If there hasn't been any change or progress, it's time to consult with your doctor again. When you see the doc, make sure to ask to be checked for H. pylori in addition to any other tests that need to be run.
Are you also following a GERD friendly diet? It can be very helpful in many cases. Also consider any lifestyle changes that might be needed as well.View Thread
Julianmama07, I don't have acid reflux, but I'd like to make a suggestion based on seeing a number of individuals with similar conditions. Although it's not widely understood or investigated, there are more and more individuals who experience food intolerances that present exactly like severe acid reflux. In the medical setting I'm in, we're currently seeing several individuals with just that miserable finding. One lady had her gallbladder out 7 years ago and has been throwing up almost every day since then. Since figuring out which food groups are literally 'killing' her and cleaning up her diet, she's been symptom free - almost - for the last 5 weeks. I say almost because I saw her yesterday and she said she forgot and had 3 small squares of chocolate with dairy and 2 hours later was throwing up again. It was the dairy that 'did her in.' And yes, 3 small squares caused it. With food allergies it's not the amount you eat, even a 'speck' can cause problems.
Not everyone has the problem, but we're finding that more people than we expect have food issues. Yes, it can be difficult to substitute for the food you love, but if it's part of your problem when you find out how much better you feel, most say it's more than worth it.
Consider checking it out. And if you decide to go the testing route, find a good doc with some knowledge of the problem. Most docs don't have a clue, and GI docs can be the worst.View Thread
Blazezar, you may want to try some dietary elimination to see if your symptoms might be related to food intolerance. In some cases, people can react to food groups with symptoms that can make life miserable. The 4 big food groups that seem to be most often the cause of problems are: gluten (wheat, rye and barley), eggs, dairy and soy. There are food tests that can be done. But you can also try elimination diets on your own. Simply take a single food group out of your diet for about 4 weeks and see if you note any positive changes. If nothing changes, add that food group back and take another one out of your diet.
Yes, it takes a bit of time, but it can be very worth it.
One of the bigger problems these days seems to be with gluten. It produces a LARGE number of symptoms that can include: fatigue, rashes, acid reflux, peripheral neuropathy, brain fog, weight gain, changes in bowel habits, etc., etc.View Thread
Blazezar, have you had an upper endoscopy done? What did the report from that test show?
I can understand having pain in the chest and the arm with acid reflux, but I'm not sure how the leg pain and eye pain would fit into things. Have you been evaluated by a good physical therapist to see if the overall discomfort is muscular in origin?View Thread
Something about that manometry exam is telling him that there may be more than just GERD and a hiatal hernia issue. You either need to sit down with him and get further answers, or take all of your records to someone else and talk about it. You want to find out the 'why' of what could cause her esophagus to fail completely.
Also discuss the possible use of the magnetic bead ring that some seem to find a decent alternative to a fundoplication. It has drawbacks just like the fundoplication, so do a lot of research if it's suggested.
Reglan side effects can be difficult for some, but in many cases it's worth a try.View Thread
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