To your question, I don't recall that it took me 6 months for the PPIs to have a beneficial effect. I think it was probably more like 2 months where I started to heal and I did have success. 6 months seems like a long time and 80 mg per day seems like a pretty high dose to me (this is what I was taking after 12 years of PPI therapy) but then, I'm not your doctor.
Just some more thoughts and I'm not trying to preach, just some things to consider...
For 12 years before I had my hill repair surgery (please see the thread, "Hill Repair..success so far"), I took up to 40 mg of Omeprazole (prilosec) twice a day for my LPR. Each year, I had to increase the dose in order for it to work. While I think that PPIs can be very effective in the short tern, if you take them for too long, you run the risk of developing oste
openia due to an inability to replace calcium in your bones - it essentially weakens your bones and can also lead to osteoarthritis. I have oste
openia now at age 54.
Check this out: http://www.ehealthme.com/ds/prilosec/oste
You probably know this but if you do have GERD or LPR at such a young age of 26 and you let it go unchecked, you run the risk of developing strictures (scar tissue that closes your esophagus which you have to have stretched or dialated in order that you can eat again) and Barretts esophagus which could lead to cancer. If you can manage it through lifestyle changes like changes in your diet, great. But if you can't and you have to use PPIs for awhile, it could become problematic for weakening your bones. So, at some point, you have to weigh whether it is worth it to stay on the PPIs or have surgery. At least, that is my story. I opted for the surgery and have not regretted it. Had I known that I could have avoided getting oste
openia and having strictures all the time (I had six and they sucked!), I would have forgone the PPIs and had the surgery a long time ago.
Good luck. I really hope you don't have LPR or GERD. But if you do, there are different options that do work. Take care.
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