What do I have? Chest pains w/no reflux

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bzzzroll
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   Posted 8/13/2005 3:40 AM (GMT -6)   
I've been dealing with acid pain in the middle of my chest with no upward reflux.  It starts in the afternoon a few hours after I eat. Then it feels better usually when I eat. Then a few hours later it comes back.  Prevacid helped for a little bit, but it returned. I also doubled up on prevacid, but it still returned. Then I switched to Prilosec 20mg only... and now it's really bad. My chest burns alot, even before, during, after eating now.
 
Final question, is it safe to take 2 Prilosec OTC? Prilosec seems to make me headachy vs Prevacid which had no side effects.
 
Thanks, this forum makes me feel better already! Sounds like most folks end up w/no cancer.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Post Edited (bzzzroll) : 8/13/2005 3:18:06 AM (GMT-6)


chilipepper
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   Posted 8/16/2005 12:08 PM (GMT -6)   
Hey bzzzroll,
Sorry you are having so many problems! My doctor said it is ok to take Prilosec OTC twice a day; try taking it every 12 hours. I don't know if taking a double dose at one time would be better though. Sometimes I feel a little head-achy, but it's usually a passing thing and I haven't had to take anything for that.
Good luck and let us know how it turns out.

chilipepper

VV
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   Posted 8/16/2005 12:36 PM (GMT -6)   
Hey bzzzrool,
Sounds like you're having a tough time. Is your Dr aware of all th difficult your having? How long did you take the Prevacid prior to Prolisec? How long have you been taking the Prolisec?

I am currently taking Prolisec for the second time in 5 yrs. I've been taking it for about 2 full weeks & took Prevacid for about a year prior to switching. I have not noticed any side affects. I'm taking 40 mg in the am upon awakening. It seems to do the trick for me.


Have you changed your diet ? Are you drinking enough water? They may both prove to be helpful. Have you been seen by a GI?

Hope you start feeling better.

Vanessa

bzzzroll
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   Posted 8/16/2005 1:07 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi all,

I diverted from Prilosec back to Prevacid, since I didn't know if I could double up on Prilosec. In the mean time I got an appt a month from now with a GI specialist. I've been avoiding caffeine, highly processed foods, chocolate (as best as I can:). Interesting thing is that I never have reflux. And no Vanessa, I haven't always drank enough water.....Thx chilipepper, if I run out of Prevacid, i might double up on Prilosec. (but it seemed to give me headaches?) I'm about to post a new thread on "stress causing acid".... thanks for your replies.

Best,
bzzzroll (Dave)

chilipepper
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   Posted 8/16/2005 1:34 PM (GMT -6)   
Dave,
Somewhere on this website (I think I started on the home page, then I clicked on GERD, and they had different topics to click on), there was a short video on the causes of GERD and one doctor said that he didn't believe stress was the cause of excess stomach acid. It's hard to know what to believe though, because there are so many opposing thoughts. A friend of mine even told me that going to a chiropractor might help, because sometimes the nerves that go to various organs aren't functioning properly because your spine is out of alignment. For example, she told me her menstrual periods were much less painful and annoying since she's been going to the chiropractor on a regular basis.

But, since too much stress is not good for us in a general sense, it probably doesn't help in the GERD department, either. I try to reduce stress in my life through exercise, which seems to help quite a bit.
Good luck!
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