Re: Anyone else deal with acid reflux?
I've been prescribed and told by my doctor recently, to take two 40 mg Ozmeperole (Prilosec) daily,and he added a 300 mg Ranitidine (Zantac) pill at bedtime..which I feel is a LOT of acid blocking pills...I've been on both these drugs a long time,at least 10 years..
I still get a feeling in my throat like it has "shrunk" inside,and makes swallowing some things difficult--like the ranitidine pills ,the first bottle was capsule shaped pills ,that I thought were bad enough to get down,last week I had to get the first refill,and they gave me round pills,as large as a Tums,which always give me the fear one will end up stuck in my throat and choke me,the other night at 2 am,I had that happen--took one,tried washing it down with milk sitting up in bed,and it got lodged half way down--I started to panic,thought I might have to call 9-1-1,but I was able to hawk it back up and it came out..then I was able to swallow it OK the next attempt..
My drugstore often pulls that crap--gives you one type of pill once--then the next time it'll be a different shape or type,and they just slap a label on it saying "this medication may not look the same,but is the same as what you got before"...no,it isn't--I could swallow the other ones!..sometimes I get Loritidine pills (Claritin) that are just the "over the counter" ones ,with a label slapped on the package,not the usual generic ones from the pharmacy too,which I feel do not work as well,despite being the "same thing" and dosage..
I have cut way back on taking the Diclofinac for pain--I've been taking various NSAID's for several decades,maybe 30 years,for back pain,and they are probably responsible for the stomach issues,the ulcers,reflux,etc..after stopping them cold turkey,I'm in a lot more pain than ever,but I have to lay off them awhile and let my stomach & intestines recover--I was getting blood in my stool,not dark tarry blood,but fresh blood,and my doctor said it was most likely hemmroids from sitting so much,and possibly from the pills,but after I stopped taking them I've had no further issues with that..
I think they eat away at your intestines..
So now my back,hips,legs,knees,all ache horribly..hoping as time passes ,the pain will ease..I suspect the sudden stoppage increases the pain level at least temporarily..
Of course I've been hounded to get a colonoscopy for 10+ years since I hit 50,but I'm reluctant to get one..for several reasons..
My latest "setback" is I've been diagnosed with high blood pressure,which has always been on the high side all my life,and the NSAID's can cause that I'm told--they have lowered the "normal" blood pressure readings to 130/80 when years ago it was acceptable to have it as high as 150/80...so I now have to take Lisinoprol daily to lower it,which makes me dizzy and lethargic..it was up to 160/80 a few times in recent weeks,but has dropped to 140/80 the last time I checked it last week at the doctors..
I have cut back on taking the Claritin daily too,now I only take one if I have an allergy flare up..and I'm no longer using my athsma inhalers,those are suspected of causing my heart rate to run wild ,I had been using them daily whether I had an attack or not,and they are noted for increasing your heart rate and causing palpitations ,and I already have A-fib,so I'm a bit paranoid when it comes to my heart..
I was told several decades ago the scoliosis can have an adverse affect on the heart,lungs,practically all your internal organs,due to them being crushed or put out of position too..now that I'm in my 6th decade,all these life long ailments are taking a toll on me "everywhere"..
One thing I hope to do soon is get in another bed--I have one that has a craft-matic mattress and the bed I've been using the past 20 years still has the same lumpy junk mattress,I have to get the room cleaned out the craft-matic bed is in and start sleeping upstairs,being in the lower level of the house is not good for your lungs or allergies,with all the dust,spiders,and probably mold,and the furnace vapors being in the next room..but my lungs are what bother me the least lately,its the pains all over,and the stomach & throat ,and heart I'm most concerned about..