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aubie
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   Posted 1/14/2008 2:39 PM (GMT -6)   
Will there be a rebound effect if you only use Nexium for one month and then quit 'cold turkey'?

Thanks.

bokbok
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   Posted 1/14/2008 2:51 PM (GMT -6)   
hi no you should be ok if you dont have really bad reflux, how come you only have to take it for 1 month ??? do you get bad reflux ? cheers

aubie
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   Posted 1/14/2008 2:56 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi. I'm just taking it to clear up my esophagitis and in the meantime I'm looking for some other ways of dealing with this. My bout with reflux came on suddenly the day my husband was diagnosed with cancer. My primary doctor gave me a 30 day sample of Nexium to see how it worked...I'm about 5 days into it. I'm hoping that I will be able to get this under control with diet, stress reduction, etc. Any thoughts would be appreciated.

TammyGrl0528
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   Posted 1/14/2008 4:36 PM (GMT -6)   
Hello aubie! Welcome to healingwell. I am glad you found us, as this is a great place for information and support!

First let me say, I am sorry to hear about your husbands cancer diagnosis. I wish you and him all the best, and if you ever need to talk, or vent, you can come here, or even email me directly!

You said you are interested in helping your Esophagitis in ways other than medications. I have some suggestions for you.

Avoid spicy foods such as those with pepper, chili powder, curry and nutmeg.

Avoid hard foods such as nuts, crackers and raw vegetables.

Avoid acidic foods and beverages such as tomatoes, oranges, grapefruits and their juices.
Instead, try imitation fruit drinks with vitamin C.

Add more soft foods such as applesauce, cooked cereals, mashed potatoes, custards, puddings and high protein shakes to your diet.

Take small bites and chew food thoroughly.

If swallowing becomes increasingly difficult, try tilting your head upward so the food flows to the back of the throat before swallowing.

Drink liquids through a straw to make swallowing easier.

Avoid alcohol and tobacco.

Hope this helps you...

As for rebound affects after one month of Nexium, that is not likely. I know you have only been on the Nexium for 5 days, but how are you feeling?

Please let us know if there is anything else we can do for you!!!

Glad to have you here...stick with us!
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HappilyWrapped
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   Posted 1/14/2008 4:54 PM (GMT -6)   
Research I've done on my own pertaining to Nexium is where I obtained the answer I'm providing.

Nexium was not developed to be a long term medication although it has been used that way frequently. It's original purpose was to be taken for several weeks to allow the esophagus time to heal in an acid-free environment. It was developed for short term use, therefore, you shouldn't have to worry about rebound like you've read in posts where people have been taking the drug for a long time - like many months or years.

It sounds like your esophagus problem came about for reasons other than a "mechanical" problem with your esophagus. In other words, it sounds like your problem is caused by an over-abundance of acid brought on by stress (most understandable under the circumstances) as opposed to those who have a poorly-functioning or non-functioning lower esophageal sphincter or hiatal hernia which would require long term medication.

Hope this made sense. I'm on Vicodin tonight for a surgery this morning - totally not related to the nissen procedure or anything digestive related.

I do hope you find alternative ways to keep the acid in your stomach under control. Tammy gave some good advice which should help. I know you're under stress, but don't forget to make time for yourself; even it's only to escape into "Calgon bubble bath land" in your own tub for 30 minutes once a week.

Post Edited (HappilyWrapped) : 1/14/2008 3:59:03 PM (GMT-7)


aubie
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   Posted 1/15/2008 4:31 AM (GMT -6)   
Thanks for all of your responses. I have been instinctively eating warm, soft foods - anything else just hurts too much going down. The Nexium is starting to help a bit, though. I was wondering if anyone else has had heartburn / GERD come on suddenly from stress??? This has been going on since November 1st....for the first couple of months it was REALLY bad and now I'm alot better but just can't seem to get totally back to normal. I've been reluctant to go to the doctor because I really don't want to be on long term medication. I only got the Nexium samples when I was in for a bad cold and just happened to mention my problem.

By the way, my husband has Stage IV Esophageal Cancer, so that is increasing my anxiety about my situation that much more.

TammyGrl0528
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   Posted 1/15/2008 10:23 PM (GMT -6)   
Hey there aubie. To answer your question, yes, heartburn can come on from stress. Stress can intensify ANY ailment you may have.

I am sorry to hear about your husband, and that explains a lot of why you are stressing.

Please, feel free to come here and ask questions, or just vent if you need to. I try to check the boards often throughout the day!

Wishing you all the best!
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