Heya, sweet pea. I am 26. This all started about 5 months ago for me. I am now on Nexium 40mg/day, and it is working very well for me at the moment. I have also lost some weight and continue to do so with smaller portions and daily exercise - I only throw this in there because my GERD will flare up at the drop of a hat, but for the past week it's been acting like Polonius in 'Hamlet' hiding behind the tapestry... I can't see it/feel it, but I suspect it's there. I haven't had a single symptom for a solid 7 days now and this hasn't happened since I started having this trouble. This is also the third time I've been on regimented Nexium, same time a day, every day, at least an hour before eating. I don't know what I'm doing right! LOL.
My doctor hasn't said a word about long-term PPI usage, but he never told me any tips/suggestions about GERD either, besides "here's a pill, take it". I have read several posts on HealingWell about increased fracture risks and stomach polyps.
Best of luck,