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Acid Reflux / GERD Message Board

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Well this is the way my dr explained it to me: He said that if it's a fairly mild case of the reflux, then after about 4-5 weeks of a strict diet change, and meds, you should be able to get by with only an occasional attack. However, as was the case with my situation, if there is damage done to the esophagus, then all the medicine and diet changes in the world won't help long term. He said that it would only be a short term fix. And also I have heard that sometimes down the road, your meds can stop working or not work as effectively. But now that I have been sown up down there, nothing can come back up, so he had me take prevacid for 4 weeks after the surgery to give it a shot to heal now that it couldn't get burned again. Like I said though, I feel so good now. I honestly don't remember what it was like to have heartburn and the reflux. I was scared going into the surgery itself, and the first 2 days weren't too fun. I had to have a nasal GI tube in, which basically pumps the acid out of your stomach until you can start eating again. The only problems I ran into were some chest pain afterwards, but I also had a hiatal hernia repair, so it might have just been from that. And for the first 3 weeks, when I would eat, it felt like it would get stuck a little, which is very common, and felt nauseaous on and off for a bit. But it's just one of those things ya gotta get through and know that it's pretty temporary. Good luck if you do end up having to have surgery, and if you have any other questions, I'm here for you!

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