Nausea, acid reflux and Omeprazole?

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Hi all. I'm a female almost 20 years old. 

It's a bit long but I could really use some advice now (or moral support)

In early Dec 2016 I woke up in the middle of the night feeling really nauseous, but I didn't throw up or anything. For the whole week I felt nauseous almost all the time. The following week I went to see a GP and was prescribed Omeprazole 20 mg to be taken daily before breakfast. I felt a bit better after a few days but still felt nauseous (it was worst at night). I then went back home oversea and went to see another doctor there. I've had acid reflux several years before and he said this might be acid reflux or something with my stomach. He doubled my dose to twice daily (before breakfast and before dinner) + prescribed me Motilium and asked me to come back again in 3 weeks. During the 3 weeks there were good and bad days but my condition was so much better I thought I would be fine soon. When I went back to the doctor after 3 weeks, he told me to take Omeprazole 20 mg before breakfast only for 2 more weeks because he saw that my condition was better. However, only 1-2 days after that I had a horrible nausea again. I had to travel so I was back on Omeprazole and Motilium both twice daily. I continued to take Motilium for a few weeks but is now off it completely. I am still on Omeprazole twice daily. My conditions so far have been up and down. I sometimes feel acid in my throat but no heartburn. I also occasionally feel full, bloated and sometimes a lump in my throat (normally after dinner). Now I also feel a bit nauseous here and then as well. I really want to see a GP again but it's fully booked until the end of the month.

Does anyone have similar experience? Should I start weaning off Omeprazole or should I continue to take it? I don't want to be on it for too long but I also can't stand if I have to go back to feeling nauseous again.

Any advice would be much appreciated.

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    Hi Kayaa

    I realise that you do not want to be reliant on taking Omeprazole for too long but I feel that you should carry on for a while as they do need to build up to be of any benefit. I have similar problems, mainly Lump in the Throat feeling but I am still taking the Omeprazole for fear of feeling worse if I stop. I look at this as a long term problem and anything that may help is worth taking.

    All the best

    Robin

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      Thank you for your reply! May I ask how long have you been on the med and how much a day? Do you have nausea as well or just lump in the throat? This thing is such a pain.
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      I have been taking Omeprazole for about 12 months on and off, I now only take one 20mg in the mornings but I did start on two 40mg per day. I do have nausea occasionally but the Lump in the Throat is just about all the time although I do fortunately have some days when I am nearly free of this pain. I also have various aches and pains which may or may not be associated with this problem. I have just swapped milk for soya as I have heard that milk can be a trigger for some, too early to say if this is of any benefit at the moment. I am also trying to eat more healthy foods although I do not consider that I have a bad diet generally. Unfortunately this problem we all have does not go away quickly so have to be very patient and not get too anxious about it.

      Robin

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      That's good you're free of pain some days. I hope it gets better for you soon! I've only had it for few months and getting tired of it already. Can't imagine dealing with it for years. I've stopped milk even before I got this reflux again and now have soya milk lying the the fridge as well. Update me how it goes smile

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    Firstly I roils look at your diet note what seems to bring the symptoms on more and j round stay on the PPI meds if I was you at a low dose so it keeps the symptoms in check I've been on PPI meds for about 4 years now and I take 30mg of zon yon fast tab that the height dose and I can honestly say I would rather be on this then suffer the horrible reflux heartbreak and indigestion I had before .

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      Thanks for your comment! I've been eating plain and bland food. No idea what could've triggered my nausea to be honest. Do you have any good suggestion for diets?

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      Well I don't eat any spices foods and I only drink decaf tea and I drink water I eat fish with veg chicken no fatty foods and no big meals so I don't overload my digestive track you could ttg gluten free foods Some people say it's better stops heartburn and indigestion hope this a help

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      Hi kayaa

      Can I ask are you stressed? Do u suffer with anxiety? Because these 2 things play a major role in digestive issues. I've had reflux for 3 years now and I'm a very stressed person! I have a lot of anger issues too. I have an extremely difficult teenage daughter to deal with and it really contributes to my illness.

      I think we are all guilty of this forum of neglecting stress as a major contributing factor to digestive stress.

      That's not to say stress is the only contributing factor. Have u had an endoscopy yet? I would have one if the symptoms continue. I wouldn't just keep taking the meds blindly. It's worth knowing if you have H pylori or a hiatus hernia. You could also be tested for SIBO ( test for methane and hydrogen gas).

      Let us know how you get on.

      Regards

      Dom

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      Hi Dom

      Thanks for your reply. I wouldn't say I suffer from anxiety (or maybe I don't know). I do admit I've been a bit stressed lately due to personal reasons. I do agree that it plays a part in the illness although I've been trying to take my mind off things by exercising and just generally watching TV shows. It's hard to try not to stress, but I'm certainly trying. I haven't had an endoscopy yet. I'm away from home and my parents don't want me to do the endoscopy without them being here. I am considering seeing the doctor again though. Might ask if I could get some tests done other than an endoscope. 

      I hope you and daughter will get along better. smile

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    The foods that make you nauseous could be ones you are intolerant too. I am very naiseaous after eggs and dairy and I turned out to be intolerant to them. Start making a journal of what u eat and how u feel. Sometimes symptoms are not immediate they could happen next day.

    I had a barium swallow first before endoscope and ultra sound on my stomach ( check ovaries, gall bladder and pancreas). You could ask for these so you rule everything out.

    Whilst all of this is going on try not to focus on it too much. Don't let ur brain think it's significant!!!! We can make ourselves worse with worry.

    Good luck Hun

    Dom x

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    Very sorry you're going threw this , you say you eat right and have been taking omeprazole and still nothing. My gerd is ridiculous to the point i bought a 100 dollar pillow to sleep sitting up (i hate it) and is still horrible reflux that wont let me sleep. Now banana and crackers (saltines)are my friends in the middle of the night, stress and anxiety are very common triggers for acid reflux thight clothing also.

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      Hi kayaa

      Pillows never help me, they seem to make it worse. I put 2 bricks on either side of the head of the bed and that really helped. Been sleeping on an incline for 2 1/2 yrs now. Just makes going away on holiday a nightmare.

      So sorry your not sleeping. When my gerd first started I never slept for 3 months! Was on verge of a nervous breakdown and the doc put me on sleeping tablets. Hated going on them but they really saved me. I never took whole tablet just 1/2 tablet. Managed to come off them after 6 months. Still on anxiety med though.

      Regards

      Dom

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