Jolisley...it aint easy and yes it sure does get scary along the way
isnt tecta a ppi with a magnesium supplement?, if so, like other ppi s relief is not going o happen right away, takes sometimes several days for effectiveness to build up, unlike the h2 antihistamines which are relatively fast acting.
the fear that the constant burning will , or may, lead to cancer is a frequent fear many of us share. thats why endoscopy every couple years or so may be a good idea...but...lets keep the numbers in mind.
depending upon which research project one wants to point to, the risk of a person who has gerd then getting esophageal cancer is very small. for example, for gerd sufferers who have already been diagnosed with barretts esophagus, the risk is anywhere from less than 5% a year to as low as half of one percent a year.... and recent research suggests the lower end of this scale is the more likely correct number.
so while cancer is a risk with gerd keep in mind many without gerd get "throat" cancers... and overall other maladies and cancers pose higher risks. of course vigilance is in order, but we should all keep this in perspective an try not to over-react...i know its not easy, i freak out when the pain changes or gets really bad
there are several ways to minimize the burn. eating very small meals 4 or 5 times a day will likely help over time but you have to stick with it. and... ive had good luck with carafate, crush the pill and make a slurry with a small amount of water and then throw it back with a shot glass letting it coat the throat. keep a list of foods that you find from personal experience dont tend to reflux...and start with the traditional good list-bad list that many here have bantered about...you can let us know if you want our lists! brown rice well cooked, chicken white meat , tofu, mushrooms, green beans, broccoli, all steamed not fried works for me.
do you sleep on a wedge or with the head of the bed inclined 8 plus inches at the head?...pillows alone dont work and can even be problematic
glad to hear you are getting test for h pylori and as you know from reading here there are a raft of other tests you should have, barium swallow and more...is your pcp or gi doc recommending testing?
btw cruciferous vegetables are reputed to knock out h pylori if you eat enough of em ( a lot) although broccoli sprouts have a much higher potency (much higher! (sulforaphane)
let me suggest you dont eat raw sprouts while suppressing stomach acid for risk of infection... in fact i would steam all vegies
to answer your last question...my symptoms got way way worse quickly, but...i had minor, controllable, gerd before all heck broke loose and then after some life changing events, my gerd went crazy and i got lpr
best of good luck to you...hang in there, things will likely get better, but often it takes more time than we would like... and please share your experiences with us