Been diagnosed with IBD and GERD since I was 16. I am now 30 Y.O. male. Up until recently, it has been relatively stable. Only really eat protein rich meals (made by myself) and fiber. I am on Amitriptyline and Nexium. Maybe drink a little once a month. Never was a big drinker. The IBD has limited my social life significantly. Anyway, my wonderful medical insurance company has told me they are no longer going to cover Nexium. If I want to continue, I need to pay the retail price of $7.70 a pill. Way too much. So, I started to try the Prevacid OTC. After about 3 days, I stopped having bowl movements. Got worried, started to load up on only fiber meals. Helped a bit to start the system working again. Bloating like you would not believe. Migraine headache which was on and off for three days. Fever of 101, sore throat and throwing up ALONG with the constipation. I swear I thought I was going to die. Started taking some Vicodin for the migraine (all out of Imitrex) I had in the fridge. That helped with the migraines, but made the IBD worse. Migraine and subsequent headaches stopped after four days. Pain from the IBD also stopped when I took some Donnatal. So, I am hoping that the worst is over. A week of this has just been hell. Have not left the house since last week. Only told my parents who live in the next town over. Father doesn't understand about the extreme debilitating pain. Thinks its in my head. Fun stuff. Plus, both my gastro docs. are Jewish, so they've been on vacation when this all transpired. Not that fault, but was told to go to the ER if it was really that bad. Too expensive and I can deal with the pain. Mind over matter. Anyone think it was the change from Nexium to Prevacid that cause all these issues?My meds, Amitriptyline and Nexium (soon to be I guess Prilosec OTC) have not been changed since I was 16. Has anything gotten better since then? Any options? My life, and what I can do is already seriously limited (hasn't helped on the social scene either). Not sure how many more of these debilitating week long relapses.