Gerd with hiatal hernia

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Hi all , im been suffering from gerd for almost 2 years now and i have a small hiatal hernia too so its bad. All this started after i took a round of cipro antibiotics, wished i never took them now.

Would like to know if anyone has any tips for strenghtening a weak LES muscle? Ive done my stomach scope and thus that's how docs diagnosed the hernia and put me on omeprazole but its causing side effects like gas,diarrhea ,cramps. ive tried almost all ppi and h2 blockers but they either are not as effective or has side effects. I'm really tired of this and would like to know if anyone has any advice to reduce the acid reflux?

Any supplements,vitamins you guys tried for a stronger les muscle ? 

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    I've had a lot of problems with PPI meds as well I found ZON TON Fast tab to be yh best one for me it's the arginal Lanzopazol but in my opinion much better less side affects have you tried having gaviscon advanced after meals to this mite help keep the acid down someone's mentioned also Vera juice is good and digestive enzymes that you chew before meals hope this is of time hrlp to you

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    I doubt the antiboitics caused the Hiatel Hernia, so if this all started after the antibiotics.  Your GERD is likely caused primarily by your gut flora, combined with the hital hernia.

    Mine begin after I stupidity went on drinking binge one weekend, and through up.  I think that disrupted my gut flora big time.  I too was diagnosed with a hiatal hernia, and silent reflux.

    I have had symptoms for roughly 20 months.  I have a much better control on it, and do not require medication.

    Since I likely had the hernia prior to drinking, I assumed I needed to work on fixing the bacteria in my guy.  I really do not think there is a magic pill to do this, so you should stop looking.  You need to make a permanent lifesyle change.

    Cut out all processed foods, and sugars.  Eat whole foods, lots of veggies, lean meats (salmon, chicken, etc).  Limit yourself to 1 piece of fruit per day.  Avoid all alcohol early on, especially beer.  I even eliminated dairy and gluten (most gluten is in ALL processed foods anyway).

    Find a good probiotic, or make 24-hour probiotic yogurt.

    Above all, reduce your stress.  Practice your faith, read, work-out, walk after eating, yoga, etc.  Get at least 7 hours of sleep each night.  Trying to fix your gut can be stressfull, so eliminating stress is a lot harder than it sounds.  I've found my faith in God has been my greatest ally.

    Drink water, especially between meals, which should help minimize your GERD symptoms.  Drinking too many fluids with your meal can make GERD symptoms worse.

    As for strengthening your LES, there are breathing excersices which claim to help do that.  I've heard there is evidence of this, but it is not a quick fix.  Most evidence suggests it takes up to 6 months before noticing.  You need to search the internet for the technique, but here is what I know.  You need to do it for 30 minutes each day.  Take a deep breath in, and breath into your belly (belly comes out when breathing inward), and while holding your belly out, breath out.  In theory, this forces you to only use your diaphram to breath out, without your belly muscle assisting in the process.  I also do push-ups and burpies to help strenghten my core.  My brother thinks that doing squats with a good technique is the best way to strenghten the core.  I plan to try that as well.  Also, make sure to use good posture, and resist the urge to slouch when sitting.  Good posture helps strengthen your core.  Sitting is the worst thing for your core...

    I still have symptoms, but they are nowhere near as bad as they used to be.  I can function throughout the day, and I don't begin to show any symptoms until the afternoon.  Some days I go almost symptom free, while other days are more noticable.

    Measure your sucess by weeks, and not days, and NEVER give up!

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    HI. I had a similar situation. Severe acid reflux with Hiatus Hernia. Was on Ezomeprazole and Ranitidine - both max doses - as well as th every thick Gaviscon that you can only get on prescription. Nothing worked. My throat was so badly burned that I had bleeding and severe swelling. Even my vocal chords were burned.

    Had all the cameras etc etc and eventually decided to have the procedure done - Nissen Fundoplication, Google it.

    I am now 4 weeks post op and feel great. NO ACID! 

    There are side issues after the op  like a liquid diet for a few days and then only sloppy foods thereafter for a week or 2. You cannot eat as much anyway, so good for diet. Lots of flatulence but that will settle down they say. 

    The main thing is that I can go to bed and no acid bursts up my throat at 1am.

    My advice - have the procedure done!

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      LOL That is a good question. The medical advice is that most people find it very difficult to burp. However I have not had any issues and from day 1 I could burp and swallow easily. But I guess it differs from person to person.
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      Hope you NISSEN will hold for 5 years at least, I know that some people do a repair sometimes I don't know the percentage though...

      Personally I would never do NISSEN, but meds work tremendously on me. Hope I won't be getting:heart problem, kidney damage, dementia, penumonia, c. difficile, osteoporosis, Ca, Fe, Mg, B12 defficiency any time soon cheesygrin

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      Has your throat healed and voice and swelling all gone?? .. How long will that take to heal? Can you go back to normal diet wise once the operation has healed? ..
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      Yes my throat has healed well and no swelling any more. Voice returning to normal and almost singing like a canary! The diet thing depends from person to person. The recommended plan is 1. Only liquids for a week to 10 days.2. Sloppy foods for another 2 weeks. 3. Slowly introduce small pieces of solids. Absolutely NO fizzy drinks and alcohol only after 4 weeks if everything else is ok. You can also not do anything strnuous until you have had your follow up with the Dr between 6 and 8 weeks. You do not want to rupture the internal repairs.
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      You sound like the most happiest person on the entire planet. Glad you did that, take care don't abandon your diet principles I think they are crucial here..

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    Have you had it confirmed that cipro caused the problem cause I have to take cipro monthly. Also I have the same problem as you. I'm on rabeprazole, gavison and busopan for the cramps . They help. I started sleeping with a V cushion,which I have found helpful.

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