I Am Now 7 Days Off Of PPI Medication... Life Does Go On!

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mtjbob
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   Posted 11/21/2008 3:30 PM (GMT -6)   
Hello to all! This is my first posting, although I have been lurking around here for months. What a blessing it has been to me to be able to read about the experiences of so many people with similar health issues.
 
I have quit Nexium, and I have lots to say about it!
 
First, a bit of the lowdown on my personal saga. I am 50 years old. I have always been strong and healthy. My one big complaint was that I suffered from indigestion. At first is was sporadically, and I so learned to avoid most of the triggers (orange juice, tomato sauce etc...). I have always been a healthy eater. Copius amounts of fresh salads, steamed vegetables and daily trips to the fishmonger and butcher. No fried foods (french fries maybe once a month).
 
Then last year I started to notice that I sensed mild indigestion everyday. Almost no day went by without some symptoms. I used Gaviscon to treat. I told my gastro doctor and he recommended an upper GI followed by a treatment of Losec. The UGI did not show reflux. The good doctor suggested that it still might be some sort of reflux related issue and put me on the Losec. It worked well, but when I told him that some days I would still feel a little off, he suggested that I try Nexium. He also booked me for a gastroscopy (more on that later).
 
What a wonderful drug. Symptoms completely disappeared the day I started. The next summer a trip through Italy saw me sipping espressos and eating pasta at will! Red wine could be consumed to my hearts content. Vodka shooters anyone?
 
Everyone has to pay the piper sometime. My Nexium prescription was costing me $80 per month. I would give the receipts to my wife and she would submit it to her work insurance plan. She got the money back, but somehow it never filtered back to me :-). Then I discovered that Prilosec OTC was an over the counter drug in the US at $22 per month supply. I figured that it was much better to be out $22 than $80, so I tried the switch.
 
It appeared to work fine for a while, but 2 things happened to me that caused concern. The first was a rash that appeared on my side above the waist. It looked like shingles. The second was that I began to wake up countless times per night with the most horrible cramps in my calf muscles! My legs have always been a bit squirmy when I sleep, but I would only get a couple of cramps a year. It was then that I started reading online forums to find out if others had the same experiences. Many did. However, I decided to go back on Nexium right away and retire the Prilosec. The cramps diminished, but the brain fog and ringing ears (stuff that I had previously not attributed to the Nexium) resumed.
 
After reading these forums I couldn't get the notion of quitting PPI's out of my brain. After another week I decided to quit. I bought DGL and apple cider vinegar etc...  The firs day off the drug showed no change. The second day, I developed a sour stomach which continued unabated. The third day was so bad I though of.... well you know how your mind goes crazy when you don't feel well. I got an emergency appointment with my gastro. He looked at me square in the eye and said GO BACK ON NEXIUM. He added that even though research was not available on the long term effects of using the drug, he felt the benefits still outweighed the detriments. So I went back on the drug.
 
It stopped working! I started to have daily sour stomach issues. Mild but always there. Doubling up on the Nexium helped a bit but not entirely. I stayed on like this for about another month until my follow up at the gastro. Now he tells me that maybe there might be other issued in play. He scheduled me to do a PH test (24 down the throat deal) and blood tests to look at gastrin levels and H. Pylori. He also gave me some samples of Pantoloc to see if that would work better than the Nexium.
 
The next morning I took a Pantoloc, and within 15 minutes I could feel the changes happening in my stomach. All of the acid symptoms disappeared. I was amazed...  for about 10 hours. Then the same symptoms came back. I knew then and there that PPI's had stopped working for me, and that I was not going to double and quadruple my doses to try and chase relief.
 
I felt worse ON THE DRUG, than I ever felt before I started it. I decided to quit the very next day.
 
Armed with 150mg ranitidine tablets, gaviscon, DGL, digestive enzymes, acidophelous and pepto bismol I decide to singlehandedly beat Nexium. If my reading of the posts at this forum did anything for me, it was to convince me that I didn't have GERD. Most of the GERD sufferers here don't have the option of quitting like this for fear of making their situation worse. My gastroscopy did not show any damage at all, and the only thing noticed was some redness in my stomach.
 
When I think about it, my father and both of my siblings have always had digestive issues. Could there be another cause to my grief that had nothing to do with hyperacidity or reflux? I began to be sure about it!
 
