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08 Mar 2003

Long term severe heartburn
Hi Doc

I am a healthy fit 40yr old who suffers from severe heart burn due to a hy. hernia. I have seen a specialist who checked the stomach and colon and only found some polops. The problem comes in that all precribed medication (reflux supress, proton pump etc) works but I re-act negatively to them after a few weeks and my system rejects adversely. I recently tried Zantec but that also re-acted negatively.
The only medication that works 100% is Rennies but it means at least 10 daily. I have heard long term use is not good but what on earth do I do. I watch my diet as best as possible to avoid trigger foods.

Help and many thanks Doc

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01 Jan 0001

Dear Lee
This is certainly a difficult problem because most of the medications should give you excellent relief. However, if you do develop negative side-effects, then you need to watch your dietary intake very carefully - keep a food diary noting down which foods give you symptoms for about 10 days- and then avoid these foods completely. You should also discuss the possibility of having an operation for the hernia as this is no longer a major op as in the past. This would solve the problem for you and then you would not have to take all those antacids which can lead to dietary deficiencies.
Take great care
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