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distantfrog
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   Posted 10/15/2013 10:49 PM (GMT -6)   
i am a 57 year old gerd sufferer on ppi medication for last 15 years.about 2 years ago pills started not working as well and my endoscopy showed biopsies with moderate esophagitis and two areas of stomach gastritis (the chronic version on the report).I suddenly had way more internal gases,abdominal cramps and my stomach seems no longer able to properly digest fats and some carbs.I lost about 30 pounds as the gastro put me on a strict diet and three course meals are no longer attractive.
Had a catscan of my whole abdomen and nothing major came up but i still feel terrible at digestion.My impression is that my stomach probably is telling me that he is tired of fighting with the ppi's for 10% gastric acids.
I tried to stop the ppi's over about 6 weeks and gave myself a serious bout of esophagitis and when laryngitis came up with difficulty swallowing saliva (feeling of lump in the throat) i got scared and moved back to the ppi's so i can at least sleep a little as the throat problem is the worse at night.
I am considering the fundoplication and the doctor here in bc canada tell me that an esophagal mannometry and ph test is required to decide if i am a good candidate for operation.I am scheduled for the test on November 4 but it requires five days without ppi's!I am scared particularly of making the throat problem even worse (i don't want to miss more work due to that) and then they would say i am not a good candidate due to swallowing issues?
Has anybody dealt with similar issues and can provide comments or advice?
I also heard of a gentlemen who had the fundoplication with no relaps for acid reflux but apparently gets very tired after about 1 hour of walking.That's it for golf without a cart i guess.Anybody had similar issue? 
Thx.
 
Lou                

dencha
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   Posted 10/19/2013 9:58 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Lou,
Welcome to Healing Well!  Sorry it took so long for you to get a response to your post!  We try to get to all new members, but sometimes people fall through the cracks.  My apologies!
 
I had the Nissen surgery nearly five years ago, in February 2009.  I can tell you that once the surgical healing is complete, you won't have a bit of trouble walking.  I'm a fitness walker (61) and love hiking over hill and dale.  I do this with enthusiasm, and walk very fast.  The Nissen has done nothing but improve my fitness, as reflux was affecting my lungs very badly before surgery.
 
Yes, you do need to get the testing.  Otherwise, you might get the surgery for no reason!  It is always horrible to be off the PPIs for that week before the PH test, but it's a necessary evil, and you'll make it through.  For most of that time you can take Ranitidine (Zantac) and Maalox/antacids.  There is a period close to the day of the test when you're off everything.  Many of us have made it through the horror turn (really it's doable...not fun, but worth it in the end) and lived to tell about it.
 
As far as swallowing issues (motility), there are versions of the Nissen (partial wraps) that work well as far as reducing reflux, but allowing swallowing to occur, even with problem swallowers.  Several who post/posted here have had great results with partial wraps.
 
So, go for those test, and get the surgery if you're deemed a good candidate. It can greatly improve your quality of life.  The recovery is not easy.  The first couple of weeks are especially challenging, but if you're prepared and have a good attitude, you'll do just fine.   
 
It takes six months for most of the healing and a year for the rest. You will gradually improve over this time, so it's not all that difficult once you get past the early stages.  As Bill, another moderator here, says, "It's a marathon, not a sprint!"  Here's a link to my early recovery journal. It'll give you an idea about what the recovery looks like:
 
Glad you've joined the forum!
Best wishes,
Denise
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distantfrog
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   Posted 10/19/2013 11:03 AM (GMT -6)   
Thanks Denise,

Will the mannometry test give a good idea if i am a problem swallower?
With the partial wrap does that mean that i need to continue the ppi's?I think one of the key goals of this surgery is to avoid the ppi's for hopefully 5 years maybe more would you think so to give your stomach a chance to heal?

I loved your post=op diary.Can you tell me how much time you missed from work overall after the operation?

Thx.
again

Louis

distantfrog
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   Posted 11/30/2013 8:09 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Denise or other gerd moderator,
 
I have absorption issues (including gas and bloating) now after 15 years of ppi's and i have lost a lot of weight.I am getting results of mannometry this week.Do you think i can still be a good candidate for fundoplication  or will they say it's too late?Have you heard of people getting rid of those issues with the surgery and eliminating the pills which i think is a key issue for me or at least for a number of years?What do you think from your experience?
 
