Can't get a diagnosis or relief, can anyone help?
My first recommendation is to do a fast benefit/risk assessment for Nexium.
Should you not have a serious & confirmed issue excess of gastric acid, you may be either causing significant adverse symptoms and/or contributing greatly to long term chronic disease. Too many to list!
According to the Nexium website, long-term suppression of stomach acid using Nexium and other proton pump inhibitors may lead to the growth of fungus in the lining of the esophagus. Normally, stomach acid kills fungus and other microorganisms that enter the body through food consumption. Esophageal candidiadiasis causes painful swallowing and is treated using antifungal medication.
Please post what tests you had to establish the need and safety for Nexium (or was it just based only on symptoms?- the majority of sufferers have LOW stomach acid with the same symptoms!)
and how long have you been on it.
Millions of patients have been up against billions of $$$ of PPI drug business and doctors prescribing them too easily without testing stomach acid levels, as this has become the "established" practice. Why???
How about your other meds, what are they, dosage, how long etc?
Have you done any blood or stool tests for candida?
Have you followed a comprehensive long term anti-candida treatment plan?
Any hormonal testing, like thyroid, adrenals or other?
SSA and SSB tests are frequently not positive in Sjogren's Syndrome,
which is already a very difficult A/I condition to diagnose.
Unfortunately there are no Auto-Immunologists, (I believe there's a huge need for such a specialty) so many patients get bounced around from Rheumies to Neuros to Endos,to Gastros
often getting conflicting information and suspicions, resulting in a barrage of testing, medications and treatments, mostly without resolve.
BTW, Nexium may cause dry mouth!
Just thought about this side-effect.
You may use Coconut Oil as a supplement, which actually works better than most antifungal medications according to research.
You can also do Oil Pulling using Coconut Oil.
I have been doing this for years and I only use Organic Extra Virgin.
My oral and dental health is excellent, as most of the toxins and bacteria get eliminated on a daily basis from the oral cavity, by doing the Oil Pulling.
If you need details please let me know.
I'm looking forward to your reply.
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