Feeling sick after eating due to Barrett’s and hiatus hetnia. Getting very depressed

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I have a small Hiatus Hernia and Barrett's Oesophagus diagnosed four years ago. I have been feeling sick for nearly 12

months. I have loads of phlegm in my mouth all the time. Especially after eating. And I feel sick and regurgitate food. I can have soup and ice cream without being sick but not much else. I have lost over two stone in weight since December.

I have had lots of tests. Apparently I have a valve which isn't opening or shutting properly Between

the Hiatus Hernia and the Oesophagus but I can't have an operation to repair the Hernia because I have a bad heart condition. Recently I had a Barium Swallow and I have no blockage or narrowing in the throat but the Consultant said the mussels in my

throat weren't working properly. I am getting very depressed. I have been referred to the Swallowing Dept at Wythenshawe

Hospital but don't know how long i'll have to wait.

I had an endoscopy earlier in the year and was told my Barrett's wasn't Cancerous. Can anyone help. The Consultants don't seem

to have an answer.

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    Rosemary,

    Is it possible for you to find a specialist who can repair your hernia, or find one who will have a cardiologist in the operating room with him for the surgery? Having a hiatal hernia repaired in addition to having a Nissan's Fundoplication to strengthen the valve to my stomach made a world of difference in my life 9 years ago. I assume you are at least on an acid inhibitor (such as Protonix) but definitely talk to your doctor if you aren't. My swallowing test also showed the the muscles didn't work well, but I still had both procedures (at the same time).

    Best wishes to you. I don't know how you're medical system works, but I hope you don't have to wait too much longer to find some relief.

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      Thank's. I am seeing my specialist again in January. will tell him I am prepared to take the risk of the Hernia Op. If he is prepared to do it. I've never heard of a Nissan Fundoplication will look it up. Do you live in America? In my opinion our

      NH system is really good in some ways (especially in Emergancies) but very over stretched. You have to be prepared to wait, or really push to get things done as you want. I am lucky, I have been able to afford to pay privately for tests but can't afford to see another Consultant privately. I am going to see my Heart Specialist in January (NH) so can ask his opinion. Unfortunately I have made full use of the NH service recently and the GP service over the last year. I am very lucky, I am in a really good GP practice now.

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      I'm glad you have a good doctor because that makes a big difference both physically and mentally. Yes, I'm in the U.S. It's possible that there is another name for the Nissan's or that there is a new surgery developed. I don't keep up with that anymore.

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