Louis 

Mcedge
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   Posted 12/1/2013 2:38 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Louis

The Manometry test will show if you have swallowing issues.

I had a partial wrap on the 12th November. I was told by my surgeon that it's just as successful as a full wrap. You don't need to carry on with ppi's after a partial but of course sometimes this surgery isn't always successful as the surgeon will tell you.

I'm not sure how successful mine is as it's still early days for me. I have been to see my surgeon again because I don't feel that it's worked but he his very confident that it as. I'm hoping that my problems are just due to the internal swelling and hopefully in a few weeks it will all settle down.

I think with a partial wrap you are less likely to get bloat because you can belch. I think that's why surgeons prefer it.

I'm sure that you would be a good candidate if your tests show that you have reflux. I don't think it matters how many years you've had reflux.

Have you had a 24 hour impedance test or the bravo test to see how much acid is in you oesophagus? Have you had endoscopy or a barium swallow ? Do you know why you have reflux? Is it due to a hernia or a weak or faulty sphincter?

Maria

distantfrog
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   Posted 12/1/2013 11:12 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Maria,

Thanks for the reply.I had mannometry and 24 hour ph test on November 3 and will get formal results with the specialist on tuesday.However the technician told me that my swallows were ok although a few double ones likely due to LPR.Also the test confirmed that i have acid reflux in the esophagus about 1-2 hours after each meal.Is it caused by hiatus hernia or weak LES that she couldn't confirm at the time as i do have a small hiatus hernia.I think she mentioned the hernia was part of the cause but it is related.

My main concern is i have developed absorption issues which are in line with what we read on the internet sites about ppi's.So i am hungry and eat food but i am not getting the proper energy levels with the food intake.So the pills are basically making me weak and prone to osteoporosis and infections.So for me it is key to get the surgery but also get off the pills so i can get back to normal stomach acid secretions within reasonable time and hopefully that would solve my absorption issues caused by 15 years of ppi's.I know that the surgery would help the reflux,esophagitis and LPR.I had endoscopy but no barium swallow.Why barium swallow if they perform endoscopy?

If i am selected for surgery that would be my first question what type of wrap do you intend on doing and why?I am 57 and hope not to go back more than needed.
I hope your wrap comes out all right.I read in other blogs that some people have to take pills for a while after surgery until the wrap settles.Are you on the liquid mushy stuff now or still on liquid?
Louis

Mcedge
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   Posted 12/1/2013 12:03 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Louis

My condition is a bit of a story. It all started in April I had never had heartburn or indigestion in my life ( I'm 54 ) then out of the blue I started belching and retching. I couldn't eat anything at all without burning - heartburn, mouth , lips , nose for at least 24 hours. I had lots of tests and they found that I had a high demeester score.

I couldn't understand this happening all of a sudden. So I did some research and found out that it could be a hernia. Doctors said no as it wasn't seen on endoscopy so I demanded a barium swallow thinking that it would show up on that and low and behold a hernia was found.

I was recommended a surgeon so I went to see him and he said that he does the toupet and that would suit me as I apparently have a weak swallow although I don't think I've ever had a problem swallowing.

I didn't want to do ppi's because of the side effects and as I had a hernia I wanted this sorting out and the only way was with surgery.

I'm on mushy stuff most of the time. I really haven't had many problems swallowing.

I see that your in Canada is your health service like mine in the Uk or is it like the American system? The reason I ask is because you said "if your selected for surgery " Does that mean that you can't have the surgery if they say no.

I hope all goes well and you get the answers your hoping for.

Maria

dencha
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   Posted 12/1/2013 12:05 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Louis,
Sorry it has taken me so long to get back to you. Things have been very busy at my house! It's never too late to get a fundoplication. If your testing shows you're a good candidate, it will help you. Some of the scary things you read on the internet are written by people who are in recovery, and don't realize that with time, their symptoms will improve. Many surgeons don't properly prepare their patients for what to expect post-op.

