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Would visiting a nutritionist help prevent the need of taking Omeprazole

 
 
Linkat
 
Reply Wed 7 Aug, 2019 11:43 am
My daughter has had off and on issues with nausea. I guess the closest thing to compare it to is morning sickness. She doesn't have it every morning, but probably at least once a week.

So she went to a gastroenterologist. She has had blood tests, an Endoscopy and some other test where she had a small meal and they periodically took xrays to determine how her stomach is processing food.

End result is nothing serious but seems she has a high acid as he prescribed her Omeprazole - which has helped from her actually getting sick to now just having stomach pain. He said he would increase the dosage -- that was his solution.

Now personally the idea of taking medicine long term does not sit well with. I set up an appointment with a nutritionist.

Now I know this is not a place to get medical help and we are pursuing this through professionals - but wanted to get your take or anyone take on this. Any thoughts ? Have you been through anything like this?
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Sturgis
 
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Reply Wed 7 Aug, 2019 01:46 pm
@Linkat,
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Have you been through anything like this?


For more than 35 years.

I was prescribed Zantac in the early days of its existence. Back then it was prescription only, not yet an O.T.C. It made me more nauseous! (A side effect which is said to be rare).

There have been other prescriptions since then. Never had Omeprazole and other than occasionally taken TUMS or similar, nothing these days.

Similar to your daughter, it was and is not a daily occurrence.
My solution has been trying smaller portions spread through the day and early evening. Usually that works when it starts up. I also find cooler temps help ease any nausea.

Mine is also, they found, related to my esophagus. I have a peristaltic oddity. The test for that was rather unpleasant (tube with cold water running through and inserted through a nostril, down to and into the esophagus), it cleared my sinuses though.

As to a nutritionist, that's a good idea.
Linkat
 
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Reply Wed 7 Aug, 2019 02:44 pm
@Sturgis,
Thanks - I checked with my medical insurance and they cover us for 3 visits to a nutritionist. And seeing we already met our high deductible (that is good and bad - a product of having children with injuries and medical issues) so now we only have to pay 10% within the network - figure we might as well use it.

I found it odd though that her specialist would not suggest a change in diet. He asked if the prescription seemed to help her and she said somewhat as she has not actually gotten sick since - he thought a higher dosage might help.

On research it seems this drug has been used successfully - but I really do not like the idea of using medication long term if not needed.

To me it would seem to make more sense to adjust your diet if possible.
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PUNKEY
 
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Reply Thu 8 Aug, 2019 06:16 am
Even more of concern is acid reflux. The stomach can handle the acid, but the esophagus, throat and mouth are much more vulnerable.
maxdancona
 
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Reply Thu 8 Aug, 2019 09:10 am
@PUNKEY,
Yeah, I use Omeprozole.

I have a pre-cancerous condition called "Barrett's Espophagus". The doctor is saying it is important enough for me to control acid reflux that any side effects are worth it.

He also said that giving up coffee and Scotch would help with this condition... so Omeprazole it is.
Linkat
 
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Reply Thu 8 Aug, 2019 09:40 am
@maxdancona,
Hmm - it seems to date everything is "normal" from all her tests. He really did not touch on anything more serious - he simply said after the tests to try to double the dosage and see if that helps.
maxdancona
 
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Reply Thu 8 Aug, 2019 10:18 am
@Linkat,
My Barrett's esophagus was detected by an endoscopy.

I am sorry this is happening with your daughter. I have been struggling with gastroenteritogical problems for decades... this is one area were medical science doesn't have any good answers.
Linkat
 
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Reply Thu 8 Aug, 2019 10:21 am
@maxdancona,
maxdancona wrote:

My Barrett's esophagus was detected by an endoscopy.

I am sorry this is happening with your daughter. I have been struggle with gastroenteritogical problems for decades... this is one area were medical science doesn't have any good answers.



Ah well she had the endoscopy and they did take some "samples" too to test - everything at least came back "normal" - on the positive side it doesn't appear as if she has anything serious - on the negative side she doesn't have an answer to help her medically other than the prescription.

So tough when she gets up in the morning and simply has to "tough" it out - she drags a bag with her in the car in case she does get sick. Fortunately though as the day goes on she typically feels better.
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PUNKEY
 
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Reply Thu 8 Aug, 2019 02:29 pm
If she doesn’t get relief from the acid reflux meds, consider bile reflux. It may be a gallbladder issue.

I threw up every morning with my first pregnancy. Green bile, for six months. It’s miserable. (Im assuming that was ruled out LOL)
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