GERD due to a hiatal hernia....just some questions
I went to the ER in Nov. 2011 after I was having chest pains (mostly on the right side), and a weird feeling where my stomach meets my esophagus. Stress test/labs were normal and I ended up seeing a gastro. in January. He said my symptoms sounded like heartburn and prescribed 20 mg omeprazole, which worked for about a month. The Dr. wanted an upper endoscopy done as well since he wanted to know why this was happening. It turns out I have a small hiatal hernia, which is why this is happening. I found this out a few days ago. I thought small hiatal hernias were not problematic.
Prior to the endoscopy, everything became worse. I often feel like I have a canker sore in my mouth, my mouth has an awful taste, I can no longer eat any tomato products or spicy food, my throat constantly hurts, and eating anything aside from yogurt and milk is bothersome to my body. I am currently "testing" other foods to see which ones are problematic but it seems to be everything. My eyes are also burning, I have a runny nose, and my ears sometimes hurt.
I am worried about tooth enamel being affected, so I bought the pro-namel toothpaste. I cut out caffeine from my diet (I only had a cup of coffee a day) and I am chewing sugar free fruit flavored gum when the taste in my mouth is bad or after a meal. I am trying to chew my food more thoroughly as well.
If anyone has any suggestions, please let me know. I read somewhere about taking digestive enzymes prior to eating (or after) to help aid digestion.
What can I do about the burning eyes, ears, and nose? I guess I am just looking to see what others have done to address GERD. I feel like I cannot eat anything.
I am 33 years old, not overweight, I don't smoke, rarely drink, and I don't eat a lot of junk. When I was able to eat, I generally ate low sugar oatmeal for breakfast, fruit and yogurt for lunch, and nuts, fruit, pretzels, or crackers for a snack.
I will also go and read the threads to see if I can find anything out. I have to call and schedule my follow-up with the Dr., he wanted to see me in 3 months. I am going to try and get in earlier.
I am taking a multi-vitamin, Vit. D3, and Calcium 1x a day.