Monday, March 7, 2011

I'm Going Off the PPI

I left a message for my GI doctor last Friday because I was getting low on the proton pump inhibitor (PPI) medication and wasn't sure if I needed to continue taking it.

As you may recall, I began taking them to treat a painful bout of gastritis a few months back. I had found relief after taking the medication daily (once each morning). Anyway, I just spoke with the doctor about whether or not to continue taking this medication and was told to try staying off the drug for a while and see how I do. Since my gastritis seems to be under control and my IBS is finally under control at the moment, I'm hoping my body will be thankful (and not vengeful) for taking one less drug each day.

On a side note, I'm coughing a ridiculously lot since last Thursday. I've had an annoying, dry cough for a few years now, but since last Thursday, it got really frequent. As of Friday, the cough seems to have gotten a tiny bit of a rattle, but only sometimes. I assumed I was getting a bug, but because I am not dealing with any other cold or flu symptoms (from what I can tell as a fibromite) I'm wondering if GERD is the next problem. I think getting off the proton pump inhibitor now could be telling if the cough gets worse.

It would be nice to just have some stable health for a while, but with FM, if it's not one thing it's another.

C'est la vie...