Hello! I was diagnosed with GERD 3 years ago, though I've been dealing with sporadic episodes of acid reflux since my teens (about 30 years, now). I had my gall bladder out 3 years ago, and the GERD has been a constant unwanted companion since that time. Relux is worse at night, in spite of sleeping with a 12" wedge pillow and
popping Gavison like candy.
Meds that I've tried are Pariet, Nexium, Prevacid and Pantoprazole -- none really seems to help much. The Gaviscon does help but I am worried about the long term effects of it and the PPIs. I use DGL before meals and at night when my symptoms aren't that bad.
I've made dietary changes (restrict intake of tomatoes -- difficult as I'm Italian -- citrus, chocolate, peppermint, and caffeine -- all my favourite foods) in addition to the above. I don't smoke, I am not overweight, and I eat a pretty healthy diet, I think.
An endoscopy two years ago was clear. My doctors are saying this is something I must live with. I'm having a very hard time accepting this. No one else in my family suffers from this.
I am looking forward to learning and sharing with the other members or this forum.