Update on my LPR

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I have had globus and LPR for approx 5 months now.

I am working on my anxiety and was prescribed Pantoprazole by ent.

​After 3 months i noticed no difference in the reflux symptoms and in fact began to experience stomach discomfort.The consultant dismissed this, just over a week ago i stopped the pantoprazole after discussing with the GP. I do think my symptoms have improved, i no longer get the trapped wind pressure feeling every day and i have actualy had a full day with no symptoms at all. i have also had several bad days but no worse than when i took the tablets.

Today i have had my oesophagus examined under a GA, all is clear apart from the reflux.

I am very relieved its done and need to work on reducing the LPR.

The consultant is the most uncommunicative man i have ever met, he has discharged me and just told me to take the pantoprazole.

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    If you are not having reflux symptoms anymore, do not take them. I had my upper and lower scopes yesterday, and all was clear after being told I had Gerd. Asked if I could stop the nexium, as I felt they weren't helping, and in fact, might be making me feel more sick, and he said yes. He said for as needed reflux, to take Zantac. So, I'm not taking PPis anymore. 
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      I think you need to check with a doctor about suddenly stopping PPIS. I think it's supposed to be done gradually and supported by gaviscon . I'm not sure of the exact explanation but I think it's best to check
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      You should not try stopping PPIs without discussing it with your doctor.

      Although they may not reduce your reflux, by reducing acid they make it less dangerous and they may prevent the development of cancer.

      Zantac is an H2 blocker - not quite as good as a PPI.

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      He told me everything was clear yesterday, no Gerd, nothing wrong in stomach or esophagus. Told me to just take Zantac as needed. 
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      you are correct about not suddenly stopping PPI, it says not to on the info leaflet, however my gp dismissed this and told me to just come off. He's prescribed a different ppi which is supposed to be gentler on the stomach. However for now i'm trying other things
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      i dont believe it is a good idea to suddenly stop. However my GP just rolled his eyes when i said i'd read not to just stop them as there can be a rebound effect
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      i do unfortunately still have acid reflux, i presently tryig to manage with gaviscon or zantac and have just picked up something from the health food store
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      Hi Baretts,

      Zantac works better for me than any PPI! I have so many side effects from PPI, like bloating and i can burp undigested food hours later and it also causes constipation, although it reduces acid. Zantac gives me none of those side effects plus effectively controls the reflux, although mine may be much milder compared to others in this forum.

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    Very common these days. ;-(  If is not helping I would have something like Zantac only has needed.  How did they dedect you had reflux?
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      reflux was discovered by ent via a camera, the only symptom i was aware of was globus, however since PPi's i now have stomach discomfort
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      Well, ENT's can tell you if you have irritation on the throat/vocals, but they can't go any further. So you are taking PPI's based on this?  Just 3-4 months ago I had done a Laringoscopy by my ENT, she found irritation on my throat/vocals.  Today she saw me again and and said she saw no irritation.  I have not taken a PPI the last few months. So when I was taking PPI's I had mild irritation which they assume is reflux and now that I'm not taking I don't have irritation. ;-)
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    Uncommunicative! I know the feeling. You really wonder why such a person is a doctor. If you can't talk to people then you're in the wrong job.

    I felt like I was utterly insignificant when I saw the consultant as if he thought I was stupid to have such a silly complaint. Very dismissive.

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      Yes i know what you mean too, the consultant made me feel stupid too.

      ​I really appreciate that he's checked out my oesophagus but trying to get info from him was like getting blood out of a stone.

      ​He came across as arrogant and i dont thik e likes patients when they are awake at all !

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    This message is for everyone reading this, is not directed to Shelley:  I believe Shelley said she stopped 1 week ago so is not bouncing back because she actually did not need them.  PPI's are very dangerous to take for long term, they are not safe so unless you actually need them you should not take them. With all respect, telling someone that PPI's is good to take them just as a prevention is not right.  Short term they will basically kill any other medication you are taking and create deficiencies, Long term their is numerous problems, but do you own research and decide what's best for you.  Just because PPI's did not harm you, it doesn't mean it won't to others. I myself took them, and they did nothing for me just like Shelley.   Now, stopping them at once is not a good option. ;-)

    Actually, no medication is good for you unless you have no other option.

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      Check out "PPI dangers" on www BarrettsWessex org uk website (You'll find it under Treatment / Drugs) before you decide whether  PPIs are dangerous or not.
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      Their is many places I can check Barretts and the more I do the more convinced I am they are specially if you have no need for them.  No medication is safe, that is a reality. Yes, their is people who needs them specially if you have a severe condition but for everyone else before they get stock with them and the numerous sides effects they need to look for natural ways starting with the food you eat. Barrets, I see like 6 different specialist and 2 of them advised me to be very carefull with PPI's.. Everywhere I look, internet, TV, my medical back office their is a warning about PPI's and not just Nexium, all of them.  Now, just by reading the label you can see the warning " Do not take for more than 14 days"   I can understand your position so I'm not saying not to take them, but make sure you do need them and you have a condition that requires you to take them every day.  The withdrawal can be worse than anxiety pills.
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      i too think PPI's are not the drug for everyone. If you need them , then you need them and i haven't ruled out trying a different one but for now i am seeking a different way to reduce my acid.
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