Saw the Gastroenterologist yesterday who confirmed the acid reflux was nowhere near bad enough to require surgical intervention. The endoscopy I had 18 months ago had not shown up any major problems and he advised me to not only raise the bed head but also the foot, to take Lansaprazole at night rather than in the morning, to get the best effect, not to eat after 6 p.m. and to continue to drink plenty of water with meals so as not to get anything stuck which then makes me sick if it won't go down. He will see me again in 6 months (unless it has got really bad). Doesn't think I will need an operation but they would do another endoscopy and other tests before deciding if one was needed.
He did tell me that with RA the healing process is longer (not heard that before as I am a good healer) and creates complications (doesn't it always?) which they have to manage.
But feel much more reassured particularly as have lost two friends to Cancer of the Oesophagus - oh blow - gullet, and didn't want to have to cope with that as well.
Foot op on the 7th - will be glad when that is over and done with. Still waiting to hear from the hospital about the result of my complaint as they had asked for more time.
Because I am now off the Enbrel for 5 weeks, everything is flaring. Taking Nurofen gel capsules and paracetemol - pretty sure that doesn't help the acid reflux either. What's worse, that or pain and inflammation. Sometimes just can't win.