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Hi there: Has anyone had success in weaning off of Omeprazole? I take it for GERD. Thank you in advance!
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@contentandwell I do also have a hernia so maybe the combo of a hernia and barrett's Being combined worsen my symptoms? That's why they said to loose weight?? Yes Coffee, Tea, Tomatoes, Citrus, Garlic, Onions, Fatty Foods, Fried Foods, Soda's, Sparking Water, ZERO Alcohol, Sugar,Chocolate, Eat several small meals a day. No food 3 hours before bedtime, no water 2 hours before bedtime. Sleep on an angle.
Might as well wire my jaw shut. LOL. Cause everything I love is on the DO NOT EAT LIST…
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I have been told to avoid all of those foods as well and it's been since August 2018, I have been sort of adjusting to a new life style. I've become an avid label reader now. I don't know if anyone is spiritual here but my faith has truly helped me and blessed me. It's not easy but I'm pushing forward😊
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@travelgirl I think you may be right, some of your restrictions may have to do with your hernia. I do sometimes have a snack before bed, but not much recently, and I do sleep on an angle. The doctor suggested that we put something under the legs of the bed at the head end so we did. I have a wedge pillow too but don't find it that comfortable and tend to slip down on it.
I may be forgetting some restrictions but I don't recall alcohol being one of them, and I think I would have remembered that. I can't drink alcohol now due to having had a liver transplant. I rarely eat fried foods either, I have found as I have gotten older they are just not as easily digestible, plus of course frying piles on the calories.
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@kay57 I presume then that my doctor did not suggest that I adhere to such a strict food regimen because my Barrett's is very minor. He was more of an advocate of things in extreme moderation, and he is considered to be an expert in Barrett's. Unfortunately he moved to NYC, I really liked him and he has a great reputation.
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@contentandwell I believe Barrett's is measured to the amount of visual damage they see. Barrett's really has no symptoms. What barrett's is cause by is the erosion that is created by GERD symptoms. Which can be silent for many. I get a severe sore throat, hoarse voice, stomach ache,and chest pains. It's like I feel it just about all. The chest pains feel like a dagger is going through my chest bone. The sore throat feels like strep throat without a fever. If I eat any of those foods I am seriously in severe pain for about 10 days. It's brutal..
My biggest thing now is motivation and will power to not fall for one taste of coffee. My biggest downfall.. I love coffee and it tears my throat, and stomach apart. I get stabbing chest pains from drinking it. I loved Dunkin Donuts coffee, 1 large Black Coffee with 2 shots of espresso. sighing and I love Cuban Coffee. Can't drink it.
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@travelgirl Jackie, I really have NO other symptoms other than the occasional hoarseness, which was constant before I started taking omeprazole. It's odd, but in many conditions I tend to be somewhat asymptomatic. You should ask your doctor if you can drink low-acid coffees, that might be OK. Surprisingly the dark roasts have less acid because the extended roasting burns off the acid! I believe that decaf has less acid also, but not sure of that.
I am sorry you have so much pain, you make me feel very fortunate with my Barrett's. By the way, what is Cuban coffee?
Thank you for responding, dand48, hopeful33250, Theresa, and destinanna. I still suffer from GERD from a hiatal hernia. I have taken Oemprazole a little over two years and want to get off of the medication because of the associated health issues of poor absorption of key nutrients (D, B12, and calcium are the ones I am familiar with).
My provider, a competent gentleman, has said "hmmmm." I am an RN so am used to doing the research and my own investigation. I have not found evidenced based information / articles on weaning off of Omeprazole. I have heard it can be done and tried to do so but was met with resistance and poor results when I attempted to do so. I switched over to Zantac and the first three days were reasonable and after that it was very uncomfortable).
The celery sounds hopeful and am trying to figure out the mechanism of action for its success. I have tried cider vinegar and it was met with severe cramping.
I am seeking successful scenario's by the valued participants on this board and will do a fair amount of research / experimentation on my own of what works for me. I take responsibility for my nutrition. I am also Lactose intolerant and have a few other sensitivities / intolerances in digestion.I thank you in advance for any additional feedback.
Been there, done that. Zantac is supposedly "safe." NOT – depends on the individual. There is a lot bogus (statistically invalid) data re the use of Prilosec that should be rejected. I'm back on a half dose of (10 mg) of Prilosec and may stay with that; whatever works, no magic.
@badone I’m interested in what the “bogus” information about Prilosec is. Also, I had heard when Zantac first came out it was thought to be superior to Prilosec. What is unsafe about it? I’ve been on Prilosec for quite a while now so any information you have would be of interest to me.
OK – not easy to explain all this unless you have had a good statistics class. But, universities draw conclusions by association with old data sets used for other studies instead of developing correct groups of patients and then running a controlled test over time (years). In a nutshell, it doesn't work – full of potential errors. As for unsafe, this was a recent personal experience I had in trying to switch from 20 mg daily Prilosec to Zantac. I tapered down to 10 mg daily Prilosec then did the switch. I was fine for 2 days then had a wild reaction including kidney pain, chills, light-headedness. Somewhat scary. So I gave up and went back to 10 mg Prilosec daily and recovered – may just stay there if I can (10 mg is probably not sufficient to control GERD/esophagitis – an experiment). I could also just go back to 20 mg Prilosec daily and let it go at that. Experiment of one! But, that's the point we are all a little different, "one test is worth 1000 expert opinions." If you have a good doc you should ask him about the stats activity above and he can clarify further. But, in any case, I suspect Prilosec is not as bad as we have been hearing in the journalistic press. Talk to your doc – they took the courses! Not to mention all their experience.
I am on omperzole for the past 25 years. It works wonders. If your experiencing anything more double up. I take 20 mg in the morning half hour before I eat. Talk to your dr.
Greetings robini. Actually it was my doc who suggested I try the Zantac! But, as I note in my post above, the Prilosec may be best for me after all. A lot of "trash talk" re Prilosec and bone health / kidney disease in the press but, as I say above, the stats appear less than sterling to me. Actually, I'm doing surprising well on 10mg Prilosec (minimum dose) but will do exactly as you suggest if things don't pan out. I was on same dose as you – 20 mg daily – for 9 years but had some side effects I'd like to eliminate. Thanks for the moral support.
Has anyone with GERD tried the either of the OTC supplements called Prelief or CalciBlend which I believe is the same as Coffee Tamer? Just wondering if they really help with making acidic foods and coffee more palatable with GERD.
I was diagnosed with this years ago but suddenly told I didn't have it. I would love to know what you find out.
@jackiem95 Hi Jackie. I have never heard of either of these supplements. I am curious about them now. I take 20 mg omeprazole a day for Barrett's esophagus. I hate taking it with all of the talk about negative effects and sometimes wonder if I really do need it. My Barrett's is pretty minor so far, apparently.
I got off Aciphex (sp) ten years ago and had to suffer through horrible acid rebound for two months. I weaned myself off with Zantac. I now take nothing. Control the reflux by eliminating coffee, carbonated drinks and too many carbs. I take an occasional Zantac and avoid trigger foods. Doctors don’t tell you that you will experience rebound when you try to get off the PPI. It is not the disease but the rebound that keeps us hooked on the PPI. Modern medicine is designed to hand us pills for everything and masking symptoms rather than eliminating the underlying cause. I have accepted that I cannot eat or drink in my sixties what I could in my twenties. I realize not everyone can get off these medicines due to other or more serious underlying medical conditions, but worth some looking into.
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