I have really really bad GERD and a Hernia where my stomach & esophogaus meets. I've been on Prevacid, Prilosec, Nexium...you name it- nothing helped. I've had almost every test known to mankind done too- it stinks. (I'm only 21). Most of the time when people have GERD they do a PH test on them- I had the Bravo Monitor done on me. When you're knocked out they insert an eraser sized monitor in your esophogus and you wear a tiny monitor on your pant (the size of a cell phone clip) for a few days. The monitor eventually falls off and you turn in the pant reciever with the data back to the clinic for your PH readings...a normal reading for a young person is around a 14. Mine were 97,94, and 95...just for an example. I have found some relief with a new medicine called Zegarid- it's similar to Nexium, but for me, it works much better. I take a double dose- one in the morning and one at night....It seems to help
. Also- most insurance companies are horrible about covering acid reflux meds. So since i can only afford one dose a month, my doctor gives me enough samples to double dose my meds everymonth- he's really sweet.My other option is surgery, so i think i'll take the pill a while and see how that goes. If i'm not better in two months, they're going to do surgery on my stomach for the GERD
I'm seriously not into needles or anything like that so i'm hoping the meds will help. I hope that info that helps
Oh, just a little side note- if you have any kind of IBS (spaztic colon- they preform a colonoscopy to diagnose it), acid reducers like nexium and zegarid, no matter what you take, make it worse. Nexium made me so sick i wound up in the hospital. I have GERD, IBS, and Lactose Intolerance- which can aggervate the IBS....so what i do is i take over the counter lactose intolerance pills once a day and i take my acid reflux medicine. I don't take anything for IBS. I try not to eat foods that aggervate the IBS...but sometimes no matter what i eat i get sick...I don't take anything for IBS because it can make acid reflux worse. Your doctor can advise you on the best course of action for your body.
Some things you can learn to tolerate a bit- I can tolerate IBS to an extent- but not GERD- i can't function when I get GERD symptoms...so it makes more sense for me to treat that. That was probably way too much information, but maybe in some way it can help you. Good luck