The second day off of Nexium was pretty good. I started to feel a little sour before supper. I took a ranitidine, and it kept it at bay. The next 2 days I took ranitidine morning and night, and I didn't feel too bad. I did not have the massive "rebound" that I had the first time, or the alternative treatment was helping. I took a swig of pepto bismol whenever I felt a little burn. I took all of the other supplements before or during meals. Each day since has brought ups and downs. The massive constipation that the pepto bismol gave me didn't help.
 
Now I am eight days off of Nexium. Last night I took a Pepcid AC over the counter pill, and for the whole day I maybe consumed 6 or 8 regular strength Gaviscon. Today I have taken nothing. Today is the first day that I feel almost normal!
 
Overall I was on the PPI's for about 15 - 16 months. I have learned a lot! I am sure that my indigestion will return to the way it was pre Nexium, but I will attempt to find a solution instead of trying to mask it. For all of you that don't have the same options that I did, I certainly feel for you. You have to live with the lesser of evils. Be strong. For those who have been thrown to the Nexium wolves without a definitive reason, please heed my advice and flee. The rebound can be controlled, and it will get better with time.
 
I tried to find posts where other people who have quit PPI's could elaborate on how long it took for the rebound to lessen. I found precious little. Hopefully others will find this ridiculously long account and take heed. YOU WILL FEEL BETTER WITHIN A WEEK! Maybe not all the way better, but a great deal better. Just make sure that you don't allow your esophagus to be injured. Take some H2's for a while and drink the pepto bismol.
 
Eight days off of Nexium and the ringing in my ears is just beginning to abate. My nightime squirmy legs has not stopped, but the feeling that I am about to cramp up has. Of paramount importance is that my mental health is returning. The acid issues that I had (heartburn?) while on Nexium had me believing that something else was wrong. Those acid issues disappeared the day I stopped the Nexium. The sour stomach due to acid has been better each and every day.
 
I hope I have not abused my posting privileges by telling such a long story on my very first post. I also hope that my experience can be of help to someone else, as this forum has been such an inspiration to me.
 
Cheers!
 

LittlePeanut
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   Posted 11/21/2008 4:02 PM (GMT -6)   
Hello and thank you for posting what I was just about to. I too have gone through the battery of tests only to find nothing. I too was prescribed protonix instead of nexium and then after a hospital visit ( yes this went this far) I was given double doses I have not been on the protonix more than a couple of months twice a day only for a couple of days but let me tell you I would rather take the malox ( in my case ) 2-3 times a day than go through the side effects, Dry mouth, Diahreah, etc.  The later was the ones that I finally said enough is enough and my doctor agreed with me. To all of you reading this when you come off the PPI the first couple of days are rough yes. But if you stick with it you can overcome it and get down to what really got you here ( stress, Bad eating habits etc.) You have to retrain your stomach to do its job and do it without the PPI. Just like a baby that starts with Formula then more solids so do we. Eat healthy avoid the triggers. But definitely unless its absolutely necessary stay of The PPI they side effects and the withdrawl after are awfull. There is wisdom in the above post in that she is bridging not quitting cold turkey that has even been reccomended by my doctor almost to the T. Use Zantac for the acid while you remove the PPI so far I am off the 2 pill soon I will be off it completely. Zantac may have to stay along with Malox for a bit but all the side effects will be gone and believe me thats more prefferable.
 
By the way I too just Turned 50 last month
 
Thanks
mtjob

byoung
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   Posted 11/22/2008 1:00 PM (GMT -6)   
Good for you for quitting Nexum.   I have been on it for 7 years, 40 mg. twice daily.  I have also had two Nissen Fundoplations.  The first one came 'undone.' For the past 6 months or so I have had heartburn almost constantly.  The Dr. has done every test he can and all he does is give me more medicine which causes me to get worse.  The acid reflux has caused me to get asthma which I never had before.
I decided last week I was through being in the Hosptal, tests and medication.  So I started taking only 1 nexium a day and on Friday I didn't take one and I haven't taken one today.  Have had a few problems today but nothing I can't handle, so far.
On the Nexium I was having the leg cramps at night and esophageal spasms that hurt for 15-30 minutes.  Would wake me up in the middle of the night.  I have been sleeping in a Recliner for the past several weeks even though my bed is raised 6 inches.
I am praying I can stay off the medication.  I do take Mylanta when needed and am drinking vinegar and honey.
 

