OK...what do you guys know? I would have a hard time without a PPI.
@DianaCox Yep I take 40 mg of protonix twice a day as well. I have been thinking about switching to 20 twice a day. Dr K says, a PPI inhibits absorption as well because the acid is part of the digestive process to get food ready to be absorbed so with reduced acid comes reduced absorption for me. .....and I have had strange urinary discomfort (Very mild, not strong burn) for the last few months and have a hard time going much at one time lately. I have to sit down and really focus to where it almost feels like it is just trickling/falling out. If I try to push like have my entire life is just doesn't do much. I just don't seem like I empty. My urinalysis and follow up really didn't show anything so maybe I do need a kidney function test. Do you know exactly what that entails?I take twice the normal amount of PPI. I think I'm going to ask for a kidney function test the next time I have an appointment with my PCP.
https://www.kidney.org/atoz/content/kidneytestsMy urinalysis and follow up really didn't show anything so maybe I do need a kidney function test. Do you know exactly what that entails?
Yeah I have thought of that, but I am not sure that is the case. I actually had a TURP (worst efffing decision of my life) in 2001 and I thought I was going to end up killing myself because I was in misery for 4 months and then all the sudden the pain and issues went away (other than one kind of important side effect the jackass Dr didn't tell me about....that is when I trusted Dr's and didn't question their actions). This seems to be different and I do have aching lower back in that kidney region but I also think that is poop related (being really full at times).Um Scott - in a male your age, having trouble with the urine stream (which is downstream from the kidneys and has nothing to do with them) is more likely BPH - when was your last prostate exam?
I have some neuropathy as well and I do agree on the trade off of GERD pain versus other things PPI's can do to us.. That is why I was thinking of trying to cut my dose in half. I know there is no way I can go off completely.https://www.kidney.org/atoz/content/kidneytests
I can either feel like I am gonna die from GERD or take a PPI and possibly mess with my kidneys. NOT a choice I like...but the GERD feels more immediate as in absolutely miserable.
Because I am diabetic, kidneys are on the list of things to watch carefully...cause renal disease in a diabetic is NO fun. Most diabetics show issues in one of three ways: kidney (nephropathy), eyes (retinopathy), or nerve (neuropathy). I was "blessed" with neuropathy.
I had a kidney stone 3 weeks after my original DS and spent 3 days in the hospital because they thought I might have an ulcer or something else. Thanks CT showed a stone that had passed through the kidney so they decided to go get and when they did it was pushed back into my kidney so I got to have a stent fie ten days. I pissed blood for a week.Scot called it....BUN and Creatinine are kidney function tests. Mine levels were slightly elevated about 6 months ago....and then I got kidney stones. I thought the elevated labs were related to the kidney stones, but maybe not. Scot...low back pain could be a kidney stone (pray it is not). Actually, I've had low back pain after the occasional blowout. Lots of muscles seem to be at work to expel. Back to the PPI....I know it is going to be a battle next time I see my MD. Anyone use something else other than the PPI to control the acid?
If someone ever asks how to stop taking PPI, here are the steps daily to not need medication: One Tablespoon of Raw Apple Cider Vinegar with the Mother, to one 16 oz bottle of water. First thing in the morning and do this twice a day. Then start taking Pro Biotics and DGL. You may wish to have a few tums available. This worked for me although the drink tastes yuckOK...what do you guys know? I would have a hard time without a PPI.
Great advice (except for the tums) but doesn’t always work. I know cause I tried.If someone ever asks how to stop taking PPI, here are the steps daily to not need medication: One Tablespoon of Raw Apple Cider Vinegar with the Mother, to one 16 oz bottle of water. First thing in the morning and do this twice a day. Then start taking Pro Biotics and DGL. You may wish to have a few tums available. This worked for me although the drink tastes yuck