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For many years I have been suffering from heartburn. Lately the symptoms have become unbearable at times. Two weeks ago I had an endoscopy. The doctor put me on medication. As was the case in the past, it did not work. I have tried different medications without success. I will see the doctor next week to discuss surgery. I am terrified of surgery, but I may have no other option.

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Sorry for your situation. Hope you get better.
 

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Good luck. I've been suffering with severe GERD for years. Of and on with Omeprazole, sh!t tons of rolaids and many other options. I wonder if that would finally solve my problems. I sure hope it does for you. And keep us informed, I'm interested in how it goes.
 

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Good luck. I've been suffering with severe GERD for years. Of and on with Omeprazole, sh!t tons of rolaids and many other options. I wonder if that would finally solve my problems. I sure hope it does for you. And keep us informed, I'm interested in how it goes.
I will see the doctor Wednesday. I called him a few days ago telling him that the meds were making me experience extreme nausea. He told me to stop taking them. He prescribed something that would coat my stomach. Yesterday I spoke to a woman that told me that her daughter had the surgery. She is now heartburn free.
I will keep you apprised.
 

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If you don't want surgery, you may want to change your diet, you may be alergic to some food. I was alergic to peanuts, and had been eating them for years, finally I figured it out.

It is something you need to change completely your diet and start adding foods & condiments back in one at a time. I found the over use of pepper is also a major problem.
 

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Not pretending to be a doctor and not saying it has anything to do with your situation but I was suffering from the same problem a couple years ago. Really bad heartburn, acid creeping up and burning my throat during the night, going through a big family size container of Tums every couple weeks, etc. I quit drinking coffee, tea and soda and it cleared up completely within a couple months. I stayed completely off of those things for over a year and then reintroduced coffee but at 1 - 2 cups a day with milk instead of 8 - 10 cups a day black. Tea is still rare and I never drank a lot of soda even before the problems. So far, no more troubles. If it does start up again, I'll drop the coffee completely.
 

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I have done the surgery twice and it helped for a long time but in the end it always came back. At 25 I was diagnosed with Barrets Esophagus and was told I needed regular check ups to look for cancer. Like stated above highly acidic foods cause the most discomfort. I was taking all the drugs and had a gray look to me, that crap can't be good for you. Licorice root is really helpful but monitoring your diet is key.
 

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For many years I have been suffering from heartburn. Lately the symptoms have become unbearable at times. Two weeks ago I had an endoscopy. The doctor put me on medication. As was the case in the past, it did not work. I have tried different medications without success. I will see the doctor next week to discuss surgery. I am terrified of surgery, but I may have no other option.

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Sorry to hear that, please let us know how it goes. Good luck!
 

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I have done the surgery twice and it helped for a long time but in the end it always came back. At 25 I was diagnosed with Barrets Esophagus and was told I needed regular check ups to look for cancer. Like stated above highly acidic foods cause the most discomfort. I was taking all the drugs and had a gray look to me, that crap can't be good for you. Licorice root is really helpful but monitoring your diet is key.
At 70, a long time is all I will need.
Anyway, the doctor put me on suchalfate. Today I had a good day. Hopefully that will continue.
 

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I have had heartburn/Gerd to for some yrs. I agree with the Diet suggestions. I changed my diet when I started riding and trying to loose weight. My symptoms went away almost completely. Fried or greasy foods and sugar did it to me. I eliminated them and I stopped taking my heartburn stuff. Good luck with this...I know it sucks.
 

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Sorry for your issue...I can say, GERD has been life altering to me and I just might have to look at an operation as well. Question OP: Do you have to spit when you wake up?? I mean hack up and get the junk out? Just wondering since that has been my morning routine for 5 years now. Keep us informed!! Good wishes
 

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I have had this problem for at least 15 years. Before bike riding, I would have to starve myselff to avoid heartburn. About two and a half years ago my wife was treated for cancer. I became very depressed and was on a starvation mode. The heartburn was gone. When the doctors assured us that she would be fine, I started to eat again, with the return of the heartburn. I am 5ft 9 and weigh about 172 pounds. Most of the time I am careful what I eat. It helps somewhat, but not nearly enough. The doctor said that I should not starve myself to avoid the problem. Presently if I eat, walking brings on reflux. I must do it on an empty stomach.
 

