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)