Esophogeal Erosion? Has anyone gone through the same thing?

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Kenty
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Date Joined Dec 2005
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   Posted 12/21/2005 8:24 AM (GMT -6)   
about a week ago I started getting flu symptoms, especially a high fever. After a few days, I was having a super-high fever, headaches, chills and some wierd thing with my diaphram where just a sip of water or a cracker would cause burning and stomach acid would rush up my esophogus and into my mouth. It got to a point where I hadn't eaten or drinken in days and had lost 10lbs. and had a fever of 105. I then developed heart palpatations that wouldn't go away, PVC's and Biginimy. I went to the ER and they admitted me and kept me for about 5 days. They said that the palps were just caused by the flu and stress of dealing with it. They haven't taken an official stance on my esophogus problem, they had to put me on a saline IV to keep me hydrated and have been giving me protonix. Now theyve let me go and im home and its still hard to eat and drink and it scares me. I've been on Protonix about 4 or 5 days and it seems if it has gotten better, its very very minimal and now I dont have the pleasure of a saline IV to help me. Is this gonna get better? It's just scaring me. I take the Protonix twice a day and liquid Maalox every 4 hours as needed (I need it more at night, if I wake up, im usually having an acid attack). Also, I dunno if it's the Protonix, but i'm starting to get sores on my tongue which seem to be getting bigger, could it be from the medication? If so, should I see about switching to a different med? If I do that, will it take even LONGER for the meds to start working? :(
 
Kent

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   Posted 12/21/2005 9:03 PM (GMT -6)   
I assume you have made an appointment with a gastro doctor and/or an ears/nose/throat specialist? If not, do so right away. There are several tests that you don't mention that they could suggest. I would start with the gastro doctor.

I had pretty bad acid reflux in September -- bad enough that one night it felt like a water pistol was shooting a stream of acid up from my stomach. My esophagus has been sensitive ever since and I had more acid for a good six to eight weeks afterwards. I had an endoscopy on Dec. 1 and my doctor noted an area of inflammation. He was concerned it was Barrett's but a biopsy was negative. However, I'm not surprised that he saw irritation. It's quite a trauma to the esaphagus.

I've been taking Nexium. It apparently takes a little while to kick in, but it is supposed to help heal the esophagus. I don't know if Protonix has the same property. Ask you doctor if you can take another short term medicine, such as Zantac, the same time you take the Nexium I did that for awhile. Frankly, when it was really bad I found that Tums gave the best short term relief. My doctor didn't like me taking more than a couple of doses a day and Tums can cause bowel problems. I found that Rolaids didn't work as well. Perhaps Maalox isn't right for you. In mid October my doctor also gave me a prescription for Carafate. It's a liquid that is often prescribed for ulcers. It has soothed my esophagus and helped it feel better.

My experience is it can take awhile for the esophagus to heal and feel better. However, if you're developing sores than it sounds like its getting worse or there is a different problem. I would definitely get more aggressive in having it treated. I suggest you also adopt all the other strategies for reducing acid reflux -- what you eat and drink (which you're doing since you can't eat or drink much of anything), raise your head when you sleep, don't eat within two hours of bedtime, etc. Read through some of the other threads and you'll find plenty of suggestions on what helps other people. Some of them helped me.

Good luck and hope you feel better soon.

Speedy50
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   Posted 12/24/2005 9:35 AM (GMT -6)   
Nexium seems to work better for some people, although Protonix is designed for night time gerd. Don't eat 4-5 hours before going to bed, as often 2 is not enough for some people. Watch what you eat and drink. Stay away from any tomato products. You should eat food, but watch those processed foods and don't drink too much milk, as it can actually cause you to make more gastrin or stomach acids. Sometimes the drugs do make you worse than before, so tell your doctor about this problem.

Jamie

Kenty
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   Posted 12/24/2005 8:35 PM (GMT -6)   
Well, I seem to be getting better but just a tiny tiny bit a day. The burning in my diaphram seems much less when I eat and drink something. It's at least tolerable enough to continue eating, not having to wince and slap my leg everytime I swallow. However, it does seem that I still can't eat a full meal or anything. I can usually eat about 1/3 to 1/2 of my food before i'm just not hungry and feeling bleh.  Also, I usually wake up twice a night with some burning up my esohphogus. I just drink some maalox and go back to sleep. Even that seems to be getting less worse. It just sux, seems like i'm healing like 2-5% every day but I should be thankful that it's not as bad as it was 5 or 6 days ago.
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