My battle with GERD and Vertigo - Starting and Stopping Nexium

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   Posted 9/13/2013 4:20 AM (GMT -6)   
I'm currently 25 and started developing, what the doctors had determined to be GERD, at the age of 22. My initial symptoms were chest pains and a feeling of pressure right at the lower center of my rib-cage. I would also burp-up food and liquids for a period of time following a meal.

One endoscopy (which found except for some inflammation) and after a month or so of dealing with these symptoms, my dr. finally decided to put me on medication, starting with H2 blockers. For some reason, after a couple of weeks on the H2 blockers, I started developing vertigo-like symptoms and a general sense of lightheadedness. During these episodes, it was difficult to focus, and my mind would feel "foggy/empty," almost as though I were in a trance. I returned to the doctor, who pointed to the H2 blocker as the culprit for my new symptoms. It was at this point that he put me on Nexium 40mg / day.

Unfortunately, my vertigo and "foggy" symptoms persisted, but they were much less severe and frequent compared to the H2 blockers, thus I stayed on the Nexium for over 2.5 years. During that time, I developed other symptoms, including tinnitus, occasional queasiness, and headaches. Most of these symptoms were only amplified if I ever went on an empty stomach for more than an hour.

The Nexium did a good job of stopping my GERD, but after 2.5 years of occasional vertigo and "fogginess," I felt it was time to stop. After stopping Nexium, cold-turkey, my body did experience some strange situations. Of course, there was acid-rebound that caused some general coughing and hoarseness in my voice. The refluxing acid has given me an occasional shortness of breath as I suspect that acid is affecting my esophagus, and thus, my breathing. There was also a couple of periods where I experienced sudden flushes of body heat and sweating for no apparent reason (not sure about this one, in terms of how it might relate).

Most notably, however, I have been developing IBS-like symptoms of flatulence, stomach cramps/pains, and bowel inconsistencies (constipation in the morning, then diarrhea at night.) Today marks nearly 40 days I've been off Nexium, but the really upsetting thing is, I was expected my vertigo/inner ear issues, lightheadedness and tinnitus to stop...but it hasn't. If anything, my ears have started to develop pressure build-ups where it feels as though there is a sensation of fullness, as though my ears need to be "popped."

So after all this time, I'm starting to think that the vertigo/inner-ear issues are not at all related to my medication, but something else, perhaps my GERD, perhaps not. I haven't spoken to my doctor at all about these revelations, but would like to know your take on it/advice/personal experience which may or may not relate.

I'm so glad I found a forums through which I can discuss my experiences. Please, do not hesitate to share your stories with me concerning GERD, Nexium, and vertigo.

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   Posted 9/17/2013 9:23 PM (GMT -6)   
I've had similar issues. The thing is, Nexium can deplete the body of magnesium. Lack of magnesium can lead to migraines. Some forms of migraine consist primarily of vertigo and tinnitus and not head pain. The right doctor for diagnosing this type of thing is called an "otoneurologist." He/she can check the ears and the nervous system and rule out anything besides migraine and/or treat the migraine. Also, sounds like some of symptoms are from acid burning in the eustachian tubes, so you need to keep treating the acid somehow, or resolve it somehow (a complicated topic). Whether or not that you do that with Nexium it clearly does you no good to burn your tissues. Not sure whether Nexium is best treatment option; it depends what else you have tried and what is going on overall.
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