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Been taking Nexium for sore throat, tongue tightness, sleep apnea. Stopped Nexium but after few months having heartburn issues. Suggestions?

I have been taking nexium for years. About 8 months ago I developed a sore throat, a feeing that my tongue was swollen and a tightness, restriction, in my throat. I also was diagnosed with sleep apnea . My md told me I had allergies and had me take Clariton for change. I had sinus surgery years ago and thought I might have a sinus infection . That doctor put me an antibiotic for 2 weeks, no change. I was at my drug store 3 months ago buying my 50th bag of sore throat losengers when I decided to talk with my pharmicist. He looked up what I was taking, Nexium and a thyroid med. He advised me to see my gastro md because the symptoms I am having are listed on Nexium as serious problems. The advice I got from my doctor was to go off Nexium cold turkey and see what happens. Later I found out that this was not good advise. I suffered rebound...but I no longer do apnea, my tongue now fits nicely between my lower teeth and jaw line and I feel rested in the morning. My doctor was rude, completely unhelpful. I do not want to go back on a PPI. I believe stomach acid is needed to digest food and lack of it can cause other health issues. I am female, 64 years old. I would love to get on with my life. I gradually over 3 months weaned myself off of Nexium. I was doing well for a good amount of time but recently have started back with heartburn issues. Am I carazy or can I get a balance without taking a PPI? I just need some help. Judy
Asked On : Sat, 12 Jan 2013
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Your symptoms are related to Acid peptic diasease. Yes peptic acid is necessary for the digestion of food but it can also digest the walls of stomach in case of Helicobacter pylori infection. You should have tests for H.Pylori infection and if the tests are positive than visit your physician with the reports for eradication therapy of H.Pylori.
If you donot want to use Nexum you can use other alternatives and change your diet plans avoid chillies and oily food and take milk regularly in your diet that can also provide protection to the stomach walls.
You can use Zantac as alternatives of PPI

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Dr. Azhar Sattar
Answered: Sat, 12 Jan 2013
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