Patient Comments: GERD - Proton Pump Inhibitors

If your GERD symptoms were not relieved by treatment with proton pump inhibitors, did you find other effective treatments?

Comment from: brandon7, 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: January 14

I was having heartburn, belching and pain on my right side and chest after eating, for over a month. My doctor did an ultrasound thinking it was gallstones. Results came back negative. He put me on once a day Prilosec but it wasn't helping. I tried Prevacid and it made me feel bloated and gassy but I was still in pain. My doctor referred me to a gastroenterologist and he immediately put me on twice a day pantoprazole and sent me to have an endoscopy two weeks later. Twice a day pantoprazole helped quite a bit but I still felt pain. After the endoscopy, he said I had possible Barrett's esophagus but the pathology report came back negative for Barrett's a week later (thank goodness). I was diagnosed with a hiatal hernia and mild gastritis. The 2 times a day pantoprazole was making me feel awful, bloated and gassy and constipated but was helping my pain. I switched to Nexium and immediately felt much better (reduced pain and no gas or bloating). I also purchased a sleeping wedge and it greatly helped my symptoms. I am now down to one Nexium per day and 99 percent pain free. I would say to try several proton pump inhibitors to see what works best. I tried Prilosec, Prevacid, pantoprazole and finally Nexium. Also, consider a sleeping wedge, it also seemed to greatly help. I no longer wake at night with pain and when I get up in the morning I don't feel anything. I also now watch my diet better (no coffee or chocolate or spicy foods) and don't seem to have problems. I was worried I might need surgery but my gastroenterologist kept telling me not to do it and he was confident he could help me get back to feeling good again. It has taken a couple months but I'm not feeling like I'm back to my old self.

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Comment from: Hopeful, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: September 22

I have just been diagnosed with GERD after I started having hoarseness in my voice. Doctor has prescribed medication for me which I am currently taking. However the hoarseness hasn't gone away completely. I am taking omeprazole, clarithromycin and ranitidine tablets for now.

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Comment from: here to help, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: May 30

I recently had an upper endoscopy done. I was having things get stuck in throat; hard to swallow my own spit (sorry), even water, hiccups, and my throat felt swollen. I felt full all the time and nauseated. I was found to have candida (yeast or thrush). The doctor took biopsy. Plus, I had so much fat sitting in my stomach that wasn"t digested, he suctioned it out. I did have a scope last year. I don"t think it was called an endoscopy. I have GERD, hernia, and gastroparesis which is slow emptying of stomach by 50%. You needed to eat a radioactive egg to see how fast you digest food; it"s also good to see how you digest medications. This can be a big problem if food is sitting in your stomach longer than it should. It could cause problems from your throat to your colon. I know because I now need a colon resection and have outer rectal prolapse at age 42. I need part of stomach removed and looking at esophagus surgery. I do hope this message helps at least one person out there. I found a great internal medicine doctor, bless his heart.

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