…he no longer worries about reflux
In my early 50s I started having problems with reflux. My family doctor put me on PPI medicine and some of the burning stopped; but I was still uncomfortable with waking up at night, having pain below my sternum, and an anxious feeling. My reflux often bothered me when I exercised.
Within two years my reflux got worse. I limited my diet, drank water frequently, and brushed my teeth several times a day trying to eliminate my dry throat and the taste in my mouth. I tried to eat dinner by 6 pm.
Restaurants were often a problem because I could not find something that I could eat on the menu as I tried to avoid fats, tomato based products, and acidy foods. I slept with the head of the bed propped up; yet my reflux, sleeplessness, and discomfort continued.
I went to two different gastroenterologists in six years. Each did two endoscopes [EGD], and both sent me home saying “your reflux is not that bad.” I continued to see my family doctor, tried a double dose of PPIs, but my reflux continued to limit my life and cause me pain and discomfort. In 2011 my family doctor sent me to Dr. Heise. I became a patient at the Heart Burn Clinic at Hancock Regional Hospital where they did a fifth endoscopy and an ambulatory pH test that measured the acid in my throat. My results came back with sever acid reflux and Dr. Heise recommended a TIF to relieve my reflux.
My TIF was almost two and a half years ago. I take no medicine for reflux, eat a wide variety of foods, and don’t reflux while exercising. I am not constantly drinking or brushing my teeth. The pain, anxious feelings, and discomfort are gone. Not a day goes by that I don’t appreciate my TIF and the improvement it has brought to my life.
Last night I went out for dinner and had a large hamburger with onion, cold slaw, and a dark beer thanks to my TIF.
|My wife and I rode around Lake Michigan in 2006. . We were gone for 21 days, and I was apprehensive about not sleeping and being able to do the next day’s ride. I always made it, but I was concerned and tired some days. Eating in restaurants was also a problem when I had my reflux when we traveled. I am also more comfortable when I ride because I don’t have the pain from reflux. I avoided riding after riding meals. [Recently] we rode to New Palestine for a Mexican dinner and back for a shorter 26 mile ride; that would have been impossible before the surgery.I rode the Hilly Hundred 19 or 20 years beginning in 1987 My wife and I rode the last 16 on our tandem. Even with the reflux, I continued to ride. There were times it kept me from riding, and many more when the-not-sleeping was a concern and I rode tired. I do not ride it now because we volunteer for the event and spend the weekend working for it. The Hilly has 4000 to 4500 cyclists, and I am on the route during the ride checking the signs along the route and at the rest stops. We ride the local 6 mile trail to get out of town and then ride to various small towns around the area 4 or 5 days a week with distances from 10 miles to 50 or more depending on the weather.||
Biking has a large number of fans on the West Coast–including EGS employees. We appreciate the need to eat well and rest comfortably to endure those long century rides. We wish Sheldon and his wife many miles of great rides together.
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Important Notice: While clinical studies support the effectiveness of TIF (Transoral Incisionless Fundoplication) in treating chronic GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disease), individual results may vary. There are no guarantees of successful outcome. The TIF surgery may not be appropriate for every individual, and it may not be applicable to your condition. The individual opinions of previous TIF surgery patients presented on this page do not reflect the opinions of EndoGastric Solutions, Inc., and should not be considered as medical advice. Always ask your doctor about all treatment options, as well as their risks and benefits. Only your doctor can determine whether the TIF surgery is appropriate for your situation.
Debbie Donovan is in the marketing department and is editor of this blog. She’s also managing the GERDHelp social media channels where we post hot stories on heartburn, acid reflux, GERD, Barrett’s esophagus and esophageal cancer. Deb ice skates and likes routines with fancy footwork and spins.