It was such a relief to be back on the PPI. The title of this topic was honestly tongue-in-cheek. I KNOW the sudden license to eat or drink anything could keep me fat! Of course, I have to use my brain and resist the temptation.
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4,864 1/16/13 9:32 A
I had to take Nexium while on chemo so I know what you are talking about. I had to take them cause the medical side effects of not taking them was not good. So, I took them and monitored what I ate - just like anybody else without the problem. It takes work
It sounds like they make you feel better, so you can eat. So, I guess not taking them might help you to lose weight because you would feel sick if you tried to eat...BUT it really, REALLY, wouldn't be a healthy way to lose weight. Weight loss as a result of being/feeling sick in any form isn't a healthy weight loss. Besides, as you said, it would be miserable...and, of course, untreated reflux can cause you other problems including esophigitis which can lead to other problems like esophageal ulcers/erosions, esophageal stricture, etc.
So, I vote for the PPI being a good thing and being able to eat without gagging/choking also gets two thumbs up from me.
Just keep with the spark plan and you can lose the weight you want and reach your goals while feeling good and being healthy.
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I've been on PPIs the entire time I've been on Spark, since 2006. I don't believe that they affect my weight, because I was able to get down to and maintain my goal weight while on them. While I am slightly over my goal weight right now, I blame that on the diet I have to follow for gastroparesis.
Anyway, it's probably not the medication itself, but the fact that you have your appetite back after feeling so sick with the acid reflux. I think when you get your appetite back after having lost it for a time, your hunger drive goes into "overdrive" at first. That was my experience back in 2004; the last half of 2003 I was on heavy duty chemo, which killed my appetite, and once I got past the effects of the chemo on my taste buds and the nausea, it didn't take me long to put back on the weight I lost, and some extra, once I stopped chemo.
I went off mine because I learned it could interact with another of my meds. For those few weeks, I could barely eat.
When a new Dr. prescribed a different PPI, suddenly I could eat or drink anything again without the gagging/choking, which is my only symptom.
Of course, the gagging/choking is miserable. It happened with practically everything I ate, and not just the known culprits. Life would be horrible if I had to live with the gagging and choking, but I'm sure I would lose weight!
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