It's no an easy recovery, but if you go into it with the right attitude you'll do fine. It takes six months for most of the healing and a year for the rest. It takes patience and trust. If you can surrender to your recovery, and follow it where it takes you, you'll do fine. Those who struggle against what is, have a hard time of it. If you accept your recovery and "go with the flow" you'll do fine.

As far as getting off PPIs...I suspect you're taking maximum doses. Is that true? If you are suffering bad reflux and the accompanying symptoms, the surgery will help you. Especially if you have fairly high levels of reflux. I had very low levels that were affecting my lungs, and the surgery helped me greatly. I will say, thought that I am now continuing to take a small dose (compared to pre-surgery) of PPI before dinner daily, because my asthma doc wants to ensure that I'm protected from even small amounts of reflux.

You need to know that even with surgery, your reflux will not be taken to zero. If the surgeon ensured you would have zero reflux, the wrap would be so tight that you wouldn't be able to get food past it and into your stomach. Their goal is to bring your reflux to "normal" levels. While I am an advocate for the surgery, you need to be aware of the fact that you can still get reflux, and in some cases post-op patients do take some much smaller dose of PPI or Zantac even after being wrapped. Not everyone by any means, but it's no guarantee that you will NEVER have the need again. Just being real here.

Many who have been members of this forum have had partial wraps due to swallowing problems, or even surgeons who just prefer the procedure due to the fact that it eliminates or lessens some of the possible negative side effects like bloating. They work just fine and people are happy with the results.

Just curious...do your doctors blame all of your absorption issues on PPIs? If the problem is only caused by PPIs, then the surgery will definitely help. It may take some time for healing to occur, but over time you should see improvements. The thing is, the health problems caused by GERD don't generally go away immediately...they didn't happen overnight, and they have been with you for long time, so it will take time for the healing to occur.

Have you ever had a GI doc do a compete workup regarding your absorption problems? Are there any other possible causes in addition to PPIs? Just wondered what they have to say about the issue.

Good luck with all of this. I know it's hard to wait for the testing results and to finally make a decision about what to do! Hang in there!

Best wishes,
Denise

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gunner4565
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   Posted 12/1/2013 4:26 PM (GMT -6)   
Distant Frog, Please see the results of my recent Nissen.

I joined the Wrapped Club Nov 19, 2013 by Gunner4565

My story is very similar to yours.

Gunner
Fifty years with GERD

distantfrog
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   Posted 12/1/2013 11:33 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Jerry,
 
This website is marvelous.You have made my day.I am seeing the  gastro enterologist on tuesday to get the results of my mannometry and ph test and hopefully a quick referral to a surgeon.I expect that he will try to delay me again with more tests and long turnaround but i have had numerous blood tests,a catscan,showing nothing critical so my absorption issues (as you had) have to be the long use of the pills and needs to be addressed soon before other immune issues come on as i lost 30 pounds in about 2.5 years.Curiously the first 10 pound was voluntarily to improve my diet and my reward was that the acid reflux became double worse and then the absorption issues came up and i lost the other 20 pounds involuntarily (although the gerd diet likely pushed that a bit),i even had often two bowel movements  per day which i would never have before.
 
So not only do i have the esophagitis and LPR but i am convinced that the ppi pills are making me sick (but try to convince the doctor and specialist of that impossible as the ppi are the miracle pills).I also note you had chronic gastritis issues which is also a concern of mine as one spot was quite bad and was wondering if the surgery could create infection or something.But it seems like you are doing all right with the ppi's to cover for a month.
 
A few questions:
 
1)i assume you had the full nissen fundoplication (5 incisions therefore laparascopy)?
 
2)how is your shivering and weight management coming along?I am in northern canada and i tell you that it is -17 tonight and my lower limbs have very poor circulation (some of that restless leg syndrome i think during the night too).Did you have a bit of that too before the surgery as you had lost weight.
 
Again thanks for writing to me and i now feel much more confident going into the meetings with my doctor and the specialist.I am in Canada and the approach is to go with the meds until they don't work and i believe i am there. 
 
Thx.
 
