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stevenstaven
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   Posted 2/11/2010 3:26 AM (GMT -6)   
I went to see an ENT who diagnosed a cyst in my throat. Went back 8 weeks later for a check up and seen another doctor who said that there was no cyst but I had inflammation of my vocal cords. I was prescribed a ppi (Omeprazole) 40mg for 3 weeks. I had no symptoms of reflux except a marginally sore throat in the morning.
 
However after coming off the medication I have a constant cramping pain in my stomach. I still have NO reflux symptoms like heartburn etc. When I eat the pain becaomes worse.
 
I had an episode of bad reflux about 4 years ago which resolved itself.
 
Has the medication caused a problem or what. Im really cofused.
 
All replys welcome. Thankyou.

couchtater
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   Posted 2/11/2010 5:27 PM (GMT -6)   
Sounds like you have "silent" GERD. THe acid's there but it doesn't cause many symptoms. Mine caused coughing, voice loss, and wheezing.

Why did you stop the meds?

Joy

stkitt
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   Posted 2/12/2010 11:06 AM (GMT -6)   
Hello and welcome,


Good advice by Joy. We do have a thread at the top that provides good info on " Do I have GERD?" You may want to read through it.



Welcome aboard.



Kitt

stevenstaven
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   Posted 2/15/2010 7:53 AM (GMT -6)   

I Had a really bad bout of reflux 4 years ago and had an endoscopy. My consultant said that i Had GERD and would remain on PPI's for the rest of my life!! (I was only 25). When I went to see my GP about the endoscopy results she was horrified that the consultant had told me this. She said that current research on the drug showed that there may be long term complications and told me to make lifestyle changes instead. I was medication free for 4 years.

Recently I was stressed out with University finals and felt a "lump" in my throat...the reflux must have came back. I had no symptoms as I knew it but the ENT specialist said that the inflammation was definately there. She prescribed 40mg Omeprazole which in my opinion was overkill. I was on 20mg when I had bad symptoms.

I didnt feel comfortable taking the meds and about 5 days after stopping them, started to get terrible pains in my stomach. I read  about Acid Rebound HyperSecretion and omeprazoles effect on gastrin and histamine production. At the time I was trying to take H2RA's but these were having no effect on the symptoms. I told myself that if this drug was having no effect then surely the problem wasnt acid related. I also had no other GERD Symptoms.

I am now pain free and on no medication. The pain disappeared overnight after causing problems for about 3-4 weeks. From what I have read, H2RA's dont work well after being on Omeprazole as the high levels of Gastrin produced after coming off the meds stimulate elevated levels of Histamine.

When the pain was at its worst I went to an NHS walk in centre and their response was to put me back on PPI's. I was horrified.

I have a background in medical science and this was what gave me the confidence to question my health care providers and come off the drugs. However it worries me that these drugs are prescribed so liberaly to the general public especially as the rebound can cause a cycle of addiction.

I have had my rant now so thanks for listening...


stkitt
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   Posted 2/15/2010 9:34 AM (GMT -6)   
stevenstaven[


I am glad to read you are doing well. You appear to be very educated, understand the medications well and have made an informed decision to stop the PPIs.



I wish you the very best and please do stick with us as we are here as a peer support group for all.



Kindly,

Kitt
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