Hi! This is my fist post on any Forum anywhere, so please be patient with a Newbie!
I recently went into hospital for what should have been the first of two operations to remove my large kidney stone. However, it all went Boobs Up because as soon as the Anaesthetist injected the anaesthetic, my lungs collapsed. I eventually woke up in Intensive Care on a ventilator- but that's another story....
My Consultant Anaesthetist came to see me once I was off the ventilator and told me that whilst I was unconscious and he was trying to find out why I wasn't breathing, he'd put a laprascope down my throat and discovered I had a Hiatus Hernia. He asked me if I had a lot of heartburn..."No" I replied. Did I have acid reflux? Or problems with food coming back up? Again I had to reply "No" , but feeling a tad sorry for not appreciating his "free diagnosis " as he'd called it, I told him that I did seem to be able to burp for England on occasions. He then told me he'd prescribed 40mg of Omeprazole daily for me. He gave me a months worth with instructions to see my GP for the next prescription. Unfortunately, my GP was poorly himself on the day I had my appointment with him, so when the receptionist phoned to cancel, I asked what I should do about the Omeprazole as I hadn't got enough to last until the next month ( the earliest I could get another appointment!) . To cut a long story short, the receptionist phoned later to say there was a prescription for another 2 months waiting for me at the chemist. I've got one months worth left...
Last week, I had a blood test for cholesterol and to check my liver function, kidney function and some other stuff I don't understand. The Dr phoned me up with the results- my under active thyroid was ok, my kidneys are getting worse ( no surprise there, didn't get to have the operation! ) but my liver function is bad too. He started me on Atorvastatin as my cholesterol had gone up. ( I also take Ramipril and Amlodopine to control my high blood pressure and 200mg Lyrica (Pregablin) for the peripheral neuropathy in my feet.) I asked him if I had to keep taking the Omeprazole, and why I had been prescribed such a high dosage but all he said was that I had to ask the consultant at the hospital who'd prescribed it in the first place! This was an Anaesthetist, and who ever gets to see their Anaesthetist again??
Does anyone else think that 40mg Omeprazole to cure burping is slightly overkill? Especially as I read that it interacts with statins and damages your liver! I don't drink alcohol at all, I gave up smoking last year, but I am still overweight from two years ago when I was having to take 50-70 mg steroids daily for over a year to cure my thyroid eye disease. I live on a permanent diet, as loosing weight when it's so difficult to walk is very hard to near impossible!
Does anyone know if Omeprazole actually cures a Hiatus Hernia? Or do you just have to keep taking it?
Does anyone else on Omeprazole have peripheral neuropathy? If so, have your symptoms got worse???
I have stopped burping so much, but since taking my statins, I now have awful botty wind!!!! Is this the statins or the mixture of Omeprazole and statins?
If anyone can offer me any advice or if there's someone out there with anything remotely similar to me, I would seriously love to hear from you!
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