Nexium side effects?

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Date Joined Mar 2010
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   Posted 3/11/2010 12:34 PM (GMT -6)   
Good Morning. I posted my story not too long ago. My doctor recently diagnosed me w/ GERD after ruling out gallbladder/pancreas (u/s) and mitral valve prolapse (echo and I had an EKG during an urgent care visit). I was having panic/anxiety symptoms, so I was put on Nexium and Citalopram. Initially, I was convinced that I just had anxiety and NOT Gerd, so I stopped the Nexium and experienced what I now think was a rebound effect. I had lots of burning/heartburn, as well as some spasms and heightened anxiety. I thought it was the Citalopram, so my doc put me on Zoloft and instructed me to go back on Nexium. At first, I was feeling much better, with only some occasional sternum/rib/back pain from the Gerd. In fact, I just went for my recheck and was telling the doctor that I felt much better. However, now I'm experiencing more back pain, what feels like side, shoulder, and arm muscle twitches, a bit of chest wall pain, copious "gurgling" and tummy talk, and loose stool (sorry). I'm still thinking that I was only suffering from anxiety (my mom had a heart scare which caused me to worry...all is well), and that being on a PPI has created Nexium dependency. However, I don't want to quit Nexium cold turkey again. My doc agreed to refer me to a gastro, but they've yet to call with the appointment. I'm 35, have a healthy body weight, great BP, and I'm tired of feeling this way! I will say that, prior to my Gerd diagnosis, my eating habits weren't stellar. Has anyone gone off of a PPI successfully? I've been reading the reviews of Nexium on the site that someone here referenced and WOW.

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Date Joined Jan 2010
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   Posted 3/11/2010 7:24 PM (GMT -6)   
HI! im christine and i feel your pain (point intended-lol) im now on nexium 2xs a day at 40mg each b/c i got really sick in jan and it sturred all sorts of stuff up ( i also suffer from vertigo) anywho i've been trying to get off of nexium a few times to no aval

I too had ultrasound done to rule out anything serious - which all came back fine (they did find gall stones but all is ok) i still get a stuck feeling in my throat (like a bunch of phlem or something) and i also get some pain under the breast bone but i do not get the pain in the rib cage etc - i know others on here do so they might be more help

why cant you call the GI for the appt?? i'll be 30 and im already tired of all this! but on the flip side at least we all have each other!

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Date Joined Jul 2009
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   Posted 3/11/2010 9:43 PM (GMT -6)   
I put up with it for almost 10 years. I got tired of my GI giving me bad news on the surgery. I just wanted relief! I found my own surgeon, had the surgery and feel great.
If your insurance doesn't require referrals go find someone new.

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