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Date Joined May 2005
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   Posted 2/5/2006 7:59 PM (GMT -6)   
I was told recently about a test available cheaply at drugstores which tells you whether you have low acid or high acid.  I called around and found it at two drugstores and plan to buy it tomorrow.  I do not know the name.  This seems like the obvious answer to whether or not we really need to be on ppis.  I have been on nexium for almost 5 months.  I have tried to get off but the rebound is so bad I am literally housebound.  I don't know how to get off but if the test proves I don't need the nexium then I have to get off this drug that I don't need.  I am on it because I called my doctor and asked for the RX.  My doctor is a little nonchalant about the nexium....sort of take it till you feel better then stop.  This does not address the rebound issue which shows how little doctors know about this.  I went to a specialist and he told me there is no way there is chest pain associated with acid reflux?   Can you imagine?  Any medical book, internet site, or even commercial contradicts him.  He is the only specialist in my small town but based on his obvious lack of knowledge, I no longer go to him.  Just wondering if anyone has heard of this acid test?  I don't know if it is a strip or what but I plan to buy it tomorrow.  Would you get accurate results if you are on nexium?  I know my stomach is not emptying as rapidly so I think I need more stomach acid which is negated by the nexium....I just have such extreme heartburn without it.  I also heard constipation can cause vapors which actually causes the heartburn. I would love feedback from anyone on any of this.  There HAS to be an answer.  People used to did not take nexium because it did not disease or something drug companies has created?

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Date Joined Feb 2006
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   Posted 2/5/2006 8:27 PM (GMT -6)   
Sure wish I knew the answers- but I dont.  If you get them- please share!
Let us know about the acid test.  (Name of it, and what you learn).  Good Luck.  I CANNOT imagine a doctor telling you that heart burn does not cause chest pain.  Crazy!

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Date Joined Mar 2004
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   Posted 2/6/2006 3:54 AM (GMT -6)   

Hello Hearty;

First let me say I have Acid Reflux Disease and Crohn's Disease so pain between my ribs is a real familiar problem. I also take Nexium, 40mg 2 times a day. My acid reflux is severe. Have you had an Endoscopy to confirm the severity of your Acid Reflux? I ask because you said your doctor gave you a script because you simply asked for it. Rather unusual for a doctor when it comes to something as severe as Acid Reflux can be. Is your doctor a Gastroenterologist? That's who you need to see with this kind of problem.

The over the counter acid test isn't something I would rely on to go off Nexium. Expecially since you experience so much pain when you stop using it. NO. If you are on Nexium the test results would not be accurate because the Nexium is reducing the acid in your stomach. From personal experience, I know that constipation, diet and stress can bring on an acid reflux attack. If food doesn't pass through you like it should, your stomach will make more acid, trying to get rid of the food. Kind of a simple explanation but you know what I mean. Also things like spices, greasy foods, chocolate can bring on an acid attack as well. We're each a little different on just what brings on the pain. Some tolerate things others can't.

It sounds like you need to find a good doctor. Living in a small town means your choice of doctors is more limited. Are there any Gastroenterologists you can see through your insurance from a town close to yours? The travel might be worth it if you can find some answers. I know this is all very hard on you. Don't give up. Keep looking for a doctor that will try to find some answers for you, not just hand you a prescription for yet another medication. But until then, you may want to stay on the Nexium just to keep the pain away.


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