Thank you for all of your posts.
Couchtater, I guess I need to get those risers. This means leaving the bed I have shared with my husband for over 30 years. I don't blame him for not wanting to sleep on an elevated bed. He has enough trouble sleeping due to restless leg syndrome.
I won't be asking about
surgery unless a doctor pushes me in that direction. Overall, I'm thinking they beleive it is just too early to consider surgery. I imagine I should be trying different drugs before surgery is considered, but I'm hesitant to even take the drugs because of the significantly increased fracture risk. But I am taking the meds right now.
Here's the link to the article about
fractures. Notice that it is a review of 11 studies, not just one study, so it bears more weight:http://www.webmd.com/heartburn-gerd/news/20110509/study-proton-pump-inhibitors-linked-to-fracture-risk
Calcium is best taken twice per day with food. I take it with breakfast and dinner. My PPI is taken in the a.m., right when I get up. That's the best time of day to allow the time between pill and food, at least 1/2 hour. I continue to lose weight, and am not over weight. If I take the pill when I get home from work, I can't have my snack before dinner. Of course the eating window closes at 6:00, so there's really not any time to work with. I eat a good lunch which I prepare at home: usually brown rice, beans, and veggies from my garden. But I don't have time at work to be eating more frequently. My occasional indulgences are a couple of pieces of tomato, a small cup of ice cream, a couple of glasses of wine on the weekend. I know I need to lose the wine, but I do keep a food diary, and it doesn't seem to make a difference. Nothing I do seems to make a difference, hense I feel hopeless. In March/April I adhered structly to the food guidelines, and it didn't make me feel much better. I think the sulcrate helped.
My first 3 diagnoses were with my PCP, no endoscope. I imagine that's where everyone starts out. He told me I should be feeling better in a month, two at most.