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Why I stopped taking prescribed medicine for acid reflux


WARNING: Graphic images may frighten some..(lol). 

In my last post, I told you about my most recent aliment: acid reflux.

I was prescribed ®Nexium and had started it on May 9.

I felt a bit better but at one point, got worse, then a little better.

But things changed in the early hours of May 16th.

I woke up at 4am (ish) with incredible burning and blockages in my throat and chest (this was beginning to be the norm).

When I went to the bathroom and looked in the mirror (asking why me?), I noticed my left eye was extremely bloodshot. Then I noticed my eyelid was all puffy and a bit droopy.

I thought, ‘wtf?’ but went back to my self pity about the reflux.

In the morning, it looked better but I was concerned.

At my scheduled follow-up appointment with the doctor who had prescribed the meds, I brought it up (after he diagnosed me with severe reflux osophagitis and told me to take ®Nexium for 2 months).

He had a quick look and brushed it off as a touch of conjunctivitis or “maybe you rubbed it in your sleep”.

Okay then.

Fast forward to 4am May 17.

Again, I was up with severe heartburn and the blocked feelings.

This time, I could feel that my eye was swollen and when I looked at myself, I saw that the right eye had decided to get in on the action.

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May 17 4am approx 8.5 hours after taking meds

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May 17 4am shot 2

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May 17 730am what I looked like when I got up

When I saw how I looked at 4am, I went straight onto google and sure enough swollen face, lips or other parts of the body are side effects of ®Nexium.

Needless to say, I didn’t take anymore nor have I been back to the doctor.

What I did do was go for a session of Bowen Therapy.

It was my first time and I didn’t know much about it but it was recommended.

I will tell you more about it in a separate post, so stay tuned.

What I know for sure though is that night, without the meds and after Bowen, I began to feel better. I actually did not get up out of bed all night (a first in 2 weeks) and it’s been like that since.

I’m almost sleeping through the night.

I’m still get a bit of heartburn at 9pm so I take 15ml of Gaviscon. Once I’m rid of it for good, I will go back to natural remedies like bicarb and water or apple cider vinegar and water.

I’m still restricting a lot of food and today, I’ve actually started Dr Mark Hyman’s Ultramind Solution 6-week program.

This is very much like the elimination diets I’ve done in the past: no gluten, no dairy, no caffeine, no alcohol, no food from a pack or can, no sugar, no flour of any kind.

I’ve done this so much over the past 3 years but it never stuck for too long before I was abusing and misusing food and booze again.

This time, I’m determined to stick with it to the END and properly re-introduce some of the things I may miss (like flours and sugars so I can still eat my home-baked goodies).

I’ve still not had any coffee and I guess I won’t now for another 6 weeks at least. Who knows, maybe I won’t bother going back to it.

Considering I’ve been on a restricted diet for 2.5 weeks now, the next 6 weeks will not be too hard. I’m looking forward to getting my health, energy, motivation and brain back!!!



My kind of medicine

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Author: Jennifer Morton

Perth Travel Writer | Photographer | Canadian | Nomad | Home Cook | Glutton | Serial Planner

7 thoughts on “Why I stopped taking prescribed medicine for acid reflux

  1. I’ve brought an ear infection back with me from Bali, & am on the first set of antibiotics in nearly 10 years (the last lot was also a travel related infection). When I asked for an alternative, after telling the doctor I tend to get recurrent candida (recurrent because I don’t stick to the diet) to which she told me that candida is a figment of my imagination & I can take drugs for my digestive problems. Seriously? Lets say I won’t be going back- but I will be going back on the anti candida program.

  2. OMG. But I’m not surprised. When I was in Bali in November, someone gave me a good tip. Put a drop of vinegar in each ear after swimming in the sea or pool!! I tried it there a couple of times. Must remember this trick for future swims. Hope you’re better soon.

  3. Dude, oh my gosh…your poor eye. So frustrating when doctors prescribe these meds and downplay the potential side-effects. I tend to react to EVERYTHING but I usually have to be the one to explain my reactions to doctors. It’s so frustrating. Sounds like you’re on the path to finding something food-based that will work for you. Best of luck and I look forward to reading more.

  4. Shame on your lazy doctor, guessing he was rushed for time and you needed more than a 5 minute diagnosis. My doctor always gives me the full run down on side effects or drugs she’s prescribing. Hope you are well on your way to recovery x

    • Sadly Rae, time cannot be put to blame. This doctor LOVED to chat and tell me about all the most recent scientific data out there on this and that. Each appointment would be 25-40 minutes long (plus 60-70 minutes in waiting room!). He loved to come off as the expert. I hope to not have to go back to the medical centre again!! EVER. Thanks for stopping by!

  5. Pingback: What I love about Bowen Therapy | Kai Chronicles

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