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I have been experiencing acid reflux since I was young, once had a surgery. Could there be anothr underlying problem bcz I'm still young in my early twenties, use all sorts of medication no improvment, no H Pylori detected?

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    What surgery did you have? And is it acid or reflux that's your main problem? (As a rough guide: acid causes burnng, reflux causes coughing. )

    The most common reason for reflux is a hiatus hernia. You can even be born with one. It inhibits the closure of the lower oesophageal sphincter. (See attched graphic. )

    Other common causes of reflux are obesity and drugs (eg nicotine and caffeine) .

    I suffered from reflux all my life, remembering incidents when I was 3! But my problems were only finally overcome by a fundoplication operation 9 years ago at the age of 60.

    See the free book / website www DownWithAcid org uk to read up more about acid, reflux, complications and management.

     

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      I had a surgery 14 years ago it was a Gastro-intestinal cyst removed from my intestines(smaller ones), I have a history of GORD which has been ongoing, I have been using PPS's and they did not work they gave be serious side effects and the doctor now gave me H 2 Blockers.  The only test done is H Pylori, some assumes its caused by stress, but I wonder if its possible to request for an endoscopy bcz my doctor feels like no more investigations shud be done. What shud I do? One doctor told me Adhesions could be the main problem from my previous surgery but my GP does'nt want to recommend a CT scan, only had ultra scan, which did'nt show any problem. 

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      PPIs are excellent at reducing acid but not reflux. They do make reflux less corrosive and reduce risks of progression to cancer by 71%. But they are the only real weapon in the medics armoury - apart from th eless ffective H2 blockers. What side effects were you getting? It may be worth tryng a different PPI. I was on PPIs for 15 years (increasing to very high dose of 80mg omeprazole a day) before I had my reflux reduction surgery which gave me my life back.

      If you do continue experiencing reflux regularly, ask again for a referral to a gastroenterologist who may give you an endoscopic examination to see whether you have done any permanent damage to your oesophagus.

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      thanks, I will do. The main problem really is ulcers, I have been having this acid reflux so long. The PPSs tend to make it worse, cause headache, stomach pains, cramps & greatly affect my hormones. I think the best idea like u said i referral to a gastoenterologst. 

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