Having read several times that Omeprazole affected the absorption of thyroid medication, I stopped it some weeks ago. After a while, I started getting breathless with burning pains across my back and down the centre of my front, at first intermittent and then all the time. I felt awful and even thought I might be getting angina/heart problems. A chest x-ray revealed nothing untoward and blood tests showed no anaemia. The doctor thinks that, by stopping the Omeprazole and continuing Meloxicam (an NSAID), I have damaged my oesophagus and may even have a stomach ulcer.
The doctor has put me back on 30mg of Lansoprazole and told me to stop taking my NSAID. This is the first time I have been off it for years although the dose was reduced from 15mg to 7.5mg when I starting levothyroxine in the summer of 2013. I had hoped I would cope but after a couple of days, I could barely walk with the fizzing and pain in my legs and general muscle and joint aches elsewhere are increasing. It is all very depressing and I wish I had not stopped the Omeprazole. I started having these pains plus exhaustion after a virus 10 years ago but eventually got some of my life back by taking a daily NSAID. (I was eventually 'diagnosed' with fibromyalgia, then hypothroidism by Dr Skinner in 2013).
The doctor says that it is ok to carry on taking drugs such as Omeprazole with thryoid medication as long as you leave a good gap between the two.