I had a Nissen fundoplication 3 years ago to relieve acid reflux. For three years I was symptom -free and feeling great. Six weeks ago I had to have my gall bladder removed. A week after that I treated myself to all sorts of things I couldn't eat before ....hot jalapeno bean dip, pizza, spicy chili, etc. Although there was no pain from my now-gone gallbladder, I quickly found myself with a nasty reflux problem with terrible heartburn. Realizing that I had gone on a stupid binge, I tried 'healing' myself with a strict bland diet of oatmeal, toast and rice. Nevertheless, 5 weeks later I still have horrible heartburn and reflux. My doctor said it can come back after surgery, and over-the-counter acid reducers do the trick. He put me on a very potent prescription acid reducer, and I double up with another OTC acid reducer, but nothing helps. My doctor doesn't seem to understand how much I am suffering. I am getting heartburn about 25-30 times a day. Now I also feel it is hard to swallow and I can sometimes feel food getting stuck.
My mother had the same symptoms in 1989. Her doctor put her on Tagamet for a year. When she could no longer swallow properly, she had an endoscopy and they found malignant tumors. I think they called her cancer 'linitis plastica'. They removed her stomach and part of her esophagus. But by 1991 she was dead at age 69.
This terrifies me, since a mother and daughter are cut from the same cloth. I am afraid my severe heartburn could turn into Barrett's Esophagus, which is a pre-cancerous condition. Is Barrett's Esophagus the same thing as linitis plastica? PLease offer some insight on this. I am 42 yrs old. Thank you.
Re: Acid reflux
Posted by Walt Stoll on November 02, 1998 at 09:32:58:
In Reply to: Acid reflux posted by Kerry on November 01, 1998 at 11:49:50:
Your story is a perfect example of the "bankrupt paradigm" of treating the tips of the iceberg while ignoring the iceberg itself.
ALL of your problems were perfectly predictable the way you were treated. There are more on the way if you do not amass enough knowledge to change things.
I am assuming that that is why you are on this BB so I will try to point you in a fruitful direction to change your direction:
First, go to the home page & get started on the ginger root protocol. If you want testimonials, go to the archives. This is not a cure but will at least give you some breathing room.
THEN, get a copy of my book and devour it all (link on this page). THEN, if you want to understand this in a greater depth, one of the references in my book would be helpful to you: "Mind as Healer, Mind as Slayer" by Dr Pelletier.
Once you have that under your belt, if you still have questions, write again.
As you get well, I hope you will take the time to share your experiences with the BB participants. Helping others move toward wellness IS an aspect of your own.