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[QUOTE=Bothrops]Hi everyone,
It all started in January 2003. The acid reflux I have had for 6 years had moved into my stomach, I never new how uncomfortable heartburn could be. I saw a doc and he prescribed protonix. After a months dose I felt a bit better so I decided to end it there rather then spend $170.00 for another month. 3 days later I awoke sick with slight fever, chills, dizziness, frequent urination, nausea and migraine. I felt better after 2 days, A week later the same. Another week and again the same except this time the dizziness would not leave and brought some new friends like flushing, hot and cold sensation and tingling. Every once in awhile the dizzies would cause a heavy feeling in my shoulders. This all started in late June and has been with me since except the dizzies have turned to a constant lightheadedness and a spaced out feeling has been present since the start. The acid reflux is still here and sometimes heartburn. I have been using OTC Zantac because I am a little scared of the Protonix.
Does anyone think there could be a link between my acid reflux/dizziness/Protonix? Other then my 24/7 lightheadedness/spaciness I have a full feeling in my ears, nose and eyes. My eyes donít seem to react as quickly as normal they donít focus right and vision is blurred in mornings and after showers. My nose feels stuffed but dry, my E-tubes for my ears feel stuffed. I have a hard time concentrating. I had head and neck aches for 2 months but have not had them for over a month. I was restricted to the indoors during the summer because the heat intensified my lightheadedness.
I have had the following test; CBC, catscan, h.pylori, diabetes, thyroid panel and was told by a dentist that I had an impacted wisdom tooth on lower jaw and 2 cavities in rear molars on upper jaw. I have not had any problems with any of these teeth.
Other problems I have dealt with: about 10 years ago I had swollen lymph nodes in my groin area. I have felt fatigued as long as I can remember, but push myself to get more done than my co-workers. My face feels hot quite often; I look as though I am blushing. I have had RLS for about 10 years; the constant need to move or stretch my feet and legs is very uncomfortable. I have had anxiety and depression for quite some time. I have had problems with my digestive system for 15 years. I would get these viruses 4 or 5 times a year where all the bones in my body would ache and would feel a little dizzy and slightly feverish.
I was diagnosed with rhinitis and given a shot of cortisone. I was diagnosed with ETD and given prednisone, zyrtec and nasonix. I was diagnosed with anxiety and given paxil. I have been on paxil for 3 months and the only symptom to lessen or disappear has been the headaches. The savings I have had for the past 10 years is gone all to docs who could not figure this out nor cared to. If anyone has any ideas what the **** is going on with me please give me an idea, Iím lost and broke. I am a 34 year old male, 5'9", 170. I donít drink or do any drugs other then tobacco. I smoked for 12 years, quit and started dipping 6 years ago about the time my acid reflux started.
Any help would be appreciated even if you could tell me what you would do if you were in my shoes, no job, no insurance.

Thank You Very Much,


Lots to read here, I'll try to address the things I am familiar with. The reflux is probably being irritated from the dipping and you need to stay on a med for it to clear it up or you could end up with cancer of the esophogus. Nexium is what I take for reflux & it is 100% better, the over the counter meds never helped me. Also, I ended up with 2 ulcers from stress & anxiety and took prescription strength pepcid for that & the ulcers are better.

The ear & sinus problems may be from the impacted wisdom tooth. I spent over a year & 19 different anti-bitotics to find out that all my ear pain & glands in my neck that hurt & a feeling of swollen throat & lump in my throat were all due to a wisdom tooth that had to come out.

Many of the other symptoms you list can be from panic, depression & stress. I also have severe depression and just recently started having panic attacks. Many physical symptoms are the result of panic attacks.

Your county health dept. should be able to help you get medical care if you are unemployed & have no insurance. I wish you well, you have a lot to deal with. Try contacting your county health dept. & start with one thing at a time, get the wisdom tooth removed & that should help the ears, stuffy nose etc. then work on from there.

I take 5mg of Klonopin at bedtime & it has helped my panic attacks immensely.

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