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Hi! I'm a 26 year old male. It's been about a year since I started developing reflux issues. In this time I have never experienced any heartburn. My post nasal drip has worsened. However I know it's not solely post nasal drip, because my symptoms typically flare after meals or coffee.
I have stopped drinking coffee and this did help. However I still react to most foods. Dairy tends to make things worse and I think I might also be lactose intolerant. I tend to get gassy after having dairy. I noticed taking high doses of lactase is helpful prior to meals.
Basically the reflux is worst in the mornings and then next to this it flares most after meals. I'll be gagging, threat clearing and puking at it's worst. I have tried ranitidine 150mg twice daily and I tried a PPI as well. They both negatively impacted my ability to digest foods and didn't help with lpr.
I saw an ENT about 6 weeks ago. He suggested I try ranitidine again at 150mg but 4 times daily. I did research into this and studies do show this to be more effective at reducing acid when compared to 300 mg twice daily. So I recently decided to try this. I eat 4 meals a day so I take it before meals. It's been 2 weeks and for a week and a half I had the relief of waking up in the morning without major reflux! However I developed a cough during this time. Not sure why, but I hadn't had a cough last that long for awhile, and I didn't appear to be sick. Now in the past few days my reflux has worsened and my ability to digest certain things has worsened. I have more gas, but this could've been because of these lentils and chickpeas I was eating raw.
So now my plan is to stick with raintindine, and my diet will be very low in fiber. I'm going to switch to white pasta and bread. I will also decrease carbs a bit and increase fats and proteins slightly.
I'm kind of at a loss as to what I can do. I'm going to commit to ranitidine for 12 weeks before quitting. I basically want to determine if it's worth trying. Or if I should give up completely on it. I will try diet and lifestyle changes throughout to see if this can also help.
Lastly, I have tried increasing my acid through hcl and pepsin. This didn't help and made things worse it seemed. So I don't think lack of acid is the problem. Who knows though.
Any advice would be greatly appreciated!! This has been causing me a lot of stress
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