I have a lax oesophagus and in real pain. Looking for advice...

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   Posted 5/30/2014 9:37 AM (GMT -6)   
I’m a 34 year old male from the UK and in early 2012 I started suffering from a very acidic feeling stomach, real bad heartburn and a lot of burping. I was given Lanzoprazole which slightly eased the heartburn but nothing significant. It gave me a dry mouth and made me feel sick. I was in agony for months and with the NHS nothing was done quickly. I was living life around my appointments, just hoping for something to ease the pain and to find out what was wrong. I can’t remember how many times I ended up in hospital and walk-in clinics through pain. I ended up taking Tramadol daily for the pain. I tried all sort of herbal and over the counter remedies, none having a great impact. I’m athletic and in good shape, don’t drink ever, smoke, drink coffee or eat spicy foods. Lifestyle-wise there isn’t much room for improvement.

I was given the run around and told just to deal with it by the first specialist I saw. The second sent me for an endoscopy. After it, I was told I had a lax oesophagus and this was the cause of my problems. Around the same time I was switched from Lanzoprazole to 300mg of Ranitidine which I took on a night. My symptoms eased massively and I felt at 90% which I was so happy with. Not knowing much about my problem I resigned myself to taking a tablet for the rest of my life. My life went back to normal.

about 2 weeks ago Ranitidine just stopped working. My life caved in again. I’ve been reading forums none stop since, trying to weigh up my options. I’ve been back to the GP who has referred me back to a specialist. That will be 4-6 weeks away though and I’m in real pain again. I’ve started taking Lanzoprazole again (as well as the Ranitidine) which has eased my symptoms slightly but I can’t go on like this for long.

After what I’ve read over the past few weeks my options seems to be...

Fundoplication Surgery – I feel as if this is my last option as I’m not keen on the procedure.

Linx Surgery – With me having a lax oesophagus I’m not sure if this rules me out but this would be my preferred route. I’d probably have to fund the procedure myself.

Endostim therapy – I don’t have much info on this, it seems very new and untested. I’d probably have to pay heavily for the procedure and with very unreliable results it seems a risky path to take.

Could anyone advise me on if the Linx Surgery is possible while having a lax oesophagus? Or just any advice in general.

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   Posted 6/2/2014 10:40 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Bernard11,

Welcome to Healing Well! I'm afraid I don't have any information regarding the LINX, but there has been a great deal of interest in the procedure here on the forum. You can search it in the little Google box at the top right of the page, just under the "Join Healing Well" tab.

I had the Nissen fundoplication surgery in February 2009, and have had excellent results. My problem was reflux-related uncontrollable asthma. The surgery controlled my reflux and allowed my lungs to heal. I was fearful of the surgery, and waited a long time before making the decision to have it. During that time, my health and quality of life was greatly diminished. I wish I'd have had it done much sooner, but then hindsight is 20-20, as they say!

Have you made the lifestyle changes that are required to help counteract GERD? For example, be sure to refrain from eating 3-4 hours before bedtime. Consider elevating the head of your bed 7-8", to allow gravity to help keep acid in your stomach when you sleep. Also, if you can keep a journal, you may be able to determine your GERD triggers.

Glad you've joined the forum! Hopefully others will be along soon to weigh-in on your question.
I hope you find relief soon!
Best wishes,

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Nissen Fundoplication 2/09

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