CathyA
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   Posted 11/22/2008 2:39 PM (GMT -6)   
I'm a firm believer in rebound........with all sorts of meds.
I tried to get off Aciphex several times, but would get heartburn, so I thought I needed to stay on the Aciphex. Well one time I decided to tough it out, and after 1-2 weeks, the heartburn went away and hasn't been back since!
I think alot of people are on PPIs, thinking they have to be, because they don't understand rebound. By the way.........I later discovered (when I went back on it for about a week), that it was the Aciphex that caused me a couple years of daily horrible headaches. I had never, ever considered that as what was causing my awful headaches. what a bummer! But I did want to agree that rebound definitely exists, and sometimes you just have to wait it out.

riverotter
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   Posted 11/22/2008 8:43 PM (GMT -6)   
I would encourage the three of you who posted in this thread to ponder why you are sick. Why do you have dis-ease? What is really wrong? I would guess that you and many on this site could be 100% physically healthy if you would take more time and effort to examine the whole situation of you life. How much stress are you under? Are you suppressing any anger or sadness so that that energy gets translated into a physical symptom? If that is the case, then you will always feel bad no matter what treatment you try...if you cure one illness, you will simply get another one, because the root cause will be unaddressed. I discovered for myself that anger was at the root of my GERD (and backache and skin problems and allergies etc etc) and after counseling and journaling and meditating, I was able to feel completely good again...no drugs, no restricted diet of any kind and no special regimes (raised bed, for example.) I am done with GERD for good. What I am not done with is dealing with my tendency to suppress emotions, which is a serious matter and requires diligence and treatment on my part. So I have traded one illness for another. But I prefer to treat the root cause and not the symptoms...cheaper and more fun. Life is a journey of discovery, with family, friends, within ourselves...we are not machines to be fixed by repairmen (doctors) or altered by chemicals (drugs)...we have a mind and a spirit. Following this path, I guarantee that 99% of you can feel better, get off drugs and live happier lives.

riverotter

PS: Some of you say that the doctor can't really find anything wrong...hmmm. Makes you wonder. Others have "abnormalities" that have been seen/identified...the question then is whether the abnormalities are really abnormal and whether they are severe enough to cause the level of symptoms that you have. If symptoms go away on vacation or when you get a cold, I think that your abnormality may be a scapegoat and not the real cause of your illness. But it may be easier to talk about and deal with your physical problem than to admit that something deeper in you is wrong. It is scary stuff. Be brave if you can.

LittlePeanut
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   Posted 11/24/2008 10:31 AM (GMT -6)   
Riverotter:

Let me say your right but its not a wagon that is easily righted we live in a society that expects immediate results.
We go to the doctor and expect to feel better right away. This GERD is not one of those that goes away with a pill and even more difficult is when they do all the tests and they basically tell you that your the problem. I hoghly agree with you in that life is an adventure and that we have to take the ups and downs and in this case really really examine what is causing this gerd. In my case I am finding out that the stress is at the root cause of my problems I let it get to far and I am comming to realize that although it felt like it came overnight it did not and while I would like it to dissapear overnight it will take time. But in the mean time the fast fixes called medication are not the answer and goal one is getting off of them.

3 days off of Protonix after 2 a day so far tough but hanging in there.

mtjbob if you read this how is it going i hope your now day 9

CathyA
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   Posted 11/24/2008 10:54 AM (GMT -6)   
Everything in our bodies comes back to life when we quit meds that were suppressing them. Unless there is a real, continued problem, the body seems to find equilibrium.

mtjbob
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   Posted 11/25/2008 9:47 AM (GMT -6)   
I would like to post a follow up now that I am approaching the 2 week mark. I last took a Nexium on Thursady, November 13th.
 
I can say one thing for certainis I am off of PPI's. Even though my system is reverting back to the way I was before the meds, I feel that I have made the correct decision. Remember, I do not have signs of erosion or damage to my esophagus, and my reflex test was negative. Unless your situation is like mine I do not recommend my course of action.
 
I have purchased all manner of supplements. Somehow, I expect most of the bottles to remain nearly full. I recently purchased full spectrum enzymes, enzymes with 8X pancreatin and Betaine HCL. I've got to say that they all made me feel a little weird. I am quite certain that the Betaine made my head feel flush. I have used it twice and both times the same feeling. Do they work? Its hard to say.
 
