LPR, Heartburn, Alcohol, PPI's, OH MY

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Date Joined Feb 2006
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   Posted 2/19/2006 11:29 AM (GMT -6)   
As most of you I could probably write a book about my story, so I will give you the condensed version:
Oct 28: Got moderately drunk and ate a big meal afterwards
Oct 29: Had terrible heartburn for the first time in my life
Oct 30: Anything I eat hurts when I swallow, not at my throught but in my esophagus
Oct 31 - Nov 6th: No improvement, I look up my symptoms, think I have esphagitis, and treat myself with antacids and H2 Blockers for 2 weeks
November 14th : my symptoms go away, I can now eat foods without pain, but there is a sour taste in my mouth
November 20-something:I go to a Gastro enteroligist (a terrible doc), he gives me 15 days trial of prevacid, scheudles me for an upper GI
-medication does nothing, When he sticks a scope down my chest, he says "everything looks good" but doesn't elaborate AT ALL
-He gives me antoher month of prevacid, which does nothing
-Still have a sour taste in my mouth, less when i'm on the meds
-After that he gives me a month of nexxium, which seems to make the sour taste go away most of the time
Is it possible that the sour taste I initially experienced was rebound acid, and that if I just tough it out for a month or two, I will go back to normal?  I stopped going to my Gastro enterologist because I think he is terrible, and if I have LPR I might try to go to a ENT, but I wanted to see what people here thought...

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   Posted 2/19/2006 4:09 PM (GMT -6)   
You probably should try to see another doctor if you can if you don't like your current one. I'm just guessing, but it sounds like you burned your esophagus. Maybe you would need to try another PPI, so things can heal and settle down. The PPIs are all different and people react differently to them. I took Protonix and it helped me right away, but other people say it didn't help them at all. Maybe the Prevacid was just the wrong one for you?

I hope you can get this sorted and feel better soon. I had a similar thing happen to me, but it happened over time and I can't trace it to a particular meal.


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Date Joined Jan 2006
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   Posted 2/19/2006 5:58 PM (GMT -6)   
If you have read any of my posts, you will know that I am NOT a fan of PPI's at all!  I think people can become so addicted to them that their system does not always know how to return to normal again once they quit-just my opinion though.
Im not sure what kind of help an ENT would be?  They will probably just throw more acid blockers at you.  Thats what mine did.  Thats how I ended up a slave to them in the first place.
I would try quitting them and tough it out and just see how you do.  You may need to moderate your diet as well.  We all know that PPI's are not a cure.  Changing our eating habits probably is.
ps.  Fire your GI dr and find another one.  Im getting ready to fire mine too.
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