Post Edited By Moderator (~Jennifer~) : 1/19/2006 8:16:42 AM (GMT-7)
Post Edited By Moderator (~Jennifer~) : 1/23/2006 6:22:28 AM (GMT-7)
My dr knows I am trying to come off of it. I know that eating sugar for me really sets things off though! I do know that in my own opinion, PPI's used long term just simply cant be healthy for us! I even had a GI dr tell me once that being on them for too long is not good because we NEED the acid to fight off bacteria and such. However, she didn't jump to helping me get off of them either.
When docs prescribe PPI's, I think it's important to understand that most of the time they are thinking long tem drug therapy. And by "long term" I mean the rest of our lives. Physicians won't say this outright, however. This is b/c there is no satisfactory way to cure GERD. Studies show that over 3/4 of the people who go off the PPI's start taking them again. Of course, there are exceptions (Dr. Norm, etc.). This begs the question, "But Doctor, I am regurgitating my stomach contents into my mouth. Are you just going to LEAVE me like this?" Unfortunately, the answer is yes. However, we run the risk of Barrett's or even esophageal cancer if we discontinue the medication. I wish there was a better answer. Even the surgery or endoscopic procedures are not a cure-all. Studies also show that a majority of people who have had these done also go back to either H2 blockers or PPI's w/in a 6 to 10 year span. The goal of these procedures is often to REDUCE the amount of medication taken, not to eliminate it. I know, it sucks. I hate to be so grim here, but I've spent so much of my time researching GERD . . . something that seems to shock the M.D.'s. Yes, believe it or not, we patients do have the capacity to research what's going on in our own bodies. For myself, I am pretty much set on having Endocinch (can't have the surgery due to motility issues).
For any of you valiant enough to attempt to come off the PPI's, I wish you success. Keep fighting and I will too.
Post Edited (Lixxy) : 1/29/2006 1:27:20 PM (GMT-7)
Hey there. I tapered off the prilosec. Kill me now!!! The rebound has been bad. I am taking zantac when necessary. Im determined too. I won't let these PPI's ruin my system for good!!
How are you doing today Lixxy??