Some quick stats about
me: 26 years old, GERD for 8 years, 6'2, and now 260 lbs (down from 320~ when my symptoms first began)
I finally got my results for my endoscopy after 6 months of waiting. The doctor found esophagitis, gastritis, and inflammation in the smaller intestine. There was no evidence of barret's, Hernia, H.pyloria bacteria, or celiac disease in the biopsies.
The confusing part is that I have no idea what is causing the gastritis, or the inflammation in my small bowel.
However, he did find a weak les valve, saying that it was inflamed and there was a very minuscule
As for medication, in addition to the pantoprazole 40mg that I am now taking, the doctor will be adding carafate and a low dose of reglan that I must take 3x a day. He is prescribing reglan because I am often bloated by the end of the day, and he believes that it will help empty my stomach to stop my current reflux.
I saw the ENT 2 weeks ago, and when he looked down my throat, he found acid sitting right above my UES valve. So despite 6 weeks of PPI therapy, I am still refluxing all the way up to my throat.
The reflux shoots up like a geyser, and it even happens when I am on an empty stomach. (This morning on the drive to the GI's office, I refluxed straight into my throat while sitting up).
My mind is at ease now knowing that I still have not developed barret's, but I can't help wonder why it's been 6 months and the PPI hasn't worked. My diet is extremely clean, as evident by my significant weightloss -- and I still have a lot of weight to lose -- but the overall agony of the reflux still has my life on hold.
The doctor said that although the LES valve has a minuscule
opening, that depending on how i heal, I might not have to be on PPI for the rest of my life. Is there any truth to this?
Also, my new concern now is taking Reglan. He said it's low dose and only for 3 months, but it has a black box FDA warning, which is terrifying. I'm willing to give it a shot if the doctor believes it will work for me.
Or might it be better to try to switch to a different PPI first and take the carafate?
Thanks for reading, it's been a harsh journey for me so far, but I realize that there are some of you out there that have probably been through worse.
Post Edited (mauricesr) : 12/5/2018 11:19:53 PM (GMT-7)