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?
Find a qualified chiro to manipulate the valve so that it can be put into place. I would question usage of ppi's unless theres actual excess acid (most people lack it). resolving the leak will prevent erosion of the esophagus. Taking ppi's will force the food to sit too long in the stomach and cause distension which can cause strain in the valve.
I developed acid reflux. My doctor did all of the tests and said that I had a Hiatal Hernia and needed to operate. I said no and started reading a home medical book. In it was a discription for the effects caused when someone was intolerant to Gluten. The effects were acne, acid reflux, intestinal problems, and more. Gluten is a protein in wheat, rye, and barley. It is almost imposible to eliminate it from your diet, but you have to as there is no known cure for this intolerance. You have to read the ingredients of ever thing you eat to make sure it does not contain any wheat, rye, or barly products. Pick up a home medical book and look up Gluten. No doctor ever told me my problem could be caused by an allergy or intolerance to a perticular food.
I was pretty much given a list of foods I should avoid, and those that are OK. Like, avoid fatty foods, etc. I don't eat much of that anyway. He only listed 2 food items on things I can eat...the rest I researched from the internet and from people who have had something similar to what I have. But, basically fish or chicken, BAKED, it has to be baked, and whole wheat bread is fine. Come to think of it, I've never had the reflex to regurgitate after eating a slice of bread with jam.
My nephew is a chiropractor and he said that some do manipulate the valve. It's my body and I can FEEL sort of what's wrong. Usually when you eat, your food goes to your stomach where it is digested and eliminated. In my case, it seems that something between my esophagus and stomach (and I usually get the hiccups when I'm vomiting which releases alot of stuff, sorry). Once all the food is eliminated from the upper area of my digestive tract, I still don't feel that well, so I press my stomach or move from side to side and more of what I ate is eliminated. I won't feel really well until there's nothing left and only I can tell. Whether is tilting my head back, forward, leaning over to my right or left side, it seems to stimulate something to eject more. I've been by the toilet for an hour at a time.
Sometimes decaf coffee will trigger it, sometimes it won't. Anyway, I don't want to have an operation, so I'm just eating less and smaller portions. What I'm wondering also is why aren't I losing weight. I've barely eaten a thing for months, throwing up, but still am bloated.
I wish someone could explain to me what's going on.
I'm no doctor, but it definitely seems that digestion is a big problem. You probably have alot of undigested food in you that doesn't want to come out and what you lose in the bathroom is probably mostly liquid and SOME digested food, but not all.
This site has some info on digestion, bowel movements (toilet), transit time (digestion/elimination) and fiber.
It sounds more extensive than just a hernia (maybe infection also?). Garlic is good for the digestion and the blood (cleans the blood and kills bacteria in the gut, experiment with small amounts to discover your tolerance). If it helps with the pain, add a little Sea Salt (helps absorption of food particles and has more than six dozen minerals). Drink enough water (not liquids,...WATER). Drink vegetable juices (it's possible to eliminate solid foods altogether because vegetable juice is very nutritious). Cut out fish altogether (mercury,...and hard to digest OIL). When you get the "munchies", eat easy to digest foods...cottage cheese, etc. Coffee has acid, soda has acid and the carbonation is probably strenuous for your intestine.
Could you have an ulcer?...Cabbage juice and other veg juices are good for that.
Check other sites here.
Thank you for all the effort; it's late and I will check out all the links y ou sent to me tomorrow. Yes, digestion is the main problem. There is a valve somewhere there that usually keeps the food from not backing up and instead, there is a hernia, which was seen by the endoscopy, one of the tests that I had to endure. As for food coming out, one thing I do know, and have been told is to "chew" my food very well, which I do, not to eat to fast (ie. when you are hungry) and not big portions at one time. I can tell when let's say the last thing I ate was ice cream, followed by the cereal that I ate earlier, and can actually see the chunks that I didn't chew as much.
I've had all the tests that could possibly tell the Drs. and it is pretty clear that it is a hiatal hernia. No infection. Garlic seems to be good for everything it seems. I might add that I have no pain at all when all of this is going on. Occasionally, I have heartburn, but rarely. Tonight, I had a small portion of lean meat with some pasta, and I wanted more, but I limited myself to a smaller portion, and I feel fine.
I also am drinking more water than I usually do, especially at night. I was told to take small sips, and I usually burp when I have something to drink. I'm sure vegetable juices would be fine as well, in fact, I'm not against eating a mostly liquid diet if it had the nutrients. Fish was one of the items that was on the list that I could eat, but it had to be baked. I don't seem to get the munchies these days, but Pretzels would be OK, and the water fills me up so that I don't feel like I have the munchies. There was a definite NO to any carbonated sodas, no coffee, but I can have decaf, if I can tolerate it, and I seem to be able to. Could I have an ulcer? The tests show that I do not have an ulcer. But I still have alot to learn about how to live with this, rather than have an operation to fix it which I told it could be. I'll check with my Dr. re vegetable juices. I'm thinking of tomato juice.
As for diarrheah, I don't have that. I'm not constipated. I think of it as an elastic rubber band that has lost some of it's elasticity somehow. There is something that should close after your food goes down the esophagus, but there is a hernia there (stomach) so it doesn't allow the food to stay down.
I'm learning that eating small portions at different times of the day is the best, otherwise, if there is too much at one time, I'm asking for trouble.
Thank you for your efforts. And I will check out all the links tomorrow.
I knew someone who used to suffer from an inguinal hernia and said that after being inactive for a month or so (out of work and no mental stress) without any special kind of regimen or supplements of any kind, they no longer suffered (repaired itself????). I remember reading about "essential oils" (some are rumored possibly to be able to repair tissue). There is a post below about 1 week healing from a German doctor wrapping the area to let the muscle tissue heal (if I understand correctly). Excess weight can also put pressure on the area affected, but also the bulk of solid food can cause unecessary pressure. Heartburn (acid reflux) is that stomach acid is not prevented from entering the esophagus because the esophageal sphincter is weak (stomach acid is very corrosive to the teeth, rinse after throwing up, gargle to clear your throat, it will also inflame the esophagus).
Falcon Blanco suggests EFT and meditation, etc., but the only useful part about these are the relaxation of muscles, nerves, and being calm enough to let the body heal. Of course your doctor wants you to get surgery eventually, the doctor is in no hurry. Hospitals today are dangerous places and often make mistakes performing the wrong surgery (OFTEN, check statistics) and have many DEADLY infections (check the MRSA forum here at Curezone). Learn to heal yourself.