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  •  some folks may have noticed that I have been (6+ / 0-)

    posting more often for the past few weeks than I usually do.  That's because I've spent much of the day lying in bed trying not to throw up.  


    •  We're glad to see you, but wish it were not for (3+ / 0-)

      that reason.  Take care.  I have been on generic Prilosec for over 10 years and I still have to watch my diet as it can greatly affect the GERD.

      Yet, the symptoms you are describing are not typical of GERD (as far as I have ever experienced).  When my GERD was worst and (I had an ulcer to boot) I had to sleep sitting up because it was so bad, but never diarrhea or vomiting. You want to keep your eye on what else could be causing it, so controlling acid (and the foods that make it worse) might help isolate it.

      Hopefully that's it and you'll be fine, but you have the same disease that I do - over 25 YO - and it is rarely so simple.

      I am sorry about the financial pain that you are suffering on top of it all.  Talk about insult to injury!

      Then they came for me - and by that time there was nobody left to speak up.

      by DefendOurConstitution on Fri May 24, 2013 at 02:58:53 PM PDT

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      •  I agree w/DefendOurConstitution (5+ / 0-)

        This doesn't sound like GERD to me either. I've suffered from it for 30 years and just to make it interesting had problems a couple of years ago that were very much like yours. My run of vomiting and diarrhea was not related to my GERD tho it did exacerbate it.

        I'm assuming you were tested for giardia, the coming and going of the symptoms are consistent with it. If you were tested and it was ruled out, then you need to see a gastro doctor cus something is amiss.

        I'm so sorry Lenny, this really sucks I know. I went weeks without eating, I thought I would disappear. My doctor threaten me with a feeding tube because by the end of the two months of active sickness I was terrified of even trying to eat.

        I finally found that if I made potato soup, simple just potatoes, onions, salt and pepper and a little butter, I could eat small amounts of that. It took me months to get back to normal and it could happen to me at anytime again.

        My problems are structural related to a gastric bypass that was done by a butcher over 30 years ago. He removed half my stomach and most of my small intestines and cut my vegus nerve. I'm sure you don't have what I had, but you sound like it's just as serious.

        Good luck Lenny. hu

        "The scientific nature of the ordinary man is to go on out and do the best you can." John Prine

        by high uintas on Fri May 24, 2013 at 06:13:40 PM PDT

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