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Could this be silent reflux??

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Hi all! 

So I’m not far off 2 years since having my sleeve surgery, I’m a teeny tiny 55kgs - so yep have lost the weight but sadly all the other things some people say about feeling great and so much energy after losing the weight has not yet come to me - in general, I feel not so great on a daily basis and this has been going on since about 5 months post op. The past 6 months though have been really strange, and drs are not knowing what’s going on with me, so thought I’d come on here to see if maybe anyone else is experiencing this - the first thing I have noticed is all of a sudden I have been getting blocked ears, this usually lasts a day or so, after the blocked ears goes away I feel like I have a cold or flu, my head feels heavy and my throat starts to hurt, swallowing certain foods is sometimes very painful in the roof of my mouth, I feel like I have post nasal drip and constant need to swallow and clear my throat, my throat also feels like it’s closing in! Occasionally my neck hurts too and my lungs feel strange when I take a deep breath.... I have another dr appt today and have also requested another appt with the surgeon who performed my surgery but until then has anyone ever had these symptoms and could it be silent reflux??

Note: it’s not a cold or flu as it’s been going on for almost a year - symptoms usually last a few days before they go away then a day or so later it starts all over again... blocked ears also feels like pressure and I have clicking/cracking noises in my ears when I swallow or move my head.... 

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I'm thinking that you might have some fluid in your middle ears, it could be due to allergies (mine is). I've also got Eustachian Tube Dysfunction.   I've had 4 lots of "grommets" inserted as an adult!

Re the lack of energy - are you eating nutrient dense foods?  Getting in about 80 gm protein/day? Swallowing your multi-vitamins/B12/iron tablets?

About time for having your GP to do a swathe of blood tests including nutrition profile and iron studies.

Please keep us updated, and all the best.

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Yes!!! This very much can be it! Do you cough as aspirate at night? I have silent reflux, zero heartburn but just has a scope that showed erosive oesophagitis from the acid. I'm waiting for my appointment with the surgeon on Wednesday to discuss further, but apparently PPI's like Nexium dont work well with the mechanics of the band anyway so I'm not sure what the outcome will be.

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This is late but you never know when your replies help others.

I had SEVERE reflux with my band and didnt know it.  Well, I knew I got heartburn occasionally but the other symptoms, which I complained to the GP and my surgeon and the doctors at CBS about where all symptoms of reflux/slipped band and nobody did anything about it.

Eventually I had a gastroscopy (my surgeon did it) - erosive esophagitis. I was put on Somac and that made me more comfortable, I no longer got heartburn. 

But over time, I still had that burning, prickling in the roof of my mouth.  I had a weird asthmatic feeling in my chest. I had a vague pain behind my right breast.  And I would get bouts of this incredible chest pain, I'd get a premonition that it was about to happen, the ache would start, it would hurt in the roof of my mouth, my cheeks, under my chin, and build to impossible to tolerate steady aching in the chest. In one week I called the ambulance five times, attended three hospitals, was in and out of my surgeon's office.  He did send me off for a barium swallow which showed a "pouch" - that's all.  

My mother has had incredible reflux related problems as well and its taken simply YEARS to be recognised as reflux. She had to have the PH testing done over 24 hour and the specialist was quite simply astounded that she'd been functioning at all.  She had a fundoplication done and has been much much improved for some time now. But never did she get "heartburn" or any typical symptoms.  She was just prone to terrible coughs, chest infections etc.

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