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Hi About a year ago, out of the blue, I started with debilitating Gastroesophageal reflux problems. It presents as severe pain between the shoulder blades. It was so bad at first I feared it may be the start of heart attack problems but eventually realized it was actually acid reflux problems.
I have endured all the tests, barium meal, radioactive scan, upper endoscopy etc all of which showed a “sliding small hiatus hernia” I did however have a very large PKD kidney that they thought may be pressing on the stomach and causing the hernia and acid escape every time I move or bend.
As a result I have just had the remaining large PKD kidney removed, a big operation and a lot of pain. The thought was that the kidney might be having an affect similar to that experienced by pregnant woman, a baby pressing on the stomach causing reflux. However after 2 months of surgery and pain, now that things have settled, if anything the reflux is worse.
Symptoms are worse after eating, even small meals, especially when combined with any activity, walking or especially bending, which seems to squeeze the stomach and force acid up. I really do not like bed time as even though I try and sleep with my shoulders raised I end up flat and if conscious can actually feel the burning sensation creeping up my chest.
Common sense tells me this is an acid problem so especially at night I have a weak concentration of bicarbonate of soda in a glass and take small sips to neutralize the acid during attacks. I also take esmeprazole twice a day, live on Gaviscon and simply suffer.
I will now be referred back to the gastro surgeons for the next stage of this unpleasant saga!
Has anyone else experienced this sort of problem? What about comments and suggestions as to how you have dealt with it. Any feedback about surgical treatments and your experience regarding the success and outcome?
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