PPI Recommendations? Going crazy here lol. And also, how "bad" does it for you to consider

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Chilifries
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   Posted 8/5/2013 4:56 PM (GMT -6)   
Hello everyone. I'm currently going nuts here due to my GERD symptoms not changing after being on Nexium for 5 months. I was on prilosec and prevacid the first 7 months, but those didn't help too much. Sure, Its better than what it was a year ago, but this constant feeling is making me go nutty, and trying zantac and pepcid ac on the side does nothing. I feel like a druggie lol.

For people that the listed drugs didn't work, what others did you try and had some decent changes? I see Dexilant on older posts, but the side effects scare me--2 percent for some of them seems a bit "high" (drugs.com). I Want to try something before I consider a different option-surgery. =[
But how bad does it have to be to consider it? My symptoms are burning/discomfort (feels like something is stuck in my throat now after taking nexium) where my esophagus/stomach connects. Its not unbearable where I can't sleep. I can eat an okay amount of food; i was 6'0 185lbs prior to GERD..now I'm hovering around 170 (been like this for last 6 months)..so I'm doing "okay" here. But I have a feeling I will keep getting strictures too, since my endoscopy check up a month ago (after a year) showed my esophagus narrowing again--and afraid of getting barrets.

I'm planning to go to another GI (had another forum post, where my ex-GI was a drug pusher =P..no real suggestion, and did not do tests.."except stay on PPI and continue your diet"..THANKS. maybe I should have trusted those 2.5 star reviews on Yelp..lol) to hopefully to get tests done sometime in the next 2 weeks..to see what the f is going on with me, and see what options are available to me. But I'm pretty sure its acid reflux, since when I lay flat on my back I can feel the acid move up lol (empty stomach). I thought it could be bile reflux due to the polyp growth in my gallbladder, but 6 month ultrasound check up found it to be "healthy"; hope it stays healthy and the polyp doesn't grow..afraid to take my gallbladder out due to bile reflux >.<

Thanks in advance..and sorry for my long post.

opnwhl4
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   Posted 8/5/2013 7:46 PM (GMT -6)   
Chilifries

I decided on surgery after I wasn't getting any relief while on double dose twice a day PPIs. I didn't want to double it again. I also had a very bad PH study, the highest reflux my GI had ever seen.
My GI actually recommended surgery. I had already developed Barretts about a year before and since I had almost no LES pressure surgery was my best option. I would see what your new GI comes up with after the tests. You will have to have the tests done before considering surgery anyway.
Hope your new GI can get to the bottom of this for you.

Take care,
Bill
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Chilifries
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   Posted 8/5/2013 8:47 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks for the quick response =). I was curious, how long did it take for barrett's to set in?
Hoping they do the correct tests..if I need to go to the surgery route..was looking into the TIF (think Stanford University Hospital still offers it)..but I guess I will have a better picture soon enough.

opnwhl4
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   Posted 8/5/2013 8:58 PM (GMT -6)   
Chilifries

I had GERD for about 14 years before I developed barretts. Remember that barretts is no guarantee that you will get cancer. There are 2 more stages of dysplasia before cancer sets in. The odds of barretts turning to cancer are very low and treating the reflux helps to lower it even more.

Take care,
Bill
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