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Acid Reflux / GERD Message Board


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I find that each person's body reacts differently to each drug, I know that I tried every OTC and every prescription for several years before I finally found that Nex worked the best after a month and that was taking 2 a day. This last week even taking 2 a day I am still getting a slight burn in the throat and chest, it's like it is not working as well now. It was a fun ride being free of reflux nearly 99% of the time in the last year but it didn't last. IF the pharma companies found a silver bullet cure for GERD they would be out of big money that is why there will never be a drug that can cure it or keep it away forever, too much money to be lost for them.
[QUOTE]IF the pharma companies found a silver bullet cure for GERD they would be out of big money that is why there will never be a drug that can cure it or keep it away forever, too much money to be lost for them.[/QUOTE]

Unfortunately GERD and LPR are the result of a specific physical problem - an incompetent esophageal sphincter - which is unlikely to be cured with medication (and would require major surgery to address).

One of the challenges with PPIs is that they are primarily designed to give your body a chance to heal from the acid that refluxes into the esophagus. Many people start to feel better on the medications and don't take the long-term steps that can help address GERD and LPR (avoiding trigger foods, eating smaller meals, not eating for 3 hours before bedtime, raising the head of their bed) so their symptoms break through the protection of the PPIs.

Unfortunately, lifestyle changes plus PPIs are the only way manage LPR and GERD.
Yes, I agree with you all, everyone seems to react or be helped differently by these meds. Protonix did not work for me, and I just started Nexium. I was just diagnosed with a hiatal hernia, which is what's causing the gerd. I'm a swimmer, and my doc has advised me to take an antacid just before swimming. Her plan for me is to have me take a Nexium a day to see if I can get some relief, and then to taper down. Of course, I am also doing all the other recommended things, i.e., smaller meals, not eating before bedtime, raising head of bed, etc. I noticed the package insert for the Nexium mentioned that long-term usage can promote vitamin B-12 deficiency, which is probably why she wants to taper me down.

I wonder if you follow all the things you're supposed to do, if you can eventually be totally off of medication??
and even if you follow a strict diet such as I and sleep inclined you still will have some episodes from time to time. I'm a strict vegetarian now for about 6 months and it has helped 90% but I do have a sugar problem and if I over do it will set it off! But I did find removing meat made a big difference in the severity and duration of bouts. The kicker here is you start to feel half way human again and think,"just this one time won't hurt to have it" but it does. I heard that once you have GERD it's a disease that never goes away completely and with the surgery people report it comes back eventually but not as severe!





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