Last night I braved a tunfish/mayo sandwich. No supplements. Indigestion galore, just like I had pre-Nexium. I don't know why this combo upsets me like that but it does so consistantly. I will go back to avoiding it.
 
If I am still having rebound it is definetely not making me ill like the first time I quit PPI's. I still get some sort of mild indigestion from everything I eat with one exception. There is this terrific Vietnamese restaurant near my office that makes these large glorious soups. I eat to my heart's content and for some reason no ill effects. Something that they use in the soup? Or maybe it is because of the large volume of liquids. I have no idea, but I plan on eating there as often as I can.
 
For me, the most important aspect of this excersize is that I am no longer on a medication that I was certain was doing more harm to me than good. If the price that I have to pay is a bottle of Gaviscon in every room of the house, then that is a fair price for me. However, I have no intentions of avoiding my digestive issues. I want to learn what causes me my grief and see if I can get the better of it.

stkitt
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   Posted 11/25/2008 8:47 PM (GMT -6)   

mtjbob,

In your first post you mentioned the Apple Cider vinegar. Did it not help as I have read so many members have such good luck with it?

Great sharing in all the posts in this thread.

Thanks

Kitt


 

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mtjbob
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   Posted 11/26/2008 3:14 AM (GMT 0)   
Apple cider vinegar made it into my posse, but I didn't find any relief in it. I do, however, find relief in apples. I eat all kinds, whatever is currently fresh.
 
Today was a 2 Gaviscon day. I felt a bit of acid post Subway vegetarian sub (mustard, no sauce, no cheese) at lunch. Could be a little rebound still, or it could be the mustard. It was mild. A few deep breaths and a couple Gaviscon and I felt ok.
 
I felt a bit funky after my supper, but nothing requiring intervention. A couple of hours later I was hungry enough to have some popcorn with my dose of "House". I fee fine. I am thinking that time will only serve to improve my condition.
 
A word to LITTLEPEANUT. Add a little pepto bismol to your mix. I found that the best help I got during my first few days came from the ranitidine and P.B. I find the P.B. soothing, although I could live without the aftereffects (black stools and constipation).
 
I find good breathing and sitting upright (or walking) helps me.
 
For all of you apple lovers, seek out the brand GEE WHIZ if you can find it. Somehow they manage to market the most amazing produce!
 
 

stkitt
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   Posted 11/25/2008 9:20 PM (GMT -6)   

Thanks for the info on the apples.

House was good tonight.......course I love his sacasm when we know he is just a big old soft touch underneath the false front he puts on.

Have a great day tomorrow.

Kitt


 

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LittlePeanut
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   Posted 11/26/2008 10:35 AM (GMT -6)   
Congrats Mtjbob:
I am now 5 days off of Protonics and 2 days off of zantac. I am comming of a GI visit this morning and been told to get off all acid blockers and go to Gaviscon PRN and or Tums PRN. The blood work showed mineral diffeciencies in both Iron and Calcium. I am to take a multivitamin to restore to normal. So I guess nature has a way of telling us that enough is enough or to figure it out some other way as Riverotter says. No pills allowed

Funny I cant watch House there somthing about the show as he bounces from diagnosis to diagnosis that I dont know cant find humour in.

They say an apple a day keeps the doctor away!

mtjbob
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   Posted 11/29/2008 12:10 PM (GMT -6)   

In case anyone is still following this thread, I will provide an update. It is now 16 days since my last Nexium, and I am feeling ok. Far from perfect. I seem to have some mild heartburn (in the throat area) that starts about 1/2 hour after each meal. I am not sure if it is because of oversecretion (rebound), or if this is now my permanent lot in life. There have been days where I have taken absolutely no medication or supplements other than perhaps Iberogast (on the hope that it will make my food move through quicker) and digestive enzymes (not the pancreatine ones, as those made me nauseous), and there have been several days where I took a Pepcid Ac after dinner.

I really haven't had a meal yet where I didn't have some kind of ill feeling, but it is far better now than right after I stopped the Nexium, and truthfully, better than it was for my last few weeks while on Nexium. I am hopefull that things will continue to improve.

Something tells me that I have to learn to cut down my portions, and listen to my body when it tells me I am full. Its not easy to break old habits, but I will aim to try.

I will be asking my doctor to schedule another gastroscopy and reflux test as soon as possible. At least now I don't have to fret about stopping the Nexium for a week or two before the tests!

Cheers to all.


