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Long term use of PPI and nueropathy symptoms

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Topic: Long term use of PPI and nueropathy symptoms
Posted By: BobP
Subject: Long term use of PPI and nueropathy symptoms
Date Posted: 26 Dec 2018 at 7:20pm
I have been taking Pantoprazole for 6 years. Recently I have been experiencing symptoms of neuropathy: tingling, cramping in my feet, legs and now my hands. I have read that some long term effects of PPIs could present these types of symptoms due to vitamin deficiency. Has anyone experienced this and wondering how they are dealing with this. Thank you.

Posted By: chrisrob
Date Posted: 27 Dec 2018 at 9:57am
If you believe this to be a vitamin deficiency, discuss it with your doctor and ask for a blood test.
If it is connected to the medication, it could just be a reaction you have developed to this particular drug. Discuss trying omeprazole or lansoprazole instead.

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Posted By: BobP
Date Posted: 27 Dec 2018 at 10:24pm
Thanks Chris. I will see my doctor and ask for a blood test.   Yes, perhaps I have developed a reaction to my medication.

Posted By: roganhen
Date Posted: 05 Jan 2019 at 3:33pm
Hello Bob,
I started taking PPIs in 2005 and 4 and a half years later became very ill with B12 deficiency anaemia. I started supplementing with B12 and the blood count returned to normal. However I lost sensation in my fingers and toes. This peripheral neuropathy seems to be permanent. I read an account of a GP who had neuropathy problems due to problems absorbing B12 and she found her condition improved when taking methylcobalamine. Cyanocobalamine, found in most supplements and hydroxocobalamine, found in NHS injections still has to be processed by the body with the methylation and other systems to be full available. There are tests you can have, such as the homocysteine check, to assess your absorption. Also magnesium levels can be depleted by PPIs and cause damage to the nervous system. The recommendation nowadays is to supplement with Mg if taking PPIs long term.
But, yes, PPIs can cause neuropathy and Chris is right you should take this up with your doctor or a good nutritionist.
Good luck.

Posted By: bluetobits
Date Posted: 26 Feb 2019 at 4:01pm

many moons ago i stumbled across an article on B12 deficiency on a wrong diagnosis site and how it mirrored the symptoms of MS and dementia. There were some very knowledgeable posters on there who had been through the system without success but self cured using research
Following this up it concluded that the injections were a waste of time as the Liver & Kidneys filter the benefits of the injection out and that the supplements you mention taken orally were required.

There is a figure by which they measure B12 and whilst the level set in the UK is low in JAPAN where improvements increase with a higher reading

apparently these supplements were available on the internet from health shops.

Posted By: bluetobits
Date Posted: 26 Feb 2019 at 4:06pm
Hi all

I have been taking omerparazole 40mg for over 10 years and haven't noticed any side effects.

Since taking this I have never had heatburn or indegestion and my 6 scopes to date have shown no change in my 8cm Barretts's

Maybe I should consider the implications now.

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