Hello everyone, I am new here, chance upon this site while browsing the net for some tips. Hope that some of you may be able to offer some advise since I never had spoken to any other people who shared the same problems.
I am diagnosed with H. Pylori infection almost 2 years ago. I had acute gastritis, and GERD as the primary symptoms. These symptoms got me to take an endoscopy and confirmed the results. I took PPIs to control GERD and after that I took the 2-week course to eliminate the H.Pylori.
After that my GERD didn't seem to get any better. In fact I felt that I was burping much more than before. I tried many things, like exercise, controlling diet, protein based diet, stopping smoking, but none seem to work.
Everyday I had to live with constant reflux and excessive burping like hundred over times a day. It has affected my life so much that I felt that I can no longer do stuff like sports or travelling. The only relief that I can get is taking back the PPIs, which reduces the reflux and burping. (only reduces, but still occurring)
Fast forward to 2 years to now, I feel my esophagus is already sore with all the reflux I am getting. A few years more down the road, I am not sure if I am going to have any esophagus left !
Anyone able to offer some advise or to share some experience will be so much appreciated !!!
Thanks a lot for reading.
Welcome, I am also new here.
To start, it is unlikely that you will sustain the kind of significant damage to your esophagus in such a short period of time. That is, unless, you are honestly having reflux soo severe that it is pure acid coming up all the time. That being said, I fully understand how miserable this is and how it impacts your life.
Pre-GERD, I was extremely active, and now it seems like I need to plan every aspect of my life around this stupid problem. I have been this way for almost a decade.
For me, in order to exercise I either need to put up with constant throat issues and regurgitation, shortness of breathe, and nausea, or I need to not eat within about
6 hours of exercise. The same goes for food at night: if I eat within 4 hours of sleeping, I wake up the next morning feeling like I woke up an hour before and ate a whole pizza. It's like everything just stays in my gut forever.
Your options are basically limited to adjusting diet and lifestyle, taking meds (PPI's and H2's, etc), or having a procedure done such as Nissan or TIF. Personally, I don't mind taking meds as long as they are safe, but since I have been taking them for many, many years, I no longer want the burden of constant attention to my stomach acid.
I've elected to try the TIF procedure and see how it goes. if I get no relief, i'll need to reassess.
This disease is really kind of in a league of it's own. It's something that, compared to so many other issues, appears almost benign... but the problem is that your throat/eso is so close to your mouth, heart, lungs, etc, and it also effects digestion, nutrient absorption, and many other things. As a result, this single problem create a myriad of symptoms beyond just your throat. For myself, the bloating and nausea are the worst. Also, when it gets really bad, the excess pressure in my throat sends my heartrate through the rough... i've often thought I was having a heart attack because of this.