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Acid Reflux / GERD Message Board

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fanKC - my son rarely complains about the burning sensation of heartburn. When he does, we give him a TUMS and this seems to resolve the pain immediately (thank goodness!!!) Also, today I purchased some baking soda gum for him to try out. It's too early to tell if it's going to do any good for him, but he likes the flavor and such. So, if it does work, this might be another minor aid in the fight against acid reflux. My son's food refurgitation is quite severe, so any help with that is a huge bonus!

As for the endoscopies, my son did really well with those. His throat was a bit sore for a few hours afterward, but that was it. He also did amazingly well with the ph metry testing. (I pray your daughter will never have to get to this point, but if she does, it may not be as scary as it initially seems.)

Jane - I'd also be interested in hearing about what made the final decision for you to have the surgery (assuming it is the Nissen Fundo.). From what I understand, it is not recommended for children as young as my son, but considering how many years he has already suffered from reflux, I am guessing that he'll have to face the surgery decision himself one day. I imagine that's a hard decision to make.

I agree about the prolonged use of PPI's being a concern in regard to dependency. I so fear that issue for my son. Recently, we tried to back off of the Zantac just for a few days, and he had a lot of trouble with that. I also agree about staying on top of nutrient absorbtion. We are having my son's vitamin levels checked soon for that reason. It will be interesting to see where his levels are at after a year of medications.

Also, Jane, I hope you are doing well since your surgery... I've heard it can be hard to recover from. I appreciate all your input on these boards. I cannot tell you how valuable it is to get feedback from others like you who are in the same situation. Best wishes to you and thank you!!!

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