I visited my Gastroenterologist this week to discuss having an endoscopy. I want to check the status of my esophagus. I’ve made a lot of lifestyle and diet changes and my symptoms have improved quite a bit, but they are not gone totally and I just want to know the condition of my esophagus at this point.
I mentioned that I had not taken my Proton Pump Inhibitor (PPI) medication for two months and that I actually feel better. Well never mind how I feel, the doctor wanted to know why I stopped taking the medication. I told her that I didn’t like the side effects of the medication and that I felt my symptoms had worsened while I was taking the PPI and I didn’t want to take it anymore so I stopped. I also mentioned how my ENT doctor told me PPI’s cause dementia among other things. So then I was told I could take a different medication it doesn’t have to be a PPI. I was a little confused and dismayed because I thought the goal was to help me get off all medications, prescription and OTC. I just told her that I’ve made diet and lifestyle changes and that I feel better and all she could say was let’s try a different medication.
She scheduled my endoscopy for next week and informed me that if there is irritation or something worse she would be prescribing more medication. I respect medical professionals but why do I feel like it doesn’t matter what changes I’ve made and the fact that I feel much better without the PPI. Are people with GERD doomed to be on medication forever?