I began having trouble swallowing and a feeling of mucus in the throat along with vocal changes about 6 months ago or so. I ended up visiting the ER and they gave me some Ativan to help me sleep, as I had been up all night with the mucus in my throat. After 3 nights of taking the Ativan to help me sleep, I awoke in the middle of the night with horrible reflux, which continued into the next day. Saw the ER again and was put on double dose of Protonix. I was on the Protonix double for a few weeks and then single for another week or so and then was taken off as my EDG and barium swallow tests were normal. I seemed to be doing fine, but was still having a weird feeling when I swallowed. I was referred to an ENT, who diagnosed me with LPR, although he only saw a slight irritation in the back of my pharynx (I had just gotten over a sore throat and stuffy nose virus that weekend). I was on double dose of Protonix for 2 weeks and then double dose of OTC Prevacid for another 4 weeks. I began having horrible joint and muscle pains and went down to once a day for 2 days and then just quit. My PCP felt that this represented a true allergy to PPIs and doesn't want me to take them anymore. I don't want to be on them at all, either. He said to take OTC Pepcid AC or Zantac, if I needed it. I am now almost 2 weeks off medicine and having rebound like crazy. I don't want to take the H2 agonists because I'm really worried about side effects. Before the PPIs I never had acid reflux symptoms, except for the one episode that sent me to the ER, which I feel was due to eating a barbecue sandwich and being on the Ativan. Now, I'm experiencing nausea and stomach burning sensation. I feel full after just a small amount of food. Mornings are the worst, I am so nauseated and eating breakfast is so hard because I have to force myself to eat. I'm hoping that someone out there has been down this road and has some advice for me. I just started Align and am starting a fiber supplement today. I had a fiber supplement sample and took it day before yesterday and I think it helped some. I am also battling insomnia, I wake up at 4:30 in the morning and can't get back to sleep. I'm not sure if that is related at all, but it is certainly making things difficult to deal with.