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Hello to all you users. I was a U.S. Marine and an Army helicopter pilot. I had seen and experienced a whole lot in that time, some of which would validate treatment for PTSD. I attended many tough military schools to include Airborne, Air Assault, S.E.R.E., and was even an instructor. I eventually left the military to pursue civilian endeavors. I was always physically fit and worked hard. I eventually began to experience reflux. After eating I would get that acid burn in my throat. I was prescribed Nexium. I began to have headaches and it also began to become less effective. A doctor then prescribed omeprazole. It stopped the reflux and I was happy. I then began to have numerous symptoms. All of which have been listed by all the other omeprazole users. I have always been able to handle stress, even the stress of a fire on the engine deck of an AH-1 Cobra helicoper I was flying in Korea, in the mountains, at night, using night vision goggles. At no time during that event did I feel the panicky feelings that I have been experiencing for years while taking this med. Yes, I was nervous, and had a heightened state of alertness, but I was more concerned with findng a safe landing area to try and save the helicopter and my copilot. Not necessarily in that order. I have had most all the problems that everyone has listed above. I was even given clonazepam to treat anxiety which has another whole list problems. My family has suffered, I have suffered, and now my son is away at college and I have missed so many opportunities to do what we used to do together before all these ailments began to transorm me into such a person I never was. Folks believed it was all in my mind, a "Hypochondriac"! Doctor after doctor said all was fine, and I said, I knew, it wasn't. My wife just found this website, and WHOLLY COW!! There it was!! All of what I have been suffering with all these years. I now have some hope. I actually am scheduled for an MRI of the neck area (Cervical) to help try and figure out the source of the headaches, neckaches and the like. I too will stop taking this drug starting tomorrow. You know, because I was still experiencing some chest pains, I was told to double up on my dosage! Really? I was actually having worse symptoms after taking the second dose at night. The lightheadedness has been the worst, and the lethargic chronic laziness a death sentence. I am now hopeful that after stopping the drug, I may regain my life. Can you folks out there tell me how long it takes for the most serious side effects to go away? Additionally, what are the more natural ways to deal with the reflux in lieu of this or any drug? I know to watch what I eat, but that may mean only eating bread and water. That's depressing as well. I know it's not that bad, but I am looking for your help. Thanks, and good luck to all of us!
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