Yeah I'm definitely not looking forward to that test. Maybe I should cancel that appointment. Did your husbands test results show any problems with his esophagus? I also agree that we are given way to many antacids. They don't seem to have an answer and so they keep pumping you full of them. I've also heard they're not great for you. So that's really frustrating. The "specialist" I went to basically told me that if the tests show nothing, she'll just be prescribing more antacids. She put me on that Carafate but I stopped taking it because it made my stomach feel icky. So I'll just continue to take my Prilosec and Zantac and follow a GERD diet. I'm definitely better than I was a month ago. Keep me updated and I'll let you know how I survive that test. That is, If I go through with it.
Many years ago before I was put on Prilosec, Gaviscon was my life saver. I came across it as I was desperately searching the local drug store shelfs looking for something to help me. It worked great and instantly helped. But for some reason when I tried it this time it made me sick. It did immediately stop the reflux but I got a horrible burning ache in my stomach afterwards. I'm assuming because this time I have something else going on with me besides just reflux. But I agree with you, Gaviscon does work great for acid reflux.
Thanks for the advice,
I do appreciate it!
The gastric specialist I saw on the 16th scheduled 2 different tests for me. The first one I did this past Wednesday July 18th. It was a stomach emptying test where you eat eggs that have a small amount of a radioactive substance in them and then they do x rays every hour for 4 hours to see if your stomach is working properly. That was an easy test. I got the results today and they were normal. Phew! But now I have to go have that other one done, the one you talked about with the tube through your nose, on August 2nd. Except I'm not having the 24 hour ph test done, just the tube in the nose and then made to swallow some stuff so they can see if my esophagus is working. Suppose to take about an hour. Not really looking forward to that either, but like you, I'm just going to grin and bear it because I just want to make sure I do everything I can to get to the bottom of this, if possible.
I'm also feeling better. But I do watch what I eat and take my Prilosec and Zantac as prescribed. The specialist also prescribed some carafate to take everyday too. That's been kind of a pain because it has to be taken 1 hour before meals or 3 hours after. So I have to fit it in and also not take it with other antacids or my other prescriptions. So it gets a bit complicated at times. Oh well, hopefully with all these tests and different meds we'll both be feeling back to normal soon. Let me know how your test goes and I'll update you after I have mine done on the 2nd. Take care! DianeView Thread
What kinds of tests did they do and what kinds of meds are you on?
I'm on Prilosec, Zantac and carafat. I also have to watch what I'm eating closely. It's better, but still there. I'm in the middle of more testing now. Im also tired a lot. Frustrating!View Thread
I don't even know really how to respond except to say, you've got to be so frustrated! I come on here to try to get new answers for my GERD problems only to read about others that are struggling along and having a worse time than I am. I know I'm frustrated with my problems but can't even imagine how frustrated you and your husband must be. I wish I had some words of wisdom to share other than the obvious of, keep looking for another doctor who actually cares enough to get to the bottom of it. I'm still in the process of going through a couple of doctors to try to figure mine out. An esophagus specialist and my rheumatologist. I have an autoimmune disease called sjogrens which causes extreme dryness of your moisture glands. It's also known to cause problems in the esophagus. I had an EDG done on June 25th which showed some problems in my esophagus so I was sent to an esophagus specialist who ordered more tests to try to pin point my problem. So yesterday, July 18th, I had a stomach emptying test done to see how my stomach is working. I don't know those results yet. Then on August 2nd I'm having a test where they put a tube through your nose into your esophagus and make you shallow some stuff and monitor how your esophagus moves the food along. So once all that's done maybe I'll know more, or maybe I won't. I do know that the specialist I saw isn't big on surgeries for the most part because she said they're not the answer for everyone and they aren't always a permanent solution and sometimes can make things worse. So I'm assuming I'll probably have to learn to live with mine and live on antacids. It really is frustrating! Hope you guys get this figured out soon. Good luck!
Hi Carolyn, I'm learning more and more about all this Gerd and heartburn stuff all the time. I looked up your LPR because I wasn't sure what it entailed. Interesting. Well my EDG went smooth. As soon as I was on the table ready for my examine the doctor performing it read my chart first and saw I had Sjogren's, an autoimmune disease, and said that most everyone with Sjogren's have GERD and I need to be seen by a Esophageal Specialist and she was going to send me to someone who literally wrote the book on Sjogren's and GERD. I have an appt. with them on July 16th. Sounds like you went to a great ENT. So anyways she did the EDG and said that my stomach was fine and normal but I had some problems in my esophagus including stomach material in my upper esophagus. Something I guess I was born with. Only read briefly about that. I was still a little groggy when she was talking to me so I'm not sure of everything except my stomach is fine and I have GERD. I guess I'll find out more detail when I see the specialist on the 16th. I've been following a GERD diet for a couple of months now and that finally seems to be working and I feel on top of it for now. Which is wonderful not walking around feeling sick all the time. So because I feel better physically I also mentally am feeling better. I still take one 40mg Prilosec in the morning and one Zantac before bed. I'll update you on what I find out after my appt. on the 16th. Thanks for sharing! Wishing the best to you too! DianeView Thread
Thanks for the update after your test. Sorry to hear you're still having problems. I can relate to that bloated feeling after eating. I made the mistake of having a small amount of spaghetti last nite with just enough sauce to moisten it. I also had 2 non spicy meatballs. Well I woke up this morning so bloated and a horrible ache under my sternum that radiated straight through me to my back. I was weak and could barely walk. I chewed 3 tums and it got better after awhile. My EDG test is tomorrow so I guess I'll finally see what's going on with me. Love to hear some updates on how you're doing. Hopefully better. I totally understand your frustration!View Thread
I have a connective tissue disease which causes gerd and so I've been on 40mg of Prilosec once a day for years. Then about a month ago I had a flare up and got really bad heartburn and reflux so the dr. doubled my dose of Prilosec to twice a day and also has me taking Zantac twice a day. So I've been doing that and also eating bland foods. Well it's not helping and I find I also have to chew tums to get any relief. I'm scheduled for an EDG June 25th. It's very frustrating, but obviously we are not alone with these problems.View Thread
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