Long-term use of Omeprazole: Pain in middle upper stomach

Posted by jobarbara @jobarbara, Mar 2, 2019

I have been on omeprazole for 10 years after having my esophagus stretched. I am having pain in middle upper stomach, right where breast ribs meet, I’ve had CT scans and ultrasound and everything is normal! Any others have this issue? Any ideas?

I’ve had upper middle stomach pain just below sternum, had ultra sound, CT scan, and all normal, been on omeprazole for 10 years. Any ideas of the pain? It’s more of a burning pain

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Hi @jobarbara, welcome to Connect. I'd like to invite @flib @squaredancer and @brie87144 to join this discussion.

Jobarbara, you might also want to review these discussions:
– Esophagus issues https://connect.mayoclinic.org/discussion/esophagus-issues/
– Getting Off of Omeprazole https://connect.mayoclinic.org/discussion/getting-off-of-omeprazole/

Do you and your doctors suspect that the pain may be related to long-term use of omeprazole?

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Hi, I was told 8 years ago to take Prilosec 2/day forever! Gerd, bad reflux. My daughter urged me to try going gluten free-I did, very strictly. In 2-3 months, lost 10 lbs, off of Prilosec, took occasional Zantec or tums. Then, few mo's later, read taking juice of 1/2 lemon in ~6 ozs very warm H2O, with few dashes sea salt or Himalayan salt. Wiped out all reflux pain, symptoms. I do that EVERY day, no matter what. Just FWIW!

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Welcome to Connect, @tdmgma, and thanks for sharing the tips. I’m glad to hear that lemon water helped you with the symptoms of GERD, but I’d be remiss if I didn’t note that this approach is not backed up by any research.

In many cultures, including mine (Indian), lemon juice has been used to aid digestion and bloating, but there is little, if any, evidence to support these claims.
And, although lemon water is usually safe to drink, there are a few possible side effects. It can damage tooth enamel, and in some cases the lemon juice can make acid reflux or GERD worse. Acid reflux can reach throat (laryngopharyngeal reflux), which causes hoarseness, sore throat, chronic cough and other symptoms. Lemons and other citrus fruits may aggravate this condition by irritating any damaged tissue in the throat or esophagus. http://www.scielo.br/scielo.php?pid=S0004-28032014000300217&script=sci_arttext&tlng=es

You might also be interested in reading this article, "The Effects of Lifestyle Modifications on GERD” https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2886414/ which states,"Three studies have been conducted with citrus foods, but all were unable to prove that there was an effect on lower esophageal sphincter pressure…”

@tdmgma, would you agree that when considering complementary or alternative treatments, it’s best to be open-minded yet skeptical and learn about the potential benefits and risks, since we are all so different?

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Welcome to Connect, @tdmgma, and thanks for sharing the tips. I’m glad to hear that lemon water helped you with the symptoms of GERD, but I’d be remiss if I didn’t note that this approach is not backed up by any research.

In many cultures, including mine (Indian), lemon juice has been used to aid digestion and bloating, but there is little, if any, evidence to support these claims.
And, although lemon water is usually safe to drink, there are a few possible side effects. It can damage tooth enamel, and in some cases the lemon juice can make acid reflux or GERD worse. Acid reflux can reach throat (laryngopharyngeal reflux), which causes hoarseness, sore throat, chronic cough and other symptoms. Lemons and other citrus fruits may aggravate this condition by irritating any damaged tissue in the throat or esophagus. http://www.scielo.br/scielo.php?pid=S0004-28032014000300217&script=sci_arttext&tlng=es

You might also be interested in reading this article, "The Effects of Lifestyle Modifications on GERD” https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2886414/ which states,"Three studies have been conducted with citrus foods, but all were unable to prove that there was an effect on lower esophageal sphincter pressure…”

@tdmgma, would you agree that when considering complementary or alternative treatments, it’s best to be open-minded yet skeptical and learn about the potential benefits and risks, since we are all so different?

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Yes, you are right, but remember some people get diseases that others don't. Some medicines work for some, not for others. I neglected to mention the obvious, you should rinse your mouth w/H2O after the lemon juice. I did end w/ForWhatIt'sWorth, may not work for everyone. But no one should be killing all their stomach w/omeprazole for 10 years-God put acid in our stomachs for a reason. Thank you, I will not post any more on this site.

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