Did my PPI stop working??

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MadMatt73
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   Posted 5/8/2012 10:25 AM (GMT -6)   

Hi All, long time reader first time poster here.  A little about me before my questions…I’m 38 y.o., in pretty good shape, was told I have GERD about a year and a half ago.  My symptoms were burning stomach and it felt like a lump was in my throat.  Dr. told me to take Prevacid OTC (15mg) 2x a day and to get an endoscopy. I had the endoscopy and I was told that I had minor inflammation common with GERD and to keep taking Prevacid.  I took the Prevacid 2x a day for 2 months then went to 1 a day and I have been fine since.  By fine I mean I can eat what I want, drink what I want and I sleep just fine every night without burning.

Now comes the strange part.  I moved to a new apartment last month and anyone who has moved knows it can be stressful.  I ate a little bit worse than normal but only for about a week while we got settled into the new place.  Everything was still fine, in fact I felt perfectly normal…..until last week Wednesday!!!!!!  OMG it was like the prevacid just stopped working.  Stomach was burning, burning up into my throat, and having trouble sleeping at night because of those now.  I doubled up on the Prevacid again, changed my diet and it is still not working.

So my questions are:

Can the Prevacid just stop working overnight like that?

Could I just be having flare-up that is hitting me HARD after all the stress and bad eating?

If it is a flare-up will it go back to normal or do I need to try another PPI?

How long can a flare-up last?

 

Thank you in advance for your comments.  I want to get your opinions before I visit my Dr. again. 

 

Thanks,

Matt


ericapeace2000
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   Posted 5/8/2012 12:03 PM (GMT -6)   
I think the stress probably aggravated the condition. When you get stressed your stomach pumps out more acid so even if the PPI was working, there is now more acid anyway. Sometimes people have reported that their PPI stopped working and they end up switching to another one. Try modifying your diet (chicken, turkey, lean meat, non acidic fruits and veggies...low acid, low carb, low fat. ) and do some stress reduction techniques such as deep breathing. Chew non mint gum and stay away from fried/fatty foods, coffee, caffine, tomatoes, smoking etc. GERD is intermittent meaning that some days you are better than other days. I think if you modify your diet you will feel better. Don't just rely on PPI drugs.

mudmagnetmum
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   Posted 5/8/2012 12:35 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi there,

If things don't settle down you need to report to your PCP/GP for some advice - you may just need some extra medication to get you through a rough patch (be careful to wean back down slowly if you go to a higher dose for a while). Adding Zantac on top is an option you could discuss. You could also consider adding Gaviscon to take before you lie down at night.

Just a random thought - did you do any heavy lifting during the removal?! Could you have aggravated a hernia.......?

You haven't changed the time of day that you take your medicine either?

GERD plays a devious game - same kind of thing happens to many of us and you can drive yourself crazy trying to work out or undo what the last fatal step was (I'm locked in flare up right now myself). If you can, just try to plan forwards and not torment yourself. It is what it is right now and you're going to have to be really proactive with it for a while to get back on top of things.

You haven't done anything wrong..... it's just sneaky!!

Hope you bounce back soon,

MMM
New stuff: GERD, Recurrent cystitis/Overactive bladder
Lifelong stuff: Food allergies/intolerance, eczema, asthma

MadMatt73
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   Posted 5/8/2012 12:54 PM (GMT -6)   
Thank you for the responses. I have tried to start eating better since the move and chew gum a lot, and also quit smoking (well mostly quit :-)). I did do some heavy lifting during the move but the flare up happened after all the lifting, like a week after. I haven’t changed the time I am taking my PPI but I have had to add a Zantac in there before I go to bed now. That seems to help a little bit.
Now for another question :-) I just thought of this…..when I wake up at night I am usually fine, no burning and everything is fine. 5 min later then I start to feel the burn….is that normal? Also, how long should I wait to see if the flare up goes away before I make another trip back to the Dr.?
Thanks again,
Matt

ericapeace2000
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   Posted 5/8/2012 2:08 PM (GMT -6)   
That sometimes happens to me. When I first wake up Iam fine, but as soon as I start moving, I feel the lump in the throat thing. The only thing I can think of is that I am hungry...when I am hungry I feel like my stomach is eating itself. Once I have breakfast and start chewing gum, I am usually pretty ok. I would go see your GI doctor as soon as you can. And start working on changing your diet (the book "Dropping Acid" is a good start).

mudmagnetmum
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   Posted 5/8/2012 3:15 PM (GMT -6)   
I feel sick if I wake in the night and when I wake up to the alarm clock - it kicks in a few minutes after waking, as if my stomach wakes up shortly after my brain! I swear my stomach also eats itself when there's no food around. Chewing DGL helps me with that. Chewing gum during the day helps too. Peppermint sweets help me (despite peppermint supposedly being a trigger for some folk).

I would make an appointment soon - no harm in getting some professional advice and possibly a different prescription. If you turn out not to need it then fine, but if you wait and things get worse you'll wish you'd booked in.

MMM
New stuff: GERD, Recurrent cystitis/Overactive bladder
Lifelong stuff: Food allergies/intolerance, eczema, asthma

ericapeace2000
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   Posted 5/9/2012 11:14 AM (GMT -6)   
I think I am going to try DGL again. I have some but did not take it consistently. People seem to find it helpful.

MadMatt73
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   Posted 5/9/2012 1:10 PM (GMT -6)   
Last night I ate a non-seasoned chicken thigh and a small bit of brown rice. Made a homemade wedge with some pillows in bed. OMG I finally got a full nights sleep and I feel almost normal today. Totally going to change my diet (will try that Dropping Acid book) and buying a wedge pillow for my bed.

Does anyone use a wedge pillow for sleeping and if so would you recommend any?

Thank you all again for your help with this. You are all always so positive and helpful, I really appreciate it.

Thanks,
Matt

ericapeace2000
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   Posted 5/9/2012 3:06 PM (GMT -6)   
I am glad that you found some relief. Diet is a major element here with any reflux condition. You may find that it is challanging and that people do not really understand but try to just get past that. I sleep on a stack of pillows. I can tell when I moved around during the night because I will wake up with the lump in throat feeling. Wedge pillows you can get off of amazon.com, read some of the reviews.
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