I'm new to the forums but I need some advice from people that have felt the same way as I do. about 3 months ago I was prescribed 150 mg ranitidine twice a day for bloating, chest pains, and some difficulty eating. That didn't help well enough so my doctor suggested 20 mg omeprazole once a day and 150 ranitidine once a day. Two months passed, and my situation changed a bit. I didn't feel bloating or chest pains nearly as much, but i would usually feel a lump in my throat. about a week ago i stopped taking the omeprazole, mostly because i forgot one day but also because i felt better and i want to be done with this disease. I still take the ranitidine at night. Sometime during the summer the doctor suggested i get a chest xray (all normal) and a barium swallow, which showed my upper stomach sphincter was inflamed and irritated. He said it was duodenitis but i thought that was the lower sphincter....Im no doctor though
My reflux and heartburn were very noticeable the first couple of days. Some meals my whole chest would burn, but i expected it. My aunt had said that most people rebound coming off of ppi's and that results in a few days of serious heartburn. I read elsewhere that some people rebound for months, but I'm guessing thats after very long term use. Now, two weeks after i stopped the ppi, I get occasional bloating and theres a lump in my throat usually. Its mostly after I eat, but sometimes its when Im very hungry too. No surprises there. Im not overweight, im only 20 years old, and Im not stressed about it. I would like to get back to enjoying my college years though so I am hoping for a game plan here. I guess it is important to note that the ranitidine does give some relief, and in the morning i can wake up feeling great.
So, my questions:
1. Am i feeling rebound, or are these still prevalent symptoms?
2. Should i go back on the omeprazole and if so how do i know when to stop?
3. Can anyone shed some light on my stomachs condition? Im guessing stress and acid irritated the LES so now i have reflux but when and how can i get rid of that inflammation?
Thanks in advance. Ill answer any questions you have for me to the best of my ability.