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Comment from: Chad, 65-74 Male (Patient)Published: September 15After stent placement 8 years ago I was put on low dose aspirin. Then I started having digestive issues; diarrhea, epigastric pain, and indigestion. Doctors could not diagnose the cause. I was tested for H. pylori, gallbladder, pancreatitis, lactose intolerance, Crohn's, IBS (irritable bowel syndrome), celiac and had 3 colonoscopies. All negative. I had 8 months of pain, malabsorption and weight loss (25 lb.). During this time I took many NSAIDs because the doctors would not give me painkillers. I found out later this just made my condition worse. Finally I had an endoscopy and gastritis/duodenitis was the diagnosis and I was prescribed 40 mg omeprazole. I felt good almost immediately. After 2 years I was feeling pretty good and quit taking pills. I thought I was cured. But after 3 weeks symptoms returned. Now I am on Protonix 40 mg and don't think I'll ever be 'normal' again. Much of what I have read says that these problems usually disappear within weeks/months of beginning PPIs (proton-pump inhibitors). Not for me.
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