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  1. Happy birthday and may God bless you today!

  2. Thanks. The one advantage to having had breast cancer is that my oncologist does blood work every 4 months:-)
  3. Thanks I'll get myself a bottle and try that. I'll let you know if it helps :-) Thanks again for all the input!!
  4. Thanks for all the advice and thoughts. I'm willing to try anything at this point. Apple cider vinegar sounds reasonable. Any ideas of dosage?
  5. Sorry just tried to post a reply to a quote and I think I messed it up :-( My diet was always very good, healthy (I never ate fast food!!) and of course now my diet is gluten free. The GERD caused damage to my esophagus and that was when they put me on the Nexium. I have a hiatal hernia which of course doesn't help. I had breast cancer anda mastectomy with reconstructive TRAM flap surgery in 2005 and have an inguinal and an abdominal hernia as a result of that surgery. I am sure none of these things help!! Doctors are way to quick to treat the symptoms without addressing the cause but with the damage to the esophagus I wonder what else they could have done. I really want to get off the Nexium, they have tried weaning me off before but the acid reflux rebounds with a vengeance. Viscous cycle....
  6. My situation is a little different. I have been on Nexium for about 10 years because of GERD, I was diagnosed with celiac about 4 years ago and have gluten free since then. The reflux has not improved if anything it has become worse. I read an article about acid blockers causing an inability to digest gluten and I wondering if Nexium is what caused the problem in the first place. There are no studies for long term use of Nexium and I am becoming a bit concerned about the side effects of continually blocking stomach acid. After all it is there for a reason!!
  7. Has anyone else been diagnosed as having celiac disease after being on Nexium or a another drug that suppresses stomach acid for a long period of time?
  8. I have had real problems with Continental, the last flight being yesterday. When yet again didn't have my meal though the flight attendants got me fruit and cheese from first class. That was actually better than the meal they usually serve. I really resent them telling me the meal is an amenity and so I should bring my own food. I just sent them a letter telling them that everyone's meal is also an amenity and I found their suggestion bordering on the discriminatory.
  9. I am curious to find out other people's experiences with airline special meals. Have you used them? Have they actually been served to you? Or as has happened to me on several occasions not made it to the plane despite checking in advance to be sure it would be! Thanks for any input you might have
  10. Hi, I'm sorry I missed your post. I wish I had seen it earlier. I swear by Doctor Rahmin, he is in Ridgewood, NJ and diagnosed me after years of problems. Lesley
  11. Hi Fellow Feet Sufferers, I hate to tell you I have had this problem ( you are right - dermatographism) for close to 40 years, I know they say it usually clear up in 6 months or so, right!!! My experience is that I have it for a few months, it goes for a few months and usually comes back worse than ever !! However recent years have been by far the worst. Mine started with lips and eyelids swelling, then graduated to everywhere else. I know that itchy palm feeling well. I was at my allergist the other day and he is substituing my Allegra to Zantac. I had been taking Allegra and Zyrtec. I am trying to reduce the amount of medications I am taking, I take Nexium for GERD, so I am stopping that hoping the Zantac will do double duty!! He also gave me the name of a Doctor out of Columbia who is supposed to be cutting edge on this kind of stuff - I'll keep you posted on whether he comes up with anything. I just find it hard to believe that they can't figure out why this happens. I know the triggers, cold, heat , pressure etc. but why do some days my feet become affected by pressure and not others, my walking habits do not change significantly from one day to the next. Ah well, I suppose it is not life-threatening, just as annoying as hell. Hang in there guys. Lesley
  12. Hi, Yup, I've had allergy testing, nothing definitive resulted. I have had this problem since I was about 15 and I'm now 54. I have been on all kinds of stuff including steroids which I now avoid like the plague. I have been on Zyrtec once daily for about 2 years and that helped for a while, then they came back with a vengeance and the Dr. added Allegra once daily about a year ago. All the research I've done points to the fact that they have no clue why some people get them. I have a rare blood type and I have come to the conclusion I just have a weird body - I have reactions to foods ranging from vomiting, headaches and hives for a year or two and then can go back to them and I'm fine ( the latest is shrimp which I love, can't wait for that to go away!!!). Getting diagnosed with celiac last year was the best thing that ever happened to me, all kinds of strange symptoms cleared up just can't shake those hives!!! Thanks for the input - I may well try live blood testing if I can find someone to do it. As I said I feel so good after going gluten free I just want to get hive free as well. Lesley
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