Hi I had acid reflux and have IBS and now diverticulosis throughout the colon, they said was from straining from unmanaged IBS. I'm glad you are getting the IBS treated to prevent permanent damage like I have. I take Bentyl, which works well. I too sleep with head elevated and am very picky about
what I eat. I eat one liquid smoothy meal a day and eat a lot of the same foods alot, things that don't bother me. Drinks do seem to be the most problematic, my midday smoothies help and also help me get adequate vitamins and protein and cool my throat.
I am afraid of GERD because my grandma died from it as a complication of severe advanced liver disease she didn't even know she had. Her blood vessels ruptured and she drown. So I'm terrified of it. It is a common result of liver damage, she had portal hypertension, where the blood couldn't get through the liver well and was sort of trapped in the top half of her body, causing those blood vessels in her throat to swell, and the swelling led to erosion of the esophagus. She also was around bleach in the end, which may have really burnt her throat and caused the problem.
They had her bathing a stubborn wound in bleach.
So cleaning products I suspect could irritate it as well.
I'm sorry you have the "terror at both ends" and trust you will find a way to manage it without too many sacrifices. Prilosec works great for me along with those super pepcid tabs that have like everything in them. I have no erosion, knock on wood, and very few episodes of any reflux unless my liver is high due to meds or not watching my diabetes and I can usually get through them with a soft diet for a while and meds if too bad.
I hope you feel better soon!
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