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Comment by booklover on August 19, 2014 at 10:11pm
Joan, Nortryptylene gave me back my quality of life. It's been a lifesaver for me.
There is a condition , called Barrets (sp?) esophageous, that is not cancer, but can become cancer. My brother- in -law has it from reflux. They will check me for that. You are right, I will have it checked over and over to make sure things stay "safe."
The only thing I hated giving up was coffee. I do love coffee!!! Oh well!
Comment by Joan Denoo on August 19, 2014 at 9:59pm

Mindy, these sound like dreadful conditions. Yes, I would worry about the reflux potentially causing changes to the cells in your esophagus. Good to have it checked, again, and again, if necessary. 

Have you found any strategies that seem to help? Eat small bites, for example, or chew your food thoroughly, drink lots of water, are the first things that come to mind. 

Your Rx, Nortryptylene, lists a lot of unpleasant side effects. Oh Goodness! My disease was easy compared to yours. I surely hope you get it under control. 

Comment by booklover on August 19, 2014 at 9:32pm
Joan, thank you so much. You are a wonderful person. I'm so happy we are friends. I had the Nissen Fundoplication about 7 years ago. It s true I couldn't eat solid foods for a long time. Also, I cannot throw -up! So. Foods still get "stuck" going down sometimes. Not often, but I can feel it going down s-l-o-w-l-y. I don't think it's slipped, but it was supposed to last 10 years, and only lasted maybe 3. I won't do it again. I just worry all that reflux could cause changes to the cells in my esophageous. But like you said, it's a useless feeling until there's something to worry about. I already have my diagnosis of GERD, IBS, and Neuropathy of the Digestive System. They are just checking that nothing new has cropped up. I can live with all if this, as long as the medication continues to work, and I don't have that debilitating nausea I had for 2 years. The Dr. I found in Madison put me on it, and I immediately had my quality of life back. It's Nortryptylene, and isn't even made for nausea, but works on the receptors in the gut, rather than in the brain. Amazing!
Comment by Joan Denoo on August 19, 2014 at 9:29pm

Randy, what a lovely phone call to receive. A five year old boy is pure joy, inquisitive, likes to mimic grandpa, experiments with thoughts and things. You are enjoying him at a perfect age!. Another couple of years and they go into that know it all phase. Enjoy this period of development while you can. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on August 19, 2014 at 9:23pm

Chris, we are in one heck of a mess in this country. The Poor, down and out people, unemployed or underemployed, begin to feel the pinch of fewer social services, fewer accesses to resources for education, and apprenticeships for employment. There is a rabble rousing influence who take to the streets now that it is legal for open carry of guns. They prance around as if the world owes them a living and they are going to shoot first. 

Set that against the new militarization of the law enforcement, with heavy weapons, army like training to control the "enemy" and the "stand your ground" laws that grants immunity from prosecution if a person feels threatened and shoots a person perceived to be a threat. 

We are going to see some ugly shootings with all these guns floating into hands of disgruntled people. 

5 Disturbing Facts About The State Of Stand Your Ground On The Seco...

"The Stand Your Ground law has now been infused into the self-defense jurisprudence in Florida and elsewhere, and comes into play in countless trials. But those who avail themselves of the law’s most expansive protection may be granted immunity by a judge before trial even begins, or may not even be charged at all." 

Comment by Joan Denoo on August 19, 2014 at 9:11pm

Mindy, my thoughts will be with you as you go for your upper endoscopy. Remember that worry is a useless feeling unless you have something to worry about. Thankfully, you are following up on a symptom that continues to plague you. Once you have some answers, you cant get down to the miserable work of doing what you have to do to take care of it. As I remember, you didn't get a definitive answer last time you had tests. I do hope you get a solid diagnosis and treatment plan. I will be waiting with you those three weeks until diagnosis. 

Had to look up Nissen Fundoplication; Oh gracious, how many ways can a body go haywire? One article stated after the procedure to not eat solid foods for a while. Do you have a good broth recipe? If not, I have a wonderfully healthy one, either chicken or vegetable. I make it all the time and freeze quarts of it to use throughout the week, usually in sauces or for cooking potatoes or rice. But it is a wonderful healer for any kind of recovery. Let me know if you want the recipe.  

I have very little experience with reflux, so can't really know what you are experiencing. Whatever it is, I hope all goes well and you have a full restoration of comfort and health.

Please give your husband a greeting from me for his 48th birthday! 

Comment by Joan Denoo on August 19, 2014 at 8:56pm

Carl, terrible news about your stage three chronic kidney disease. May I ask, what were the presenting symptoms? I'm so sorry your medications have "terrible side effects"! 

Will your work restrictions last for long? 

Chronic Kidney Disease

According to the articles I read, diet plays an important part in treatment, much as diabetes. 

If you are anything like I am, I go on the hunt for information as soon as I learn there is a problem. These two sites are only two of the many Googled items. Of course, remember to be a discerning reader, there is a lot of poppycock on internet sites. 

National Kidney Foundation 

Comment by booklover on August 19, 2014 at 3:38pm
Thanks, Spud. This will be my 3rd. I had a Nissen Fundoplication about7 years ago to stop the reflux, and fix my hiatal hernia. They think it may have slipped. I just hope they don't find anything worse than that. Getting older sucks (body- wise I mean.)
Comment by booklover on August 19, 2014 at 3:29pm
Just re- read your post, Carl, and saw where it says your meds give you terrible side effects. Hopefully your doctors can tweak them until the effects aren't so bad. :(
Comment by booklover on August 19, 2014 at 3:26pm
Carl, I am so sorry about your diagnosis, and not being able to work! I'm glad you are able to do things to keep it under control! {{{{hug}}}
Yes, getting new school supplies is so exciting for kids!
No, my daughter's math class starts Saturday a.m. (At the local Community College down there) and her University classes start next Monday.
My husband said thank you for the birthday wishes, and he is sorry to hear about your kidney diagnosis!
Well, we will see what I'm diagnosed with tomorrow. Not really, since my follow-up appt. isn't for 3 weeks.
Take really good care of yourself!!!!!
 

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