I found this forum and haven't read much of it yet - but I will after posting my concerns. After numerous tests, the last one being an endoscopy, I was diagnosed with a large hiatal hernia and a serious change of diet. Like baked fish, & chicken which is OK. I now have breakfast whereas before I didn't (cereal in the morning). And even an occasional ice cream cone. Sometimes I would hold it, other times, nothing could be kept down.
My Dr. put me on two medications Protonix and I forget the name of the other to help, plus I've been going to acupuncture. Some days I do OK, but on others, especially lately, I can't hold anything down. It's really the only symptom I have except for occasional heartburn which is painful. But again, lately, I'm afraid to eat in fear that I'll get that feeling again, that I have to throw up and once it starts, I can be over the toilet (perpendicular) for 1/2 or more. It seems like forever. And I won't feel just OK again, until it all comes out. It feels as if I have something stuck in my upper or lower area. Lately, it has been getting worse. And lately I'm feeling scared.
I know it can be fixed with an operation but, I feel an operation can create other problems that I didn't have before. I had one operation (appendicitis) in the 80's and so I can relate to the getting in and out of bed thing. Yesterday I vomited 3X, like a reflex. Then I start to hiccup, there's more, and when I'm finished, at least I feel better, but very weak.
So I started thinking, what if gets worse, which it seems to and need an operation? I'm not scared of the operation or anesthesia,, but I am scared to death of the aftermath. I live alone, and have no local close friends or family that could help me in anyway. I have 2 nice neighbors who are male and I am female.
The Dr. .that did the colonoscopy and endoscopy already made a mistake by giving me the wrong pain medications. I am taking Suboxone which blocks some of the pain receptors from narcotics having any effect at all, so if I need help with pain, another medication needs to be given. I gave him the Drs. name & number to make sure he knew what to give me. They did give me demerol and versed, but I felt pain. The endoscopy wasn't too bad perhaps because it lasted 5 minutes, but 5 minutes into the colonoscopy, the pain was so excruciating that they had to stop the procedure, after my having drunk a gallon of this putrid stuff the day before to cleanse my system.
Anyway, I know I can't continue to live this way (not knowing when I'm going to have to throw up ). Could someone give me any feedback?