My GERD turned out to be caused by a hiatal hernia. My primary doctor knew I had a hiatal hernia but never checked to see how bad it was. He told me I just needed to lose a little weight to take care of the GERD. A surgeon I was seeing for a different matter checked and told me the hernia was one of the largest he'd ever seen. While doing the surgery for the other matter he repaired the hernia and I haven't had a single GERD episode since. It's wonderful to be able to sleep on my back now instead of propped up.
Unfortunately, the years of GERD gave me Barrett's esophagus — a condition which makes it more likely I could develop esophageal cancer. I have to have an endoscopy every year to make sure that doesn't happen.
BTW, I have a new primary doctor now. :-)
- 4/1/2014 11:12:29 PM