Acid reflux - Getting off PPIs
Posted Thu Jan 05, 2017 02:04 PM
Posted Fri Jan 06, 2017 11:46 PM
When I was eating low carb (Atkins....lost 46 lbs without exercising, I was off all medications and for the first time in MANY years, blood pressure and cholesterol lowered to normal levels), I never got heartburn. Atkins isn't exactly a low-fat diet so I'm convinced that heartburn isn't necessarily caused by a higher-fat diet, but rather what you eat *along with* the higher-fat diet. I was not eating any processed foods during this no heartburn streak.
Before taking medication, I had some extra strength Rolaids chewables for emergencies. I had to eat at least 10 of them, just to take the edge off of the heartburn when I got it. It didn't necessarily kill the heartburn, just knocked it down.
Are things continuing to get better for you as more time goes by?
Posted Sun Jan 08, 2017 10:52 PM
But you probably are already avoiding these items.
If the Rx is no longer on your plan's formulary you can see your physician for an alternative. You may also ask your plan sponsor for a plan exception. Your physician will need to provide your medical history and substantiate why this is medically necessary for you to use these specific drugs. If this is truly your only alternative some plan sponsors are willing to make exceptions. Most will not ... but it is worth a try.
You may also consider FSA, HRA or other medical spending account to cover some of the costs.
Posted Mon Jan 09, 2017 11:18 AM
I don't know why communication has been so slow, but I gave up and started taking Prilosec again. That appears to be doing the trick, so we'll see how it goes for a few days. We've had a lot of junk around the house since Halloween, and finally purged most of that. Then again, we just had pizza for a birthday party yesterday.
Posted Mon Mar 06, 2017 07:08 AM
Posted Wed Mar 15, 2017 05:24 AM
All the stuff about coffee booze etc is of course true, you are trying to reduce acid creation.
One other thought, my bug was discovered because it gave me reflux, you should get tested for helicobacter pylori, its apparently quite common in some places, and is often antibiotic resistant, and the test is easy first time, to know if you have it, but proving eradication is more difficult [needs a radioactive breath test.]