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Date Joined Oct 2007
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   Posted 10/3/2007 11:36 PM (GMT -6)   
Hiya, I'm a newbie!

I've had problems with my stomach since about the age of 10 and I'm now 28. I've tried all sorts of medication, had an endoscopy & an acid test but the Doctors have said I haven't got anything wrong with me, which puzzles me.

I suffer mainly with heartburn but occasionally I get acid coming up my throat, mostly if I lean forward. I've been taking 30mg Lansoprazole for at least 4 years now, but I'm really worried about being on them for so long. My Doctor doesn't seem at all worried, but I want to be medication free.

What I don't get is, if I supposedly haven't got anything wrong with me, why do I get heartburn so often? I ran out of tablets this week and hoped that whilst I was waiting for my new prescription, I would feel OK and maybe not have to go back on them anymore, but 3 days has gone by and I'm now suffering with heartburn again. It just sits there like I've swallowed a fish bone and is only temporarily relieved with food or Gaviscon. Oh and I burp a hell of a lot too.

Is it possible to be producing too much acid but it not show up in any test? What are the long term effects of taking a PPI? Will I ever be able to go medication free?

Sorry for all the questions in my first post!

I think I'm gonna go and see my Doctor again and discuss all this with her, but in the meantime, any comments would be apprciated. Thanks.

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Date Joined Jul 2005
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   Posted 10/5/2007 7:40 AM (GMT -6)   
Welcome Nicky,
I too have had stomach/reflux type problems for yrs, and have been on rx'd meds for approx 7 yrs. Prior to this time frame, I've used baking soda, and tums through the yrs. My Endoscopy findings were similar to yours with the exception of H-Pylori findings which were treated with meds.

Doc indicated that he could not definite determine GERD because of the scar tissue from ppi's over the yrs. I'm wondering if this could've happened with you with your Endo?? Doc indicated that once I was treated for the H-pylori if reflux type symptoms persisted continue taking ppi's and the likely cause would be GERD.

I think that was horrifying, so I really regret not taking any real test prior to taking ppi's. Although, I have no real probably with believing the GERD dx from original GI doc, as I've had all the classic symptoms from long ago, but it would've been nice to have gotten a definitive dx with Endo test.

I too have tried to stop the ppi's with no luck, after 2-3days, I had to restart meds due to symptoms. Maybe I have answered at least one question re: long term usage of ppi's, and I personally believe that there are more, but don't know what they are.....:} But, I just don't know if every individual will be completely free of reflux problems or meds in spite of everything they do to eradicate it.

It is quite obvious from reading that every single individual is not a good candidate for surgery, and some of us are probably genetically predisposed too. Gi docs have indicated that many babies actually suffer these problems. I have accidently run into one mother who was searching for beverages for her very young infant as I was searching for beverages for myself. I offered her help in selecting beverages, as she had no idea what she was up against with this battle, and her child couldn't let her know verbally what bothered her. This mother indicated having some bouts with reflux but wasn't taking any rx'd meds. There are a couple of individuals in my family who suffers with reflux type problems, but not all need rx meds. :{

I hope this might have helped in some way, hang in there.....


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Date Joined Oct 2007
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   Posted 10/7/2007 12:34 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi, thanks for replying. I'm sorry to hear you've been suffering for so long.

You mentioned you had scar tissue from taking PPIs for a long time. Why would you get scar tissue from a PPI? I thought they were supposed to stop too much acid from coming up into your throat, which would reduce scarring. I don't like the idea of having scars inside me :(

I'm annoyed with my Doctors that they don't seem to want to investigate unless I demand it. They may be fed up with me after such a long time of problems, but the more tests they do, the more likely they are gonna find out what's really wrong and then they can treat me!

Thanks for your reply, it has helped :)
*Totally Fed Up With Anxiety, Idiot Stomach / Bowels & Heartburn*

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