I remember having mild heartburn symptoms 2 - 3 years ago(I'm 22 now) but they would go away for months after taking after taking Prilosec for a couple of days.
The 4th of July weekend I was having symptoms of heartburn so I took one pill before I went out and have dinner and a few drinks. It when away but it came back a few days later. This time, it would not go away.
A week later, I went to the doctor and he gave me Nexium. I told him I been taking Prilosec for over a week so he told me to take a 40mg pill twice a day for a week and then once a day after that. It hasn't improved at all.
Most of the time I feel like I have something stuck in my throat or by my upper chest; I can feel it every time I swallow water or food. When the symptoms get really bad, I feel like I have fire in my chest.
I had a h pylori blood test that came back negative. This is driving me crazy... I don't smoke and I'm not overweight. I did drink two or three times a week prior that but the most I would drink was like 4-5 beers in one night but usually 3. I never was a heavy drinker. Unless that is considered heavy drinking.
You think I did some damage to my stomach for drinking while having some mild symptoms? What should I ask my doctor next time I go see him? Should I be treated for an infection even though I tested negative for H. pylori?
If you dont have any relief with PPI then you need to undergo 24 hours pH monitoring test and endoscopy for re- evaluation.
But before that make sure that you follow all instructions -
A) PPI should be taken before food
B) Certain life style modifications should be done-
1. Head elevation while sleeping
2. Small frequent meals
3. Going to bed 2- 3 hours after food
4. Avoiding bed time snacks
5. Avoiding smoking and alcohol
6. Avoiding tight fitting clothes
7. Avoiding cola, citrus drinks, carbonated drinks, tea, coffee, spicy food
8. Weight reduction
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