4 months Valium free, when is it time to come off PPIS?

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Dont-talk-to-Frank
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   Posted 8/16/2013 3:17 PM (GMT -6)   
Hey,

Long story short, I will try and be quick, I have been off Valium for 4 months but whilst I was in w/d and my taper I had awful GERD/food intolerance/bloating/constipation etc, you name it I got it when it came to stomach issues, I think they call it the Benzo Belly.


It took me 3 years to taper clean off this poison so things aint been pretty but the good news is my stomach is starting to show signs of recovery and I have gained a much needed 24 lbs in weight and this at just 4 months off Valium.

My stomach can handle sugar a lot better, it can handle food combos too, the burning is still there but no where near as much, now I never get pains just mega MEGA bloating at night, I fart like a trooper all night when I have been eating naughty foods like sweets and high fat food, sorry but no other way to put it.

Its a good start, they say it can take between 6 months and 3 years for someone to recover from Benzo w/d and I am fine with that really I am, just as long as I do continue to get better.

I am not expecting miracles, but as the GABA receptors in my stomach repair (they say your stomach has more GABA receptors than your Brain) I would hope my recovery will not be to long, I imagine 2 years to fully heal, well stomach wise anyway, thats what I am hoping for, I think I will heal a lot quicker than most, I use a natural herb daily which keeps me healthy.

My question at last lol, sorry I know I said I would keep this short.

Can I come off PPIs which I have been taking to combat all my stomach problems now I am free of Valium or should I wait until I am totally out of recovey from Benzo w/d and let the stomach issues settle down a little more?

I am currently on 30mg of Lanzoprazole daily (I was taking up to 90mg daily while w/d was at its peak)

Any help is grateful, thanks people.

Post Edited (Dont-talk-to-Frank) : 8/16/2013 3:43:16 PM (GMT-6)


dencha
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   Posted 8/16/2013 7:41 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Don't-Talk,
 
Welcome to  Healing Well! I'm no expert on Valium w/d, but I can tell you that in my experience, PPIs help a lot when your stomach is reactive and uncomfortable.  My stomach is very sensitive, and when it acts up, it helps me to use a PPI...sometimes even twice a day.  The reduction of acid helps it to get feeling better much more quickly.
 
I suggest you call your doctor and pose that very question. 
Glad you've joined the forum!
 
Take care,
Denise
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"Whatever you fight, you strengthen, and what you resist, persists.”

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“Accept - then act. Whatever the present moment contains, accept it as if you had chosen it. Always work with it, not against it.”
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Dont-talk-to-Frank
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   Posted 8/17/2013 3:40 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi, thanks for reply, PPI'S are good for short term use only, they are not something I would want to take long term, I have been taking them for almost 2 years now and do not like the negative impact they have on my body.

They stop food from digesting, which is part of the reason I have this lazy gut, they have all sorts of nasty side effects like osteoporosis.

My advice would be only take them if really necessary, hopefully I will get off them in the next 12 months, should I just stop taking them?

jamosca
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   Posted 8/17/2013 7:02 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi, it all depends on the reason why you need ppis in the first place, if you need them because you have been taking other pills then you don't really need them in the first place. If you have gerd and hiatal hernias then obviously you will need them to help alleviate symptoms. We don't want to take them, but need to take them. There have been people taking them for more than 10 years plus, nobody lives forever, but you want to spend most of those years in pain and suffering or have a decent quality of life. Your choice

dencha
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   Posted 8/17/2013 7:18 AM (GMT -6)   
Don't Talk,
My food digests just fine.  I have had reflux for nearly 20 years, and it has been treated with PPIs in order to protect my asthmatic lungs.  I have a reactive stomach (actually I'm very reactive generally, hence my allergies, asthma, rosacea, etc.) and can't take certain medications...specifically antibiotics of nearly any kind.  PPIs have helped my quality of life tremendously. 
 
Because of my uncontrolled asthma that was a result of allergies and reflux, I ended up having the Nissen fundoplication surgery.  I still take a PPI daily as my asthma doc wants to protect my lungs from any possible reflux that makes its way through the wrap.  My problem was life-threatening.  Even if it was just "quality of life-threatening" I would opt for the medication. 
 
As jamosca said, it's your choice, but if the PPIs can help even temporarily, I'm a believer.  There is a small cohort who can't take them due to side effects.  Thankfully, I'm not one of them.  I wish you the best of luck in making your decision.  You asked for an opinion, and there it is.  Take it or leave it! turn
 
Best wishes,
Denise
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Nissen Fundoplication 2/09
Allergy/Asthma

"Whatever you fight, you strengthen, and what you resist, persists.”

“Worry pretends to be necessary but serves no useful purpose”

“Accept - then act. Whatever the present moment contains, accept it as if you had chosen it. Always work with it, not against it.”
Eckhart Tolle
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