I am new to the GERD-Heartburn Board, but not to Healing Well. I have suffered from GERD/Heartburn for well over 20 years. Not knowing that it was anything more than heartburn, I just did the antacids. But about 4 years ago I thought I was having a heart attack and was taken to the hospital via ambulance; I was there for 3 days and had many, many tests done. It was determined that I have severe acid reflux and this has caused a condition in my esophagus called Barrett's Esophagus. I have learned that this is a pre-cancerous condition and I have to be scoped once a year to make sure nothing has changed. Because of this, I have had two doctors tell me in no uncertain terms and have made it VERY clear to me that I have to be on medication for this condition for the rest of my life or I could most likely develop esophageal cancer.
After trying other medications for the reflux and couldn't tolerate them (caused vomiting after eating) I was put on Protonix. My insurance company approved it because I had already tried three different prescription meds and OTC meds that I couldn't tolerate. I started out at once a day and eventually went to twice a day because I still had so much reflux. Again, my insurance company approved it because I had been on Protonix once a day for about 2 years and developed more breakthrough. After being on this for a couple of years I had to switch to Nexium because I started to have breakthrough reflux - again. As long as I don't miss a dose, I do okay and can eat anything without a problem. But if I miss a dose, I know it within a few hours.
If I were you, I would definitely try the suggestion that Tammy has given you and if that doesn't work ely talk with your doc about trying another med like Protonix or Nexium (if you haven't already tried that one). I sure hope you find a solution soon so that you can get the reflux under control.
Dx: Agoraphobia, Anxiety/Panic Disorders, Barrett's Esophagus, Bipolar Disorder, Depression, Fibromyalgia, I.B.S., Mitral Valve Prolapse, Narcolepsy, PTSD, Restless Leg Syndrome, Severe Acid Reflux, Sleep Apnea, Social Anxiety
Rx: Abilify, Ambien CR,
Ativan, Flexeril, Lamictal, Neurontin, Nexium, Requip, Ritalin ER, Valium
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