When Nexium doesn't work...

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Closetfire
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   Posted 10/23/2006 2:49 PM (GMT -6)   
I'm going out of my mind here, I've been on two 40mg pills a day and been trying my best to eat the blandest diest known to mankind, sleep elevated, pn my left side. take antacid... the whole deal...

I've been on that DOUBLE dose of nexium since MARCH and my symptoms are WORSE. Thi9s is driving me crazy, I feel like I'm doing something wrong but i cant think of anything.

I'm really at my wits end here so if anyone has any advice...

DANIE
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   Posted 10/24/2006 6:57 PM (GMT -6)   
Bland diet is not the key - LOW ACID DIET IS THE KEY. See all my postings about ALKALINE DIET!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Closetfire
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   Posted 10/24/2006 7:41 PM (GMT -6)   
Ya, but even with that, the Nexium should be helping shouldn't it? That's what my ENT doc said. I'm seeing my GI doc tomorrow but he never said anything about all these other foods, so I'm kind of flying blind here.

Toodles
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   Posted 10/24/2006 10:46 PM (GMT -6)   
My GI gave me Protonix, and it works sooo well. I love it!
Well, there are certain things that will trigger your acid reflux, so you have to watch for them.
I get really bad acid reflux no matter what, so I talked to my doctor about it.
It was so bad that I felt like I was throwing up in my mouth----eeww!
He prescribed protonix, it seems to work for me :-)
 

Precious
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   Posted 10/25/2006 4:32 PM (GMT -6)   
Closetfire,
Those PPIs work for some time and then the symptoms get worse. It's acid-rebound.

Maybe you could try a different prescription now. Maybe Nexium quit working for you.

Closetfire
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   Posted 10/25/2006 4:48 PM (GMT -6)   
I talked to my doc and he said what my problem is was acid hypersensitivity, and that I need to take a PPI in conjunction with a med like Zelnorm

DANIE
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   Posted 10/26/2006 4:42 AM (GMT -6)   
There is such a COMMON THREAD in all these postings - everyone is going from one drug to another!
Can't you all see that it's an ongoing problem......unless you change everything that you do!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Have any of you that are taking all these drugs for so much time looked at what the drugs can do to you in the longrun!! Do a search on WEBMD to see what your drug is potentially doing to your body.
Even my gastroenterologist said to me " you want to get off these drugs" and I was on PRILOSEC ONLY ONE MONTH!!!!!!!!!!!!
I would encourage you, and many of you are in alot of pain and discomfort so that should be a great incentive to change, to make changes that I've talked about on this board. It's really the only way to heal and go eventually back to a more normal way of eating.

Closetfire
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   Posted 10/26/2006 4:50 AM (GMT -6)   
Ok, which threads should I be on the lookout for then Danie?

Closetfire
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   Posted 10/27/2006 1:03 PM (GMT -6)   
Geez it's gotten to the point where it's almost 24/7 no matter what I eat, even after I wake up despite elevating and sleeping on the left, and antacids don't even seem to help anymore, and I'm belching ALL the time. =p

Precious
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   Posted 10/29/2006 12:33 AM (GMT -6)   
Closetfire,
What kinds of food are you eating? Are you staying away from foods that cause heartburn? Try to watch what u eat and drink. My doc said not to drink too much liquid during meals. I also don't drink cold water, I read that warm liquids are better. I'm always drinking chamomile tea, nothing with caffeine, not even decaf.
You know if you've been taking these drugs you just can't quit cold-turkey(if you're thinking of it). You will feel miserable for a few weeks. You should taper off until your body adjusts. It's easy for someone taking prilosec to quit after 1 month. Not so if you've been on it for years(or any other PPI for that matter). I still think it's better to talk to a doctor especially if you have other health concersn.

Hope you feel better.

Closetfire
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   Posted 10/29/2006 12:49 AM (GMT -6)   
Ya, I had to go to the ER this morning it was so bad. I'm trying to control my diet better and that looks promising as I've fouond some good GERD-friendly recipes online. I've started taking zantac and that seems to help too. They also gave me Karafate and some type of cocktail with lidocane in it...

As for the tea, isn't anything without caffine decaf? I'm a bit fuzzy on that.

sillylilly
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   Posted 11/2/2006 12:27 PM (GMT -6)   
Here's my two cents....I think there's a difference in plain heartburn and GERD. I think heartburn (burning sensation in stomach and lower esophagus) can be controlled with diet changes but when you have persistent reflux (acid liquid rising into your throat) even at night when not eating anything, then I think your LES muscle has been weakened to the point that it opens and closes like a door flapping in the wind. When this happens. diet changes won't completely solve the problem. Has your doctor mentioned anything about your LES being weak.?

Also, your body does get used to these drugs requiring more and more drug to reach the same effect.

Good luck...I really feel for you...and no what your going through.
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