since PPIs only reduce the acid……

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Robby_H
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   Posted 12/27/2010 6:24 PM (GMT -6)   
……and doesn't cure the reflux, does that mean you are still refluxing at times but it isn't hurting since the amount of acid is reduced?

For example. I had heartburn 6 years ago and went on Prilosrc and it was immediately effective. Have had less than 2 flare ups since. If a person has LPR and the PPIs work to where there is no pain, cough, hoarseness, throat clearing, etc does that mean that he/she may still have some reflux but it isn't doing damage?

I guess the question is if the PPIs cause the symptoms to go away quickly is there still damage occurring?

dencha
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   Posted 12/27/2010 6:29 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Robby,
Welcome to the GERD Forum at Healing Well! No, you are not getting esophageal damage when you are on PPI's. I can say this with authority, as my surgeon who recently did an endoscopy on me, said that they rarely see inflammation any more, as most people are on PPI's.

During the time I was still having occasional breakthrough heartburn symptoms, but was on PPI's, I never had inflammation of the esophagus.

So...you are protected if you remain on PPI's.

If anybody reads this and have a different opinion, chime in. I'm going on my recent conversation with my surgeon.

Take care,
Denise

Robby_H
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   Posted 12/27/2010 6:43 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks. Glad to know that. I am on Prilosec daily and I said I have no heartburn at all.

What about LPR? Same thing? And will being on PPIs daily help prevent LPR? Or at least prevent damage if it occurs?

Thanks

Post Edited (Robby_H) : 12/27/2010 5:38:09 PM (GMT-7)

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