Re: Not Sure I Have GERD???
The biggest mistake people can make in treating GERD is thinking they need all the "fancy tests". Response to the medication is diagnosis in itself, and the only test you might want to consider sometime in the future, after you have already responded to medication, is an endoscopy, to check for continued esophageal erosion - but if you are young, and just started getting GERD, you might not need to worry about this for a while. While the heartburn and fullness in throat are symptoms of GERD, the endoscopy really just looks for signs of prolonged damage - looking for precancerous areas that might indicate an intermediate stage called Barrett's, which is what can sometimes lead to esophageal cancer.
If you are not reponding to Protonix, it's because I haven't heard of anyone responding to Protonix. I don't know why, and I ask others to respond to this - but has anyone here at all been successfully treated with Protonix?
There are 4 other prescription Proton-Pump Inhibitors (same classification as Protonix) that you can try and they are all well-represented on this board. They are:
Prilosec (by prescription) - not the OTC version
There is another prescription called Zegrid, but it's basically a combination of prescription Prilosec and Tums. A few of us are taking it at night as a supplement to our Nexium, Aciphex, etc.
In addition, you can buy Prilosec OTC (over the counter) but it is not as effective as the prescription version, even if you double the dose.
Secondly, bad GERD often needs to be treated with 2 doses of a Proton Pump Inhibitor a day - not just 1 dose. All the laryngeal reflux patients here on on 2 doses a day, and many of the GERD patients. Even my best friend, who does not have regular GERD, but who had GERD in pregnancy, was treated with 2 doses a day. 2 doses will usually wipe it out.
In addition, you can drink Malox or Mylanta as well.