2 days on Prevacid and LPR-free but...

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efit
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   Posted 9/22/2011 7:41 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi all,

I started taking Prevacid 2 days ago and am now LPR-free. Praise God for that. I have been able to smile without faking it today. I am posting b/c I am concerned about the issues that I may potentially be faced with while using a PPI. First, I'm a bit anxious that it will cease to work like so many of you and others have stated has happened to them. I would love to be happy about being symptom-free but that happiness is guarded and I hate to live like that.
Second, poor bone density seems to be running in my family. My gma has osteoporosis and my mom has osteopenia at 55. I exercise a ton but I am now lactose intolerant so I probably don't get enough calcium from my diet.
I am curious how long the PPI's DID work for you guys and if you were left with any unpleasant effects as a result of being on them.

Take care,
Liz

aciphexo
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   Posted 9/22/2011 9:06 PM (GMT -6)   
Wow .. I've not heard of anyone getting rid of the LPR symptoms with just 2 days of PPI use! Typically people take double dosage of PPI for 3-6 months before their LPR symptoms subside.

In any case, if the PPIs are working for you and you feel fine, you can try getting off of them. Since you've been on the PPIs for only 2 days, you don't even have to taper them off - just stop taking them and see what happens. If your symptoms return, continue to take them ..

Now, in my case PPIs work but give me horrible side effects - so I don't go near them. For others they are not effective or lose their effectiveness over time.

I wouldn't worry too much about bone issues with such a short term use .. if you think you may have to take them for long periods of time (>3-6 months), then may be you can try to get off them - or - supplement with other things such as strict diet etc.

sk55
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   Posted 9/23/2011 5:00 AM (GMT -6)   
efit,

can you do all your usual exercises with no issues? laying down, running, etc.



I think if you follow the koufman diet and take the PPI for a few months with dr. supervision. you can scale out and be drug free.


i think some people take PPI, continue to eat poorly and then the drugs don't work anymore.


Jesse

efit
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   Posted 9/23/2011 9:20 AM (GMT -6)   
HI guys,

Yes I am happy to be symptom-free even if it turns out to be short-lived. The doc said to take them for 3 months and then try to taper off and see what happens but he said not to expect to be symptom free without meds ever again as this condition tends to be chronic :(

Jesse,
Yes I am able to do all of my normal exercises including teach kickboxing, lift weights, etc. My reflux never really worsened during exercise oddly enough. My symptom pattern has been unusual to say the least. I will have the throat burn / throat clearing for two straight weeks all day everyday then it will go away for 1-3 weeks without even a trace.
I have been avoiding all triggers and basically following the Koufman diet before I even knew that existed for the whole 5 months this has been going on. I have no real triggers that I am aware of except tomato but then again I've avoided most things except chocolate.
Every now and again I will feel a weird acidy feeling even on this Prevacid. This whole thing blows. I'm still looking for the miracle cure.

Thanks,
Liz
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