check out todays update on Drugs.com about "acid-reducers" and a bacterial diarrhea condition... damn, mindy
I haven't seen it yet, but wonder if that's what I was so sick with! Had to take flagyl & another antibiotic to get rid of it. Lasted about 10 days too. Had pain in my right lower side like appendicitis, but have no appendix. Wow, will be checking it out soon. I shouldn't be on them because of the femur fracture thing either, but can't get past the GERD without them. If it's not one thing it's another for sure... Mary
C-difficile is nothing new. Our body systems are finely tuned and things are the way they are for a reason. The stomach acid (hydrochloric acid) is there to help digest and it does also kill bacteria that we ingest every time we eat. So anything that turns off that acid production is going to have an effect because the acid is there for a reason. It is no surprise to me. C-difficile has been a hospital acquired infection for a long long time. Having no stomach acid being produced just makes it easier to colonize (C-difficile). My husband has had trouble with diarrhea and cramping ever since he started taking Nexium and I've always said it is not good to be on the stuff for long term. He cant take the reflux (which rebounds even worse after being supressed for years) So you deal with either one or the other. Anytime you fool with body's balance there is a reaction of some kind.
So for the people who ABSOLUTELY have to take these awful drugs, myself and hubby included, or else we can get Barrett's esophagus CANCER (my husband has GERD so bad that he already has pre-cancerous cells and has to have an endoscopy yearly), these drugs are not all bad. The question is what supplements can we take to balance out the good and bad of the medication. Has anyone ever looked into that, or where can it be researched? Not all drugs are meant to harm, though in this day and age who can guess which. These PPI's have saved many lives because of GERD. I have a very good friend who only has a 16% chance of living because he did develop Barrett's esophagus, ignoring his stomach indigestion, and just popping TUMs whenever he had heartburn.
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Hi Minda! Since I just stopped being a "lurker" here & am now a newbie member, I still feel reticent about commenting on other's issues. However, I'm going 2 jump in cause this is something I've been dealing w/ since I was 16 & had my first bleeding ulcer. I have some ideas but may I ask some questions first? You mentioned you've had a gastro surgery - what kind? Have u had a ph study (usually called a Bravo now) 2 measure reflux episodes & how yours present? Have u had an esophageal and/or intestinal motility study? I'm sorry 2 b so intrusive but for once :-) I lucked into being referred 2 a Dr who is actually internationally know in this area & has spent 12 yrs & 5 surgies working w/ me 2 come up w/ the best combo of meds w/ the less of all evils! Cause ur so right - there's a trade off for everything w/ people like us & it does so often end up finding a regimen that's just the lesser of two evils.
So glad they finally caught ur celiac - that one really is a b**ch. Hope I can help more - just nervous about saying anything w/out knowing more background. All my best wishes - echo
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