Acid Reflux Disease Causes
Q: It is used for acid reflux. I am most certain this
is the cause of my trubs. I did a 15 min search on it and found out
the symptoms I had been experiencing, are also the side effects of
this med. Mind you, it was only for the last few monthes these side
effects had surfaced and I have bene on it for 2 years now.
Any comment please?
A:A few months ago I had a very bad gastro-intestinal flu that lasted for about 4 days. I did not consult a doctor. During this period, and for the first time in my life, I frequently experienced what is most commonly described as heartburn. Acid reflux disease is said to be a chronic condition that produces bouts of heartburn on a persistent basis. If you have heartburn only once in a while, or while suffering from just a bout of some gastro-intestinal flu that you might catch every now and then, you are not usually diagnosed as a sufferer of acid-reflux disease. What I have said here is based only on what I have read and heard about the subject. This is not professional medical advice. What follows in the next paragraph is only a personal testimonial, and you can take it for what it is worth, if anything. After the second day of suffering from the flu and heartburn I started taking lots of Pepto-Bismol, but I did not exceed the recommended dosage printed on the label. The stuff quelled my heartburn almost instantly. It made me feel lots better. After I recovered from my bout of the flu I stopped taking Pepto-Bismol and I have never since ever experienced heartburn. BTW, there are some generic and less expensive house brand over-the-counter medicines which have the same ingredients and in the same concentrations as Pepto-Bismol. They too come in a bottle full of chalky-tasting and minty-flavored thick pink liquid. Yucch! The directions on the label say that one should not take this medicine for more than two days, and that if symptoms persist, see a doctor. etc. One of the problems with heartburn is that some people confuse symptoms of the preliminary onset of an impending heart attack with something very minor, like just a bout of heartburn. I suspect that there might be many doctors who routinely prescribe an acid-reflux disease medication just as a CYA measure for themselves so as to make it easier for them to rule out heartburn when their patients come to them complaining of chest pains. I'll bet there are a lot of people on some acid-reflex disease medications who don't need to be on it. I don't know whether you need to be on a medication like that, but I do know that there are many kinds of such medications, and not all of them will produce the same bad side-effects. Instead of asking for advice here, maybe you should just tell your doctor about your troubles and ask him if he would consider recommending some alternative acid-reflux disease medication for you. Also you might consider consulting another doctor for his opinion as to whether you even need a medication for quelling acid-reflux disease. Maybe you don't even have the disease. A doctor once prescribed some acid-reflux disease medication for me and I never did take his advice or the medication he prescribed because I didn't think I had the disease. I consulted another doctor about that and he said that it was his opinion that I did not have acid-reflux disease and that I didn't need to take any medication to treat a problem that I don't even have. His opinion was based on the history I reported of only very rarely experiencing problems with digestion and that when I do have such problems I always get over them within just a few days.
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