Hello, my wife is having a terrible time coming off Valium (Benzo). Her doctor gave her no instructions on tappering, so not knowing she went cold turkey and had some pretty dramatic withdrawal symptoms, including acid reflux. This Gerd will not go away. She went back on Valium and tappered off from July thru Sept, had a good Oct but then it all came back. Just the Gerd. She's got the constant burning and feeling of something in her throat. The only time it seems to subside is when she takes her Ambian to sleep. Sometimes we think it's all stress/anxiety related, for she's off the charts worrying about long term damage to her esophogus.
Her gastro doctor gave her the esoscopy and found nothing to worry about, a little acid was coming up but nothing else noticable or no damaged or signs of trouble. He put her on Nexium, but it didn't work and when she came back to see him he recommended an SSRI, noting it was stress related.
All I can tell you is she's very uncomfortable and can barely function. She's in bed all day stressful and crying. We are thinking about going to another GI but maybe she needs to see a phychopharmacist or phychiatrist. She seems to need something to calm her down during the day. She's been taking Lexipro for the last week, hoping it may help her depression and anxiety, but so far, nothing is working.
We read the Ashton manual on benzo withdrawal, and all it says is gastro problems may take a long time to go away. All she can think about is that it won't go away and she'll eventually succumb to something horrible.
A distressful husband....Anybody out there with any hope to share?