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GC1pink
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   Posted 12/9/2013 9:12 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi,
 
I wondered whether you could tell me about the symptoms of your hiatus hernia please. I am having constant tightness at the Lower Esophageal Sphincter, I feel like it spasms all the time and it's extremely painful, I am also having constant reflux no matter what I eat, and I am on 2 ppi's morning and night plus 1 ranitidine at night.
 
I was told in September that my hernia is 3cm, however I have a feeling it might now be more. I also have LPR and have developed dysphagia from the reflux. rolleyes

opnwhl4
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   Posted 12/9/2013 8:29 PM (GMT -6)   
GC1pink

The tightness can be from the reflux itself or worsening issues like a larger HH. I had a discussion with my VA doc about my surgeries and such and we got on the subject of my reflux and such. He thinks that some of the dysphagia may be caused from the HH not allowing the esophagus work correctly because it doesn't the support it needs to help with complete swallowing. This was strictly his own thoughts and he isn't a GI doc, but I thought it was an interesting idea.

Have they tried any meds to ease the spasms?

Take care,
Bill
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FlaCracker
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   Posted 12/10/2013 9:56 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi GC1pink,

I apologize for the long explanation but here goes. I don't know about esophageal spasms but I had the worst gastritis and acid reflux last year. I contracted C Diff from the hospital and was put on antibiotics and suddenly got very sick. The GI doctors could not control the acid reflux for 9 weeks. I was on every PPI you can imagine. PPI's morning and night, Pepcid throughout the day and Carafate to preserve my lining. I did not eat literally for 3 months. 3 Endoscopies First one - no HH 2nd and 3rd 2 cm estimated. Cabbage juice finally stopped the gastritis. I made the mistake and went to a chiropractor at this time because my back was hurting me. This is the stomach pushing between the shoulder blades and I did not know that was the symptom. He made it worse! Pressed so hard on my back, probably shoved the HH even higher. I remember feeling the HH as high as my collarbone some days. The little sucker had rotated from the esophagus (gave me Barrett's) to inside my chest during the night. I had no reflux during the night (so I thought) when this happened but during the day watch out. I had asthma, wheezing, and a burning sensation under the armpit. At times, severe dysphagia, and extreme headaches.

The surgeon who did my surgery said the measurement for the HH is always smaller than the actual size. My organs (spleen, liver, traverse colon) had moved to the left. I would feel a slight pain in the right upper quadrant and now know that was the movement. I would feel my heart flutter and I thought it was a heart attack. ER visits, multiple tests, nothing wrong with heart.

Everyone is different. I probably was walking around with a small HH for years but only when it got big and symptomatic did my body react.

Listen to your body. Keep a log of what you eat and day to day activities. The breathing and chest pains were the clincher for me.

Michelle

GC1pink
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   Posted 12/10/2013 11:09 AM (GMT -6)   
Thanks very much Michelle and Bill, I am off to see a specialist in motility disorders and reflux tomorrow so fingers crossed they can come up with a solution for me.
LPR, Hypothyroidism, Glaucoma, Dry Eye Syndrome, Positional Vertigo

"I am simply stunned...that is this age of technology not one company or individual has managed to make a valve that could be placed BELOW the LES to STOP reflux!"

phil-uk
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   Posted 12/10/2013 3:06 PM (GMT -6)   
pink,

Good luck with your meeting tomorrow. Be sure to take notes/record it and let us know how it goes.
All the best

p

Noelle3
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   Posted 12/10/2013 5:41 PM (GMT -6)   
Best of luck for tomorrow GCI.

Noelle

opnwhl4
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   Posted 12/10/2013 6:03 PM (GMT -6)   
GC1pink

I agree 100% with Phil....take notes and be sure you completely understand anything they tell you before you leave. Don't be afraid to ask many questions. No one will do it for you and they won't give you the answers you want without asking.

I do hope they can give you answers, you deserve them. also, there are modified versions of the nissen that is designed for people with motility issues. So that can be an option if you are looking at that.


Take care,
Bill
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