head

Posted , 5 users are following.

This discussion has been locked due to a period of inactivity. Start a new discussion

Right sorry for all the questions guys, but being new to the group i suppose im just looking too see if other people are experiencing the same things as me. I was diagnosed with gastritis last week and put on lansaprozole 30mg twice a day for the next 6-8weeks. Im having a funny head, not pain, more like not feeling in control of it and like motion sickness feeling and feeling like my ears are needing to pop. Anyone else had the same? im scared incase its something else

0 likes, 22 replies

Report

22 Replies

Next
  • Posted

    What you describe sounds like what is known as peripheral vertigo which may be a product of the reflux rather than the acid suppressant.

    A paper published in Medical Hypotheses Septamber 2015 on "Associations between peripheral vertigo and gastroesophageal reflux disease." by a team in Lithuania, concluded "Our study demonstrated statistically significant association between peripheral vertigo and GERD" which is supported by other otological observations as revealed in the survey repored in the chapter on Extra-oesophageal reflux in the www DownWithAcid org uk book where the mechanisms are explained.

    I have had ear problems all my life (and I'm now 68). As a young boy I was sent to have my ears syringed weekly but the only difference that made is now my ears bear the scars which prohibited me from completing my sub aqua courses some years ago. It's only comparatively recently (within the last 20 years) I've actually discovered at last what the matter has been. And this research is now beginning to catch up with mewink

    Report
    • Posted

      barretts u seem very wise and clued up on this topic. I appreciated your support and advice. Do u think thats what it could be? Im scaring myself half to death thinking i have a brain tumour to go along with the reflux. :-( im just so down with it all 
      Report
    • Posted

      Barretts, that info about vertigo is very interesting. I have noticed that I have had fewer episodes of vertigo now that I have been treating the reflux.

      My GE (gastric emptying) test revealed that my stomach takes nearly twice as long as normal to push the food on its way, which explains much of the bloating of my stomach. Since I also have a hiatal hernia and gastritis, I have been wondering whether surgery will help with the reflux, and whetehr it would make what appears to be gastroparesis worse. I have my follow-up appointment with my doc on Monday, and up to now he has dismissed the idea of surgery for the hernia. 

      I know you have had the surgery and are feeling much better. Is there a "magic number" that suggests surgery? Like how bad the hernia is?

      My symptoms seem to be getting worse, despite meds for the reflux and a careful diet. I worry about long term deleterious effects on my esophagus.

      What finally triggered your operation? I know you said you suffered for years. Frankly, I do not have the patience to do that, I have too much to do. smile

      I appreciate hearing about any experience you have had that you are willing to share. I want to be prepared when I see the gastroenterologist on Monday.

      Thank you in advance!

      Report
    • Posted

      In UK, we don't treat hiatus hernia unless it causing significant problems.

      If they think you may be eligible for surgery, they'll do a 24hr pH manometry test where they look at the pressure difference over the gastro-oesophageal junction by lying you down with a probe via your nose and feeding you teaspoonfuls of water. You then wear a recorder for 24 hours with a different wire coming out of your nose.

      From the figures of how much acid you're producing and when, they work out a "DeMeester" score. Anything over 14.7 shows acid reflux. (Mine was 179!)

      You can read about my experience on my personal website blog. Go to www ChrisRob co uk and find Manometry on the drop down from the Barrett's tab. You'll also find my personal account of my fundoplication.

      Stomach emptying may still be a problem after surgery as it won't address that - though your stomach will be slightly smaller initially.

      Report
    • Posted

      My oh my, that does not sound like a pleasant experience!

      I have discovered there are differences in procedures, so maybe I would not have to go through that. smile

      When I read about the GE test online, the UK site said there would be an hourly image taken of my stomach, but the test I had was a constant monitoring of the Journey of the Radioactive Egg over a period of an hour and a half.

      And I was sedated during the endoscopy; apparently not all patients in other countries have that option. Yikes!

      Thank you, I will check out your blog.

      Report
    • Posted

      Barretts u seem clued up on this topic so im gona describe what i feel is happening to me, i appreciate it sounds weird and trust me i have the docs thinking im a looney, but all i need is one person to understand. Just above my collarbone, where the middle meets, i feel as if inside something is opening (very uncomfortable feeling) and it sends my anxiety high and i feel this is what gives me my tightness in my head. It goes back after a while, but it does this regularly, Do u have any idea what im talking about?
      Report
    • Posted

      The area you describe is the cricopharyngeus.

      This muscle controls the flap valve, effectively an upper oesophageal sphincter, that usually permits air to enter the trachea but opens to permit food to enter the oesophagus instead.

      Although not designed to stop reflux of matter progressing up the oesophagus, that is what it attempts to do which can cause unusal feelings as you describe.

      It is associated with extra-oesophageal reflux not controlled by acid suppressant medication.

      Report
    • Posted

      You should be a doctor, or are u you? wish you were mine, they think im crazy. Should i be worried and what can i do about it? thank u
      Report
    • Posted

      No not a doctor. But I've spent more time studying this than they do. But my specialism is much narrower than theirs.

      There should be no real cause for worry. Many of us have experienced something similar. It really is a case of attempting to reduce reflux.

      For conditions they're not expert in, doctors are supposed to follow guidelines provided by the specialists within their health trust (or CCG). For acid reflux the condition is not usually separated into the two components and the local guidelines they'll have been presented with will say to prescribe an acid suppressant - eg your lansoprazole.

      If the maintenance dose (30mg) is not working, they'll usually double your prescription. Whereas this will further reduce acid making the reflux less harmful, it may have littel effect on the reflux itself for which the only "help" you'll get is to follow the lifestyle changes as there's no pill they can give you to help. Although some people find anti-emetic drugs may help: metoclopramide or domperidone - so you may be prescribed those to se if it helps.

      Report
    • Posted

      Im on 2 30mg tablets a day, the feeling is very uncomfortable and makes me panic as i feel my throat is closing up, i appreciate u talking to me thank u
      Report
  • Posted

    Hello Colleen, anxiety can also have a dizziness symptom, as can Lansoprazole as a side-effect. The question is when did it begin in relation to the onset of gastritis and taking of the pills? That could give you a good clue as to the cause, though your doctor, ideally, should be able to say more. Such pill side-effects can wear off as the pills get into your system, so you might find that this happens in a while from now, for you haven't been on them long.
    Report
    • Posted

      hi paul, ive had gastritis now for 11 weeks, but just had my endoscopy last week. Was on omeparzole and then lansaprozole on and off for the weeks leading up to it, ive had the pressure in my head from roughly week 2 or 3. Was off them for a while as one doctor took me off everything. I do have anxiety but ive never suffered from this before.
      Report
    • Posted

      Hi Colleen. Have never associated the two but I had a similar condition about 3 years ago which in hindsight was probably around the same time as I started having reflux problems. It was diagnosed as sinusitis and I was given various sprays to use which my doctor told me to administer by holding my nose and blowing the liquid through until my ears popped. It isn't nice to do. It did clear up in time probably 4-6 weeks but I did have a recurrence about 6 months later and had to go through it again. It's better now although I do seem to have to blow my nose more than the average human.
      Report

Join this discussion or start a new one?

New discussion

Report as inappropriate

Thanks for your help!

We want the forums to be a useful resource for our users but it is important to remember that the forums are not moderated or reviewed by doctors and so you should not rely on opinions or advice given by other users in respect of any healthcare matters. Always speak to your doctor before acting and in cases of emergency seek appropriate medical assistance immediately. Use of the forums is subject to our Terms of Use and Privacy Policy and steps will be taken to remove posts identified as being in breach of those terms.

newnav-down newnav-up