I'm a new member here and wanted to start off by saying that I have read a lot in this forum about what to expect and what I can do for acid reflux.
I have been on multiple PPI medications for almost 8 years always under the assumption that my body was producing too much acid and the PPI's were taking care of the problem for me. I tried to quit multiple times and experienced the rebound effect which made me think that my body was not fixed yet so I still had to be on the medication. Recently, the medication didn't seem to be working to well so instead of going back to the doctor to get put on a higher dose or change to a different one, I decided to do some research.
In my research I found out that my main problem was that originally, my body was not producing enough acid resulting in acid reflux, when I was put on the medication. I will never know since I was not properly diagnosed. Once I learned about the harmful effects of PPI's with not allowing your body to digest foods properly due to little to no acid production along with the rebound, I knew that I needed to do something. After reading many experiences from others who have experienced this, I was no longer afraid to stop taking the PPI's and dealing with the rebound.
I have now been off of PPI's for 10 days now. I cut off the PPI's cold turkey so I braced myself for the worst. The first night so far has been the worst. I don't think I have ever felt so much pain in my stomach but with all the recent research I did, I did not want to grab another pill to help out. I have to say that the first week was the hardest and now it is getting a little easier. I noticed right away that my energy levels increased, I'm assuming due to my body now properly digesting foods. I have also started taking prebiotics, probiotics, a multivitamin, DGL, and mastic gum. In my research I found out that a common culprit to low stomach acid is the H. Pylori bacteria. I have found that you can have this bacteria for many years without knowing it. I have an appointment tomorrow to hopefully get tested to see if I have it. I do have some symptoms but they are also the same symptoms for GERD related issues as well.
I'm assuming that the longer you are on PPI's, the more gastrin builds up in your body. I'm wondering how long it will take for my body to get to the normal amount of gastrin so it stops over producing acid. Right now almost every time I eat, I feel a burning sensation towards the top of my stomach but don't feel anything in my esophagus until I need to burp due to the gas buildup. I have changed my diet to consist mostly of fruits and vegetables. I get some level of heartburn with nearly every meal, no matter how large or small. I tend to eat 5-6 small meals throughout the day and leave 3-4 hours between my last meal and bedtime. I have seen that it can take anywhere from 2 weeks to 6 months for the body to be done with the rebound. I'm hoping sooner than later for me. I don't want to take any more medications for this as I think I will feel much better once everything is back to normal. I will see what my doctor says tomorrow but I don't have any high hopes. I feel that a lot of doctors don't know enough about this and they tend to want to give us something to mask the symptoms instead of looking into the cause of the problem to fix it.
So far I have been taking it day by day and hoping for the best. If anyone else has made it to the end of the tunnel without any surgeries I would like to know how long you were on PPI's for and how long it took before the symptoms finally came to an end for the most part. I tend to eat a somewhat healthy diet. Mostly fresh vegetables, some canned, fresh fruits, mostly complex carbs unless it involves noodles, nothing but water to drink, and mostly chicken and fish. I do eat beef and pork but not as much as I used to. I have also started eating smaller portions of meat and filling that in with more vegetables.