Does this sound like getting better or worse?

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   Posted 5/10/2012 10:13 AM (GMT -6)   
My acid reflux came on about 3 months ago or so. What brought it on is hard to say but I think it was these herbal drops by Bryon White for my lyme disease or possibly 30Mg Cymbalta that I'd been taking. I'd been taking the Cymbalta for over a year so I don't know if it's that or not. I've been off of everything for 10 days now.

I was having the "lump in throat" nearly all the time. That seems to be gone (but I still feel it occasionally), but now I have like a tightness feeling in my chest and pain when I take a deeper than normal breath. Sometimes I will also have a dry cough but not too bad.

The pain in my upper chest thing has been going on for may 7 days or so but doesn't seem to be letting up. I treated myself to a massage yesterday and it actually hurt being facedown on the table.

Last night I started getting myself worried and popped an AcipHex 20mg tablet that I had been given as a sample. It was expired a few months ago but I took it anyway. Then, I took another one this morning.

I have an endoscopy scheduled for May 24th so should I try not to take any PPI's?

Anyway, I don't know if I should consider my getting better because the lump in my throat has gotten better, or worse because now I have this chest pain thing going on...

Any thoughts?


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   Posted 5/10/2012 12:36 PM (GMT -6)   
Hey Carrie,

My own personal opinion is that if you can stand it, it is better to give your doctor a more realistic view of what's going on by stopping your PPI, but it may not affect your treatment. I didn't stop mine (rebound was too bad) and my endoscopy was normal even though I was having a lot of heartburn at the time. An EGD is mostly looking for physical abnormalities (such as a hernia - which won't be hidden by PPI usage) so you might be putting yourself through stuff for nothing.

Unfortunately, symptoms do not necessarily reflect findings sometimes.

Take care,

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   Posted 5/10/2012 1:02 PM (GMT -6)   
It sounds like you could be having esophageal spasms from the reflux. Don't freak out, it is mostly just uncomfrotable. The esophagus is a muscle andwhen it senses the acid it tries to push it back down to the stomache. I have had them for years and they are now calming down with a new diet and a high dose of PPI for 8 weeks. Deep breathing helps, anxiety makes it worse. Try chewing non mint gum, the alkaline saliva has helped me combat the acid. You should consider going on a low acid, low fat, low carb diet. It sucks but it helps. Some natural remedies have helped me also, such as Aloe Vera Juice and Manuka Honey. I also take caltrate plus which seems to help with the spasms as well as chamille tea (decaf). I am looking to try DGL. These remides can work with a good diet. I am on Zegrid right now at a high does to heal so that the spasms go away. Look into food combining:
eat fruit first, then vegetables, then meat. Stay away from carbs, potatoes appear to be ok though.

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   Posted 5/10/2012 1:31 PM (GMT -6)   

I agree with your view. I have been staying off of them all this time. I can do it for two more weeks, no problem. I was just getting scared last night that I might be getting Barretts or something so I popped a pill. I took an Aciphex and I don't know if it is that Aciphex pill, but I am SO TIRED fatigued!!!!
DX with Lyme and Erlichosis in January 2010. January-August: Biaxin and Amoxicillian. September 2011 - ? on Rifampin and Zithromax. Symtpoms mostly neuro and have 20 small lesions on brain.

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   Posted 5/10/2012 5:05 PM (GMT -6)   
Carrie, if they are going to test you for Helicobacter it's better not to take the ppi. Some people are told to stop treatment 2 weeks before the scope so that they can be tested for Helicobacter, so I wouldn't worry about the long term effects of that short time off treatment.

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   Posted 5/11/2012 5:02 AM (GMT -6)   
Good catch MMM, I forgot about H. pylori! :)
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