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I have posted on this site once before and am deeply appreciative for all the information I have been / am gleening from your wonderfully supportive/informative forum resource centre.
I have just received my peptest results. They show that I test positive for Pepsin. My post lunch reading was moderate at 94 ng/ml and my post dinner reading was low at <25 ng/ml. I don't completely feel I'm at the point where I need to throw myself off the roof just quite yet but am (I hope understandably) concerned.
My history briefly. I had no digestive problems short of once having a turn with heartburn on 13th February of this year. That was an isolated event. I did very shortly thereafter develop a sensation of pressure in the back left quadrant of my head. I now know that was caused as a result of foraminal stenosis in my neck. This is being effectively treated with physiotherapy I'm happy to report. Before the physio commenced I was prescribed a round of Nexium (20 mg) which I only took for four days (e.g., four tablets). Having started on 9th April I stopped it on 13th April as it was doing nothing for the head pressure and I didn't quite frankly see the point. I then had, of course, the reflux backlash which has I believe resulted in this pepsin throttle. To be honest the only real symptom I am dealing with at the moment are silent burps/hic-ups that travel through the upper chest cavity on occasion; sometimes following meals; sometimes on their isolated own.
Two questions if I might ...
1. Does LPR automatically become a chronic disease (e.g., once you have it; do you have it forever?) Forgive my ignorance - and please know that I have done a lot of reading on these Forums but I still can't seem to find an answer to this question. I see in JPT's truly fantastic material that it takes between eight and 26 weeks for Nexium to go out of your system. Would it be false to hope that the Pepsin would disappear in that time frame? Does anyone know. If so, I would be most grateful for your advice.
Off my own bat I have been following the induction diet in the DROPPING ACID book such as is much referred to here. Additionally I am now drinking and spraying my mouth with alkaline water - or at very least water that has been brought up to post 8.8 elimination scale with drops. (I find when I spray my mouth with such that it feels dry ... Does anyone else have that result using alkaline spray?) I would also like to add that there is one member on this board who has been oh, so VERY kind and I have GREATLY benefited from her wisdom which I continue to follow even now.
2) I don't have great faith in my GP surgery. Indeed during four recent appointments in either hospitals or health care centres I have been told by medical staff members to change my GP. I intend to do so, but only after I have started to get this particular adventure sorted. I will call the gp surgery first thing tomorrow with my Pepsin results and ask for a ENT consultancy vis a vis LPR. What I would like to do, however, is get a private consultancy in the interim so that I could go armed to such a meeting (whenever it may be forthcoming) with additional information. What I would like to NOW find is an otolalaryngologist who would - on a one off private basis - scope me (not an endoscopy obviously) in their office and let me know the immediate state of my LPR play. Does any such expert exist in London? If anyone has ANY suggestions I would be HUGELY grateful.
Well, that's two and a half questions really -- so obviously it's time for me to jump off the bandwagon. Again, mucho thanks to all for your kind consideration in my regard. It is, I promise, keenly valued.
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