Acid Reflux Over The Counter
Q: My ten year old son has GERD and a pretty bad case at that . He has had an
upper G.I that confirmed GERD . He at one time lost eight pounds in a
couple of months because every time he ate he would become sick to his
stomach. He see's a Gastorinterologist ( SP) for hsi GERD . He also had
what he refered to as sour burps alot of the time . He never cleared his
throught though . I can see how GERD might make one feel an urge to do so
,if the bile is in his esophigist (spelling) it may be burning it and
causing irritation .My sons upper GI revieled that his esophogist was very
inflamed . My son tried many of the over the counter drugs but to no avail
. He has been on Prilosec off and on for quiet some time . When he first
started taking Prilosec it took a week before he noticed improvement,
after that time he was able to eat without becoming sick to his stomach .
Prilosec has been helpfull in relieving his GERD but he started gaining
wait while on it . A kind of water wieght, he looked swollen . He wanted
to stop taking it to see if he would loose this water look weight gain .
He did, but his GERD was back full force , he is now taking Pepcid and
St. John's Wort. St. John's wort is helpful in the treatment of mild
depression and anxiety , my son has these along with his TS, OCD and GERD.
Any way, St.John's seems to be helping his GERD as well , I read that some
people use it to help with Ulcers .
Prilosec is a great drug, it works wonder . The only bad thing I can say
is it can cause weight gain in some people and there has not been long
term studies done on childern taking it . It's a pretty new drug as drugs
go , long term use/ effect in childern there isnt any info regarding this
. You may want to pick a search engine and type in Prilosec , I'm sure
you'll find lots of info .
I may be wrong but I bet your sons throught clearing is a Tic. It could
have started as a need to clear his throught of bile but has now turned
into a tic, why don't you ask him ? My son knows what his tics are and
yours may as well.
Does anyone here have any comment about the problem my son is having with over the counter drugs.?
A:I'm 29 years old and have been experiancing Tourette's symptoms since I was a child to a greater or lesser degree. The most damaging of symptoms I've experianced was a convulsing of my abdominal area combined with twisting of my torso causing burping/ acid reflux. I started with this when I was about 19 and I Ignored the persistant heartburn created by this until 2 years ago when I had to go to emergency for food being stuck in my esophagus. The acid reflux over the years caused scarring of the esophagus and a weakened lower esophogeal spincter. I have had numerous scopes, x-rays and 3 dialitations to restore normal swallowing function. I don't have to many problems with my abdominal area, nor with tourette's in general, now. I watch what I eat and am taking propulsid and zantac (prescription str.) to control my acid reflux which now occurs when merely bending at the waist. I would recommend anyone with similar problems to take zantac or something similar to control hearburn if this tic cannot be controlled or channelled elsewhere, before permanent damage can be done. with regards,
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