Louis           

distantfrog
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   Posted 12/1/2013 11:52 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Denise,

Thanks a bunch for the wise reply.As i told Jerry (Gunner) i have had a battery of blood tests done by the gastro specialist plus a catscan this past summer and they could not find anything that would trigger this absorption/weight loss issue.So the specialist told me to continue with the ppi's and the gerd diet.By pushing i got to the mannometry and ph test which showed that basically whatever food i eat i get acid reflux about 1-2 hours after the meal.My swallowing looked ok so the only issue they may bring up is motility but with regular bowel movements (sometimes two per day) i cannot see that being but we'll see.They may also make an issue of gastritis but i can't take more ppi's than the two per day i am taking now.

I understand that the surgery is only a treatment and not a cure and that the wrap may loosen up and then another decision will be needed.I am hoping that i can get 5-10 years going into retirement in 2015 without absorption issues caused by the ppi's but i also understand that problems developed over long periods will not change overnight.Gradual improvements to regain my energy levels would be great.

Basically i think from the esophagus up i should see improvements and the digestive system well i will take any improvements as i know that my current digestive issues have been there for 2 years and i cannot see those disappearing with the ppi's.If i have to go back to pills i would hope that xantac would be sufficient but first lets get to surgery.

Thx.

Louis

distantfrog
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   Posted 12/2/2013 12:24 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Maria,
 
I think the medical system in Britain is similar to Canada where basic treatment is open to everyone but i am not sure.
 
The approach that i was given with GERD is you try the medication and if it works you go as long as it works.If it no longer works you can apply for surgery but it has to be last resort and after you have been selected as a good candidate thru the endoscopy/mannometry and 24 hour ph test.
 
I was diagnosed with a small hiatus hernia when i was 33 and i believe the ppi's were just coming on stream at that time and the specialist told me that i could be on those pills for life!Never was the option of surgery mentioned with the size of my hernia.But i believe some of your issues i had too without the retching.I lived about 7-8 years without pills only gaviscon when i had esophagal spasms (quite painful) and the i had about 12-13 years good years with the pills (one per day) and then about 2 years ago reflux came worse and digestive issues started the reason for me consulting.
 
I think your issues came quite abruptly and it looks like your doctors agreed that you were an ok candidate for surgery.Here if they don't believe the surgery has a reasonable chance of success i am sure they can turn me down.If my symptoms were mainly upper gastric i think it would be more cut and dry if the tests are good but because of my digestive issues it will be interesting to see what comes out.I will know this week but another fellow on the blog had similar issues than mine and he seems to be recovering happily from the surgery.
 
Good luck with recovery.I'll be interested to see if your partial wrap requires ppi's for a while.
 
Cheers.
 
Louis     
 
       

Mcedge
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   Posted 12/2/2013 2:19 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Louis

I wasn't prepared to wait for the health service in the uk. I needed to know what was wrong with me as like you say my symptoms came on suddenly.

I went private for a lot of my tests and the surgeon I saw agreed to the surgery even before the hernia was found. I was only told that I had a hernia on the morning of my surgery. After they had analyzed the barium swallow images in more detail.

I do believe that the hernia caused my acid reflux. I don't think it really matters how big or small the hernia is if it's causing problems then it needs to be dealt with and surgery is the only way to go. The hernia is never going to go away on its own.

We are told that ppi's aren't for long term use and they eventually stop working.

I'm sure that you'll be recommended for surgery if not could you go private? If it's like my country than you would be able to use all your test results and you wouldn't need to redo them if you went private.

I guess you need to wait and see what your test results are before decisions are made.

My Manometry test showed that I had a slightly weak swallow but it was my 24 hour impedance test that showed that I had a high demeester score (33.9) I think that it was this that swung it with the surgeon.

I hope all goes well and you get the results that your waiting for.
Let me know how you get on.

Maria

distantfrog
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   Posted 12/2/2013 9:23 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Maria,
 
Not sure if this procedure is available in private in Canada as i think it needs to be done in hospitals.If it is it would be very expensive.
 
Can you tell me what the demeester score is again and how it influenced the surgeon's decision?
 
Thx.
 
Louis 

gunner4565
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   Posted 12/2/2013 10:13 AM (GMT -6)   
distantfrog,

1)i assume you had the full nissen fundoplication (5 incisions therefore laparascopy)?

Yes. 5 holes which were never very painfull. Took off the tape this morning. No pain and they are healing well.

