In May I had an endoscopy done by my GI dr. He found some irritation and took some biopsies (all normal). I met with the surgeon who had me do an upper GI series where I drank the barium drinks. Of course you do this on an empty stomach and that morning I wasn't refluxing. So during the test, they only saw a little reflux. They did not find hiatal hernia. I had a chest x-ray, it was normal. Today I had my 2nd endoscopy done by the surgeon this time. After, he showed me the pictures of the procedure. My esophagus is very irritated, my stomach is irritated and so is a part of my small intestine. In my stomach there are red spots (he called them vascular something) and some of them had been bleeding. He says this is caused by aspirin (which I don't take) and NSAIDS. So he said no more ibuprofen, just Tylenol. He also did not find a hernia. He says the next test is the ph bravo test to see if I really have reflux. He says if it shows I don't have reflux then he thinks that the irritation in my digestive system is caused by some of the various medications I take. What if I have a good day the day of the bravo test and it doesn't show a lot of reflux? I have those on occasion. Then I am back at square one. The doctors will write off my reflux as nothing and will assume it's the meds. But I know my symptoms and what my body feels and so this is very frustrating.
On a side note, I take an anti-depressant, zanax for my anxiety, a pill to sleep and another mood stabilizer. Is there any correlation between any of these meds and reflux or irritation of the tract? View Thread
I saw the surgeon today and he wants to do a test where I drink something and they watch it. Is that a barium swallow? If so, what is that like? Also, he wants to do another endoscopy on me although I just had one in May. He suspects I might have a hiatel hernia and he says he is going to use a different type of scope to see this and measure it if there is one. I am not sure why the first endoscopy wouldn't show if I had a hernia. Has this ever happened to anyone? View Thread
I have been dealing with heartburn/acid reflux for as long as I can remember. The past 2 years it has been at its worse! I was taking Protonix and then Nexium but due to insurance not wanting to pay for more than 3 months per years worth, I am not taking anything right now. I wrote a previous post about how bad it has been lately, especially last week.
Tuesday I was so sick with it I didn't think I was going to make it through the day at work. Then I woke up on Wednesday and it seems like all my symptoms are just gone! I have a consult with my surgeon on Tuesday to discuss further testing and now I am worried that the testing will be unnecessary.
Why would my symptoms just disappear after 10+ years of having them? I am afraid that this is just a temporary relief and as soon as all the testing is done, they will come back with a vengeance. I still feel a little bit like the food wants to come back up after I eat especially when I burp. And there is a feeling like a small lump in my throat when I swallow but the heartburn and the feeling like I am on fire is just not there. Has this ever happened to anyone?View Thread
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