I have Barrets Oesophagus and pretty severe IBS. I have been trying to reduce my dosage of lansoprozol as I've been on it for 12 years. I'm pretty certain it's causing me other health issues. I've been on 30mg daily for some years now but recently discussed with my GP dropping down to 15mg which she has agreed to.. I've had 5 weeks on this new dose and quite honestly have just had the most horrible week. Chest pains that radiate through to my back, a cough and awful stomach pains with bloating, gas and eventually unpredictable diarrhoea. I feel utterly exhausted and disappointed that I'll never be off this medication. In all the years I've been on this I have only ever had one blood test and that was at my insistence. This came back with higher than normal inflammation markers but I was told they weren't high enough to warrant further investigations. I'm sure I am lacking in many vitamins and minerasl so I self prescribe B12, vit D through mouth sprays and I soak in magnesium baths to try and keep my levels up. I have found out all this information myself, thank God for Google !! I must say, I feel really angry with my GP surgery that none of this has ever been routinely tested. At every medication review I have, I ask if I should have levels tested and it just seems to be brushed off. I suffer from severe aches in my muscles and joints which I am certain comes from long term use of PPIs. I'm a 50 year old female who feels 75 most days. I'm up to 3 yearly endoscophy' but the last one I had was awful. I vomited blood for 3 hours afterwards and it took 3 months for my symptoms to calm down. I am so reluctant to have another endoscopy now.
I am usually such a grateful and happy person, I have a blessed life with a wonderful family, but quite frankly, I'm feeling really low right now.
Thank you for listening.