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MichaelTampa
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would like to discuss a few things with someone who has been through that
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My son was just diagnosed with it. We are waiting for the biopsy reports. The doc put him on carafate suspension.
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I see, interesting.

I was rx PPI's.

I actually asked about carafate, and he said it was an old drug and not a good one, that it only sticks for a little while, that one would have to keep taking it.

I took carafate years ago, briefly, and thought it worked quite well in terms of making the esophagus not hurt. It gave me headaches at the time, and I stopped taking it as a result. It does have aluminum in it.

Is your son also on PPI's, before this dx?

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Q: anyone out there dx with barrett's esophagus?

Why, is Barrett missing his?
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I strongly suggest calling and talking with the main author of this book. He has helped me so much.

Also look up LICORICE, GINGER, SLIPPERY ELM . . .

Though not at all about lyme, this is one of the best reference resources on my bookshelf that has wonderful chapters, many graciously available through their website.

Home: http://oneearthherbs.squarespace.com/

The ONE EARTH HERBAL SOURCEBOOK (Tillotson, et al)

He is a doctor of Ayurvedic Medicine; She a doctor of Oriental Medicine and Acupuncturist. The third co-author is a doctor of optometry.
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Keebler
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I'm not sure if Carafate falls into this category, still, important to know:

http://www.cbsnews.com/48-hours/

Commonly used heartburn drugs may lead to kidney damage: study

By Ashley Welch CBS News April 14, 2016

Long-term use of a common type of medication used to treat heartburn, acid reflux, and ulcers may lead to an increased risk of kidney disease and kidney failure, new research shows.

The study, published in the Journal of the American Society of Nephrology, adds to prior research that suggests proton-pump inhibitors (PPIs), a group of drugs which reduces gastric acid production, can lead to serious kidney damage. . . .

and

PPI use can make c. diff. infection much more likely:

http://flash.lymenet.org/scripts/ultimatebb.cgi?ubb=get_topic;f=1;t=131809;p=0

C difficile - prevention
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Hi Michael I am from Tampa also. Can you private message me who the dr u are using in the area.
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Thanks for sharing, Keebler.

For those interested, carafate is not a PPI. Carafate is very different. It is designed to create a coating on the esophagus so that, if acid does reflux up, it does not directly contact the esophagus.

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He has been having stomach/esophagus issues since he was about 8. He has a corn allergy that we know of. I think he is sensitive to gluten and dairy but trying to convince a 29 yr old of that is difficult. They are checking him for celiac with one of the biopsies. And H pylori.

When he was young he was on Ental orally with meals for the food allergies, Zantac and Prilosec. We got him off of Prilosec a few years ago. But we have never been able to get him weaned off of the Zantac.

He also has a small hiatal hernia, so that doesn't help his esophagus either.

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