April 2, 2011

Acid Reflux and You


Acid Reflux has been kickin' my arse, this week!  For me, this is the ONLY drawback in having a Vertical Sleeve Gastrectomy or "VSG".  Most of the time, my stomach feels raw.  If I eat something, it feels like barbed wire is heading to the pitt of my stomach.  Then once the food is there, it feels like lead.

Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) is a condition in which the stomach contents (food or liquid) leak backwards from the stomach into the esophagus (the tube from the mouth to the stomach). This action can irritate the esophagus, causing heartburn and other symptoms. (see Pub Med Health for details)

I had Acid Reflux back in the 90's due to stress, but this time it is so persistent. I had to take a two week course of Nexium at that time, and I was fine after that.  Now, I take Prilosec each and every day, in addition to Gaviscon (as needed).  Some days are indeed better than others,  I can only hope that in the next three months, my stomach will begin to feel more "normal" or at least without the pain.