Maybe someone hear can help me out. About 3 months ago out of the blue (I am a 32 yo male with no prior medical history) I developed an shortness of breath and almost a complete inability to swallow. After going to the ER on more than one occasion and after seeing MANY specialists, I have been been diagnosed with probable LPR and am undergoing a ph test in a few weeks. I have already had the full battery otherwise, swallowing, esophogram, ct-scan, bloodwork, mammomatry (sp?) etc. I have been taking preacid 2x daily with Zantac at night for 7 weeks with no real improvement.
My questions to you all, and I know they have been asked before, a) Is switching ppis worthwhile? (My docs dont think so) and b) What are the surgical alterntives?
Any help at all would be very greatly appreciated. This has been a total nightmare. I guess you just take you health for granted until it goes south. Thanks.
I'm sorry you're dealing with this, This has been a nightmare for me as well. I have the shortness of breath and globus everyday it's just the worse!
At any rate I myself have not seen a difference from the other PPI's but some people do so in my opinion it's worth a try. My case is just harder I guess, I have had gastro problems all my life.
Good Luck To you!!!!
Hi! I so feel your pain. I got sick in jan and then again in Feb. I had almost the same symptoms but would wake up choking and coughing. I went to five different doctors and then finally figured it out for myself by searching the internet. Not one doctor every told me what diet I should be on. One told me I had asthma and gave me five different meds to try. I don't have asthma, I have LPR and have been taking two protonix and then one metoclopramide at night. Have been really depressed since taking the metoclopramide which is one of the side effects. The symptoms got better but flare up if I get off the strict diet the least little bit. If you have been taking your meds for six months and no real change. I say push to try something else. My symptoms are coming back but did get a lot better. Good luck! If I don't get a lot better in the next few months, I am going to push for the surgery. Although I don't here good things about it.
hi, were you tlod this is dysphagia? does it affect you when you eat? i to have similar symptoms but i was told that i could be oesophageal spasms, which is still makes it hard to swallow my saliva but never happens when im eating, there is a big difference between that and dysphagia, i hope you dont have dysphagia! i was told to take motilium, its an an sikness and anti spasmotic it does really help with the swallowing, but not to take it too regularly apparently the side effects of prolonged use are very bad. you should try the motilium and see, i dont know what name it is in the US but the generis name is domperidone.
Last edited by clairecanice; 06-24-2008 at 03:04 PM.