Can't lose weight overnight so then what!?

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Date Joined May 2006
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   Posted 5/15/2006 7:34 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Everyone:
I am experiencing awful heartburn.  about three years ago my ENT prescribed nexium for heartburn.  As long as I took the nexium I was fine.  about 4 weeks ago my insurance company would not pay for medication and pharmicist suggested taking otc stuff and double up on it.  I tried it for almost a week but it did not work.  I ended up paying out of pocket for nexium but even when I started taking that it did  not help.  That never happened EVER.  By the second week of having  heartburn I was aggrivated and concerned.  This last week (third week) I have had severe heartburn 24/7.  I am scheduled to get a scope and they told me to try Zanigerd.  I did, it isn't working.  They told me to take it once in am and once before dinner.  It doesn't work.  They told me to try  nexium once in am once in evening, I did it didnt work. 
I have tried Mylanta......celery juice.......pepcid AC complete with the nexium.....drank baking soda with water.  NOTHING IS  HELPING. 
I am about 100 pounds overweight, but I am not going to lose weight overnight. 
Has anyone suffered for long periods of time without relief even on medication? 
Please give advise as to what you do to get serious relief.  I have elevated bed but it doesn't help.  My husband says it makes his back hurt so I don't think that is an option anyway. 
Does drinking water help?

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Date Joined Apr 2006
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   Posted 5/16/2006 7:08 AM (GMT -6)   
Gerdgirl. I to take Nexium. Try conntacting the comapny that makes it to see if you are eligible for it free. I do get it from them.

I am also about a 100 poounds over weight now. Darn steroids!!! I need to exercise more, but I have other bone problems that keeps me back. I now have another foot fracture. SO I am on the walker again.

Good luck. If you need the pharm. co. phone number email I can look it up for you.

Here is a list of my meds. I keep trying to decrease or eliminate some but then I get sick again.


Accolate 20 mg                        Albuterol  2 mg                      

Atrovent 2.5 ml                        Celexa 20 mg                           1 a day

Flexeril 10 MG            

Florinef 0.1 MG                 

Fosamax  70mg               

Lasix 20 mg.  


Lidoderm Patches                        

Loracet 10 mg                         

Micardis 40 mg                       

Micro-K 10                            

Mobix 15 mg                           

Nexium  40 mg           

Potassium CL 10 MEQ            

Prednisone  5 mg                   

Premarin .0625 mg.                  

Tessalon Perles 100mg 

Zocor 40 MG                          


Calcium W/Vit. D                     3 per day (total 1800 mg.)

Vitamin D                                 800 I.U. per day

Centrum A-Z                            1 per day

Stool Softener                          2 per day


ALLERGIES:   Compazine, sulfur, imitrex


 I also have COPD, Addisons Disease, Osterarthritis, Osterporosis, Acid Reflux (GERD).Depression, (why I have depression, I'll never know). And just all over feel like crap.


Joan M
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   Posted 5/16/2006 9:53 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi, the pharmacteuical companies will give you your drugs free or at low cost if you have a low income. Find out who the manufacturer is and then get their 800 toll free number. Then speak with the perscription assistance group. They will send you a form which you must fill out. You can call a few days later and see if you are "accepted". Then you will get the drugs in the mail usually pretty fast. Of course, you will need a script.
As far as the endoscopy is concerned, you are better off getting it although it is not a "fun thing". GERD can become serious if it is not treated properly.
I think you should diet slowly and not do anything extreme.  That way the pounds will stay off.  Do you avoid greasy and fatty foods as they aggravate GERD?  Also, caffeine, peppermint and other acid-filled foods are not good for GERD sufferers.
I am sending prayers and good vibs your way, Gerd girl.

Post Edited (Joan Mack) : 5/16/2006 8:56:59 AM (GMT-6)

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Date Joined May 2006
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   Posted 5/16/2006 10:30 AM (GMT -6)   

Thank you for responding everyone and welcoming me to the board.


JBrat:  I understand  your frustration.  My mother has copd and I suffer from a chronic disease called interstitial cystitis (but glad to say the last month I have been pain free! yahoooooo) and have low thyroid.

Unfortunately, losing weight has always been a problem for me but I must do some serious work on it or I am afraid I will be feeling many more physical problems if I do not.  I am hoping that if I am able to lose the weight it will definately help.  I won't know until I do though and taking it off takes time.

I can buy my medication if I must but at this point it isn't even about getting them, its more about the dang things not working!  Although today after basically fasting yesterday, I do feel a little bit better.  Thats it....Im on the I'm afraid to eat diet! :)

It was nice to have a place to vent and hear from others who understand and have some on hands experience/advice.


Joan M
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Date Joined Jan 2006
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   Posted 5/17/2006 5:33 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi, everybody the pharmacy can tell you who the manufacturer of the medicine is. You can call -1-800-555-1212 up here in upstate New York (this can vary though I think). Get the toll free number of the manufacturer you want to talk with and then go through the whole thing.
Gerdgirl...once you have your endoscopy they should know more about what is going on with you. I know I'm not eating much either because of the GERD.

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Date Joined May 2006
Total Posts : 18
   Posted 6/9/2006 1:55 PM (GMT -6)   
HI Gerdgirl,

I fortunately don't have some of the issues that you mentioned. but for the one's that we do have in common. I noticed that eating small frequent meals helped for me.

exercise worked for me too. now I realize being 100 lbs overweight might be difficult, but short walks might help.

an otc medication like gaviscon will help alleviate gerd symptoms...

hope this helps..

I heard that medication in the U.S is much more expensive for the same in canada. you might want to look into that.
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