Hi everyone this is my first post 😀 I have been on Levothyroxine for about 8 years and doing ok on 125 mg/ day which is actually higher than I should be ( 100mg) but find it suits me better. I have over the past 2 years had some acid reflux symptoms which were treated with very occasional use of Lanzaprazole.
In April these symptoms increased dramatically and I was really suffering with acid feeling/ pains in my chest back etc.
my doctor prescribed Lanzoprazole 15mg for a month. The symptoms didn't seem much different apart from I was steadily losing weight my appetite was awful and I had horrendous headaches constantly.
she upped the dose to 30mg which also had little affect. I was sent to see a gastro enterolygist who immediately doubled the dose to 60mg per day and booked me a camera exam. The day after the camera exam I felt so ill that I was beginning to lose hope, my weight loss had increased over the past 2 weeks to 1lb per day and I had lost over a stone in 10 days!
I read some posts on this site about how low thyroid can actually cause low stomach acid (not high levels) and can mimic the symptoms of excess acid problems.
Because the stomach acid is low food is not digested properly the gut becomes slow and bacteria builds up causing stomach cramps, slow bowel movements or sometimes diorea with high protein foods which are not easily digested. Also as the food sits in the gut it can force its way up allowing acid to escape mimicking the excess acid symptoms of burning in the throat and mouth.
Headaches are also a side effect. As I read these symptoms and more I was ticking each one realising this is just what I was experiencing.
My conclusion was that the Lanzaprazole at 60mg being given to control my so called excess acid was in fact making my low acid problem 4 times worse!
The following morning I stopped the Lanzaprazole and started to take Applecider Vinegar 1 tbsp mixed with 1tsp honey in warm water. It's disgusting! But for the first 2 weeks I was taking up to 3 times / day just before meals. I also took an Actimel each morning. Immediately I felt better and now 12 weeks later I have started to put on weight and my symptoms are practically gone, I still take the vinegar and Actimel first thing in the morning.
I hope this is useful to some of you? I too had no luck convincing my Doctors they were treating me completely wrong even when I reversed the effects of the Lanzaprazole. Good Luck x