Recently they opened a Buffalo Wild Wings franchise next to where I live. They have a good selection of beers and their wings are pretty good as well. One day, after a few rounds of beer with the softball team, the bravado in us came out and we decided to try the hottest wings that Buffalo Wild Wings could muster. I was ready and pumped for those wings. The goal was to eat three each.
There were six of us and the first to drop had to pay the tab. I love spicy food but there is a difference between hot and spicy. After the first wing, my mouth heated up but nothing drastic. I looked into everyone else and saw pain, discomfort and sweating. By now, we had two players drop and I was free and clear from paying. After I ate my second wing, I started to sweat badly. Drinking beer wasn’t helping me but all of a sudden pain started to come from my chest. At first I panicked because I thought I was having a heart attack. But I relaxed my breathing and noticed it was a burning sensation and it started to climb up to my throat. Needless to say, I dropped out.
That burning sensation eventually led to constant burping followed by painful swallowing. Ladies and gentlemen, acid reflux and heartburn was achieved with just 2 wings. To one degree I was happy that it was only heartburn but it did take some time to go away. I consulted my doctor and he told me to take Prilosec (Omeprazole) for the acid reflux and heartburn.
How Omeprazole Works
Omeprazole is an over the counter drug for heartburn and acid reflux disease (gastroesophageal reflux disease). Omeprazole is a proton pump inhibitor that suppresses gastric acid production in your stomach. Gastric Acid is produced to break down food but too much gastric acid will result in overflow and it goes into your throat (acid reflux) which is swallowed back down to your stomach. Too much gastric acid will get you that chest pain feeling similar to a heart attack. Omeprazole doesn’t work instantly on acid reflux and heartburn. It takes time (week or longer) to reduce the amount of acid in your body.
Omeprazole also works with antibiotics to eliminate H. pylori infections in your stomach. H. pylori are a bacterium that causes chronic inflammation of the inner lining of the stomach. H. pylorus is one of the most common causes of ulcers in the stomach. It is mostly acquired by ingesting contaminated food or water in areas with crowded living conditions and poor sanitation. I think the food at buffalo wild wings is safe.
Omeprazole Side Effects
Omeprazole has side effects. They include dizziness, headache, diarrhea, abdominal pain and sleep deprivation. A rare side effect is inflammation of the kidneys which is also known as acute interstitial nephritis which occurs suddenly but is treated for.
Ulcers are basically holes in the lining of the throat or stomach. Ulcers usually develop when there is too much acid or by infection which breaks down the protective layer. Ulcers are painful but if they become a bleeding ulcer, then it becomes very dangerous. When you develop a bleeding ulcer, blood leaves your circulatory system and goes right into your digestive system. Normally a very dark stool sample will be your first indication of a bleeding ulcer. Bleeding ulcers if left untreated can result in death due to blood loss.
Have you used Prilosec OTC or another heartburn medication?