Hi Everyone, New here and have read some updates on corrective surgeries for acid reflux and have a few questions.
I'm a 36 yr old male and I have had Thyroid cancer. I noticed after my Thyroid was removed that my previously 'occassional' Acid Reflux has now become absolutely horrible! I have had an Upper GI Scope and X-ray. I am told that I have no serious damage yet, but that I have a small Hiatal Hernia to boot. I have the constant acid burn and a weak LES. I have had aspiration in my lungs and I am generally becoming more and more miserable. The Aspiration symptoms are so mentally and physically debilitating that I start to think the 'end is near'. For most of you, you know what I'm talking about. I'm on 40mg of Nexium a day and I'm still getting all these symptoms and constant acid reflux.
So here's my question. At my age, and the fact that this onset of GERD is getting worse, should I be proactive and request surgery? I'm looking into Chinese medicine and Naturopathic options in the meantime, but I feel that if I don't look after this it can lead to another cancer. My uncle died of Esophagile cancer and I was at his bedside when he passed. Needless to say, I'm concerned.
I know I have to do my due diligence with respect to eating, testing and all, but I don't want to look back a few years from now and think....If only I have the Nissen operation....
Any comments from those who've had this preceedure? I know that with these blog sites there is a lot of negativity as those who are good usually do't write in to the degree of those with post op issues.
I'm otherwise in great shape. Active, father of two and a healthy weight.