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Dec 23, 2011 · GERD, reflux: Where do I begin? in Digestive Health

Thanks. You’re exactly right… when I take that medicine, or especially a muscle relaxer, I can’t stay awake after dinner and fall asleep by 8 or 9 p.m.! I am an early riser, so it’s good that I go to sleep before 11… but this is ridiculous. I feel like a old coot going to bed so early.

Dec 19, 2011 · GERD, reflux: Where do I begin? in Digestive Health

Thank you. I will try the tennis ball routine. My acid reflux is better than it was when I originally wrote this, but it still bothers me from time to time. My doctor eventually put me on a generic for Librax which helped TREMENDOUSLY. For anyone unfamilar, Librax is half anti-spasmodic, half benzodiazepine (like Valium) and it definitely relaxed my system. I took it for about 2 weeks, but I stopped when I started feeling better. #1) It makes me sluggish (sleepy) and #2) I do not want to be addicted to a benzo. Thanks everyone for your help and concern 🙂

Sep 20, 2011 · Prominent thyroid and GI issues in Digestive Health

I feel like my body is falling apart, but I don’t know what is serious and what is not.

I’ve been suffering with severe GERD for a couple of months so I went to the ER and got a CT scan. The CT scan found a hiatal hernia. Same scan found 2 small AVM lesions on my right lung, as well as athritis in my lower back. Next, I had a endoscopy which found “gastritis” and “esophagaetis (sic)” and a “prominent thyroid.” I had a colonoscopy at the same time that found “spastic colon” and one polyp. I assume they removed the polyp and did a biopsy, but I don’t expect colon cancer (even though my dad died of that.) I am 50 yo and the only major illness I have had in the past is severe asthma.

Can anyone tell me about this “prominent thyroid?” Do I need some kind of screen or test for that?

Sep 20, 2011 · GERD, reflux: Where do I begin? in Digestive Health

I feel like my body is falling apart, but I don’t know what is serious and what is not.

I’ve been suffering with severe GERD for a couple of months so I went to the ER and got a CT scan. The CT scan found a hiatal hernia. Same scan found 2 small AVM lesions on my right lung, as well as athritis in my lower back. Next, I had a endoscopy which found “gastritis” and “esophagaetis (sic)” and a “prominent thyroid.” I had a colonoscopy at the same time that found “spastic colon” and one polyp. I assume they removed the polyp and did a biopsy, but I don’t expect colon cancer (even though my dad died of that.) I am 50 yo and the only major illness I have had in the past is severe asthma.

#1) Can anyone tell me about this “prominent thyroid?” Do I need some kind of screen or test for that?

#2) Next, the only treatment I am on for GERD/hernia is Protonix and Zantac. I’ve been taking them daily for a couple of weeks and still suffering. Strangely, when I had the endoscopy on Friday, it seem to get things moving so that I could expel some of the gas. I felt better for the next couple of days, but it’s creeping back.