Is your GERD worse after gallbladder removal?

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   Posted 9/24/2007 10:19 AM (GMT -6)   
I have been struggling with Gerd for over 9 months now.  While I can say my symtoms had improved slightly, it had been at a snail's pace.  My frustration stemed from following all of the Gerd rules but to no avail.  I had many test to include the Pipda gallbladder test and it showed I had a dysfunctional gallbladder with a ejection rate of 19% (normal rate is 35%).  Anyway, I had my gallbladder removed on Tuesday laproscopically.  While I was on the operating table, they hadn't sedated me yet the surgeon talked to me and said I'd benefit from the Nissen procedure and that he'd throw it in if I wanted.  I said no because I was scared and really only had 1 or 2 minutes to think about it.  I hope I made the right decision but now it seems as if my Gerd has gotten worse and am having regrets.  I also know from what I have read that surgery is no walk in the park.  My question is this did your Gerd symtoms improve after the gallbladder removal or did they get worse?  I know I have to give the gallbladder surgery time.  I am taking prescription strength Prilosec twice a day, I took Nexium for months but it didn't help.  I have also decided if I don't get better by June I will definately go back to the surgeon and have him perform the surgery.  I can't help but feel as if I missed the boat on that one but my Gastro doctor never wanted me to get the Nissen procedure and like I said I didn't have much time to think about it.  The Gastro doc said I was too young and it had too many side effects. I told the surgeon my Gastro doctor didn't want me to ever get the Nissen procedure and he said "your doctor is old school."   I would really appreciate any input on the subject. 

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   Posted 9/25/2007 3:47 PM (GMT -6)   
I had my gall bladder out 3 years ago and my surgeon said that my GERD would probably get worse because of it!
He was right. I am due to have a Lap nissan on October 11th, so I guess this would answer your question!
Good luck!
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   Posted 9/25/2007 10:07 PM (GMT -6)   
Yes, it seems my acid reflux is over the roof since my gallbladder surgery.  I was on prescription strength Prilosec and it was fairly under control.  Today I changed to Prevacid and it seems to be helping better but I do have a slight headache.  I guess would rather put up with a headache than the acid bath washing up against my throat.  Let us know how your outcome is with the Nissen procedure.  The surgeon offered to perform the Nissen for me at the same time he pulled out my gallbladder but I got scared and didn't take him up on his offer.  I hope I didn't make a mistake and live to regret it.  Good luck.........

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   Posted 10/19/2007 5:33 PM (GMT -6)   
Hello, I am new to the forum thing here and have never been diagnosed w/ GERD but have been having heartburn more of late. This morn I awoke w/ a headache. Once I drank my coffee and it went away some, I started have a pain on the right side of my chest where I had to lay down. After I layed down for awhile, it kinda went away but still have it some. Now I kinda feel a lil sick to my stomach. Any help would be great! Kota PS I had my gallbladder out three years ago ant it wasn't until after that that I started to have more heartburn.
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   Posted 10/20/2007 12:08 PM (GMT -6)   

I noticed that my acid reflux has gotten worse after my gall bladder was removed 4 years ago. I have been on prevacid on and off for a time, and considering going back on meds for it again.
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   Posted 10/24/2007 1:36 PM (GMT -6)   
I didn't have acid reflux or GERD until after I had my gallbladder removed. One thing you might try is 2-4 gaviscon tablets chewed, swallowed and followed by 1/2 glass of water right before bed. This has helped me a lot.

Also, really research the surgery. My endo wouldn't recommend it for me. He said it was a last stop measure and over time it would fail. He used to recommend it alot, but after years of practice and seeing so many patients with worse problems he's hesitant to recommend it. On the other hand, I've heard from a number of folks where the surgery did wonders for them.
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   Posted 10/26/2007 3:23 PM (GMT -6)   
I am 27yrs old and have been dealing with this for a while. It started off with chest pain and then that feeling of something being stuck in my throat. I'm tired and feel like my head is in a cload, that spacey feeling. I don't have this symptoms all the time they come and go. I had this feeling in my throat all day long some days. Eating never had anything to do with it. It would come even on an empty stomach. I have had Drs. tell me it is acid relux. I seen a GI Dr. and he did a EGD with a bravo placement to check my bodys PH level. Like I already knew I didn't have acid reflux. I didn't think I had all the symptoms. I didn't have the burning feeling in my chest and the acid taste in my mouth. My Dr. sent me in to have an MRI done. To make sure everything was ok in that area. I seen a Neurologist to get the results and found out that I have Chiari Malformation Type 1. Only an MRI can tell f you have this. Not an X-ray or Ct scan Basically Chiari Malformation is where your brain is to big for your skull or your skull is miss shaped and it pushes you brain back. It causes the brain tonsils in the back of your head to be pushed out of the bottom of your skull. Causing a hernia. They call it herniated tonsils. It restrict the spinal fluid to your brain. It can cause alot of problems.

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   Posted 12/9/2007 8:07 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Mistyblu,
I was reading your post and it interested me because I was just diagnosed with Chiari Type 1 Malformation (I'm 22). My doctor didn't tell me too much so far (I only went for an MRI because I was having constant headaches and my PCP instructed me to get it done). I was told that my case is the most mild it could be and that I am going to have to see a Neurologist once a year from now on. I was just wondering if you knew anything else about the condition because its all very new to me. Im not sure of the risks and my doc told me that not to look it up on the internet because there are so many forms and she doesnt want me getting confused/nervous (as I also have had anxiety/depression that I recently have gotten over). Thanks and I hope you are feeling well!
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