I have been suffering from acid reflux symptoms for as long as I can remember (into elementary school) but was not diagnosed with GERD until I got very ill in 2009. I had endoscopies in 2009 and 2010 that showed moderate damage to my esophagus and a hiatal hernia. I was prescribed PPIs but they didn't help me at all. I got pregnant (by surprise, haha) in 2010 and reflux made my pregnancy almost unbearable. I took Zofran, Reglan, Carafate, and Zantac multiple times a day and would still vomit up acid.
Anyway, I feel like my reflux has gotten worse the past few years, and it significantly interferes with my every day life. I'm depressed and at my wits end. Not only do I get heartburn but I also have strange symptoms like chronic nausea, the inability to burp while laying down without regurgitating my stomach contents into my mouth, the inability to drink water while running without it splashing back up into my mouth, burping up the taste of my food for 6+ hours after I've eaten it, etc.
At the recommendation of my D.O. I made an appointment with a doctor who specializes in surgical treatment of GERD. So far I've had the manometry, a failed 24 hour ph test (couldn't stop gagging so I pulled it out after 5 hours), a BRAVO capsule, a barium swallow, and an upper GI. So far everything has come back normal except for the first day of the Bravo. I was especially surprised by the GI results as the endoscopies I've had in the past showed damage and a hernia.
Now the doctor wants me to do the "Smart Pill" test to see if I have gastroparesis, and we're waiting on insurance approval. They wrote me another script for Reglan in the meantime, but it's not something I'd like to be on long term. I'm on enough medications for other issues that I wouldn't like to be on any medications for this long term if that's an option.
I feel like a crazy person for having all these tests come back ok. I am so nauseous and depressed all the time, and I feel like I don't know what's causing it anymore. As I type this I can feel hot acid in the back of my throat, but why did the BRAVO only show one day of reflux?
Have any of you who have gotten surgery had these tests come back ok? I am desperate for a solution and now I feel like I'm never going to find one.
Sorry for the book! I'm just looking for some support. :(