Acid Reflux

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Hello everyone I recently had a endoscopy (again).

My Dr said that my stomach and estophagus were extremely inflammed, the cause to much acid, so now I don't just have CP I also have Barretts Estophagus. Does anyone else suffer with extreme amounts of acid in your system? If so what did your Dr do about it and what anti acid meds to you take? Has this happend to any of you? Thank you please write back.

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    Acid reflux has two components: acid and reflux.

    Under constant attack from acid, your oesophagus can undergo cellular changes with columnar cells replacing some of the original squamous cells as a defence.

    To reduce acid, you need to discover your particular trigger foods to eliminate. There are banned foods lists but we are all different and react to foods differently.

    Acid may be instanty neutralised with antacids, which are commonly chalk or baking soda based. However, having developed Barrett's means your acid reflux requires more and the best acid suppressant drugs are the family known as Proton Pump Inhibitors (PPIs) . (See graphic for a table of PPI drugs)

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      My GI doctor prescribed me ranidine you can buy that over the counter. Shouldn't I be on something a bit stronger? Also are these anti acids bad for you after long term use I guess at this point it doesn't matter.
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      Rantidine bought over the counter is only 75mg. If you are getting it on prescription, I would guess it's proabbly 300mg.

      If that works, it's fine. If not your doctor may well prescribe PPIs instead.

      There are many scare stories abut bad "side effects" of PPIs. If used at high dose over a long period, they may induce hypochlorhydria which may result in malabsorption of essential minerals and lowered resistance to harmful bacteria.

      Other scare stories about causing kidney disease, heart attacks and dementia are actually correlations rather than causation and should cause no concern.

      A paper published recently, however, showed in the lab, cells dosed with high levels of PPIs over a period showed signs of aging slightly faster.

      If you visit www BarrettsWessex org uk website, you can learn about the drugs by selecting drugs from the drop down menu under the Treatments tab. From that page, there's also a link to "PPI dangers" which discusses these scare stories.

      But all medication can be harmful if over used. Years ago, I developed a kidney stone from the excess chalk from taking too many Rennie - that was before I learned of H2 blockers and PPIs.

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      Yes ... PPI's can be a real problem if taken long term.

      I didn't have tinnitus before PPI's.

      The same goes for a wrecked digestive system ... constipation, cramps etc etc.

      The side effects aren't same for everyone.

      I've had over 20 years of going through checks and had a hiatus hernia operation. It's made no difference at all. 24/7 hell on earth.

      My doctors practice doesn't believe me at all.

      Just don't take PPI's long term, and report any side effects you have.

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    I had endio in December and found to have bleeding ulcers in stomach with a follow up in February after being on meds for 2 months. I am healing with the meds. I never experienced acid reflux or heartburn or anything. I think when some have CP it can make other conditions arise due to the narrowing of ducts. I have had to have duodenum stretched and prob need to again. I'm scared to death of ERCPs. Have had 2. (My grandma died during an ERCP when they perforated her common bile duct and she bled out internally ).
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      Wow I'm so sorry about your grandma. I too am very afraid of getting anymore ERCPs that is how I got CP the Dr performing the procedure hit my pancreas abruptly with a surgical tool. That was in 2013 it's been so much fun ever sense. Thank you for replying feel better.


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      Bless you dear! Yeah I understand how much "fun" CP is. Ya gotta laugh to keep from crying. My big issue is that I still have ALOT of pain but with normal amylase and lypase levels. But then again the pancreas is damaged. I have a de apt in 1 weeks and am seriously considering asking to be sent to pain management. I get 70 Norcos 10-325 a month from him and I am usually out before the end of month and truthfully cannot tell that they are taking my pain away at all rolleyes
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      Well im not going to tell anyone to get on narcotic pain meds but with having CP I can't do without mine. For the past year I've been going to pain management and I'm on two different kinds of meds it's the only relief I get.

      You have CP forever, which is upsetting at times, I don't see suffering for the rest of your life in pain. So you should go talk to a pain management doctor. Hope your feeling ok today.

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