Aciphex? Nexium?

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   Posted 3/12/2009 8:09 PM (GMT -6)   
I have been suffering for 3 years (HORRIBLY).
I CONSTANTLY feel like something is stuck, I am in a lot of pain, and the entire esophageal muscle isn't working.
Prevacid must not be working.
I've tried EVERYTHING, but I've been on prevacid the longest.
Is Aciphex stronger?  Should I try it for a long period of time to see if it works?  Maybe I didn't try it for long enough?  Is Nexium the strongest?  I think that Nexium caused pain so I probably wouldn't go back to that one...
ALSO, I HAVE tried natural remedies, and EVERYTHING that I read that worked for Danie, didn't work for me...SO, SORRY but it DOESN'T work for me!  My esophagus might have atrophied from staravation and the mechanics of it don't work!
LASTLY, I have a good GI doctor who KNOWS that I have very bad symptoms (they were MEASURED in multiple studies, including the PH studies which read that my digestion is "dramatically abnormal.")...My symptoms DO happen when I relax...It is NOT an anxiety problem....
SO, what can I try that I haven't tried for long enough?  Is Achiphex the strongest??
Thanks in advance...

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   Posted 3/13/2009 8:26 AM (GMT -6)   

PPI medicine blocks acid from being made in the stomach. PPI is the strongest of all the acid medicines. I do not know that one is stronger then the other or if it is dependant on how your body reacts to the medication.

If the medicines are not working, what does your GI suggest you do for relief of your sx.?

I am sorry to hear your having huge issues with the your GERD.

Take care and keep posting.



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   Posted 3/13/2009 9:04 AM (GMT -6)   


I don't think that I just have GERD, I also have a motility problem in my esophagus, the esophagus doesn't work properly.  That's why it's so tough.

I wish it was just GERD.  When the GERD is caused by something else, I think it makes it harder to tame...

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   Posted 3/13/2009 10:40 PM (GMT -6)   
Hey FriendlyGal!

Have you tried going off all medications for GERD? You have absolutely nothing to lose. It sounds as if your normal sequence of muscle movement in the oesophagus has been de-programmed by all the medications; especially your LES. If you decide to drop the medicines, try avoiding foods that you know are a problem, and eat small amounts, perhaps 6-8 times a day. Avoid fluids right after eating because they dilute your digestive enzymes.

Now, if only I knew how to solve my own issue!........Lee

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   Posted 3/14/2009 9:41 AM (GMT -6)   

Lee, thanks for trying to help me out! said "Now only if I knew how to solve MY issue," but...Sorry, but you couldn't solve mine either.  My medical situation is quite sever...

When I was off ALL medications, I was still suffering HORRIBLY.  So, no the medications did not cause these problems.  In fact, I was PUT on them BECAUSE of the problems I have...In fact, because I have such severe GERD, it is imperative that I protect my esophagus.  That's what these meds are supposed to do...

ALSO, about avoiding all trigger foods...I've done that for 3 years, both when on the PPIs, and when off of them...

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