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In my 20's. History of GERD. Reflux on and off. Usually caused when I went OTT with poor eating + smoking twice a day. Had a bad GERD flare-up in mid 2016 and it didn't go so was on PPI for 20 weeks before my endoscopy.
Was wrongly diagnosed with a mid sized hiatus hernia in 2016. Had been on 40mg Esomeprazole from May 2016 to February 2018.
February 14th to March 18th - I took 20mg Esomeprazole instead of 40mg.
I supplemented this with DGL (2 per meal, 3 times a day) and Slippery Elm Capsules (same routine). Both proved to be awesome, DGL in particular. I reduced my dose of these supplements from March 13th.
February 28th - I think a form of rebound reflux must have kicked in. I went back to taking DGL and Slippery Elm, whilst also being on 20mg and things got better.
March 18th - I came off PPI completely 10 days before my endoscopy, had Gaviscon Advance as instructed, DGL and Slippery Elm.
In the 5 days leading to my endoscopy I stopped taking antihistamine (which controls my reflux).
March 30th - I haven't had any rebound reflux yet. I'm hoping I don't. I have only been eating soft foods because of pain post-endoscopy but I am going to eat more solid foods in the next couple of days. I stopped taking gaviscon advance yesterday.
I have also managed to reduce my dose of DGL, from 6 a day to 3 a day.
If the reflux hits me aggressively, I will have DGL, Slippery Elm and Gaviscon Advance.
If I'm getting no relief after that, I will get on an H2 blocker, relatively low dose and then try to quit again in a month (I heard the rebound is a lot lower). If I'm still not faring well even if I up the dose of H2 blocker, I will live on 15mg Lanzoprazole capsules until I try again.
The problem is, I want to get my stomach acid level checked, as I want to have Apple Cider Vinegar or even Betain HCL when I'm completely off PPI's.
I would be interested in something like a stretta or linx procedure, as I do not really want to have to live with GERD problems often as I don't want it to progress to Barrett's some time in the future.
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