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For the last 6 years I’ve been having constant problems with my stomach due to high acid levels (gastroscopy confirmed, no Zoolinger-Elyson). To cut the story, I have chronic gastritis which turns into chronic erosive gastritis every time if I don’t take PPI’s (40 mg daily pantoprazole does the job). I’ve also got some microscopic barretss, it hasn’t spread for the last 6 years although I have daily heartburn due to Hiatal Hernia. Of course I have heartburn daily IF and only if I don’t take PPI’s.
I’ve tried everything, every diet, every alternative (almost everything I guess) but still I get heartburn and stomach pain. I also started to ignore my doctors’ advice that I should be on a diet to eliminate this and that food to try and help my condition. None of my diets can help if I have too much HCL acid in my stomach! I will again get an erosive condition no matter the diet.
I’ m writing this post to make a life decision. I decided to take 20-40 mg of Pantoprazole daily for the rest of my life because I feel extremely energetic, I can eat whatever I want, I can work how long I want, I have zero pain, zero heartburn and despite all the negative things appearing about PPI’s in the media for the past few years, I love this drug because it saved my life numerous times and because I can live my life as any other totally healthy person in this world.
The problem is that I’m only 25 (just turned this summer). Basically none of my friends have ever taken more than 100 pills in their life’s and I already took thousands of them in the past 6 years, H2-s and PPI’s as well as some tums (which don’t help). The other problem is that your mental attitude just fades away. I was always mentally strong for the past years but when you see that the meds are the only option and that you’ve suffered daily pain with daily heartburn you just cannot convince your brain to stay strong anymore. Also, my parents have lost a child (my sister) and I’m the only one left and they think that I’m super healthy (I’m hiding my condition from them and I’m never ever going to tell them anything because my mother would probably drop dead immediately). My parents are both healthy.
I guess it’s faith, can’t be anything else, and I accept it. Despite everything I’ve read on the NET, and I’ve really read everything, I can’t believe that I’m going to say that but yes, I love my PPI’s but I know that I could have major sides in a couple of years. My ancestors were all long living and I can say that I’ve got really good genes but it seems that you can’t go against too much stomach acid. The stomach lining can endure this, which makes sense.
Should I stick with my decision or should I again for the nth time seek for an alternative although my mind deep inside knows that there is no alternative. I welcome your suggestions…
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