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Unread 06-27-2003, 01:56 PM
What to eat??? Severe GERD symptoms!

I've suffered from reflux for forever! I take prevacid twice a day now and boy can I tell when I've forgotten to take it!

Like Ding said, you don't want to get Barrett's Esophagus. That's what I have, and it can lead to esophageal cancer which is deadly. Protect your esophagus ladies!! Go to your doctor if you're having a reflux problem.

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Unread 06-27-2003, 03:34 PM
What to eat??? Severe GERD symptoms!

Windy, what other kinds of treatments have you had for acid reflux? Have you ever had surgery? That's what my doctor is suggesting to me. The manometry test showed that I have alot of acid coming up. I have spasms every single day, my chest and my back hurt all the time and I know it is from the reflux. I don't know anyone who has ever had surgery for this, so I was hoping to find someone who has. As you said, I don't want it to turn into Barrett's Esophagus. I am afraid of the long term damage if I don't get this under control! I'm really working on my diet, but giving up chocolate is a hard thing to do! I feel like almost anything I eat causes problems!

Here's a symptom I've been noticing the last few days.....when I take a deep breath, my chest hurts. I don't feel like it's my lungs.....I'm wondering if it has any relation to my reflux???
Unread 06-27-2003, 07:27 PM
What to eat??? Severe GERD symptoms!

Pasdechat....the G.I. doc has said that the proton pump inhibitors will do the trick. They keep the acid from ever reaching the base of the esophagus, so as long as I keep taking my prevacid, I eat pretty much anything I want now. Of course things like coffee or wine still irritate to some degree so I'm careful about those. I will have to take some sort of proton pump inhibitor for the rest of my life though and monitor the progress of the Barrett's with an endoscopy every couple of years. Other than that there is not much else that can be done for me. I hope that something like prevacid will work for you too. Reflux is no fun!!!


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Unread 06-27-2003, 07:47 PM
What to eat??? Severe GERD symptoms!

This is going to seem pretty unconventional, but I just wanted to share an experience I've had with acid reflux. I have had heartburn or acid refulx for years. I can't tell you how many millions of malox I must have eaten to try to control it. Well, about 3 years ago I decided to go on the Atkins diet to loose weight for my 20 year reunion. It was the weirdest thing, almost immediately, I stopped having heartburn. I mean within days of starting this diet. I thought that was pretty wierd because I have always been told a bland diet is best for heartburn, you know things that have a relatively high starch content. So, after having been on this diet for quite some time, (and looking great at my reunion, I might add...), I decided to cheat a little and have some bread with my dinner. Bad idea! POW! My heartburn was back! I couldn't believe it! So anyway, I have been on the maintenance version of this diet for quite some time now and still no heartburn. It is amazing, who would have thought carbs would give you heartburn???? I have a very close friend that has switched to this type of diet and she too swears that her hearburn stopped when she started the diet. I don't have to carry antacids around with me anymore. It is wonderful, for this reason alone I would stay on this diet!

Good wishes to you!
Unread 06-27-2003, 07:53 PM
Pasdechat I agree try prevacid.

I take prevacid daily and have also taken prilosec before but for me it doesn't work as well. Also prilosec is already available in generic form so that is an option.
Dawn: from what I understand about cimetidine it potentiates the effects of the vicoden making it work better or stronger. But it is not in zantac. Zantac is ranitidine, cimetidine is called Tagamet in brand name. Just wanted to clear that up so people on zantac would not confuse the two. I have never heard of not taking zantac with narcotics only the tagamet.
I hope you find the answers you are looking for and get some relief. I know how miserable GERD is and I personally think prevacid is a miracle drug.

Unread 06-30-2003, 06:57 PM
What to eat??? Severe GERD symptoms!

I suffered for 3 years with acid reflux. I tried every medication, had every test to determine i hadchronic acid reflux disease along with a hiatal hernia. I finally convinced my doctor that at 38 years old at the time i could not see this lasting forever, there had to be something better. Finally he turned me on to a local surgeon who was doing the latest procedure for this type of problem. Its called" Nissen Fundoplication" and it was so worth it. No more reflux!!I would suggest for some of you that this is a daily occurence and medication does not help it might be worth looking into.
Unread 06-30-2003, 08:39 PM
What to eat??? Severe GERD symptoms!

kac1960, that is the surgery my GI thinks I should have. This is a daily problem for me and I have tried two different medications for it and neither one work. I am making huge efforts to change my eating habits and that doesn't seem to help much. I am seriously considering getting a referal to talk to a surgeon. I'm curious to know what recovery was like for you. Did they do it laparoscopically or did they do a big incision? I'm curious to know any info you might have about it.
Unread 07-01-2003, 12:15 PM
What to eat??? Severe GERD symptoms!

Hi Pasdechat,
If it is a daily problem for some time and you do not respond to medication then you should consider the surgery. Mine was done laparascopicly. I have around three tiny incisions on my stomach and one in the naval .I was in the hospital for three days with little discomfort. My stomach muscles were sore. You will have to be on a liquid diet for a week then a gradual step up to soft foods that takes a while to go down, Chewed the heck out of it! Expect to loose weight!After 5 years i still have a hard time with bread, steak etc.It just gets stuck then i have hiccups.It reminds me of the gastric bypass people have and how hard for them to get the food down at first untill it stretches some. They are basically taking a portion of your stomach and rapping it around your esophogous to tighten the sphincxter muscle. my recovery time was just a few weeks. I was camping two weeks later. The food issue does take a while though. Drawbacks are you cant seem to belch, makes for more "wind"!For me its been a lifesaver and i am happy i did it. Iwould search on the internet as i have read how some people are unhappy about it.I hope i have answerd all of your questions and feel free to ask more if they come up.
Unread 07-01-2003, 12:26 PM
What to eat??? Severe GERD symptoms!

I am seriously considering this surgery, but I'm going to see if another medication works for me first....I am going to call the GI doctor today to talk about this. I was going to call yesterday, but I had to sit on hold while calling my gyn and then I had to wait for a phone call back....I didn't want to tie up the phone line by calling the GI doc when I waiting for my gyn to call me back....ugh! Now that I've heard from my gyn, I can now play the same little phone tag game with my GI doctor I'll let yo know what the GI doctor says!
Unread 07-01-2003, 01:39 PM
There are other options!

First of all, there are medications that increase the rate of food's passage through the system, increasing motility in the small intestine, such as Reglan. There are also new endoscopic procedures to repair the valve at the base of the esophagus, which have been very effective for many people. This is an outpatient procedure, and the recovery is rapid.

Please, before you go to the full extent of the Nissen, there ARE other options. I would get a second opinion prior to making any long-term decisions -- and give the other type of medication (like Reglan) a try along with your proton pump medication -- my DD has taken it and it's been very effective for her!

Also, some of us need higher doses of the PPIs than others -- I know that I need my Nexium twice a day sometimes. You may also find that changing your BCPs (as your other thread mentions) improves your symptoms as well.


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