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nasalady
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   Posted 9/13/2010 2:34 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi everyone,

I usually hang out in the Lyme disease, or Lupus, or Chronic Pain forums....but right now I'm having the WORST acid reflux I've had in a long, long time.

As you can see from my signature, I do take Prilosec, but now it's just as though I'm not taking anything! My esophagus is on fire, and has been for days. I suppose I'm going to have to see my doctor, but I recently moved 200 miles from Southern CA to the Central Coast region and left my old gastroenterologist far behind (I guess I could hop in the car and drive 3 1/2 hours to see him though, if I have to).

I also take prednisone, but have recently dropped the dose from 10 mg to 5, and was not having this much GERD trouble before.

I'm also having trouble with nausea and general aversion to food....good for weight loss I guess.

Does anyone else relate to sudden increase in acid reflux? Any suggestions other than go see the doctor?

Thanks,
JoAnn
Lyme Disease, Babesiosis, Ehrlichiosis, Bartonella, AIH, Hashimoto's, lupus, fibro, RA, celiac, asthma, psoriasis, adrenal fatigue, pre-diabetic, Raynaud's, hypertension, osteopenia, sleep apnea, RLS, GERD, DDD, severe lower back pain, cubital tunnel, tarsal tunnel, Suprax, Mepron, Alinia, Zithromax, Prednisone, Imuran, Plaquenil, Lyrica, Cymbalta, Levothyroxine, Liothyronine, Atenolol, Cozaar, Zyrtec, Fosamax, Albuterol, Prilosec

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couchtater
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   Posted 9/13/2010 6:08 PM (GMT -6)   
This can happen over time. You need to up your medicine to something stronger. Can you take Zegrid?
Joy

nasalady
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   Posted 9/13/2010 6:35 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks, Joy! I just looked up Zegerid, and it appears to have the same ingredient as Prilosec (omeprazole), but a higher dose, plus sodium bicarb. I probably could take it, but will have to ask my doctor since sodium is an issue (because of the prednisone).

I appreciate the info and suggestion!
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stkitt
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   Posted 9/14/2010 11:58 AM (GMT -6)   
 
Good Morning,  any chance you could get a referral from your current Gi physician to one in the area you have moved to.  A 3 1/2 hour drive is long and it would probably be good to have a GI doc near where you live now.
 
Welcome to the forum.
 
Kindly,
Kitt

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nasalady
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   Posted 9/14/2010 2:45 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Kitt, thanks for the warm welcome!

I've been using Google, Angie's List, Vitals.com, Yelp, and similar sites to look for a good gastro in my area (one with good patient reviews, etc.). I already drive down to Arcadia to see my neurologist and to Beverly Hills to see my rheumy, and that's more than enough driving!!

Getting an actual referral is a good idea though, because a lot of these guys won't take new patients without one, even if you have PPO insurance and don't need a referral for the insurance to pay.

Thanks again!
JoAnn
Lyme Disease, Babesiosis, Ehrlichiosis, Bartonella, AIH, Hashimoto's, lupus, fibro, RA, celiac, asthma, psoriasis, adrenal fatigue, pre-diabetic, Raynaud's, hypertension, osteopenia, sleep apnea, RLS, GERD, DDD, severe lower back pain, cubital tunnel, tarsal tunnel, Suprax, Mepron, Alinia, Zithromax, Prednisone, Imuran, Plaquenil, Lyrica, Cymbalta, Levothyroxine, Liothyronine, Atenolol, Cozaar, Zyrtec, Fosamax, Albuterol, Prilosec

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