Complications 7 years after surgery for GERD

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   Posted 2/19/2014 2:41 AM (GMT -6)   
Well,  For the past few years after the surgery everything went really well and I was so happy with the results.  yes the initial pain was there for awhile but since that OK.  Now for the past 3-4 months I have been having alot of bloating and pain in my chest and sternum area.  Sometimes it fels like I am having a heart attack.  Well i went to see the Doctor in BKK and he wanted me to do a espophogeal mamatory test and a 24 hour ph study.  Well the mamatory test showed hypercontractile or Nutcracker esophagus.  The PH test for some reason stopped at midnight and did not restart til 7 am so the finding there were incomplete.  The only thing he said was that my lying down ph was the worst, but of course since it did not record while I was sleeping who knows what it would have ended up.  Anyway, he gave me some meds to rlax the esophagus muscle and gaviscon and amitriptyline to try to get rid of the pain.  it is so hard to swallow water or food and the heart pain can just seem to come and stay for a few minutes to an hour.  Has anyone had these problems after their surgery and if so what can you do about them.  I am a bit confused with the language barrier here and it seems as if the wrap is intact so that does not seem to be the problem.  I just want to know how to get rid of this constant pain in the chest and bloating in the sternum area.  Thanks alot.  hard to get info here in Thailand.

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   Posted 2/19/2014 9:37 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi jery01,
Welcome to the Healing Well yeah yeah yeah Wrapped Club! yeah yeah yeah Sorry you're having troubles. I wonder if your wrap has slipped, or come partially undone, since you did fine until now. Sometimes when the wrap either isn't created properly (not your case) or comes undone (perhaps in your case) swallowing can become difficult and the esophagus has to do more work and I would think it could possibly get confused, causing strange swallowing patterns. You do need to find someone who knows what is going on.

I can't help you with finding someone in Thailand. I can imagine it's a challenge understanding medical professionals and finding the right person to solve your problem. Any chance you could come stateside? Probably a place like Mayo or Cleveland clinic might have had similar cases. They don't know everything, but can sometimes get to the bottom of things.

I wish you the very best of luck!
Let us know how it goes. Hope you find relief very soon.

Best wishes,

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Date Joined Feb 2014
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   Posted 2/19/2014 11:05 PM (GMT -6)   
Hello Denise,
Thanks.  I just don't understand how I ended up with Nutcracker espophagus so long after or even at all.  Like I said the PH study was incomplete as it did not work when I slept and of course the said that the most reflux was during my lying down state so I guess I will not know if that is the problem unless I do it again, which I would rather not.  I also did not enjoy the mamonetry test at all.  Did give me results though. Just try to treat the nutcracker and hope it gets better.  So hard to swallow without feeling like something is always there and pain in the chest when I swallow anything.  Hopefully the meds kick in soon.  The Dr. said that the wrap looked fine so just a bit confused.  Will just have to see how things go.
I do not plan on going back to the States anytime soon.  I live on a Thai budget and secondly hate that 23 hour flight.  No Thank you.  They do have one big Hospital in Bangkok, Bumrungrad, which is supposed to be one of the best in the world so if all else fails with these doctors I guess I will go to them.
At least now I know why I feel such bad chest pains at times.  Some news I guess is better than none at this point.
Have a good day.
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