Nexium Side Effects or GERD symptoms

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   Posted 2/25/2006 7:15 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Everyone,
I am new to this board and could really use some help.  I was diagnosed with GERD after an upper endoscopy in September after having months of trouble swallowing (food was getting stuck in my throat).  I occasionally had acid back up in my throat if I ate late at night but no other symptoms. 
I was prescribed Nexium once a day.  Since the time of endoscopy and diagnosis, my swallowing is okay now and I don't have any acid but I do have horrible stomach discomfort and chest pains and headaches.  My stomach discomfort is so uncomfortable that I can't wear a bra.  Any pressure at all on my stomach is uncomfortable.  I also have bloating and gas.
Does anyone know if these are just symptoms of GERD or could they be side effects from the NExium?  I would rather have the occasional heartburn than the stomach problems and headaches!
Any adivce would be appreciated!

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   Posted 2/26/2006 11:48 AM (GMT -6)   
I was on nexium for about 4 months when I was diagnosed with a stomach ulcer. I had the same exact problem. It was absolutely horrible. You should have your doctor switch you medicine. I found that the only one that didn't make me feel that way was protonix. I said I would rather have a stomach ulcer than ever go on nexium again!

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   Posted 2/28/2010 9:01 PM (GMT -6)   
This is an old thread that I am bringing up to ask if there is any newer info. on this subject.  I have had a terrible time with dizziness, confusion, joint pain, fatigue.  I am now very iron deficient and gained 30+ pounds since on Nexium.  Are these side effects possibly from Nexium?  My physician said I was way off the mark....that she has never seen this in 30+ years of practice.  Well, I have seen posts on this old thread that tells me otherwise.
If I eat iron rich foods will this help my anemia?  Is the weight gain related or was it because I could eat anything so I did???
So...updates anyone???  PLEASE!!
I stopped cold turkey 6 days ago.....not too bad days 1-5 but today has been bad.  Can't believe I started this mess because of relatively mild heart burn 7 years ago !!!!  Obviously my primary doc. is of no help on this one !!
Thanks for any responses !!!!

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   Posted 2/28/2010 9:15 PM (GMT -6)   
I'd ask for B12 shots. They help your anemia.
Nexium or any PPI prevents the absortion of certain vitamins and minerals.
The weight gain is probably just your doings. :)


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   Posted 2/28/2010 9:18 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks for the response....I can't ask for B12 shots because my doc. said I just need to take an iron supplement....she said Nexium has nothing to do with it.......but everything I read says otherwise......

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   Posted 3/2/2010 5:12 AM (GMT -6)   
For me, Nexium was a nightmare.  For some reason it has the highest rate of side effects.  Go to for more info.

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   Posted 3/3/2010 10:24 PM (GMT -6)   
Pantoprazole was much more mild on the side effects. Nexium was brutal, but it is effective.

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   Posted 3/4/2010 4:12 AM (GMT -6)   
I have tried all other ppi drugs and they all stopped working for me untill Nexium. It is the only one that works for me and I dont have any side effects at all from it that I can find. It is working great for me when all others have failed. Just thought I would add that too this.

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   Posted 3/4/2010 10:10 AM (GMT -6)   
Hello and welcome to HealingWell. Thank you for your input and please do feel comfortable starting a thread of your own if you have any problems or issues you wish to talk about. You will find the members in this forum warm and caring.

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