I've been taking nexium and have also been having stomach pain for awhile. The pain is in upper abdomen a few inches below my breastbone. Its not heartburn, no burning. Its like an ache cramp like pain. I've had two ultrasounds for gallbladder, had a ct scan all of hwich came back negative. So I'm wondering maybe its the nexium causing it. Any other people out there who have experienced this while on nexium?
I've been on all of the PPI's. I was on Nexium for a month this past summer. Of all the PPI's I had the worst side effects while on Nexium. I had horrible heartburn, nausea and upset stomach the entire month. (Prior to that, my reflux was "silent" with a chronic cough as my only symptom.) When I went off of the Nexium those symptoms cleared up.
Nexium is a pretty strong proton pump inhibitor that can produce many side- effects for some people like Mountain Reader says. It certainly can cause nausea.
The pain you have sound more like a hiatal hernia. And, that can be caused by cramping or spasms in that area --. It is usually a result of a lack of magnesium in your system. Every cell in your body contains magnesium and 66% is in your bones. It is estimated that 75 to 80% of people lack it. Your Doc can do a blood test but it does not determine the amount present at the cellular level.
There is a thread at the top of this page that you should read some of--- "GERD Sufferers -- I feel Good -- Let Me Tell you Why" -- started by bluepumkin.
He was treated for 9 years for all sorts of stomach problems then he took a magnesium supplement along with several others and was cured.
Thanks for the advice Harry, but I've been taking magnesium for years. I switched back to regular old prilosec, the OTC brand to see if that helps. I was taking that for a long time and never seemed to have any problems with it. Maybe nexium is just a little too potent for my system and doing a search on the net does bring back quite a few hits about people complaining of stomach pain while on it. I also take lamictal and I'm suspecting that may have something to do with it as well. But I want to try fooling around with the PPI first.
About the hiatal hernia, I thought about thats as well. But I did have an abdominal CT scan(drank the barium, nasty stuff) and everything came back normal. So, I dont know. The only thing I havent tried is a scope.
I haven't taken Nexium, but I know the pain you are talking about. I'm not sure what caused mine, I believe it was the diuretics I was on. I had pain In between the breast bone and on my back it hurt in the same area. At first I thought it was indigestion, but it didn't really have the same pain. The pain just kept getting worse. I stayed nauseated. Couldn't even keep water down. I ended up going to the ER and it was my pancreas. I don't know if you have the exact symptoms, but the area you are hurting in is where mine first started.