I am new to the forums and I am posting to seek advice from people who may have suffered or lived what I am experiencing right now.
I am a 42 year old male, smoker, no other bad habits with a decent diet.
Listed below are my symptoms:
Pain near the entrance of my stomach and under my left rib
Bad Chest Pain from shoulder to shoulder
General Muscle weakness and pain, altering locations (ex. Back, legs, arms, etc)
Extreme fatigue, no matter how much sleep I get
The symptoms I described above are daily, 24/7 no relief.
I have had just about ever test and blood test possible with all positive results, on paper I am perfectly health, with the exception of a little high cholesterol.
After all the battery of test, they blamed it on stress. So for 2 years of my life I was on anti-depressants and still it made no difference. I swore that I would never take that medication again as to get off it was a nightmare.
I have been taking Nexium or equivalent (Losec, Prevacid, etc) for the last 10 years, without such a medication, I have unbearable reflux and acid problems.
I have been reading on the forums that such a medication as Nexium (or Equivalent) could cause the symptoms and pain I am feeling on a regular basis.
Am I wrong to assume this? Could the medication I am taking Nexium (or Equivalent) be making me experience these symptoms and make me this sick?
Second question, if this is the case, how can I get by without taking this medication due to my bad acid reflux problems? Should I stop taking this medication and try to get by with a product such as Gaviscon or Malox to see if my symptoms stop?
Thanks to all those how take the time and read my story and respond.