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Mather424
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Date Joined Oct 2017
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   Posted 10/5/2017 10:06 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi, first time poster long time lurker...the resilience that most of you show with this life altering disease is truly inspiring.

A little about me. I'm 37 and have had GERD for about 8 years, when I had my initial endoscopy they found grade 2 esophageal erosion without Barrett's. Since then my GI put me on omeprazole 40mg which worked great (once in a while I would even skip a few days and use zantac as needed which worked as well) and while I'm not a big eater anyways, I didn't seem to have issues with a drink now and then or coffee or really any major restrictions. about 3 months ago the medicine seemed to stop out of nowhere so they increased it to 40mgx2 and 150mg of ranitidine at bedtime which collectively had no impact. At that time I stopped all acidic/trigger foods and drinks per the GERD diet...I was then put on pantoprazole which worked ok (not great) for a couple weeks and then started to fade as well and I'm now on 40mgx2 which seems to be cutting out only 50% of the esophageal burn feeling. I do supplement with antacids and Gaviscon which only help minimally, and have always taken my meds correctly (30-60 minutes before eating breakfast and dinner).

My GP is strongly recommending I start looking at surgery, but I'm wondering if I should keep dabbling with different PPI's (my GI's recommendation) before I go down the Nissen/Linx info gathering route. As most of you feel or have felt at times, it just gets really discouraging when things keep failing. Any recommendations from those of you that are going through it or have "been there, done that" are greatly appreciated.

Thanks,

MB

SharonZ
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Date Joined Mar 2014
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   Posted 10/6/2017 5:00 AM (GMT -7)   
MB:

First, I would work more with diet modification and I agree with your GI about medication options. You can start with a food diary to try and identify potential trigger foods, as you are currently doing. I would exhaust all other options before considering the NF surgery. It is a major surgery and has a difficult, lengthy recovery. Depending on your insurance, Linx may not be an option.

Sharon

Faith224
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Date Joined Sep 2011
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   Posted 10/6/2017 10:03 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi there,

I am sure you have heard this before, but please give Dr. Kaufman's dropping acid diet a try. I used to write on here frequently back in 2011/2012 when I was suffering from one of the "worst cases of LPR ever seen." I experienced 64 episodes of reflux into my throat per day, could not swallow, breathe, clear my throat, or stop coughing. I have not been on here in so long but I wanted to pop in and give others suffering out there some inspiration because I was convinced I was incurable. I stayed on Dr K's induction diet for much longer than the recommended two-week time period, and found it to be more helpful than the meds, although I took them anyhow. I really hope this post helps someone! I am almost completely reflux-free and have not been on meds in years.
Feel Good,

-Faith

Yellow1955
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Date Joined Aug 2017
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   Posted 11/3/2017 6:22 PM (GMT -7)   
If you want to consider surgery, please meet with my physician in Orlando Florida. He creates a valve between the esophagus and stomach (instead of a wrap). Read the following threads ‘hiatal hernia repair without the wrap?” And “7 Days Post Op - Hiatal Hernia/Gerd Surgery”. I also started a new thread called ‘robotic-assisted gastroesophageal valvuloplasty with Vicryl patch repair of hiatal hernia’.

Post Edited (Yellow1955) : 11/4/2017 9:56:00 AM (GMT-6)

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