working properly it will let acid from the stomach into the throat, causing irritation. That may have wrecked your tonsils.
Most people get at least a small hiatal hernia with age, but they don't usually cause a problem.
I don't know anything about the thyroid and reflux.
You can get the Linx to tighten the sphincter, but it's not usually done unless your hernia is smaller than 3 cm. Check out the satisfaction statistics for this procedure versus some of the others.
If you need surgery after trying everything else, get the right surgery for your condition, not just what you think is one you'd like or is popular.

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   Posted 4/7/2013 9:44 PM (GMT -6)   
Q.) Have you seen a gastroenterologist?
A.) No, that's the first person I see when I go to the Mayo

Q.) Are you taking PPIs or other acid reducers?
A.) No, they only seemed to worsen symptoms.

Q.) How large is the hernia?
A.) The test results didn't specify nor did the doc.

Q.) Did you have a barium swallow?
A.) No, just the menometry and scope.

I had one tonsil that was slightly swollen, they just went the typical assumption route and figured the lump in my throat was due to my tonsils. I never had any issues with them, they never got infected nor did they ever produce tonsil stones.

My main problem is getting second opinions I live out in the middle of South Dakota and only have one hospital within a 300miles that has an ent, I plan on having whatever surgery I need but I'm just waiting to get that second opinion from the Mayo Clinic.
It just seemed fishy that everyone I know with heartburn, that's gone to the local ents at the same hospital have been told they need the nissen wrap. I figure when I go to the clinic they will test and retest most of what I need, being they use a panel of doctors instead of just one.
I'm only 27 6'3" 195lbs, so I know something has to be physically wrong inside of me, I just keep reading about people having the nissen redone and I don't really want to go down that road.

I guess my thyroid could just be from a cold, can't really tell when I get those anymore when my stomachs always goofed up.
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