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mksimone1178
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   Posted 4/5/2004 11:55 AM (GMT -7)   
I had acid reflux about 6 months ago. I took nexium for 3 months and it got better. I had not side effects to the nexium. The symptoms came back about 3 months after I stopped the nexium. My dr. tried to put me back on nexium and it made my stomach upset so he switched me to aciphex. Does anybody know anything about aciphex? I have been taking for 3 days and feel very bloated but am not having stomach pains. Will this go away? Do I have to give it a little time?  I am 25 yrs old and wonder if I am going to have to live w/acid relfux or if it something that can be related to a stages in your life.

bobbie04
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   Posted 4/13/2004 10:23 AM (GMT -7)   
I took aciphex for about 6 weeks. The first week I had stomach cramps at night, but all side effects seemed to diminish after that first week. The only negative thing about this drug, as well as other acid inhibitors, is that they take about 2 weeks to kick in.

My doc did a test and discovered mine was not acid reflux after all... so no more meds. I wish you the best and hope some alternative besides medication for the remainder of your life will surface.

Lois Lane
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   Posted 6/9/2004 6:03 AM (GMT -7)   
to: I had acid reflux about 6 months ago: I was recently diagnosed with acid reflux and am taking aciphex. About 4 days now but dont know what the real problem is. The Dr. seems to think the sphingtha muscle might be involved and this would require a scope. Very nervous about this anyone ever had a scope and how does it work. Please give details.

Lois Lane
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   Posted 6/9/2004 6:05 AM (GMT -7)   
I have just been diagnosed with acid reflux but the Dr thinks the sphincter muscle might be involved and wants to do a scope.  Has anyone ever had a scope and please give details.  This is very unerving.
                                 Lois

AnnieInOz
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   Posted 6/14/2004 3:06 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi All.....I have a little experience with the acid reflux meds and I've had a upper/lower scope by a gastro specialist.  I haven't heard of the muscle you are referring to so will have to ask my doctor about it.  I do have a hiatnel hernia and fortunate to have gone a very long time without one.  I'm older and reflux is rather new to me.   I was asleep during the scope so have no memory of it at all.   If your feeling anxious, ask you doctor to put you to sleep.  I have friends who do it awake though.  They use a spray to numb your throat a bit and they seem to do fine that way.   It didn't leave my throat sore or anything.  I had to request one....it wasn't recommended by my doctor and I'm 61 years old.  Thought it was probably time.  I've used whatever samples the doc has and Aciphex isn't a bother for me......it will heal small ulcers and that's what I'm more concerned about now.   I switch to whatever is available to me free.....except Nex.......no experience with that one.  I have more going on then GERD and wish you luck.  It can be helped by diet sometimes.   It's a nuisance, but heatburn isn't a big problem for me either.  Just reflux...scope is what I would prefer.   At least you know what's happening.  Good luck with this.....Annie 


Lois Lane
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   Posted 6/26/2004 10:24 AM (GMT -7)   
AnnieInOz  thanks for your reply.  My problem now is getting to eat regularly.  I dont have a problem swolling but eating better then I did before.  Have to get my head to stay out of my life and get back to normal.  Did you have a problem eating in the beginning eyes

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   Posted 6/29/2004 8:27 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Lois.........do I have a problem eating?   I'm not sure if you mean overeating or eating and digesting it.  I eat slowly and have from birth.   If I try and chug anything, I'm at a loss.  I didn't have this GERD junk until I had the hiatnel hernia, so about three years by now.  I've always been a grazer by nature, so I don't follow the norm.  I don't have to eat at an exact time.  I do have to be relaxed to eat.  That's my entire life w/o GERD.  It's drive others nuts, but I had TMJ young and didn't realize it.   Hurts to eat period.  I'm not following a good diet right now for myself so I need to reverse this soon.  I'm used to other disorders more then this one.  I didn't realize it would be a problem for me to be honest.  Not this late in my life.  Did you get the scope?   I'm interested in the muscle you mentioned.  Didn't research it.   If you mean you weren't eating because of the GERD, yes, that sometimes happens when I go with bread.  I have found that one to be a problem.  I normally eat whole grains, soy milk, oatmeal, yougurt, and not good at any of it right now.   Need to shop.  My doctor mentioned that when people started this meds, it was difficult to go off of them.  I don't understand what that means?   Still not having heartburn..just GERD in a foam.  Part of that is allergy drainage.  Thinking back, I ran into some food poisoning and ripped my throat and insides out getting rid of it....that's when the doctor put me on Preavacid.   I didn't take it all the time until the last year.  Everyone reacts to them differently so I've taken several and only got sick once on Prevacid which was a surprise since It didn't give me stomach cramps before.
Think I'll switch back to Aciphex.  If your nervous or having some problems, the colon is the second brain as is the gastro system so it will effect you at some point.  Hope your not as anxious about the scope or have already had it.
 
