Posted 5/29/2004 8:27 PM (GMT -6)
I started suffering from acid reflux disease more than 9 years ago. I went to a GI specialist and he did the scoping procedure down my throat to look for signs of Barrett's Esophagus, which is a precursor to cancer as you all probably know. It was okay though. I even went to the ER one night thinking I was having a heart attack it was so bad. They hooked me up to EKG machines to look for enzymes that would indicate a heart attack. Of course, it wasn't a heart attack, just a bad case of reflux. I also raised the head of my bed on my doctor's instructions and tried sleeping half straight up in bed. I just stayed awake most of the night still suffering from acid reflux. I was on Prevacid, Prilosec, and Nexium in succession. I could not eat the foods I loved such as Chinese food and Mexican food, my favorites. I want to share with you all now that I can eat what I love and I have been off my acid reflux meds for almost a year now. I eat whatever I want. My doctor couldn't help me in over 9 years. Doctors are not gods, and I just thought that whatever he said I should do because I was taught doctors are gods and they know it all. Well, I have found out there are things they don't know much about and a lot they can do nothing about. The one thing they can do is overprescribe and give us medications which cause more serious side effects which wreak more havoc on our bodies. I have broken the circle of dependence on the drugs (I was also on Prozac, Claritin-D and HRT). My doctor took me off the drugs when he saw I didn't need them anymore. He was astonished, to say the least, but very supportive when he saw it worked. We can take charge of our own health if we want to do it. If you have any questions my e-mail is firstname.lastname@example.org.