16 years old with Reflux? Tired of this already :(

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About 6 weeks ago, I had this "10 days of hell" I had gotten Food Poisoning,then Stomach Virus. After those surpassed, I couldn't even fall asleep, I was getting horrible Nausea and chills.

Went to the doctor and he prescribed me Protanix (pantaprazole) for only 30 days. I never experienced heartburn before, but I agreed with the prescription.

I felt great after about the 3rd day of Protanix, I was going to stop but I remembered my doctor telling me "Even though you'll feel well, you must finish the 30 days". - So I did.

After my prescription was over, I thought nothing about getting acid reflux again - until I fell asleep a night after and woke up feeling nauseous again.

So I thought " Let me buy some Prilosec (omeprazole)". After taking the 14 day course of Prilosec and feeling OK I feel the heartburn coming back.

Keep in mind, I am avg weight and very athletic I just don't understand! It's absolutely horrible that I'm going on vacation soon and I have to worry about acid reflux sad.

It's extremely depressing for me to live with this on the daily basis especially at only 16. The worst part is that it only happens night time, which means I can't even get a restful nights sleep for school the next day.

I'm going to the doctor this week but I just don't know what the doctor can do other than simply prescribe me more PPI.

Please is there ANY hope that it will go away sad(. I hope it'll just be a temporary "acid rebound".

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    What sort of food do you eat Johnny ? I've cut onions and Tomotoes out of my diet . Pineapple seemed to cause mine and acidy juices .
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      Hmm, I haven't yet found out exactly what causes it however I do notice that meat does tend to upset my stomach a bit. But because I've been on medication for it throughout most of the time haven't had enough of experience to really know exactly what's causing it.
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    Hi Johnny:  Sorry that you have to deal with this at such a young age.  It can become a life changer if you don't get proper treatment.

    Since you have been treated with acid blockers you need to know that many people get acid rebound when they stop taking the medication.

    The stomach makes even more acid than normal.  So, it can be difficult to get off of acid blockers.  There are things you can take that don't cause this rebound effect.  Acid neutralizers, often called antacids, or baking soda mixed in water.  The acid rebound can go on for weeks but eventually will get back to normal.  Something simple you can do right now is to elevate the head of your bed about six inches. This keeps the acid in the stomach down below the esophagus, where you feel it burning.   And change your diet for a few weeks.  Most people agree on raw vegetables, small portions of chicken, non breaded fish, and unprocessed rice.  No soda pop, chocolate, or sugary foods.  We hope you get over this quickly.  But remember that once you have this, you will be more suseptable to a relapse in the future.

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      You're welcome.  I forgot to add Plain probiotic yogurt to the list.  It aids digestion and rebuilds the good gut bacteria.  Hopefully, your parents are helping you deal with this problem. 
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    I have been given Lansoprazole yesterday as Doc thinks my throat situation is caused by acid reflux I have been having gurgling in my wind pipe and like indigestion in my throat. Bit scared to take the medication as have read it causes a lot of side effects. I have not eaten bread at all today and have felt much better though . Never really ate much bread until the last three years. If I have cereal I have oat based ones rather than things like shredded wheat or shreddies. I had Jordan's organic porridge today which didn't effect me. I do feel I have a problem with gluten. I drink goats milk which helps with cutting down mucus production as I have sinusitis aswell . It does seem to be all related.
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    Johnny,

    take Johnathons advice exactly as he suggests...the only few things I might add  to his excellent advice is to  ween any PPI ...last stage replace with  3mg of Melatonin pre bedtime (it slightly blocks acid production.) Stop the Melatonin after a few weeks. again in a weening process. continue probiotics for at least 4 months..6 would be better and yogurt/kefir on a regular basis...avoid all fast food...this is what "may" have got you "mucked up" in the first place as it does so many others.... Claudio

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    Hi Johnny rather than self diagnose ask your GP to refer you to a GI specialist so they can do an endoscopy to see inside your stomach. They can do it while your awake or put you to sleep and it literally takes moments and you will have a copy of the pictures taken and hopefully a firm diagnosis of what's wrong. At 20 you shouldn't have to be worrying about your health. Getting the checks behind you is the first step.
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    Hi Johnny, I agree with Johnathon, the best thing you can do is to keep your bed elevated 6-7 inches. I am a big sufferer at 25 years old and have had surgery. I bought a wedge pillow ( loads on Amazon) and it's really made a difference !! Try to eat little and often, keep off fizzy drinks, eat your last meal 2-3 hours before bed and stay sat up for at least 30 mins post eating. Hope this helps smile
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    Thanks for the advice, I'm going to go to the GI this week hopefully. I'm going to order some probiotics ASAP and seriously changing my diet. Again, thanks you guys are awesome!
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    Go have blood work done. I just found out that I was vitamin D deficient. That is the cause for my constant acid reflux. You are young but I think your body is trying to tell you something. I hate pills. I'll do anything to avoid them.
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