Barium swallow test -- will the barium aggravate my GERD?

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   Posted 7/19/2007 12:53 AM (GMT -6)   
I am told that I have failed all drug therapy for GERD -- Nexium plus Zantac and Gaviscon are not controlling symptoms.  I tried other PPIs and they did not work.  The GI specialist suggests that I may be a surgery candidate if I have a hiatal hernia.  Endoscopies have not shown that I have one so he suggests a barium swallow test to look for a "slipping hiatal hernia". 
I am having such a hard time now with GERD I am wondering if the barium test will make symptoms even worse.  Any experience with this?
Also, has anyone had surgery for GERD and what is that like? 

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   Posted 7/19/2007 11:12 AM (GMT -6)   
Don't worry about the barium.  It shouldn't make your GERD worse.  Good luck!

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   Posted 7/20/2007 6:14 PM (GMT -6)   
I had an upper GI series where I had to drink the barium. Didn't hurt my GERD at all.
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