This is my first time posting here, and I could use a little support. I'm a 32 yr old male, I've had GERD for about 5-6 yrs now, and have been on OTC Prevacid for the majority of that time. Up until about 3 months ago, it was fairly well controlled and I hardly ever though about it, but for some reason my condition seems to have rapidly deteriorated almost overnight, and the Prevacid no longer works.
After talking with my doctor, he recommended that we do an endoscopy to see what's going on down there, and to my dismay, I have Barrett's Esophagus. Thankfully, it's only at the very base of the tube right where it connects to the stomach, and there is no cell displasia as of yet, but still not something anyone wants to hear.
I was put on 30mg Dexilant 1x/day, which did not work well for me at all. Then, I was put on 40mg Nexium 1x/day, which was better, but still not great. I took that for a couple of weeks before finally switching over to Protonix today, and so far, this is the worst I've felt yet. Of all the PPI's I've tried, this one seems to be the least effective by a substantial margin, as after breakfast I'm already writhing in pain. I'm struggling with whether or not to give it more time, or just go back to the Nexium until I figure out my next move...
At this point, I am strongly considering surgery, but am scared of what it could mean for me long term, and I really don't like the options available right now. The Nissen seems to work well, but carries with it the potential for life-long side effects, possible need for future redo's/tune-ups, and due to the invasive nature of the procedure, the recovery period after surgery is fairly long.
I was interested in the Stretta procedure, but the outcome results seem to be fairly lackluster and inconsistent from what I've read, and my gastroenterologist doesn't think that it's even worth considering. So, the only other options that I see are the Esophyx TIF procedure, or the Linx, and of those two, I think Esophyx sounds more appealing if for no other reason that I would worry about erosion from the Linx device.
I feel so discouraged and depressed right now, and would love to hear from those of you who have had similar experiences and/or the surgeries that I am considering. Thanks so much for taking the time to read my story, and I look forward to getting to know all of you.