Advice please on Doc appt and Lunesta/Xanax.

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Carrie48
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   Posted 6/6/2012 3:49 PM (GMT -6)   
I had an endoscopy on May 21st and will be seeing my GI doc next Tuesday.  As far as I know, everything looked normal except for some very mild gastritis and all my biopsies came back normal. 
 
I spent a year on ABX for lyme and came off of them in late January because of what started out as throat clearing.  Then, the throat clearing went away and then I started getting acid reflux.  Anyhow I see my doctor next week and I'm not even sure what to ask and where to go next since everything appears to be normal.
 
I am getting very depressed over all of this and just feel like I could cry at any given moment.  I've been watching my diet very closely for the last three days and nothing has changed.  I am following that Dropping Acid by Dr. Koufman. 
 
I have tried the various PPI's and none of them helped.  In-fact, I felt worse on all of them with terrible bloating and fullness feeling.
 
I have stopped taking everything including Cymbalta that I was on which was 30 mg.  I have been off of that now for 37 days.  I am still taking 3mg of Lunesta and .25 mg of Xanax at night for sleeping.  I've been taking the Xanax for a long long time.  Although I don't think it is causing the reflux, I'm tempted to try and go cold turkey off these last two drugs that I'm on which I know isn't going to be fun.
 
I just don't know what to do and I feeling like I'm reaching my breaking point...
 
Any suggestions...I just don't know what else to do.

WJF
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Date Joined Sep 2011
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   Posted 6/6/2012 6:15 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi there,

some honest opinions on anti-depressants, sleeping pills. I have taken some of them before.

They are meant to help you coup with a difficult time. But you need to work on the underlying issue here. They are not treating the underlying issue.

Your acid reflux and PPI / H2RA are giving you anxiety. You just have to find some way to deal with them not letting them affect your emotion, sleep, etc. It's hard. When I first dealt with acid reflux, I had anxiety insomnia. Doctors were quick to subscribe me to anti-depressant, and even sleeping pills. I like the anti-depressant, but I refused to take the sleeping pill.

Anti-depressant helps, but you should not depend on it. I worked on the anxiety with relaxation techniques, meditation, self-talk, etc. In the end, my insomnia went away.

You SHOULD NOT stop any anti-depressant or sleeping pill cold turkey, especially when you have taken them for a long time. it is a sure way to get adverse reactions. Instead, taper off them by reducing dose one step at a time. When you still have anxiety issue, it's good to stay on the anti-depressant. But I would taper off the sleeping pill and Xanax immediately, coz they are too addictive.

Stay strong. Many have walked this path before. I am sure you can get over it.

LJSZ
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Date Joined May 2012
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   Posted 6/6/2012 6:37 PM (GMT -6)   
Carrie,
It took me almost two weeks to start to feel better on the Dropping Acid Diet.  After that my ENT gave me double dose morning and evening PPI and the H2.  I am now feeling a little better, but the ENT says 6 more weeks to heal.  I too was first diagnosed with Lyme Disease, but I do not think that the antibiotics caused the acid reflux.   I had my gallbladder out (gallstones) last month and I haven't been able to get my system working well since then.
Give yourself more time.  Take whatever drugs make you feel better on the short term.  This disease takes a lot of time for healing.  No one pill will make you feel better fast.
Good Luck,
L
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