I'm a 43 year old male who has been dealing with GERD for 5 years now. Initially back in 2003 my doctor did an Upper Endoscopy which showed minor irritation in my esophogus and no other problems. She prescribed Aciphex and I immediately had complete relief for 3 years. Absolute miracle drug for me. Then the side effects started......... terrible joint and muscle pain, lower back problems constantly, small itchy bumps all over...... so I did some research and switched to Prilosec. Prilosec didn't work as well as the Aciphex but was still better than the GERD pain. I took Prilosec for about a year with the same side effects as the Aciphex, just not as severe. I'm now finally sick and tired of feeling like I'm 70 years old. The muscle and joint pain is so bad. I stopped taking it about a month ago for 2 weeks - I felt like I was 20 years younger - no pain and great flexibility, but my GERD was killing me. I gave up coffee and was trying all the OTC stuff like Tums, Pepcid and th ebest one for me - Alka Seltzer Heartburn. If I took the Alka Seltzer 2-3 times a day I could get through the day pretty comfortably.
2 days ago I decided to try Nexium as I hadn't tried that one yet. for 2 days now I've had a terrible headache - really miserable.
I'm realizing that I need to find a better solution to all this - the meds work for the GERD but I don't want to live with the side effects any longer.
I guess I'm looking for "yep, your not alone.... and YES there are ways to fix this!!"
By the way, I'm in good physical shape, not overweight, I eat "pretty healthy" ..... yes, I drink coffee and have a few beers now and then.... My wife keeps our family eating pretty healthy though.
Post Edited (Camaro-69ss) : 12/5/2008 8:34:49 AM (GMT-7)