I'm in a dilemma. I've been recently diagnosed with GERD. My symptoms have been very silent for many years. Cough, terrible nausea, and only recently I started feeling the bitter nasty taste in my mouth, along with occasional burning in the mouth. They now see Grade A inflammation, along with chronic mild gastritis.
I just had my PH test done and manometry. The results of the PH test are not good.
Esophagus had 8% of acid during the 24 hour period, where as the normal should not be higher than 4%. I don't have exact numbers (doctor will send me on Monday) but doctor said I refluxed over 50 times, and the acid reached all the way up to my throat. Lots of refluxing through the night & early morning especially. Bottom line, I definitely reflux ACID A LOT. However, every time I pressed the button to record, I was not actually refluxing at that moment. I was experiencing slight nausea, with slight solar plexus pain. I think there is a food intolerance going on as well, plus I have a HH.
Monomatry showed all normal swallows, with an estimated HH of 1.1. Again, I don't have the numbers yet, but doctor said the LES was on the LOW-end of normal function. So, I have true GERD. I am definitely refluxing acid, but it's SILENT. There isn't really any heartburn. Doctor said the LINX is very new. Only 2 years old.
The dilemma, is that I really wanted to get pregnant this fall, and I have no idea what to do. Should I wait for surgery until after my pregnancy? Will I be exposing my esophagus and throat for too long to the Acid? I already have Grade A inflammation. I will most likely have to be on pills for some time during the pregnancy, if not all the time, which is obviously never desired.
What would you do in my situation?
If anyone can share their thoughts I would greatly appreciate it!! Thank you