I know it's hard to believe, but these kinds of things can take a very long time to heal. Are you being extremely careful about what you're eating and drinking? It's possible to reinjure the tissue by eating things that are irritating.
As you're healing your esophagus, be sure to take small bites and chew your food thoroughly. When it's swallowed it should be a creamy consistency to avoid scratching as you swallow. Don't eat anything that isn't either creamy to begin with (I used to have to LIVE on egg custard for two months whenever I had a flare-up) or hasn't been chewed to a creamy consistency.
Stay away from anything at all spicy or acidic, and don't drink anything alcoholic. If you're very careful with your eating in addition to the PPIs, it can assist in healing.
I wish there was a quick fix, but there's not. If you can get your doc to write a script for Carafate suspension, it can provide a LOT of relief. (It's expensive, so it's best if you have a good prescripton plan. Otherwise, you can use the generic pill-form--you can put it in a little shot glass or medicine cup, and mix it with a little water. You then throw it back like a shot. The suspension form is a lot better if you can get it.)
I have had the Nissen surgery, so my esophagus doesn't get inflamed like it used to, but I still get an irritated wrap when my stomach is flaring up. (my wrap was made from my stomach, so it makes sense.) When that happens I feel real relief from a dose of Carafate. The good thing about Carafate is that it sticks to the stomach and esophagus lining for up to 6 hours. That's why it's so much more protective and effective than Maalox.
Hang in there...if you work at it and baby your esophagus, you can get this healed.
Very best wishes!
Words of wisdom by Eckhart Tolle:
"Whatever you fight, you strengthen, and what you resist, persists.”
“Worry pretends to be necessary but serves no useful purpose”
“Accept - then act. Whatever the present moment contains, accept it as if you had chosen it. Always work with it, not against it.”
Post Edited (dencha) : 6/29/2012 7:43:23 AM (GMT-6)