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Old 05-09-2007, 07:55 AM   #1
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Catch 22

The choice: Don't take a PPI and have pretty bad heartburn acid-reflux after most meals? vs. Take a PPI and have little to no heartburn but some chest pain and back pain/pressure... Its driving me crazy. Just wondering if anyone else is in the same boat.

 
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Re: Catch 22

Exactly the same here...less acidic taste and lump (less not none) BUT more chest/heart-like and spine pain. */??** to it all!
Have you had any of your results back yet?
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Old 05-09-2007, 03:42 PM   #3
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Re: Catch 22

I loved my PPI in the beginning, little or no reflux or stomach discomfort. I have recently developed chest tightness, shortness of breath, pain on sternum and in back. I just had a stress test and passed with excellent results. Can the PPI cause these symptoms?

 
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Exactly the same here...less acidic taste and lump (less not none) BUT more chest/heart-like and spine pain. */??** to it all!
Have you had any of your results back yet?
Kim
Hey. Ive had all my results back. Basically when Im on the PPI I have no acid reflux but off the PPI (impedence test) I have increased acid exposure to my esophagus (6.6%, anything >4.2% he said was abnormal). I also had a few "slightly acidic" and two alkaline reflux events during the test. Doc now wants me to go back on PPIs for 4 months and see where Im at. If I still have the pain wants me to repeat Impedence on the PPI to see if my acid reflux is replaced with non-acid reflux causing symptoms. This will determine if he recommends surgery or therapeutic means to ease symptoms (low dose anti-depressent, etc.)

I think the persistance of pain we get on PPIs might be non-acid reflux as it feel slightly different than traditional acid reflux maybe? Who knows.

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Old 05-10-2007, 06:15 PM   #5
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Re: Catch 22

So you DO have acid reflux. My results are at the end of next week and I'm wondering if anything will show.
scott have you had any tests that prove a weak LES? Was your motility normal on Manometry?

TLB50...I think the ppi's cause symptoms for some people, but sometimes these drugs just stop working - to confuse the issue.
I think the answer is to come off them for a while and see how things go. If they're not working for you anymore, then you've nothing to lose.
Some people get by on Ranitidine at night instead.

 
Old 05-10-2007, 09:27 PM   #6
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yup. Off of PPIs I definitely have acid reflux. But my symptoms just started persisting 5 months ago. I had motility test which showed a weak LES and weak perastalsis. Not sure if thats from the reflux or just a muscular change though.

 
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