I am new to GERD and am hoping to find some advice and comfort on these forums from others suffering similarly.
My story started with a trip to the doctors at the beginning of January, for what I thought would be a minor problem at the time but that needed checking out. I had chronic burping and sporadic pains in the left of my chest which I thought may be wind or anxiety. The doctor thought it was heartburn from an irritated oesophagus and said the only options were trial and error. He prescribed me "harmless" omeprazole and said to take for one month. Note - I had not before this ever noticed what I would call "heartburn" as in no burning in oesophagus etc.
After just one day I was feeling worse, I had a headache, started feeling anxious and developed a hard pain in my stomach. As the days went on my limbs started to ache, I couldn't sleep and my stomach started to burn. I couldn't bring myself to eat anything much at all. I couldn't take it because I was feeling 10 x worse than before my doctor's trip so I stopped the medication after 4 days.
I felt better the next day, and the next but 5 or so days after I'd stopped the omeprazole I woke in the middle of the night feeling very sick. My stomach was bubbling and burning. I went and got a drink of water and as the water went down burning acid rose up my oesophagus. I tried gaviscon but my stomach was still boiling over so I took another omeprazole. This happened again the next day.
Back to Dr, very sore. He told me I'd had a reaction to the omeprazole and prescribed zantac 150 twice a day which I took. It was very rough for a few days and then things calmed down some. I continued to experience a weird prickling in my stomach and all around my abdomen. I also got stomach pains lower down and back pains, I struggled to eat and felt my system was blocked up and developing IBS. After 2 1/2 weeks, I still had all these extra symptoms and felt much worse than I had when I initially visited the Dr so I went back. He told me to stop the zantac and await my appointment with a GI consultant (still waiting for a date but estimate of May.)
I decided i couldn't just stop taking the zantac as I had read about acid rebound by this point and thought this may be my problem after the omeprazole. I started to taper down, 5 days on 75mg morning and 150mg evening. This was fine for 3 or 4 days and my lower stomach improved but then I started to notice acid symptoms coming back, coughing, acid taste in mouth, feeling burning in the oesophagus. After 5 days I lowered the dose again to 75mg twice a day and am still feeling the burning non-stop. It doesn't matter what I eat, it is always there. I am having real problems sleeping.
Does this sound like it could be rebound acid causing my problems? I am happy to wait out rebound but I'm scared. I've never had anything like this before - no heartburn before this at all, ever - and suddenly since I took a few pills from the Dr I have it constantly.
Has anyone been through, or is going through anything similar, or have any words of advice?