Hello there my friend, so good to see you here. ((((Hugs))))).
Garlic is not a trigger for me so glad you are tolerating it too. The food diary is a great idea.
Talk to your doctor about the length of time he will want you to take your PPIs. Some doctors recommend that their patients take the drugs for the rest of their lives, but others will tell you to take them until your symptoms are relieved.
If your instructions on your medication do not state something different, take one pill at the same time every day with a full glass of water. Proton pump inhibitors do not bring immediate relief. You will need to take the drugs every day for at least one week before you notice that your heartburn is less frequent.
As with any medicaiton your physician should be the one to guide you on how best to use PPIs.
I am so glad to see you here.............it is great to have you back and I missed you Meg.