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   Posted 12/5/2008 10:27 AM (GMT -6)   
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.
thanks everyone

Post Edited (Camaro-69ss) : 12/5/2008 8:34:49 AM (GMT-7)

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   Posted 12/5/2008 12:55 PM (GMT -6)   


Hello and Welcome to the GERD/Heartburn  forum. I understand your concerns as many other members has the same ones.

I take Priolsec and have done fairly well with it. I was on it twice a day then dropped back to once a day.

If you check through the threads I know you will see other topics re your same issues.  Be sure to look back 2-3 pages as this is a fast moving forum and sometimes you have to scout out the topic.

Here is an older thread I pulled up for you.  Just click on the link.


Take care and again welcome

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Date Joined Oct 2008
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   Posted 12/5/2008 3:52 PM (GMT -6)   

Welcome and your not alone. You will find that there are alot of us working on getting off the PPI because of the side effects. You need to examine though your eating habits and lifestyle. If you have a very hectic lifestyle eating on the run then that could have a big part in what is going on even though your eating healthy. Then remember when a doctor prescribes a medication it is to treat something. That treatment is for a period of time usually two weeks. If that treatment does not work then they try another. PPI treatments are usually 8 weeks. If the patient makes neccessary adjustments the treatment should work. The problems I have seen on alot of posts is the meds start working and some go back to eating as if nothing had happened. You need to watch what you eat and evaluate the triggers and avoid them if you can medication is not fullproof. Lastly Stress can have a direct impact on your GERD. If your not getting enough down time or sleep that can bring your stress levels up and no matter what you eat you might get some reflux. It sounds like you want off the PPI which appear to no longer be working.
It is possible but it will require patience. The group hear is fantastic and I am sure more will post hopefully with the success stories of how they got off the PPI so you can take tremendous encouragement from that.

Good luck!

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Date Joined Nov 2008
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   Posted 12/5/2008 9:38 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Camaro:

You brought up something very interesting that I had not thought there was a connection to but now I am not so sure. For the past few weeks I have been experiencing joint/muscle pain and lower back pain. I never connected it to the Prilosec I was taking. When you combine what you said with Littlepeanut it makes sense. I have been taking the prilosec for about a year and for the past few months not consistently watching what I was eating.

My diet was a lot stricter when I was first diagnosed and after trying Aciphex, Nexium, and Protonix initially, I finally got myself to the point that I could take the prilosec. I actually came off it for close to a month but had not done my homework on proper weaning and shortly thereafter the symptoms came back and so did the prilosec. I think I will be making a before New Years Day resolution to try and get back on track. I have already seen that getting off the meds is possible and look forward to giving it another shot. So yep! you are not alone! I hope you are feeling better soon. Keep reading as I have already learned quite a bit in my short time here.
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