Singer with GERD needs help

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Date Joined Mar 2006
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   Posted 3/5/2006 1:08 PM (GMT -6)   
Hello! I'n new here but I'd really appreciate any help anyone can offer. I'm a 23 year old singer feeling very lost and desperate because I am completely anable to perform due to GERD.
I had the results to my 24 hour probe a last week and the doctor has put me on Omepraxole 40 twice a day, Domperidome 3 times a day and Ranitidine twice every night. So far it hasn't made any difference and I'm not very optimistic because I've been on omepraxole for six months already.
Although I'm lucky enough that, in terms of pain, I am experiencing nothing like what most of you on this board are, my vocal problems are ruling my life. I'm a profesional singer and was working pretty consistantly in the West End while compromising every other part of my life as I had to be on vocal rest when I wasn't performing or auditioning. It got steadily worse and in the last show I did my voice would cut out mid performance which was embarassing to say the least. It has got the the stage where it's eaten into my life. My social life is dictated by whether I can speak that day and my career has been on hold for six months. Sometimes even drinking a herb tea will take my voice from being all there to pretty ropey.
As well as the voice loss, I have been having trouble breathing and sometimes wake up in the night completely unable to draw a breath in until I sit up. I also get very bloated after even drinking water.
I am at a complete loss. The doctor told me that I will have to have to Nissen operation if, in two months, the pills haven't worked and the operation doesn't sound great. Would anyone reccommend it? I heard it doesn't have a high success rate and the side effects I've read about seem horrible.
I'm want to cure it without the operation so I'm also taking de-geglycrrhizinated liquorice tablets and aloe vera juice and I want to go to a nutritionalist to find out if I have any allergies that are slowing my digestion down.
Sorry to write such a long post but I don't know where else to turn as the doctors haven't been very helpful and my life is on standby indefinately. All I want is to get back to doing the job I love. Thanks, Rachel x

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Date Joined Feb 2006
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   Posted 3/6/2006 6:24 PM (GMT -6)   
Well, all I can say is that if your doctor said that, then you proabably have a hiatal hernia..

Does it feel like there is a stretching sensation right below the sternum and to the left? thats what my GERD feels like now.
sometimes it feels like the prilosec makes this feel worse.

Some people have said that hiatal hernias can be corrected temporarily by going to a chiropractor
and then on a water full tomach, do jumping jacks and the like.. to help pull the stomach/esophogus down.
and that you have to do this allot, to keep it there.

All I can say.. is I have these feelings and no one has told me crap.. just take this, take that 20 mg Prilosec
and it's still happening.. so it has to be a mechanical thing in my book.. that no amount of DGL, HCl tablets,
Nerve tonics, Bowel detox ect ect ect is going to cure for good.

I get the globus sensation from time to time.. the funny little "micro" burps that happen out of no where..
I think it's a hernia.. and if you all excuse me I am going to do jumping jacks and bump my left hip into the wall a couple of times...
I just ate!

- Brett

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   Posted 3/6/2006 6:26 PM (GMT -6)   
Oh by the way, I am a musician too!!!
Play the guitar...

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   Posted 3/7/2006 9:29 PM (GMT -6)   
I understand how you feel,I to suffer from hartburn and I have gasteritist and I have crohns that does not help and some of my meds also cause me to have heartburn as well i take Aciphex 20mg I take it twice aday and it help's alot.

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   Posted 3/12/2006 8:17 AM (GMT -6)   
Thank you both for you answers. I don't think I have a hiatal hernia because I'm not in any pain.
I wish you both the best in dealing with your problems. x

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Date Joined Jul 2005
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   Posted 3/12/2006 11:18 AM (GMT -6)   
I know some people with LPR that have found relief by controlling dietary carbohydrates.

All the best,
Norm Robillard
I am a Ph.D. microbiologist and author. I am not a physician. The views I express, while research-based, are my own and should never take the place of consultations with your own physician.

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