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I am new to the forum and would appreciate some advice.
?I am 35 years old and have been on PPI's for 10 years non stop. My dose has gradually been creeping up from 15mg to now 60mg. The 60mg helps the acid reflux symptoms to the point where I don't feel any actual burning. I do however suffer from side effects - I have recently been diagnosed with sinusitis (which my doctor believes is linked to the acid reflux), I vomit occasionally, I wake up with coughing and acid in my throat, I get a croaking noise in my throat at bed at night and the odd headache.
?I am beginning to think it might be time to try coming off them, I really don't want to be on them for the rest of my life. I have had an endoscopy in the past which confirmed my valve is shot! I know even with lifestyle and diet changes my heartburn would be severe if I stopped the PPI.
?My GP seems really reluctant to go down the path of having surgery, should I push it more? I have never really questioned it too much. How do I convince my doctor to refer me and then convince them I need surgery? Or am I totally wrong and should just listen to him and live with the side effects?
?Also, another option is doing the nissen fundoplication privately. Is this something I should look at?
?Apologies if these topics have been covered in the past, any advice would be greatly appreciated!
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