I've made it worse!!

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oellph
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   Posted 7/14/2011 2:56 PM (GMT -6)   
For the last 5 years I've been on rabeprazole (Aciphex) for what I think was mild reflux compared with what I've read. Mostly I woke up with a burning sensation and never really experienced it during the day. I was taking 10mg every other day - so 5mg per day and never gave it a second thought. If I missed it for 3-4 days then the reflux would return.

Fast forward to April this year and for a number of reasons I decided to stop taking it. I went cold turkey for 3-4 weeks and at the end of this time my doc tested for h.pylori (negative). Unfortunately the reflux, bloating and stomach cramps got me down and I went back to my 10mg but daily. However it didn't seem to be helping as much as before. I figured I needed to give it a few weeks to get back to normal. This didn't really happen though and I was getting quite anxious about my health, worrying that something worse was wrong with me. I developed a feeling of a lump in my throat and a hairy feeling at the back of my mouth (still have this). The doc things its an anxiety symptom. Two weeks ago I was changed to 20mg Omeprazole. The reflux and stomach cramps subsided but the throat still felt sore/hairy. Over the last couple of days I'm starting to wonder if I still have reflux and it's only affecting the upper part of my throat. I don't feel it lower down or behind my breastbone.

So it seems like what was working really well for me has now been disrupted and PPIs aren't being as effective. This is getting me down further because I feel I've made things worse. My family say my throat might be a common infection and anxiety. I'm not so sure. I end up in tears wishing it was back to the way it had been. I'm concerned that i'm damaging my esophogus but i really don't want to up the dosage to 40mg. It seems crazy that I could go from an effective 5mg to 20mg or 40mg to control things.

Maybe I should ask my doc to transfer me back to rabeprazole. Maybe Omeprazole isn't as effective for me. Although I thought most of these PPIs were, at a basic level, mostly the same.

mudmagnetmum
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   Posted 7/14/2011 4:48 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi there, it does take a while for things to settle after any "experiment" fails (new drugs or no drugs). You could try adding Zantac in, just to see if a top up drug helps. The funny "hairy" feeling. . . sounds like what I sometimes get from my asthma inhalers. It might be worth trying some anticandida treatment, like Corsodyl mouthwash (or USA equivalent), maybe gargle with it if you can. Also I wonder if your sinuses are OK? Post nasal drip can also give funny sensations down the back of the throat, and acid reflux can irritate the sinuses (seems to do this even if the acid doesn't come up that high!).

If you have had good control before this and things only changed because of the gap in treatment, then I would be optimistic of getting back to where you were, but it will take some patience and further experimentation!

Hope you feel better soon.
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mudmagnetmum
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   Posted 7/14/2011 4:53 PM (GMT -6)   
PS: forgot to say you may have had acid rebound which is a common problem when trying to come off ppis.
New stuff: GERD. Interstitial Cystitis
Lifelong stuff: Food allergies, eczema, asthma

oellph
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   Posted 7/15/2011 1:23 AM (GMT -6)   
Thanks for the encouragement. I've picked up some throat lozenges but will look out for Corsodyl.
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