2)how is your shivering and weight management coming along?I am in northern canada and i tell you that it is -17 tonight and my lower limbs have very poor circulation (some of that restless leg syndrome i think during the night too).Did you have a bit of that too before the surgery as you had lost weight.

Shivering is gone now and I am warming up. There is just no fat left on my body for insulation. I don't drink water anymore. Just Adkins Advantage and Boost to get calories from my liquid intake. I have gained a couple pounds even on mostly liquids. The best meal I have is breakfast which consists of Malt-o-Meal, honey and milk. Goes down well and satisfies my hunger.

If doctors would just follow the PPI manufacturers recommendations, many people would not become addicted to PPI use. Did you ever seen the Astra-Zenica study about PPIs? I can't find the link right now but in essence they gave PPIs to some medical students for a month. Theses students had never had heartburn before. I think about 40% had heartburn after stopping PPIs. It seems every time I search for PPI information I find another study linking PPI use causing unintended health issues.

Gunner
Fifty years with GERD

Mcedge
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   Posted 12/2/2013 2:16 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Louis

The 24 hour impedance test works out the demeester score. Anything above 14 is classed as abnormal and mine was 33.9 which is very high. Which proved that I had acid reflux. I didn't know then what had caused this but have since found out that I had a hiatus hernia.

The surgeon said that I could have surgery even before he knew I had a hernia. He does specialise in this type of surgery.

Do you have private health service in Canada ? If you do I'm sure they will do this surgery privately. I don't know how much it would cost privately in Canada but in the Uk privately it costs about £6500 - £10000.

I'm sure that you'll get recommended for surgery especially as you've been on ppi's for so long and you have absorption problems . Let us know when you get your results and how you get on.

Maria

distantfrog
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   Posted 12/3/2013 11:47 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Denise/Jerry/Maria,
 
I met with the gastroenterologist to review the results of my mannometry and ph test today.Tried to get a copy of the report before the appt. but couldn't.So couldn't really target questions.Read the report tonight.Looks like my hiatus hernia must be a sliding one as it did not show up prompting the technician to say that if there is one it's small.Report very technical but it think my swallows are a bit weak but within the range (DCI below 500).Ph test shows that i have large episodes of reflux during and after meals but more of the weakly acidic type.My upper esophagal sphincter has weak pressure (under average) likely explaining my LPR.
 
Gastro advised that he would talk to my family doctor about our discussion and let family doctor make the referral for surgery if i am a good candidate (thought i heard my family doctor say the other way around,ah that beautiful dance in the canadian public system).Gastro advised that he did not see anything that would preclude me from surgery but advised that my digestive issues and LPR may not be improved by surgery.He booked me for another endoscopy which i think is appropriate after my symptoms worsened this past summer.I expected is advice for the digestive issues but was surprised for the LPR.Googled LPR again today and it does say that it is caused by acid reflux from the stomach coming up so would think that surgery should help.Read comments on this site from one person who said that the throat problems became worse after surgery but he had allergies...Another person replied to him that pepsin deposits somewhat glue to your throat tissue and recommended a Kaufman diet?
Any advice or experience on this LPR issue?Would be sad to have the surgery and not at least improve or solve the throat issues as currently it is my biggest problem as it does not respond well to the double dose of ppi as i was hoping for.Any products recommended to soothe the throat so it doesn't get too much worse?I don't want to chew gum too much even if it helps  neutralizing that awful bitter taste.I still have my voice but it is very hoarse tonight.
 
So in retrospect i think i am a patient not showing extreme acid reflux but having lots of symptoms with what i have!!!
 
If you have advice i would love to read it.I particularly would like to get good feedback on LPR from people who had surgery.I'll keep plugging at it.
 
Louis                 

Mcedge
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   Posted 12/4/2013 8:03 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Louis

I'm pleased that you got the results that you were hoping for.

Your hiatus hernia is sliding - 98% of the hernias are sliding ones. My hernia wasn't seen on the endoscopy but eventually found on a barium swallow. I too was told it was only a slight hernia but during the operation the hiatus (hole) in the diaphragm was quite large and needed 3 stitches. I believe that my acid reflux was caused by the hernia so even if they are only small they can cause problems.

