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      Thursday, March 02, 2006

09:00 AM - 03/02/2006
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The topic: Indigestion


The past couple of weeks I’ve had some bad indigestion that just wouldn’t stop.  I took acid reducers, I took Pepcid, I took antacids, I even did the baking soda in water. 

It would go away for a couple of hours, then come back.  It didn’t matter what I’d eaten or not eaten.  Empty tummy or full. 

When we went to CostCo last weekend, I picked up some Prilosec OTC.  The stuff that doesn’t “work right away”. Well, let me tell you, the stuff that “worked right away” wasn’t, so I figured this wouldn’t hurt.

It worked!  I’ve been taking it for four days now and my stomach hasn’t been upset in three.  I am burping more than I had been, so I’m thinking my suspicion that I swallow a lot of air might be right.

Last week, I had heartburn so bad off and on, that I had fleeting thoughts of heart problems.  

The Prilosec is only supposed to be taken for fourteen days.  Maybe that will be sufficient to fix whatever has been going on in there

I really like the Prilosec OTC.  After a life time of virtually no heartburn, I started having episodes in that last year or so that—like yours—would only respond for a short time to the usual remedies.  I got so I hated cleaning the cat boxes or feeding the cats because bending over would cause the heartburn to return.  My DH got me started on Prilosec and I was amazed at how it just turned off the heartburn—I just never even thought about it.  A fourteen-day course has some residual effect.  I find that after a month or so, I will need to repeat.  Hope it works as well for you.

Posted by laura (alaska) @ Thursday, March 02, 2006 - 9:54:52 AM

Man can I relate to this!! I ended up in the ER thinking I was having a heart attack…had been on acid reducers and they stopped being effective. I started taking Prilosec OTC and it stopped it right then and there! I was diagnosed with GERD after that ER visit. I sleep on a wedge with one of those nice memory foam pillows from CostCo on it. Bliss! You can usually find those foam wedges at any mattress store.

Its the laying flat at night so the acid can crawl up your esophagus that gets you. If our lower esophogeal sphincter valve is not as tight as it used to be, its very easy for that to happen as we sleep. Food plays a very big part in that. Things like peppermint tea (relaxes that valve and is a no no), tomatoes, potatoes, dairy all turn to acid in the stomach. Many other things do also, and you may want to eliminate them.

The only difficulty I have is that I have to be cautious how much I eat, as there is only so much stomach acid left for digestion after taking the Prilosec (but only if I REALLY pig out). Every so often I forget and it all comes back up-but not very often! My Dr says that excessive burping is also a sign of GERD too, so you might want to see your Dr about that. Please feel free to email me anytime-I can give you a list of things that really has helped! smile

Take care!


Posted by Mary @ Thursday, March 02, 2006 - 10:32:01 AM

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