I used this forum for info while I was sick so I feel obligated to come back now that I know what made me sick.
I now have positive confirmation that the thing that made me very sick for 9 months (and much longer in a more functional capacity) was the PPIs (prevacid, aciphex, Nexium, et al) that I took for almost a decade. I got worse and worse over a 9 month period, starting last July, and then, after I stopped taking them, I got better and better until now. I'm almost back to normal (and no longer ready to jump off a bridge). I met the clinical criteria for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and had horrible anxiety and panic attacks (even before I finally got "sick"). In late January, after reading up on digestion and particularly the problems that can be caused by having too little stomach acid, I decided to discontinue taking Prevacid. That's a decision I wish I would have made a lot earlier.
Basically, the lack of stomach acid caused me to stop assimilating protein properly and stopped me from absorbing many vitamins and minerals properly. This caused me to get very sick, both physically and mentally.
If you are sick and you are taking this stuff, I highly recommend that you quit. I wish I had known years ago what I know now. I had a bunch of seemingly unrelated symptoms (like problems sleeping, fatigue, anxiety, further stomach or digestive problems, psoriasis, carpal tunnel syndrome)and now I know it was the PPIs all along. It's simple: stomach acid is required for proper digestion for many reasons and your digestion will not work right without it. You will suffer, it's just a matter of how long it takes and how badly. For me, it took a couple of years of daily use before any symptoms started and then I flew under the radar for another 6 or 7 years before I totally hit the wall.
Some people have to be on this medication and it is valuable in a short term capacity (as it was originally designed to be used) but I am now convinced that very few people should be taking this medicine long term.
Let me know if you have any questions.
Post Edited (Lenny66) : 5/13/2007 4:39:17 PM (GMT-6)