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I am from the US, but I have joined other Patient boards online and this community is so helpful.
I am not usually a heartburn sufferer, but I was recently put on Verapamil for my migraines. It's a calcium channel blocker, and it is NOTORIOUS for causing reflux/GORD.
After about 10 days of taking it, I noticed some serious heartburn starting. I continued it for a few more days, and then it was just awful. I had to stop the medicine. But I'm afraid it was a bit too late and I did some damage. Calcium channel blockers relax the LES, and therefore, allow acid to creep up into the esophagus.
So, here I am a little over a week from stopping the Verapamil, and the pain is still there. I should say, I cannot take PPIs...I tried them years ago with a bout of heartburn, and they give me a horrid headache that I cannot get rid of. So, I am stuck with H2 blockers. I have been taking Zantac (ranitadine), and tried Tagamet (Cimetidine) last night to see if it works any better, because I'm not getting any relief.
I really don't understand if you're supposed to take the H2 blockers at breakfast and bedtime, or before meals.
My pain is mostly behind my breastbone, but does travel up my neck at times. It's mostly not burning, but actual pain. It's always worse after I eat. And I've hardly been eating anything but oatmeal, chicken, veggies, etc.
I noticed last night that it was really making me anxious, and I started to get very upset about it, wanted to cry. So, I took a klonopin I have here (for interstitial cystitis), and it really calmed down the pain. Now I think anxiety is helping me to feel worse.
Some questions please:
1. Since this was brought on by the verapamil relaxing my LES, shouldn't it go away now that I'm off the med? Or might I have done permanent damage?
2. Is there any other way to make this discomfort subside besides H2 blockers (since I can't take PPIs)? I've heard of DGL Licorice. I also take Rolaids, Tums, Mylanta and am going to buy Gaviscon today.
Thank you so much if you can help me in any way. I am really suffering and don't know what to do.
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