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    Darlene312 posted:
    I have been taking OTC drugs for some time now for my heartburn..over the past few mths I have been having trouble swallowing and kept choking and freaking my family out. So..I finally decided enough was enough and went to my doc who said it sounds like GERD and he put me on 40mg daily of Nexium. He also referred me to a GI doc who is going to do an endoscopy next week. The nexium works better than the other antacids that I was taking but still having trouble swallowing and chest pains. It does feel like you're having a heart attack at times. It has made me very anxious and I get so nervous now going out to eat because of the choking. Plus it has affected my sleep. How can this happen all of a sudden in my early 40's ? Does the endoscopy hurt ?? side effects ?? I just want it all to be over with and after reading some of the comments it doesn't sound like it goes away. Plus like others my insurance does not want to pay for the nexium and it's $215 a mth.
    kariUT responded:
    When I had my endoscopy last year, they used conscious sedation. I did not remember a thing. The only side affect was a sore throat for a couple of days (throat was irritated by the scope). By doing the endoscopy they can see if you had ulcers, esophagitis, or other conditions that could be contributing to the GERD. Prescription medications can often be expensive. I am taking Dexilant, which is a sort of extended release Prilosec. It has worked better for me than anything else did. My insurance covers most of it, but it still costs $55/month. About your sleep"026 have you tried raising the top of your bed 6 inches? It helps me to sleep when the acid is not constantly backing up into my throat and causing me to be uncomfortable and cough. Just ideas J

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