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    I've been dealing with GERD for about a year. When it first started I went on Nexium once a day and everything was great. My symptoms were gone. I took it for about 3 months then decided to try and get off of them. I stopped taking it and was symptom free for about 2-3 months. Then it started again. I went back on Nexium which still gave comfort but not as much as before. I then had a ultrasound of my gallbladder, a Barrium CT with dye for my stomach and areas and an EGD. The only result was that I have a "sizable" hiatal hernia. Things started getting worse so I went to 2 40mg a day which seemed to help. Currently, I'm trying 2 20mg a day, one in the morning and one at night. I've developed a new symptom, heavy chest. I've read where this can be the case.

    Has anybody found relief from the heavy chest issue?
    I'm also interested in a natural solution, enzymes, that may help.
    Any ideas would be greatly appreciated. I really don't want to take nex for every. I've been contemplating the nissen surgery but I've read some real horror stories about this. Of course my doctor says it works great.

    Thanks for your help

  • #2 said...."I've read some real horror stories about this. Of course my doctor says it works great."

    The nissen surgery does work great for most people. There are, however, exceptions. Some of these exceptions show up on message boards like this looking for answers. . Most of the successes go happily on with their lives and don't need message boards. It is VERY important to determine if you are a good candidate for the surgery. A 24 Hr PH test and Manometry are essential before you consider surgery. Then, there is the choice of a surgeon. Find one that is VERY experienced with THIS surgery. Ask lots of questions.


    • #3
      Thanks for the reply

      Have you had the surgery or do you know of somebody who has? It was recommended by my gastro doc to have the 2 test but when i mentioned them to my GP he said that most surgens don't use them and that they are suggested often by gastros.

      Your thoughts.

      FYI, my GP is a really good doctor who has always taken his time and listened to my issues even to the point of calling me at home to see how I'm doing. I don't think his intention was to say that the test are not valid but that from his experiences surgens may not really rely on them.

      I'm just not sure when I'd be ready for the test. I'd hate to be one of those horror stories.

      Thanks for your thoughts


      • #4
        My surgeon wouldn't touch me without first having those tests done...There is valuable information to be gained from them and I don't think anyone should trust a surgeon who would do fundoplicatin without first running these tests...24 HR PH will tell if you even need to have surgery as it will document how much reflux you are having...Manometry is a must as it will show if you have enough motility in your esophagus to even be a candidate for surgery or if you would require a more unique type surgery....Fundoplication causes some motility problems right after surgery so you need to have good motility....Barium swallow is also a test that most surgeons want to have done prior to surgery. Im not real clear why they want that one other than to back up information learned from the other two tests....Pre-op testing should be taken seriously, any Dr. who thinks its not necessary wouldn't be touching me....The other poster is right when he tells you that you don't hear alot of the success stories online because they don't feel a need to post..It is the ones that are still searching for answers that are by far the majority on support boards.....Good luck, Tessa


        • #5
          Thanks for the reply, TMCA. I noticed that you are in Ohio as I am. Do you live on the West side? If so do you have any recommendations for surgens. Either way, thanks.


          • #6
            I live in N.W. Ohio about half way between Dayton and Toledo....I had my surgery at Cleveland Clinic, Dr. Rice (head of thoracic surgery).....He comes very highly recommended and he is very through.......The Dr. I saw in gastroenterology (also CCF) that did most of my testing was Dr. Shay....Dr. Falk in gastro. is also very good.....
            My Best,


            • #7
              Not to sound weird but I to live in that same area. Small world. I've gone to Good Samaritan of the North for my ENT. He was OK, he really didn't offer up anything new to try but either nexium or surgery. Out of curiousity how did you end up going to Cleveland and being from this area? Thanks.


              • #8
                My local GI Spec. is in Lima...BTW, he is VERY good..He is the most understanding and compassionate Dr. I have ever dealt with...I had alot of complications with my Reflux including Barrett's esophagus with dysplasia...We ran into a problem with pathologists not being able to agree on my stage of dysplasia, and I had a stubborn stricture that wouldn't stay dialated...My local GI sent me to CCF for an evaluation.....I didn't see where you mentioned seeing a GI Specialist? If you aren't seeing one and would like the name and number of my local guy, contact the webmaster (Hawk) of this site and he will email you my email address..I will then email the info to you..

                I don't know much about the drs. at Good Sam anymore....At one time I spent alot of time there...My Dad passed away at Good Samaritan after suffering a heart attacke. He had wonderful Drs., his damage was just to severe for them to be able to help him....

                I did ask about going to "Good Sam" and also "The Toledo Hospital" when my dr. was talking about sending me some where....He told me he would send his family to CCF so that is where I went.....

                If you have more questions don't hesitate to ask...There are alot of people on this site that have much knowledge and will offer alot of support...

                Take care,


                • #9
                  Thanks for your additional info.

                  Lima is very close to where I'm at. I might just have to get your email address to get the doctors name.

                  I don't think my symptoms are nearly as bad as yours. I don't see where you mentioned the outcome of your surgery. I'm hoping everything is OK

                  I wish you all the best with your condition and don't be surprised if you get an email from me. Thanks for everything