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Bonnie

Member Since 12 May 2005
Offline Last Active Jun 15 2006 02:09 AM
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In Topic: Gerd Op

01 June 2006 - 04:24 AM

Hi Chrissy,

After your post I re-read my report from the GI. I have a hiatal hernia as well as an umbilical hernia. Its obviously the umbilical hernia I can see!

Thanks for that, I didn't realise I had 2. I'm falling apart - must be an age thing :lol:

Yvonne

In Topic: Gerd Op

31 May 2006 - 10:28 PM

I had no idea my hernia would require watching my diet or that it had anything to do with reflux. Its not massive at the moment but you can see and feel it, its pretty obvious - sticks out above my naval. Do you know of a website I can have a look at? Your poor daughters haven't had much luck, have they?

The GI didn't actually tell me too much at all. Wouldn't do any tests for Celiac either - which I didn't argue with because I've been gluten free for over a year and it would have been pointless. I was worried though when he kept mentioning wheat intolerance. I insisted it was gluten because I'm even worse with rye than I am with wheat. He asked me if there was gluten in rye!!!!! :angry: Anyway I have done enough gluten challenges to know without a doubt I am gluten intolerant.

The tablets I am on are helping but not completely. I am very uncomfortable in the mornings when I wake up and then after supper at night. The food doesn't seem to move down.

Thanks so much for the advice Monica and Chrissy - much appreciated.


Yvonne

In Topic: Gerd Op

31 May 2006 - 03:55 AM

Thanks everyone for your responses.

I worry about having surgery that is perhaps not really necessary - I feel it can cause other complications. I have never actually had any surgery and am not keen to start!

The GI thinks my ulcers should have cleared in the 6 weeks I've been on the medication but my reflux has got really bad, especially first thing in the morning and late at night.

Cassidy your comments about it being gluten related are interesting because I've been trying gluten again over the last 2 weeks and its during that time the reflux has got worse, also bloated again and sore arms. Oh and not sleeping at all!

Hmmmm ........ need to take my time and really think about this. Haven't got time right now to go into hospital anyway :rolleyes:

Thanks again!

Yvonne

In Topic: Hi

04 May 2006 - 01:19 AM

Hi Lani, welcome to the board!

Yes I always get cramps in my hands and feet when I eat gluten. Very annoying! :rolleyes:

P.S. I'm pretty sure I've seen a post from someone in Australia - can't remember who it was though. I'm from South Africa.

Yvonne

In Topic: I Want To Quit The Diet

04 May 2006 - 12:34 AM

I understand EXACTLY how you feel. I am in the same position at the moment.

Had a gastroscopy and colonoscopy 2 weeks ago. GI told me not to go back on gluten for it. I have been gluten-free for a year. Had blood tests after 6 weeks gluten-free - they were understandably negative.

The gastroscopy showed major inflammation and LOTS of ulcers and absolutely no evidence of Celiac Disease - also not really surprising after being gluten-free for a year. So according to the GI I have a gluten intolerance which may or may not clear up with the ulcer meds. He has given me acid-blocker medication which he says I may have to be on indefinitely. He believes the ulcers and inflammation have been causing most of my symptoms and food sensitivities. I must admit after 2 weeks on the medication my bloating and stomach problems have calmed down a whole lot.

So do I try and eat gluten again after a while? Or do I just accept a diagnosis of gluten intolerance and stay off it anyway? I don't know what to do.

Yvonne