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Date Joined Aug 2014
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   Posted 8/14/2014 8:28 AM (GMT -6)   
I found relief in Dexilant 60mg for an entire year. Before that I took omeprazole on and off for 4 years. Dexilant worked wonders for me but, because it's one of the more expensive drugs, the insurance will try to fight you on it. There are discount cards so in the end, you end up paying about $20 out of pocket.

Recently, the Dexilant began creating some other new stomach symptoms so I saw my Dr. again and recommended another Upper Endoscopy. I just had one done about two years ago, but since I lost my mother to esophageal cancer I understand my Dr's concern. I suggested to be switched to a new medication and was given NEXIUM. It helped for two weeks and I'm back to feeling the burning sensation with bloating in my stomach.

I've been under a lot of stress and borderline depression so I asked my Dr. if she could place me on a mild dose antidepressant.

I've tried the baking soda and other natural home remedies but, nothing is really doing much.

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Date Joined Feb 2014
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   Posted 8/15/2014 12:32 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi, I am no expert on GERD, having only recently being diagnosed, but before your post slides off the forum (I don't understand why some posts get completely ignored especially when there are moderators around) aren't we all sick?

I am not sure what I can suggest, this is a terrible illness, but I have been taking the Enzymatic Therapy Dgl Chewables, licorice tablets, two before a meal, and have found them to be working quite well, you can get them off Amazon, they do seem to relieve stomach discomfort.

A good natural anti depressant is St Johns Wort, I used to take it, and it really does work quickly, I think its a good alternative to taking more meds.

Sorry to hear of the loss of your Mother, it sounds like you have a good doctor though, which is always reassuring.
Samantha, 45 yrs
Diagnosed. Left sided UC, 8th Feb 2014
Pentasa..2g daily
Pentasa 1g suppository, alternate days.
2 x Ultimate Flora 50 billion probotics, Vit D, and Multi vitamin tab daily.
Stopped smoking Jan 2013.

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Date Joined Jul 2014
Total Posts : 40
   Posted 8/15/2014 11:01 PM (GMT -6)   
I'll second what Poppie says. The DGL works great for me, too. Pair that with Slippery Elm lozenges to further reduce inflammation and create a coating on the burning esophagus. I also take St. John's Wort occasionally, because I am hypothyroid and was probably born depressed. It works well too, without making you "fogged" or losing your personality.

One of the side effects of PPI's must be depression (I haven't looked it up), because there are so many people who seem to be depressed on them. I remember feeling very depressed, but I'm not sure if it was the pills or just feeling sick for so long. Hard to tell.

Sorry to hear about your mother. That is very difficult.
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