LittlePeanut
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   Posted 12/1/2008 2:43 PM (GMT -6)   
MTJBOB:
DONT LOSE FAITH IT TAKES TIME TO RETRAIN NOT ONLY THE STOMACH BUT THE MIND AND YES YOU HAVE TO TAKE IT EASY ON THE FOOD MY DOCTOR TOOK ME OFF ALL MEDICATION AND I AM SO RELIEVED. LOOK IN TO YOUR EATING HABITS ARE YOU EATING IN A HURRY AND LARGE AMOUNTS. TAPER OFF A BIT ON THE AMOUNTS TRY SMALLER PORTIONS AND VERY IMPORTANT TRY TO EAT AT THE SAME TIME EVERY DAY FOR A WHILE. ITS HARD TO DO BUT ITS BETTER FOR YOU. ALSO TRY TO MAKE YOUR LAST MEAL BEFORE SIX OR AT LEAST GIVE YOURSELF THE 2-3 HOURS OR SO BEFORE YOU LAY DOWN. I KNOW OLD HABITS ARE HARD TO BREAK BUT IF YOU TAKE IT ONE DAY AT A TIME SOON YOU WILL LOOK BACK AT THIS AS A LEARNING EXPERIENCE IN THE PAST. KEEP THE FAITH DONT GIVE UP YOU WILL GET THERE AND YOUR LIFE BACK!

LittlePeanut
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   Posted 12/8/2008 2:15 PM (GMT -6)   
mtjbob:

Have not heard back from you how are you doing?

mtjbob
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   Posted 12/8/2008 4:53 PM (GMT -6)   

It has now been 25 days since my last PPI pill. Mixed blessings. I am 100% certain that it is positive for me to be off of that drug, but I am still left with dealing with my daily tribulations. I would say that I get at least mild indigestion following every meal, no matter what I consume. A bit of heartburn, but nothing major. I have taken on average otc 3 pepcids per week. I consume 2 - 4 gaviscon regular strength at least every other day.

I know there is something wrong with me, but I still do not believe it to be GERD. Now that I am free of ppi mediaction, I can start to test for the source of my dyspepsia (functional?). My latest blood test was negative for gastrin level and h. pylori. I will be doing the helico test for h.p. as the blood test variety is not the gold standard.

I made up my mind that after 30 days I would start to do my own investigation. I will try eliminating some of my regular foods one at a time to see if that changes anything. Coffee is out completely, as that gives me heartburn on an empty stomach. Diet Coke doesn't seem to bother me. I eat a lot of bread, so reluctantly, I will try to eliminate that.

I can't help but wonder if the 15 months of Nexium did some permanent damge to my digestive system. My issues are worse now than before I went on the drug.

On a brighter note, I am not getting the sour stomach (nausea) that I had immediately following my cessation of ppi's. So, the rebound has abated, but I don't think it gone entirely just yet. At least that is what I am hoping. Wouldn't it be nice to have one satisfying meal without any ill effects? I am hoping that it might be a week or two away.

I will check in on this forum and update at least once a week.

Best of the season and good health to all.


LittlePeanut
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   Posted 12/9/2008 7:54 AM (GMT -6)   
MTJBOB;

Thanks for the update and wow 25 days thats so good. I dont think the length of time makes a difference with the rebound effects. I quit the protonics after about 2 months and still experience much of the same symptoms you describe and I am on day 16. An annoying heartburn after meals but pretty much limited to after lunch breakfast seems to do ok as i have a high fiber breakfast. Have you tried Chamomile Tea. I am presently taking it twice a day in the morning and before I go to sleep and it holds the acid down pretty well. Try Decaf if your like me that likes that coffee smell in the morning and wheat bread. Dont lose faith take it one day at a time thats what I am doing its a tough battle yes but I am convinced that it will be better in the long run. My doctors are convinced that its a 50's phase and as the metabolisim adjusts things will return back to normal and I believe them.

Keep us updated as it inspires others.

Best of the season to you

rdcj
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   Posted 12/10/2008 8:54 PM (GMT -6)   
Fairly new to the posting here.........I saw an MD Monday that believes in looking into the entire body, not just the stomach, esaphogus, whatever and she too recommended me going off all meds for GERD/REFLUX and trying "natural" supplements.  I am going to give it a try.  It can't hurt me, not anymore than this gerd.  The question I have is: the folks posting and going off meds.......have you had scopes and proof of issues in the stomach/esaphogus area?  I only ask because I have been scoped, many times, and told that I have acute inflammation, infection, scarring and an eroded esaphogus.............little nervous about being on meds and also going off?  But to date none of the meds  have worked so I guess it certainly can't hurt me to try the "natural" supplements can it?
Thank you in advance for any help/info!

