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Sounds very familiar as this is more or less just what has happened to me. I never really had true heartburn/acid reflux symptoms and very few episodes of the classic burning acid indigestion episodes in my life. When the rare episode would occur it could always be attributed to some overindulgence. Then back in late August 2012 I got sick with a virus that lasted about a week. Afterwards I developed a lingering dry cough and the need to clear my throat often. After about a month of it I figured I need antibiotics, so I talked my doc into giving me some. That didn't help. Then my wife, who is a nurse in a gastro office, suggested it could be reflux and try Prilosec. After 11 days that didn't help either so I stopped it. I then went to see the gastro she works for. He did and endo and saw no active reflux, but discovered the beginning stages of barrett's. That shocked the heck out of me I'll tell ya. He said let's be proactive and take Prilosec forever as a precaution. He also told me I was taking it wrong the first time. So I went back on it (had only been off my self-prescribed course for about 1 week) and took it for another 3 weeks. All the time I was taking 1x 20mg/day.

At first I felt great. The cough went away as did the mild, scratchy throat I started getting at night. But, during the 3rd week back on it the cough and sore throat started coming back. I also started having some GI distress issues like generalized discomfort and bloating w/lots of gas. So I started taking a 2nd Prilosec before bedtime. That didn't help at all so I read where taking an H2 at night proved better when combined with the a.m. Prilosec. That seemed to help. However, by this time I had learned how bad ppi's are and decided to stop them all and commit to lifestyle changes. So I stopped everything after having taken them a relatively short period of about 5 weeks (11 days on + 1 week off + 3 weeks on). This was enough to cause me severe rebound effect. The first 7-8 days was severe heartburn/acidy stomach like nothing I had ever had in my life. The moment that wore off it was replaced by mild nausea, loss of appetite, sever bloating and constant belching, and pain/lump in the throat sensation.

It's been almost 3 months since I stopped the ppi's and I've yet to get my digestive system back to where it was before I took them. All I had was a dry cough and night time scratchy throat. I've had a few good days here and there, but my digestion remains screwed up. I've tried too many things probably and nothing has worked really yet. I'm not sure if it's still my body trying to re-adjust itself from the ppi or all the stuff I've tried. My thought is that ppi's are evil things and if I'd have gone with lifestyle changes in the beginning I'd be much better off.

It's been frustrating because I believe my gerd/reflux is a symptom of underlying digestive issues I've obviously had for years. I've had a history of periods of "IBS" bloating and gas and I believe if I can get that under control I will solve my issues. If I have no bloating or abdominal pressure I have no reflux symptoms. However, it's been near-constant since stopping the ppi's.
[QUOTE=rednevac;5117613]Sounds very familiar as this is more or less just what has happened to me. I never really had true heartburn/acid reflux symptoms and very few episodes of the classic burning acid indigestion episodes in my life. When the rare episode would occur it could always be attributed to some overindulgence. Then back in late August 2012 I got sick with a virus that lasted about a week. Afterwards I developed a lingering dry cough and the need to clear my throat often. After about a month of it I figured I need antibiotics, so I talked my doc into giving me some. That didn't help. Then my wife, who is a nurse in a gastro office, suggested it could be reflux and try Prilosec. After 11 days that didn't help either so I stopped it. I then went to see the gastro she works for. He did and endo and saw no active reflux, but discovered the beginning stages of barrett's. That shocked the heck out of me I'll tell ya. He said let's be proactive and take Prilosec forever as a precaution. He also told me I was taking it wrong the first time. So I went back on it (had only been off my self-prescribed course for about 1 week) and took it for another 3 weeks. All the time I was taking 1x 20mg/day.

At first I felt great. The cough went away as did the mild, scratchy throat I started getting at night. But, during the 3rd week back on it the cough and sore throat started coming back. I also started having some GI distress issues like generalized discomfort and bloating w/lots of gas. So I started taking a 2nd Prilosec before bedtime. That didn't help at all so I read where taking an H2 at night proved better when combined with the a.m. Prilosec. That seemed to help. However, by this time I had learned how bad ppi's are and decided to stop them all and commit to lifestyle changes. So I stopped everything after having taken them a relatively short period of about 5 weeks (11 days on + 1 week off + 3 weeks on). This was enough to cause me severe rebound effect. The first 7-8 days was severe heartburn/acidy stomach like nothing I had ever had in my life. The moment that wore off it was replaced by mild nausea, loss of appetite, sever bloating and constant belching, and pain/lump in the throat sensation.

It's been almost 3 months since I stopped the ppi's and I've yet to get my digestive system back to where it was before I took them. All I had was a dry cough and night time scratchy throat. I've had a few good days here and there, but my digestion remains screwed up. I've tried too many things probably and nothing has worked really yet. I'm not sure if it's still my body trying to re-adjust itself from the ppi or all the stuff I've tried. My thought is that ppi's are evil things and if I'd have gone with lifestyle changes in the beginning I'd be much better off.

It's been frustrating because I believe my gerd/reflux is a symptom of underlying digestive issues I've obviously had for years. I've had a history of periods of "IBS" bloating and gas and I believe if I can get that under control I will solve my issues. If I have no bloating or abdominal pressure I have no reflux symptoms. However, it's been near-constant since stopping the ppi's.[/QUOTE]


Thanks for the reply. Far beit from me to diagnose you, but I wonder if all that bloating gas is a symptom of too-low stomach acid. I have read about that multiple places. Have you tried digestive supplments or DGL?

I continue to try to wean off the PPI's SLOWLY. The last week has been brutal. I read that if you were taking 8 weeks of Prilosec you shoudl wean off over a period of 8 weeks.





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