Welcome to Healing Well! I agree with Mudmagnet. You should start your own thread asking the questions you have. Here's the link:www.healingwell.com/community?f=45
Before I had my Nissen surgery, I often got gastrits, which set off esophagitis. Believe me, I know how hard it is to live with, and how hard it is to heal.
Whenever I had esophagitis it would take at least 2 moths to heal, and I would lose 20 poumds or so. I was able to take PPIs (Protonix 40mg twice a day, and Ranitidine 300mg at night.), but once my stomach got going, they didn't really seem to work that well.
When I had my bouts of esopghagitis, at their worst I could only tolerate egg custard, and only a little of that. It is extremely important that you eat only smooth and bland foods. No spices, nothing at all rough that could scratch your irritated and healng esophagus. No alcohol, of course. A "good diet" isn't enough. You need to make it a smooth and very soothing diet.
Do you have the head of your bed elevated to protect your esophagus when you're sleeping? It should be elevated 6-8 inches. That way gravity can help keep the acid in your stomach.
If these problems are reoccuring, and you can't take PPIs, you are probably a good candidate for a Nissen surgery.
Have you seen a GI doc lately? If not, you should.
Again, glad you've joined us! Be sure to start a new thread so others can easily find your post.
Post Edited (dencha) : 2/8/2012 7:22:42 PM (GMT-7)