Doctor keeps fobbing me off with Omeprazole!

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mrs_filan
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   Posted 6/25/2012 6:43 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi all, I am new to this but wanted to see what other people thought...
 
I have suffered with (what I think is) severe acid reflux for a number of years. I am a female, 21, slightly overweigh (which I know doesn't help), and I know a majority of the time which foods to steer clear of to prevent a bad belt of reflux.
 
I would say my reflux comes about once a month / six weeks. but once I can feel it coming on I know it is going to stay for a week or so, and I know it gets worse before it gets better!
 
I usually know when I am going to suffer as it makes me sick, then I get the cronic pains. On a bad day my stomach is that sensitive that just touching it makes me sick, and I can't stand any tight clothes on it. From what I have read and self-diagnosed I have a pretty bad case of reflux... so why is it that my doctor will do no more for me than prescribe box after box of Omeprazole that doesn't help!? This is effecting my life and I want to know what other options are out there? cry

dencha
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   Posted 6/25/2012 6:51 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi mrs_filan,
Welcome to Healing Well!  Sorry to hear you're suffering from GERD without much help.  It sounds like you're getting some trigger foods that start your problem.  Perhaps you could keep a food diary and find a pattern that will help you figure out what the offending foods are.
 
If you're not getting satisfaction from the treatment you're getting from your doctor, perhaps it's time to get a second opinion. Do you have a GI doctor yet?  If this problem is consistently bothering you, it might be time!
 
Good luck!
Denise
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mrs_filan
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   Posted 6/25/2012 6:57 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Denise

Thanks for your quick reply.

It's nice to find a forum where everybody seems to be in the same boat.

Would my doctor need to refer me to a GI specialist?

Charlotte
x

llareggub
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   Posted 6/25/2012 8:29 AM (GMT -6)   
I have had a similar experience, following a battery of tests, the Consultant decided I have "idiopathic" GORD (which sems to mean they haven't a clue what causes it), but at least it is real! After that I was effectively told, keep taking the pills, they may help. I know that certain foods trigger it, but even so it kicks off periodically and it seems to be getting more severe as I get older and certainly takes longer to settle back to "normal".

mrs_filan
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   Posted 6/25/2012 9:47 AM (GMT -6)   
llareggub

Thank you for your reply.

I am also finding that my outbreaks are getting worse and getting harder to recover from. I used to be able to get it under control in a couple of days. over the past few months however it seems to be lingerning for a couple of weeks leaving me tender and grotty. It's horrible!

But what is the next step? Surely if I have been taking coninual medication to no avail the doctor needs to listen and do something further, the question is what??

C x

llareggub
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   Posted 6/25/2012 9:58 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Charlotte

Good question, I have been continuously on medication (omeprazole, lanzoprazole, nexium) for 6 years and having got as far as I seem able to with my GP, I am always on the lookout for something that will help, hence joining this forum. I do sympathise as I know just how debilitating it is, as well as tiring since I rarely sleep through the night. Diet is certainly a major contributor for me, as is the time of eating, but that is not the only trigger, stress seems to also be in there.

I find that on bad days I can feel the buttons on my shirt moving (might be imagination), but it feels that sensitive.

I have heard that in certain cases Chiropracty can help, and intend to take this up with mine next time I see him.

Good luck with getting the Dr to take it further, have you had any tests - endoscopy, blood, ultrasound etc?

David

dencha
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   Posted 6/25/2012 10:20 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Charlotte,
Most insurance companies require a referral.  Generally, if you're struggling over some period of time, it's not hard to get your primary care doc to refer you.
Good luck!
Denise

mrs_filan
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   Posted 6/25/2012 10:29 AM (GMT -6)   
No I haven't had any test ran on me, which I can't get my head around when I express that the tablets don't ease my pain and how badly I am suffering - either that or they think I have a low pain threshold!?

I am in the UK so not sure if referrals and such like work the same, not sure about insurance companies??

I agree, diet is a major factor, it's not nice but I have a long list of foods that I know I have to steer clear of (some of my favourites!!) and am always looking out for foods that5 other people suggest could be a trigger.

Other than daily strains of life and work I wouldn't consider myself a particularly stressful person.

I also cannot sleep when I am suffering, I get myself to the point of exhaustion but cannot find a suitable position to sleep in to stop the pain, I have already had my bed raised at the head end, nothing seems to give me a break...

C x

llareggub
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   Posted 6/25/2012 10:53 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi C

I am also in the UK, so you need to get through the beurocrats in the NHS, unless you go private you need to get a referral from your GP. If your current GP won't send you, ask to see a different one, or try the "look, the pills aren't working and it is seriously affecting my life" approach. At the very least they should test your blood.

Good luck

D

Gaviscon99
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   Posted 6/25/2012 10:56 AM (GMT -6)   
Go to your GP and ask to be referred to a gastroenterologist. Anyone presenting with persistent reflux symptoms needs to be referred and at least have an endoscope. Sounds like you probably need ph studies too. Tell your dr you want a referral. It's your right to get referred. If they refuse complain. (I am a GP as well). best of luck x

KitKat880
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   Posted 6/25/2012 1:15 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Charlotte,
 
Have you tried any other PPIs? My internist prescribed 20 mg of omeprazole after OTC Prilosec wasn't working. The problem is these drugs are exactly the same! Needless to say, the 20 mg omeprazole didn't work. In fact, the drug caused radiating chest, back, and arm pain. It was horrible! I gave it a month and a half before asking for something else. I was then put on 40 mg Nexium. It didn't work either, though the side effects were not as bad. I finally saw a gastroenterologist and was given a prescription for Dexilant 60 mg. The Dexilant works so much better for me than anything else. I still have one lingering symptom, but I've been told I just need to give it time. My understanding is that the PPIs all work the same way, but some people respond better to certain ones. You may want to give another one a try if you haven't already. Either way, I would definitely recommend seeing a gastroenterologist.
 
Best of luck,
Stefanie
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