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Old 12-20-2009, 02:30 PM
 
Location: Mountains of middle TN
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My doc put me on a trial med for what he thinks is acid reflux. It worked great. I went to fill the script and the pharmacy said my insurance won't pay for that particular med and mandated I take Nexium. I've taken it for nearly 2 months and the AR is back big time. The pain in my chest and back, and even goes down my arms, is wicked bad.

So, since my insurance company must know way more than the doctor that saw me personally, is there anything else I can do to help prevent heartburn? Sadly at this point, even oatmeal gives me heartburn. I've literally not found anything at all that doesn't send me into what feels like a 'death spiral'.
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Old 12-20-2009, 02:35 PM
 
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My doc put me on a trial med for what he thinks is acid reflux. It worked great. I went to fill the script and the pharmacy said my insurance won't pay for that particular med and mandated I take Nexium. I've taken it for nearly 2 months and the AR is back big time. The pain in my chest and back, and even goes down my arms, is wicked bad.

So, since my insurance company must know way more than the doctor that saw me personally, is there anything else I can do to help prevent heartburn? Sadly at this point, even oatmeal gives me heartburn. I've literally not found anything at all that doesn't send me into what feels like a 'death spiral'.
Have you called & talked with your insurance company? I've gotten them to approve a med for my DH that wasn't on the list. It will take some paperwork and documentation from your doctor. All starts with a phone call from you. Good luck!
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Old 12-20-2009, 02:36 PM
 
Location: home state of Myrtle Beach!
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Try cinnamon or honey. Both natural and both cheap; if you get relief from either let me know. I use cinnamon a lot when I have stomach problems.
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Old 12-20-2009, 02:39 PM
 
Location: Mountains of middle TN
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Have you called & talked with your insurance company? I've gotten them to approve a med for my DH that wasn't on the list. It will take some paperwork and documentation from your doctor. All starts with a phone call from you. Good luck!
Didn't know I could. Figured they were the medical 'Gods' and you couldn't argue with them. I'll call them in the morning. Thank you!

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Try cinnamon or honey. Both natural and both cheap; if you get relief from either let me know. I use cinnamon a lot when I have stomach problems.

I'll start with honey. I'm not a big cinnamon fan! Thanks. And that's something I have in the office. I hope it works.
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Old 12-20-2009, 02:54 PM
 
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don't you just love American health insurance companies? Go talk to your doc and see if Nexium will do the same.
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Old 12-20-2009, 03:32 PM
 
Location: Mostly in my head
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Prilosec is OTC and my last insurance co. before Medicare quit covering anything. It works just fine for me.
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Old 12-20-2009, 03:43 PM
 
Location: California
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My doc put me on a trial med for what he thinks is acid reflux. It worked great. I went to fill the script and the pharmacy said my insurance won't pay for that particular med and mandated I take Nexium. I've taken it for nearly 2 months and the AR is back big time. The pain in my chest and back, and even goes down my arms, is wicked bad.

So, since my insurance company must know way more than the doctor that saw me personally, is there anything else I can do to help prevent heartburn? Sadly at this point, even oatmeal gives me heartburn. I've literally not found anything at all that doesn't send me into what feels like a 'death spiral'.
I've taken them all and Prevacid is just as good as Nexium and is now available over the counter..Go get you some and forget the high cost of Nexium prescribed by your Dr...Also, I wouldn't try cinnamon as that's a huge culprit in heartburn; it kills me...I've had AR for 7 years and I know what you're going through. I can't even drink a soda anymore without it burning...And, I choke all the time...
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Old 12-20-2009, 03:43 PM
 
Location: Denver
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I take the generic Prilosec - omeprazole. Works great.
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Old 12-20-2009, 03:46 PM
 
Location: Looking East and hoping!
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See if you can get Protonix or Aciphex. Fight the ins. co.
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Old 12-20-2009, 03:57 PM
 
Location: Marion, IN
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Usually if your doctor writes a note to the insurance company and uses the words "medically necessary" they will cover the med. I had to do it a couple of times.

I live with reflux. I will share some of the things that help me.

Avoid caffeine

Eat something every 4 hours

Identify your food triggers and avoid them. Mine include anything red, onions, garlic, eggs, fruit juices, and chocolate (the reason I live with reflux, who can live without chocolate?).

Stress is a major contributor. Do your best to avoid it.

Drink lots of water.

I tried all of the meds. What works best for me is to take 2 Pepcid tablets at a time. Sometimes, especially this time of year when both stress and food abound, I will take the Pepcid even before I eat if I know that something is going to hurt me. I have tried the chewables but they don't work as well for me. I use the Wal Mart version of the tablets and they work just fine.
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