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  • While I was waiting in the waiting room to be seen, the ER nurse came over to check me in and ask about my problem and immediately told me it sounded like gallbladder disease or a gallstone, which will produce symptoms similar to heartburn, but slightly to the right of where heartburn usually originates
  • But, because I know Prilosec apparently works for more than it's designed for, I always have it around the house for myself or my husband
  • I highly recommend this medication for the treatment of heartburn and, who knows, with the help of your doctor, perhaps it will help you treat gallbladder disease as well


    • by Anasuya
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      A few years ago, I started experiencing some major pains just below my ribcage on my right side, and seemed to get better or worse depending on what I ate. Everyone I talked to said it sounded like heartburn, so I didn’t worry too much about it. However, the pains were so intense one morning, that I actually had to call my sister (at 5am no less) and have her come over to watch my children while I drove myself to the emergency room. While I was waiting in the waiting room to be seen, the ER nurse came over to check me in and ask about my problem and immediately told me it sounded like gallbladder disease or a gallstone, which will produce symptoms similar to heartburn, but slightly to the right of where heartburn usually originates. I was in so much pain I ended up getting sick right there in the waiting room. Sure enough, when I was finally

      seen by a doctor, it was confirmed, after a series of tests, that I had gallbladder disease, and they recommended removing the gallbladder right then in there, which would require an overnight stay at the hospital, and a couple days of recovery at home. I just didn’t have the finances nor the babysitters available to be incapacited for four days or more, so I left the hospital with some pain meds and antibiotics of some sort or another.

      Then I started doing some research on heartburn treatments and homeopathic treatments for gallbladder disease and gallstones. One big one was to eat alfalfa, which I did in droves, and that helped. Another one was to take an antacid. I checked out Prilosec OTC (no doctor prescritpion needed), and began taking it as a preventative measure. You take one pill a day for fourteen days, and it’s supposed to block the effects of heartburn (or rather, prevent it from occuring all together) for ...


      • a 24 hour period. Because I couldn’t very well live off of alfalfa, and I knew that certain foods would make it better or worse, I figured it couldn’t hurt to try this, even though the 14 pill supply was about $25. But I have to admit, this really worked for me… and I’m surprised I’m able to say that. I’m sure it had a lot to do with the combination of steps I was taking to treat myself in luei of having the necessary surgery, but I’m pretty sure I wouldn’t have been able to recover as well as I did without the Prilosec. I went a good five years without having another occurance, after that initial 14 day period. When the pains started to return, and I had the insurance to pay for the surgery this time around, I finally had my gallbladder removed. But, because I know Prilosec apparently works for more than it’s designed for, I always
        have it around the house for myself or my husband. Though cases of heartburn are for me, now, without my gallbladder, far and few between, I’m really confident I can treat an occurance of heart burn with Prilosec. My husband and I went to eat at a Mexican dive of a restaurant a few weeks ago, and he was suffering something fierce from heartburn as a result of our meal. I gave him the Prilosec to take and he’s never fearful of trying out new places to eat now, because if he suspects it will give him heartburn, he just takes a prilosec beforehand and there’s never been another occurance of heartburn for him.

        I highly recommend this medication for the treatment of heartburn and, who knows, with the help of your doctor, perhaps it will help you treat gallbladder disease as well! AT least for the time being. I mean, against all odds, it worked for me on more than one occassion.




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