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I am ashamed to give this update.
I spoke to the doctor. This is what he said. Considering the fact that I did not respond to a variety of medications, the endoscopy found no real problem, he now thinks that the problem is anxiety. My heartburn and nausea feel real to me. I now find it impossible to ride my bike. He also said that it would not be my heart. Either the doctor is correct, or he just has not found out what is ailing me.

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No need to be ashamed. And I believe that my heartburn often gets worse with stress. Mine started with Chemo 30 years ago and hasn't left. It gets worse with weight and caffeine. Good luck on getting it solved.
 

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I have been dealing with a medical issue for about 4 years. I am lucky. The only thing that gives relief is riding or XC skiing for at least an hour. So I have been pretty rigorous for the past 3 years.

The bad thing is that I am aware that several of the things that can causes my problems are immediate life threats. I have been seen by at least 7 different specialists. I have 3 MRIs, 1 CT, and an Angiogram of my head.

All but two of them have said "I have no clue what is wrong... good luck". One is sure that it is his specialty and that it will get worse and he will be able to see the problem and treat it. One said it is psychological. He is clearly Full of **** and unable to admit to what the others have: he does not know what is wrong.

Your doc may be correct or he may be FoS. You are the one who needs to answer that. Have you looked at what other medical sources say? There is a lot of good information out there, along with some real rubbish.

The NIH has a very good medical library. If you haven't already read up on your problem, you may want to look there.

Get a second opinion before you accept a diagnosis that you find unpalatable. If you are stuck in an HMO or limited PPO, consider paying out of pocket. I did that for my wife several years ago when we were stuck in one.

Diagnostic work was not too expensive, and if your outside MD finds something, you can use their reports to force the HMO/PPO to act. That is what we did, and it is the reason we are able to enjoy touring on our tandem.

In my case, I have found a team that is doing research into my specific problem. They received my images on Friday and will investigate them. Hopefully you can get some help as well, but you may have to be a Pain In The Ass to your medical providers to get it.
 

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I don't really know where to go from here. The doctor said that he will work with my primary care doctor to discuss my situation. I am not in an HMO, so I have many options.
At this point, I don't think psychotherapy would be helpful because many of my problems are real.
 

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No shame in having heartburn from life.

We're all in this together. Mine comes out as blood pressure and a few other things.
 

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No shame in having heartburn from life.

We're all in this together. Mine comes out as blood pressure and a few other things.
My gut feeling (no pun intended) is that it is not caused by emotion. When I am nervous my pressure goes way up.
 

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In addition to having my head examined, I have also been to a shrink who specializes in "Cognitive Behavioral Therapy". Time and (my employer's) money well spent. I have learned techniques for managing pain that have allowed me to be somewhat functional for the past three years, but I still have the underlying sensation. It just doesn't feel like my head is on fire now.

Pain is generated in the mind as a response to sensory input. I get a certain nerve input pattern and I was creating "burning pain". Now, I create more of a splashing sensation. Still there, but at least I don't go around grabbing my head and screaming.

While I have learned how to manage it, there is still something wrong that may end my life much earlier than my overall health would indicate. And I very much want to live long enough to finish the 5 or 6 bike tours my wife and I have planned.

My original point though, was that if you are very sure that there is an underlying physical cause for your symptoms you should pursue it. I am going to guess that GERD has lots of causes, and If the only image taken is optical with an endoscope that did not rule out some of those causes.

There are places where you can get an MRI of anywhere without asking permission. That may cost $500 or more, but it may be worthwhile. And by all means, talk with your Primary Care Physician. You may need their help big time.
 
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