(I have had one heart attack). I had severe pain between my shoulder blades, heart palpitations, anxiety, distended stomach, low energy and always had to snack between meals. I just got diagnosed with a hiatal hernia. I am having trouble following the diet that the doctor suggested for me.
After 5 years on this program I recently had a follow-up endoscopy which revealed that I still had some esophageal erosions, although somewhat less than at the time of the first exam. The surgeon described it as a grade one (the lowest of 4 grades, I believe). Nevertheless, he has instructed me to double up on the PPI at least until he schedules a repeat endoscopy in 6 months (and I strongly suspect he will then recommend my staying on that regimen for life.) He claims that many my age (77) are on this dosage of a proton pump inhibitor for the long term without ill effect, and he says my complete lack of symptoms is due to the fact that my reflux does not reach high enough for me to be aware of it. Still, I am very apprehensive about this high dosage every day, although after a week on this increased dosage I have experienced only slight, intermittent stomach pain but more frequent nighttime bloating and gas. I have read that this high dosage, at my age, can make one more susceptible to fractures (blocks absorption of calcium?) and I am an active skier.
The surgeon also recommends low fat diet after gallbladder removal. Surprisingly, many patients will not have any symptoms that the have reflux of acid.
I am 60 years, just retired after 25 years in a very stressful job, which I did at least 2000 miles a week driving. It was really causing problems about 8 years ago so I decided to go to the doctor, who did an endoscope to see if I had an ulcer.
I mean that was it, milk & toast, any way you could serve it, for sometimes a week until my stomach would settle down. My gall bladder was removed over 10 years ago but I have suffered from constant heartburn ever since. I was eventually sent for a barium swallow which confirmed that I had a large reflux that was originally treated with Prevacid.
Most of the time, a diagnosis of GERD isn’t based on any medical test or procedure, but instead on your symptoms. Chest pain caused by reduced blood flow to your heart is called angina. Gastroesophageal reflux (GER) is a term sometimes used to describe many of the symptoms, such as heartburn, that are seen in GERD. Certain symptoms may also come from respiratory complications of GERD, which happen when you breathe stomach acid into your lungs. I have had an MRI scan, Cat scan andchest/lung Xrays, all of which were clear.
I lost almost 200 lbs but regained 80 which is typical with a stapling. I fear now that I have acquired asthma as a result of this horrific disease. Been treated for GERD for 3 months after complaining of chest pain and burning sensation on my chest and back. Recently (December) I have had chest burning again and this time itâ€™s serious as its now 24-hr.
My family doctor sent me to a gastroenterologist where I had a endoscopy and was diagnosed with Barrett’s Esophagus. I had to have more endoscopies to dilate my esophagus. I had to have many more prescriptions (always the best, not covered by insurance) many more ultra sounds, a 24 hr pH study, and the worst, an esophageal manometry 2 times. Finally I ended up with a Nissen Fundoplication in 2003. They said it was a temporary fix.
About 3 days after taking the medication I completely stopped vomiting. Itâ€™s crazy that it took 9 years to diagnose me and fix me. I was so sick of waking up every morning just to vomit, I began thinking this is hell, and I donâ€™t want to deal with this any more I wanted to give up!
However he has a symptom that no on else mentions, his saliva runs in his mouth continually and he has to spit in a container. Swallowing causes major bloating and belching. When he goes to bed he is generally silent, no spitting no belching, when he gets up in the morning it gradually starts up again.