Yesterday I had the Endoscopy and Ultrasound to try to determine why I’m having such a terrible time with the acid reflux. I’ve been diagnosed with GERD now for several years, so I generally know what I can and cannot eat. I really thought it was the Sinemet that set off the reflux, but my Gastroenterologist wanted to be sure it wasn’t a lingering infection from the severe colitis I had been plagued with for so long.
Anyway, the tests showed nothing but irritation, not infection, and no sign of gall stones or anything like that, so it was the medicine after all. My own doctor had been called away, and one of his associates, who is not familiar with my case, did the endoscopy. His orders were to take the Parkinson’s meds with meals, which, of course, I’m not supposed to do. He also prescribed Carafate and a week’s worth of probiotics, and to continue the twice a day on Protonix. All this is designed to settle down my tummy and soothe my esophagus.
As for taking the PD meds with meals, I’m not going to do that, but I do eat crackers with them each time, to try to protect my stomach. Hopefully, by the time I’m weaned off the Sinemet and fully titrated onto the Requip, I won’t have the conflict with the meds, anyway.
If I still have problems then, I’ll have to try to get the Neurologist and the Gastroenterologist to talk to each other and decide what’s best for me. I don’t like being the go-between for doctors. They need to discuss this with each other!
I had read that Parkinson’s meds and Parkinson’s itself could cause a person to react differently to anesthesia. Well, there may be some truth to that. I slept until 6:30 PM yesterday evening after we got home from the endoscopy, and then I went back to sleep about 10:00 and slept all night until around 6:30 this morning!! I just about lost yesterday!! I’m fine today, with no ill effects at all.