How to cope with GERD

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dyer
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Date Joined Jul 2006
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   Posted 7/31/2006 9:04 PM (GMT -6)   

 

My brother is 23 years old and has severe cerebral palsy, for the last few years he has been complaining of stomach pains but was not able to explain what sort of pains as he also has limited speech and communication skills. about two years ago he became anaemic and was taken into hospital.  While he was there he had an endoscopy and the test revealed that he had severe grade 3 erosive/ulcerative oesphagitis.  To treat this he was given lansoprazole, two years later he still has not recovered and he is still suffering from the same symptoms.  The doctors have said that nothing can be done about it and to carry on taking the medication given.  After reading an article about endoscopic fundoplication I am wondering whether my brother would benefit from this.  I am very concerned as my brother is in a lot of pain, which is also causing sleepless nights and now he seems to have developed laughter attacks which can go on for hours…doctors have not been able to diagnose this but the attack always occur when he is pain. I would be grateful if anyone could give any suggestions.

 

Thankyou

 

Dyer


ilovecats94
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   Posted 8/1/2006 3:49 AM (GMT -6)   
Dyer, I am sorry to hear about your brother.

When you say the doctors say there is nothing else to be done, how many doctors are you talking about? Do you think you could get a second opinion?

I'm wondering how much meds your brother is on for this. I have erosive esophagitis I have been dealing with since January, but didin't seek medical help until I got pneumonia from it in April and was put on Nexium 40 mg.

Slowly I got better and noticed a big difference after 3 months, but now my endo has added a new cholesterol med and it is causing me heartburn and aggravating my GERD to the point I can't sleep at night.

I don't understand why your brother is having the laughing attacks.

Your brother should definitely feel better after two years. Has he been on a GERD diet? The only thing I can think of is getting another opinion from another doctor.

Good luck,
Faye
I have hypothyroidism (1953), diabetes type 2 (1976), high cholesterol (1989), gastroparesis (1990), FMS (1995), and GERD (2006). I am on these meds for FMS: Prozac, Xanax, Diclofenac, Cytotec (stomach med to go with Diclofenac), Lortab. I am also on the other meds for various reasons: Nexium, Cytomel, Detrol, Reglan, Novolog insulin, Novolin N insulin, Bumex, Lipitor, WelChol. Also on B12 sublingually, magnesium, Centrum Silver Vitamin, CoQ10.

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