Sorry to hear you don't have insurance...that's rough, I know I'm sure even OTC Prevacid is very expensive for you. This is the thing, though. Ideally you'd be seen by a GI doctor, but at this point you don't have insurance, so you can't. The PPI helps you. If you can afford to continue taking it, I would suggest you do that until you have an opportunity to see a GI doc.
Of course, you can take it for the two weeks recommended and see if things get back to normal for you, but if you truly have GERD, chances are you will need to continue. If you can go off and on, you could avoid the rebound issue (when you take it nonstop for quite a while, when you go off you get more acid.), but if you can't, you can't.
Until you get under the care of a GI doc, you'll have to do what works, and if it makes you feel better, then it's protecting your esophagus, which is important.
Google "GERD triggers", and stay away from foods that cause you reflux. Elevate the head of your bed by putting blocks or books under the legs. This will help keep acid in your stomach at night (using gravity), when it's likely to travel up your esophagus.
Read this document that provides information about
the best way to take PPIs and get the most out of them:www.practicalgastro.com/pdf/January07/Jan07FrankArticle.pdf
If you need to take PPIs to protect your esophagus and feel comfortable, in my opinion, that's what you should do. I started taking them probably 17 years ago, am 60, and my bones have hung in there just fine. And I have double whammy...I have to take steroids for asthma.
Increase your calcium and vitamin D intake...eat foods high in calcium. Generally eat a healthy diet. You could also take a general vitamin supplement...it couldn't hurt, as long as it doesn't bother your stomach.
It's important that you find a way to heal your esophagus and stomach, so you can get comfortable. If you need Prevacid or Protonix long-term so be it. Many do. I hope that one day soon you'll be able to see a GI doc and get the kind of care you deserve. Good luck!Denise
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Post Edited (dencha) : 2/28/2013 4:59:55 PM (GMT-7)