You also have a weak sphincter which is obviously letting acid through. On my test my sphincter didn't show up as being weak although I've found out that it can just go weak and relax as when it likes.

So with your weak sphincter and a hiatus hernia I can't see how they can refuse your operation. Hopefully you'll get a good outcome and get the surgery and all will be well.

Take care

Maria

Noelle3
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   Posted 12/4/2013 9:57 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Louis,

My symptoms are similar to yours. Mainly throat problem and worse at night. I had the 24hrPH and Manometry. They both came back normal. I do however have a small hernia (2cm).

The gastro consultant is referring me to a surgeon for assessment anyway. I am really concerned that I may be left with this problem. If I have surgery I really hope that it will solve the throat, chronic cough and breathing issues. I would really hate to go through that and not have it work.

I am on a PPI .. Nexium 20mg. I am supposed to take two a day, but only take one as I am fearful of absorption issues as I already have osteoporosis.

Anyway, I do hope that you will find a resolution to your problems. Keep posting and let us know how you are doing.

By the way, another member said today that he uses Strepsils Extra Strengh for LPR throat issues. I bought some today and will see if they give me some relief.

All the best.

distantfrog
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   Posted 12/5/2013 12:15 AM (GMT -6)   
Thanks Noelle.I am on double dose of Nexium at 40mg each and i still don't see much progress on LPR,maybe slightly better than when i first got it about 6 months ago.But i have been on ppi's for 15 years.
 
I googled LPR versus fundoplication and found a few articles showing about 75% of patients see good improvements on LPR after surgery so that is encouraging but i need to look  more as nexium does not help my LPR very much and would like to know why...
 
The pharmacist told me tonight that Strepsils will likely numb the throat and i read that this is not recommended for LPR so he recommended TUMS.
 
As my swallowing is on the lower end of the range i may be referred for partial fundoplication.We'll see.I have an endoscopy on the 16th and that may provide more rationale for the surgery.
 
Let me know how your progress goes.
 
Ciao for now.
 
Louis      

distantfrog
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   Posted 12/5/2013 12:22 AM (GMT -6)   
Thanks Maria.Let me know your progress from your surgery.
 
My demeester score was normal at 2.5.I am having an endoscopy on the 16th and that should show how much damage is in my esophagus.It wa s moderate about 1.5 years ago but i had bad episode this summer when i tried to stop the pills gradually.I do believe now that i cannot stop the pills without the surgery.
 
Ciao for now.
 
Louis      

distantfrog
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   Posted 2/23/2014 11:13 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Denise (Dencha),
 
I am trying the health/anxiety links that you provided on this website but cannot seem to get them to open.I copied and paste them in the browser and it's not working much better.Ca you help?
 
Thx.
 
Louis  

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   Posted 2/23/2014 11:19 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Maria (mcedge),
 
Was wondering how your surgery post-op. is progressing as i recall you had some LPR issues and i have them too.
 
I was declared not a good candidate for surgery and the ENT doctor scoped my throat and said it was fine although i do feel all the symptoms (globus,mucus,bitter taste,dry mouth and throat during the night,etc...)
 
Just curious as i am moving to a bigger centre next year and if this doesn't improve with my lifestyle changes i'll have to go knocking on the door again as i am not really interested in double dose of ppi's for 6 months plus...
 
Has your surgery improved your lpr?Do you have to take ppi's?
 
Thx.
 
Louis  

squanto1980
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   Posted 2/27/2014 2:50 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi,
I'm 33 years old and at this moment I'm laying in bed doing the 24 hrs phone test. I've had heartburn/acid reflux for year, have a hiatal hernia and Barrett esophagus so my Dr is leading me towards surgery. Earlier today I had the esophageal manomentry and that was help. I never want to do thAt again. As I'm laying here though I'm having my usual reflux(I guess is good so they see what happens), but I also am having the chills and just can't get warm. Has anyone else experienced this?

Thank you

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   Posted 2/27/2014 5:38 PM (GMT -6)   
squanto1980

Welcome to Healing Well.

I am assuming you have the wired PH probe. If so, I had all kinds of crazy issues with it in. My body hated that tube staying in there. I don't remember any specific chills or anything, but I just felt miserable.

Take care,
Bill
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