Note to self: do not stop antacid medication ever again.
I've been taking a medication called protonix to control my acid reflux for oh, four or five years now. When the news came out recently that certain antacid medications can increase the risk of bone fractures, I decided all on my own (because I'm basically a doctor) to see if I could survive without it. I'm already at a high risk for developing osteoporosis because all of my different chemotherapy and radiation treatments have put me into premature menopause, so I thought it would be a good idea to minimize my risk of fractures even more. I am a calcium fiend, which helps with the bone density and breakage problem, but it's still a good idea to take steps to minimize the risk, right?
One long, horrible week of a burning esophagus and throat later and I realize that was a terrible idea. I'm back on the protonix, and I guess I'll just talk to my doctor about the whole acid reflux and bone breakage problem. That is why he went to medical school, right?
I have to admit I'm a little disappointed. I'm usually correct about medical stuff. It's a little bit of a blow for my honorary MD. Well, it was worth a try.