Could anyone give me some advice or relate their experience on a gerd related problem? I have got a call into a gastro doctor's office, have never seen one before. I have GERD and am having pressure and discomfort in the esophagus and throat. It almost feels like something coming up and there is no regurgitation but this symtoms is driving me crazy. It was intermittent for a few weeks and now is daily. I do have a call into get an appointment, was told by a gastro nurse at another clinic that it might be due to a stricture. Has anyone else had this, did you have to have endoscopic dialation. Are there any medications besides omeperazole for a stricture. I do realize it has to be checked, just wanted to see what some of you might think. I have done most of the things listed to treat gerd and it isn't getting better. I don't have insurance and this is why I let it go so long. My room mate has to have the endoscopic dialation done periodically but he is mentally challenged and can't really tell me alot. I take care of him when he has to go to the hospital to get this done. I know they knock him our briefly and perform this procedure and he is fine for a while. Any thoughts from my friend's on drugs.com? Pattishan61
If you don't have insuance i don't know if you can get the surgery i had.tightening the esugusgh,they wrap some of your stomach around your esugaughs.They run test to see if your acceptable for the surgery.That's how they find whats going on down there.I was on nexium for 5 or 6 years i was sick of it.I already me our deductable so i went to see if i could get it done.They found that my esougus wasn't closing,so i needed that surgey to make the acid reflux stop & and it did.
My husband has it . He swears by Zantac (rantidine) and if I get it occassionally, and have really had it in the middle of the night where I thought I was having a heart attack, with the same symptoms you mentioned zantac always helps, of course I take 2-3 instead of 1. Both my parents died from rupturing the esophagus, altho that was back in the dark ages when alcoholism was death by vomiting. This is the worst pain tho and I would find a way to get to the Doc if I was you - take up a collection from all the poeple you have helped here (kidding).
Hi there Patti. I wish I could help you out with this question. I don't have any answers for you or experience any acid reflux, gastro issues. Just wanted to let you know I wish you the best. Apply for some type of assistance or check with the specialist about some sort of payment plan if you need any major procedures done. Hell, that's not a bad idea from our friend htwooh either! I would certainly donate to your cause. So many people respect you and have been helped by your experiences. Maybe a different type of medication may help? Are you on any special diet? Jim has diverticulitis and has to watch his diet carefully. He'll end up in the hospital with a flare up. But that's a gastro problem beneath where your problems come from. I wish there was more I could say to help you but really am clueless about this. Hang in there, Patti. There's got to be a simple explanation why this problem is still bothering you. Have faith that the cure will be as simple.
Best wishes as always,
Hi again, Patti. It's been a while! Not much new to report on this end. I saw this medication and thought about your question. Have you tried this one? Apparently some insurance companies do not pay for it. But maybe worth a shot discussing this with your doc? I read up on GERD and it sounds very painful! So many people suffer from gastrointestinal problems. Hope this helped some. Take care and hope you feel better soon.
"Protonix is in a group of drugs called proton pump inhibitors. It decreases the amount of acid produced in the stomach.
Protonix is used to treat erosive esophagitis (damage to the esophagus from stomach acid), and other conditions involving excess stomach acid such as Zollinger-Ellison syndrome.
Protonix is not for immediate relief of heartburn symptoms.
Protonix may also be used for other purposes not listed in this medication guide."
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