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Can someone explain this medical issue??

My mom has been suffering from acid reflux for around 4 years. The first 2 years were the worst for her and she had several procedures done on her and took a lot of medications. None which worked or even eased the symptoms. She had several endoscopies done on her all which were said to have turned out fine. Around a year ago she had a procedure done on her to stop the reflux called toupet fundoplication or something like that. Her symptoms went away for around 2-3 days but after she recovered from the surgery the symptoms came back. This is now her third time doing barium x rays and all the doctors she has seen have said the results came back fine. It seems like nothing the doctors have done on her is helping and it’s kind of getting her paranoid since procedure after procedure is costing us thousands of dollars with no results what so ever. As of now we’re planning on seeing her new doctor so we could go over on what could be the cause of this. 

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  • 1 month ago

    The surgery's called Nissen fundoplication.

    If her GERD was serious enough to do a Nissen and she's still suffering, even though all the imaging and endoscopic workups are coming back negative, one must really consider either a referred pain or psychosomatic etiology.

    Referred pain means that you feel pain that's caused by a problem somewhere else.

    Psychosomatic, more or less, would mean that she's perceiving pain that isn't actually present.

  • 2 months ago

    It could be irritable bowel syndrome due to an autoimmune disease.

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