GERD and anemia question

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capthaddock
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   Posted 5/30/2014 5:50 PM (GMT -6)   
I was diagnosed with GERD about five years ago. My symptoms are atypical: there is a kind of quiet "burp" that my esophagus does, especially after I eat something (it's not a normal, hearty belch), but I almost never have felt the sensation of heartburn. My doctor has urged me to take 20.6 mg omeprazole (Prilosec OTC) daily. It doesn't seem to make any difference, but I do it anyway.

Here is the question: At my last physical, I was found to be slightly anemic. My physician suspects that GERD is causing a tiny loss of blood in my esophagus or stomach and ordered an endoscopy. But which is more likely: that the anemia is caused by poorly controlled GERD, or that it is caused by the Prilosec I am taking to control GERD? I have heard PPI's can interfere with the absorption of minerals.

James_a
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   Posted 6/1/2014 6:03 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi

are you on PPI for long period, usually greater than 6 months.

if yes, your anaemia could be due to iron, vitamin b12 or folic acid deficiency.

PPI hinder iron and b12 uptake so maybe get some supplements but be careful not to aggregate your stomach.

also don't take PPI unnecessarily unless required they can cause more problems than they solve.
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