LittlePeanut
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   Posted 12/11/2008 2:26 PM (GMT -6)   
rdcj:

It sound like you have some results comming back from the endoscopy that indicate some issues. But if nothing works for you then going off the medication and trying another form of treatment could be the right thing to do especially if your doctor agrees. In my case all the tests have come back negative so there was really no need other than preventive to be on PPI how ever once that got started getting off has proven a difficult challenge.
Herbal teas and supplements have helped but the experience is very tough. If you want a general feedback from the whole forum I would suggest that you create a seperate post. The group here is very good and will undoubtedly tell it like it is.

DANIE
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   Posted 12/13/2008 10:39 PM (GMT -6)   
The following is information on Apple Cider Vinegar.....

This is a very alkaline food....you should not drink it straight to try to heal yourself from GERD.

It is alkaline in your stomach but acid as it goes down your esophagus. Use it in salads after you heal yourself.

If you want to try it anyway, dilute it with water or it will burn as it travels down your esophagus.

Another very alkaline food is lemon juice....again do not drink it while healing from GERD.
Use it in salads after you heal......Romans used lemon juice for digestion 2,000 years ago.

Learn about alkaline food and acid food....it will be incredibly helpful to you for any type of digestive disorder.
I posted everything I ever learned on this site 2 yrs ago.....just do a serch under my name.
Good luck to everyone.

stkitt
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   Posted 12/14/2008 12:14 AM (GMT -6)   

I ordered the ACV recommended on the site here and after one dose I was in agony............severe burning and stomach sour with regurge. I am very glad it works for others but it did not like me  redface  

I still like to read and consider different options.

Thank you all for sharing.

Kitt


 

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mtjbob
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   Posted 12/29/2008 7:01 PM (GMT -6)   

It has now been 39 days since I went off of ppi medication (nexium). I still have issues, but I am sure much of it is stress related from dwelling on it so much. When sitting still I can bring on mild stomach pains and a squirt of reflux. Now, I have to find a way to take my mind off of this.

Now that I think about it, over the course of my adult life I have had numerous episodes of stomach pains that were brought on by stress, but acid reflux was never in the picture. Eventually I would end up with the runs. The acid reflux portion has only surfaced SINCE I started taking medication.

I am still fumbling through. Some days I take a few swigs of Pepto Bismol and chew a few Gaviscon. Some days I take nothing, but still I always sense a little bit of heartburn. When I first stopped taking Nexium, I had acid rebound, bloating and nausea. Much of that has abated.

I am probably still eating and drinking too much. Old habits are tough to break, especially after the freedom I had to indulge myself during my first 12 months on Nexium. I am planning to start excercising again shortly. We will see if that helps.

Wishhing all on this forum a very happy and healthy new year!


LittlePeanut
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   Posted 12/30/2008 8:48 AM (GMT -6)   
mtjbob:
 
Its good to hear from you and I am glad things are at least stable. Stress can be a big factor in stomach issues and as we get older our bodies take a longer time to adjust to the stress. Thats why the say Lifestyle change and diet to get rid of not only stress but the stomach problems too. I like you am not to far behind you in terms of the number of days off of medication and your right some days its not bad and some days you have to reach for the antacids. My GI has recently reccommended Carafate although the scopes and tests have shown up fine he feels its worth a try to settle my stomach which in turn could settle the nerves and relieve the stress associated with it. While I am skeptical of new meds it seems Carafate could be a good thing. It must be something with turning 50 a
metabolisim change or something like that. We will outgrow it I am sure its just going to take some time.
 
Have a Happy New Year
 
 

bokbok
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   Posted 4/27/2009 3:57 PM (GMT -6)   
hi i,m 9 days in cold turkey form ppi,s and i ok if i dont eat soon as eat half an hour after i start belching and thats when i get a bit of heart burn , i had all the tests nothing all pretty much normal

lisams
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   Posted 6/5/2009 11:44 AM (GMT -6)   
mtjbob, I've been reading your story and I'm curious if you have an update on how you are doing. I'm 10 days off Protonix and your journey has been inspiring to me.

Thanks!
Lisa
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