Annie    


Lois Lane
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   Posted 6/30/2004 4:55 AM (GMT -7)   
Annie, thanks for replying.  I have had the scope and everything is normal.  I am having a problem eating because of nerves I guess.  Dont want to get the feeling I had before of something stuck in my throat or feeling a lump in my throat which is normal with this condition.   I have to conquer my mind and get going.  Thanks for your concern
Lois

AnnieInOz
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   Posted 7/7/2004 12:39 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Lois........hope your finding some relief.   It's easy to get like that....I have a thing about eating fish with bones.  Have no idea why, but know I'm going to get bones in my throat.   Don't care for fish anyway so it not a problem.   Even before the hiatnel hernia/GERD, I have to eat slowly.   Never was one to shove down food.   I've always clutched.   Some of us just prefer to eat slowly.   Good Luck.........Annie


Lois Lane
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   Posted 7/7/2004 5:55 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Annie thanks for your reply but now I am having a problem eating get anxious so dont eat much which is bad.  This morning I finally had a bowl of milk with bananas and some cereal will try to have some more.  Must eat or I will be in trouble.  Have you ever had a problem eating and swollowing?  thanks Lois eyes

AnnieInOz
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   Posted 7/8/2004 12:51 PM (GMT -7)   

Hi Lois.....I don't have a serious problem eating right now, but I eat small amounts.  It's GERD coming up and allergy draining all the time for me.  Not critical, just need to eat better.  Had some back teeth pulled and while waiting for that to heal, got out of the habit of eating healthy.  I lived on hot cereal for days.  If I want to build up some muscle and take better care of me....I do go to something like Ensure.  Right now, I belch up anything, don't eat properly and have no one to blame but myself.   I'll swing back.   If your really anxious (if I am) I wait until I'm relaxed to eat.  Have you talked to your doctor about this?   I have lots going on besides GERD so used to complications.  I have FMS/CMPS, O.A., TMJ, GERD/Hernia and 24/7 pain.   Does you doctor understand your very anxious?  I could lose 15 lbs. w/o it being a problem, but it's a problem as it's muscle mass and that's not healthy.   I'm still wondering about that muscle?   Did doctor say your clutching because your nervous?  Has anyone suggested a muscle relaxer or mild anti-depressant?  Did you have a choking incident that tends to make you panic?   I'm sure the doctor can address this fear or recommend someone to help you through it.  Not sure if your fighting a muscle problem or a high anxiety problem.  Most of us would be fearful if we experienced a choking incident. I'm more experienced with anxiety then with this new hernia.  Learned skills make a difference. Speaking of food...need some.   Yum, love cereal and coffee mate.  Can't drink milk. 

Warm Regards, Annie     



Lois Lane
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   Posted 7/8/2004 1:07 PM (GMT -7)   
was given lexapro for anti depressin playing havoc with me  makes me lose sleep and listless cant take it any more.  Taking asiphix and it doesnt bother me.  Dont know how longI will be on it.  But eating a little better now.  Small bites and chewing well.  Not eating like I was but trying to get there.  These meds make me nuts.  They are terrible and screw up the system.  Dr. doesnt know that I havent been taking lexapro regularly and i have decided not to take it any more.  Dont like the effects from it and dr. said it would take about 4 to 6 weeks to build up in system.  Thats a bunch of crock.  Any other suggestions please e mail  Thanks.  Lois scool
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