New Here But A Long Time Gerd Sufferer with Questions

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Date Joined Dec 2007
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   Posted 12/8/2007 11:11 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi all,
I have been suffereing from Gerd for at least 10 years on and off. I am 40 and in otherwise in good health.  I lead an active healthy lifestyle.  But in times of stress or for no reason at all heartburn comes back.  My first 2 Endoscopies cam back negative of any damage. I was prescribed various PPI's (prilosec and aciphex) but neither made a significant difference.  I did the 24 hour ph test while on aciphex at a time when my symptoms were very minor.  The test came back negative--no acid.  My MD (who is very skilled) said I had acid sensitivity but probably not reflux.  So for the next 5 years I lived without meds and bore the pian when it came.  In the past 4 months the pain became greater and intolerable especially if I had alocohol or any caffeine.  Had another scope...Dr saw something that might be Barretts.  Lab tests came back negative.  Phew --no Barretts.  Still pain.  I am now on prevacid with mild results.  I can eat small meals and if I avoid alcohol and caffeine I am relatively symptom free.  This probably means GERD and not just senstivity. A life without caffeine is doable, but a life without wine is not.  At least I will try all I can do to beat this thing.  I am a passionate wine collector. The PPI's that I have tried do not seem to work completely.  The MD said that after the holidays I should go off of wine and caffeine altogether for a month.  Then introduce wine (1 - 4 ounce glass) with dinner for a week and call him.  I am sure I have a few more tests ahead of me to figure this thing out.
I wonder if the new endoscopic procedures work for those that do not respond completely to PPI's.  Any thoughts would be most welcome. 

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   Posted 12/9/2007 6:22 PM (GMT -6)   

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   Posted 12/9/2007 9:43 PM (GMT -6)   
Shrinker if u know that you have Gerd why do you keep on consuming food that trigger your Gerd? You need to take care of yourself hun, even if it means giving up the foods you love.

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   Posted 12/10/2007 9:42 AM (GMT -6)   
Hey Shrinker...welcome to healingwell. I am glad you have found us.

I ask that you be patient when getting an answer, as there are people always checking the boards, but sometimes it is hard to get right to answering. I do my best to answer all questions in a timely manner, though the weekends are sometimes tough. I appriciate your pateince.

I think your doctors suggestion to avoid caffeine and wine for a month is right on. I know it is hard to give up the things you love, but at the same time, which is better, enjoying the wine, and suffering, or giving up the wine and feeling good? That is a decision only you can make.

I wonder if the new endoscopic procedures work for those that do not respond completely to PPI's. Any thoughts would be most welcome. You asked this...which procedures are you speaking of?

Please, stick with us, and let us help you. Healingwell is a great place to get support and information, and we are happy to have you aboard!!!
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   Posted 12/10/2007 3:59 PM (GMT -6)   

Thanks Tammy for your respnse.  Yes, I am looking for anyone who has experience with endoscopic procedures such as esophyx or stretta.  The question is can these be used in people who only have limitted success with medications (PPI'S).


Thanks again,



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