Thanks for replying, Mary. Wow - it seems like you're really having a difficult time. I can only say I wish you the best, and at least we can relate to the rigors of having such troubles and dealing with the doctors.
Just today I went to my regular doctor, whom I haven't seen in 3 months for this particular problem. He smiled mockingly when I told him I was now using raw apple cider vinegar as a natural remedy to help combat stomach acid issues (and it's even helped a little!). When I mentioned that some people were getting help with their diarrhea from using Calcium, he pretty much said that it wouldn't do any good. When I told him I am positive that the bile sequestrant drugs I must take are making me suffer like this on the side, he doubted they had anything to do with this. When I told him I'd read about
PPI drugs (like Prilosec) causing intestinal cancer, he told me this was just untrue, and that there have been NO CASES of people getting cancer from those drugs. He thought he was proving something to me when he said the PPI drugs have been around a long time without any such negative reports -- until he said that the "long time" he was referring to was a mere 20 YEARS!! Good God --- does he really think 20 YEARS is a long enough time to gauge what could happen with longterm usage??
Look -- despite how it sounded here, this doctor is really a nice guy. But he's a pill-pusher, and not really big on "alternatives" or "natural remedies". He prescribed a new drug for me to try (to combat this chronic sour taste and reflux/acid issues), but he is aware that I go on the internet regularly to learn all about
medicines first, so he told me not to even try taking it unless I was comfortable after reading about
it. I'd rather not mention the name of the drug right now, only because I don't want to be scared away from it just yet!
But I generally don't believe in drugs of any kind. And what scares me more than anything about
doctors is that everything changes from one individual to the next! All those things I just related above might be scoffed at by ANOTHER doctor! So just because this guy says PPI's don;t cause cancer, the next guy might say HE'S crazy and that they do cause cancer. Just because this guy says he thinks I'm dealing with a reflux issue, that doesn't mean the next guy will arrive at the same diagnosis!!
The way I see it, there should be only ONE accurate answer to medical problems, and the specifics should not alter between different doctors. If you see FIVE doctors, you'll get FIVE different diagnosis' and treatments! They can't all be right. Meanwhile, we the patients are the guinea pigs!!
I have another appointment July 7th with a different GI doctor (ha ha). I laugh because, just as Mary said above, I know EXACTLY what to expect out of this futile exercise. Actually -- I saw this particular doctor back in 1999 for slight stomach troubles (back when I still had my gallbladder). The place is run like a small factory -- with endoscopys and colonoscopys done right there on the premises, like clockwork. He'll just try to get me in for an endoscopy and/or colonoscopy... and when all is said and done, he'll prescribe Prilosec or Prevacid, just to treat the symptoms instead of the root cause.... he'll scoff at my insistence that the bile sequestrant drugs I HAVE to take are the things which make me suffer reactions like I've been experiencing for the past 1 year and 2 days.
But we're stuck, so we go anyway. And I find that doctors don't give me enough time to accurately describe all of the symptoms I'm experiencing and I always feel rushed. Inevitably, I leave and realize I forgot to tell him this or that... or maybe I should have described this or that symptom differently... I never manage to remember or get everything in there 100%.
Just an update:
1) Right now I am taking a teaspoon of Metamucil in 8 ounces of water in the AM, as well as 2 tsps of Raw Apple Cider Vinegar in 8oz water ....
2) ...an hour later I take 2 tablets of Welchol in the AM, along with 1 Calcium tablet (Caltrate), just in case it aids with helping the acid.
This particular combo has improved things A LITTLE in the last several days. My tongue is still sour, but not AS sour... and the coating is nowhere hear as intense as it's been for the last year. So this is a start...
Post Edited (Joe9) : 7/2/2008 6:17:52 PM (GMT-6)