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I've been suffering from acid reflux for about a year now. I did my stomach scope last year and everything was fine except i had a small hiatal hernia and the doc thinks its causing the reflux. Was prescribed omeprazole and took that daily for a few months. Then it didnt worked as i felt easily 'full' after eating just abit.
Since then i've tried almost all types of ppi drugs, nexium pantoprazole , dexilant , you name it i have tried it but all of them didn't worked. I either had side effects or it just caused me more pain than the reflux burn. Finally i settled on pariet/rabeprazole initially was on 20mg per day but now i've made progress with only 10mg every other day. My doc is optimistic he could get me off ppi soon but im sceptical still.
So here's my question - when i'm on pariet i'm usually fine but the days when i'm not taking pariet then some days i could feel like this needle prick feeling in my stomach and then on both my hands and arms. Has anyone else had this feeling before? It comes and goes but doesn't really bother me much. I told the doc and he honestly told me it might be my stress or mental anxiety.
I've always think that something is causing my reflux, like there's some underlying bug/parasite that could be causing it. Since i was living a perfect life before a course of antibiotics , i didn't knew what is heartburn then. But after that a course of long antibiotics , like 1 month long i got heartburn/GERD and until now it doesn't seem to go away. So my second question is , has anyone has such experience before? I researched online and come to my own conclusions that i could either have (due to antibiotic influenced):
- a parasite infection
- a fungal infection/candida
Could it be possible? Can anyone with similar situation or experience help me out? I discussed this with my doc and he doesn't seem to think it could be candida but he didn't brush off the parasite possibility. The reason why he didn't ordered any tests for that maybe that he is seeing i'm improving on the pariet dose so he might just want to 'write me off' without further diagnosis. Sorry for writing a wall of text and i hope you guys could share your experiences here.
We all suffered and know how terrible GERD is, i would never wish this disease upon anyone if i could.
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