I originally had gerd when I was in my late twenties. Some occasional mild Nightime heartburn. At the time I was not overweight, but was taking Asprin for headaches and eating tomato products and drinking coffee and was under alot of stress. I then suddenly had an episode where I couldn't swallow. This lasted one day and it was gone. But I didn't have heartburn, but had a lump in my throat. Because I wasn't having heartburn anymore the Dr's gave me Reglan. This drug helped relax the LES or tighten it, not sure of exactly what it does. But it had side effects for me. It made me depressed and agitated. So the Dr put me on Zantac 2 X's a day at 150 MG. Took about a month, but at the time it worked and I was ok for the next 13 years with no heartburn and able to eat anything. Then I started taking nsaid's for my headaches. OTC Ibuprofen and naproxen sodium. Very bad stuff if you have Gerd. Gerd can go silent , but it never goes away. I didn't feel the effects of these drugs right away, but ended up with a breakthrough and severe gerd after a period of time. Dr put me on the protonix , then the purple pill. The purple pill worked a bit better for me, but I still have nigthtime breakthroughs. I take Pepsid at night. Took some blood tests recently and the Dr said I am a bit anemic. Told me to take Neferex that is OTC, but have to ask the pharmacist for it. I thought you couldn't take Iron supplements and Nexium? Dr said it's ok to do this. Stool test was normal as was all other blood work. Because my co payment on insurance is $500 per test, I haven't had a colonoscopy or endoscopy. Dr want's me to retest the CBC blood in January again. I found out that one of the side effects of Nexium use ( now on it for 4 years) is anemia. Not to mention the inability to absorb vitamins B12 AND B 6. These can lead to iron deficiency anemias but the Dr never addressed that with me, but it's in the information about the purple pill from the manufacturer. I know I am not digesting my food properly, my stool varies in color from Green, to yellow sometimes brown and if I drink Carrot juice it's orange! A bit hesitant to take Iron supplement as it can cause digestive problems..wondering if anyone has had any anemia's due to taking long term PPI's. I want so much to get off of the drug at this point. I know anemia is a symptom not a disease but there are many types of anemia like Pernicious which is more of an absorbtion of Vitamin B12 problem. My mother has this as well. Gerd and GI problems run in my family, but no immediate family member has ever had any type of cancer. My father had Gerd for 27 years and suffered alot from it. But never even developed Barretts esophagus. Should I see a nutritionist and see if they can help me get to the source of my Gerd? I am so careful about what I eat, drink lots of water and take acidophilus bifidus...but stopped eating red meat as I was concerned about cholesterol ( but have normal cholesterol).
I am learning more just reading about everyones experiences with gerd, and how so many of us have similar experiences with this disease. IS any new research out there for Gerd going on? Any cure in sight?