Well I don't know about permanently but for right now...yes. I can't see getting off of them in the near future because my quality of life was poor at best prior to starting them 4.5 months ago. I was eating oatmeal, egg whites, chicken, green beans and water and still having reflux ALL DAY LONG with no breaks. Sucked really, really bad. I became depressed, anxious, and had a short temper, which is not good when you have two small children you stay home with all day. Toddlers can drive you nuts just normally but when you have constant burning pain, it's way worse.
Honestly, I have told myself that I MAY try to get off of them in a year slowly and gradually. If I am symptom-free, then great. If not, I will either get back on them which I'd rather not do b/c I hate taking meds with the exception of vitamins. I also do not want to increase my chances of bone loss due to poor calcium absorption which is a side effect of PPI's. Hopefully, surgical antireflux procedures will continue to improve and perhaps I will opt for one of those. The problem with those is that I am extremely active and teach many exercise classes per week. Weight lifting is a hobby of mine and I would hate to give it up. I understand that heavy weight lifting post op is potentially dangerous in the way that it can tear the wrap down.