Hey, guys! My stomach is not very active so i eat only little at a time but was doing fine for years until last Nov when this whole thing started. I had acute heart burn and couldn't eat. i lost weight also because i had been eating 1600cal only anyway was eating even less.
first i was put on nexium 20 mg and after a month or so the symptom came back. I had got endoscopy done, was diagnosed GERD and gastritis(they say it's mild but it sure doesn't feel like it) so now i am on nexium 40mg. It was to be 8wks treatment and i am now 4 th weeks. I saw the research data and i don't see the reason to go on when the study shows that for majority, after 4 wks, improvement level hit the highest already. According to my endoscopy picture i had a minor imflamatory area in the esophagus but my stomach looked healthy and doc said so, too. Biopsy showed no abnormal cell growth nor trace of h.pirori. Why am i am put on 40mg instead of initial 20 mg and longer, i do not know. I am going to call my doc on monday and ask her if i can get off for a test. Will tell you the progress, then.
Now, I eat ok, though not as much as i used to because i avoid eating at least 2 hrs before going to bed these days. I used to enjoy snack with a drink or two before went to bed. I know it must have caused my gerd and all but, you see, my portion during the day for three meals is so small (it runs in the family. my stomach is not moving very well so i can't eat much at a time. And notice, with all that i was in perfect health for years! Full of energy, happy, enjoy eating the food i can eat and my life overall) I need to eat something after a few hours after the dinner(5:00pm).
Anywaythe problem is, though i am gaining or at last not losing weight now since i am eating again with my nexium, but i feel weak and anxious all the time. Doc was concerned about
my weight but at the same time raised her eyebrows for my eating late and fatty food so, though i am anxious to get back to my weight i don't think it will be that easy. I just can't/don't eat much. My dad had a stomach cancer when he just turned 60 and he is doing great now(test confirmed) after almost 20 yrs but consistently losing weight(he weighs less than me!) because his stomach is the half the size and he simply doesn't enjoy eating so, as long as i know the reason i don't think i need to be alarmed by 5lb in 5 months but...
I switched from omeprazole to nexium in the begining because of the heart palpitation and now it's not exactly heart but just... Feeling...upset all the time. Depressed. A bit distracted, too. I am normaly pretty happy person. Of course sometimes I worry over things because i am a mom :) but I tend to shake off all the trivial things easily because i know what is important in my life. Love and health, right? I don't think i trigger the symptom myself by worring about
it onset because it suddenly comes and suddenly goes and comes back for no apparent reason. I can't deal with it exactly because I don't know what's going on and am confused about
my feeling. While i am writing this, this 'wave' had come and gone once already. Isn't that crazy? It's like living with irrational abnoxious friend, only that friend is myself. :(
I can't believe and can't adjust to the fact that only a little over 4 months ago i was perfectly healthy and now i am one always sick person.
i have never had any drugs in my life stronger than antibiotics, otc painkiller, and zantac. Nexium is just about
the strongest ever. Never had a surgery. Delivered my daughter naturally without anything even though it took 3 days to deliver. I hate to put foriegn stuff in my system.
I came to think maybe it's something to do with premenopause in the first place because my sick-journal :) shows my stomach problem usually felt worse about
the time my period was to begin. However I now may eat ok and had no stomach problem exactly due to the nexium, while my period has come and gone and my anxiety is still there.
I am 44 and have very regualr period yet short intervals. I don't want to write off all these symptoms as side effect of the nexium but that is a possiblity too.
I also got blood tests on my gallbladdr, liver, pancreas, too. All normal and like natic said one of the four liver test number was a bit high but doc said he wouldn't worry about
it and i was having zantac for a few days at that time.
I don't like to have zantac either but i just don't think blocking acid in the stomach completley is such a good idea...
What i want to hear is that after all this, after menopause is over at least, i am going to be fine again. 5-7 years from now? Has anyone ever told you once they went through the tunnel there was a light?
Post Edited (Willovercome) : 3/11/2013 4:06:33 PM (GMT-6)