Question: Hi Dr. Eisner, I have been experiencing a sore throat and raspy voice for the past 3 months. It initially occurred when I was sick with laryngitis and tried to sing through it (I'm a singer). When it didn't go away after a few months, I went to an ENT who examined my throat and saw redness and irritation. Not knowing for sure what it was and presuming that it was attributed to acid reflux (though I had not previously experienced any heartburn symptoms) he prescribed Protonix for me and said to come back in two months.
I was very skeptical and didn't want to fool around with mother nature without a definite diagnosis of acid reflux. So at first I did not take the meds, but my throat wasn't getting better, I panicked and eventually (though hesitantly) began taking the protonics for the purpose of healing this persistent throat problem as soon as possible and in case I was wrong about my own diagnosis.
I have been on the Protonix (80 mg/day) for a month now and have experienced some heartburn for the first time for a few days over that period. My throat seems like it is a little better (but I also stopped singing about a month ago as well as taking the protonics) and am not sure how much of it is attributed to resting my voice. I still have a little doubt about having acid reflux, but wanted to ask a few questions if could kindly answer them.
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Answer:** Question:** I'm new here and just last month I was diagnosed with the bacteria H-pylori in my stomach. My dr. gave me 2 antibiotics for 2 weeks and I started to feel better. I also had to keep taking my Aciphex (2 times a day) to keep the acid level down in my stomach. She suggested I see a gastro dr. to follow up on this. So I am next week. Just recently, I'm feeling cruddy again with a lot of acid reflux and gassiness in my stomach. Should I go back to taking 2 Aciphex's until I see the gastro dr? Any suggestions? I actually can't wait to see that dr. next week.
Answer: H.pylori is a bacteria found in the stomach that has been shown to cause ulcers as well as cancers of the stomach. For that reason, when found, it is treated. Treatment usually includes antibiotics as well as PPI's. While symptoms of gassiness and acid reflux may represent acid reflux disease, you should check with your doctor to see what she recommends prior to your visit with the gastro doctor.
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