i was on full dose of nexium + endep for 4 months. I did endoscopy & biopsy in the 4th month and everything was fine. my GI back then concluded my symptoms were all 'hypersensitivity' and he advised me to stay on nexium & endep for the rest of my life! if my symptoms persist, he advised me to increase endep dose frm 30mg to 75mg!!
against his advice, i tapered them both. it took me 2 months to taper them. i finished with endep 1st. , as for nexium, i used gaviscon (liquid) to manage the acid rebound. during that time, i was on strict low fodmap diet.
my suggestion to you:
- make sure you dont have any gerd inflammation (therefore nexium isnt necessary anymore)
- find out what diet suits you. if bananas give u symptoms, stop that for the time being. anything that gives u gas is bad.
- start tapering nexium. i bought the pill cutter to cut the tablet. i reduced by a quarter, once the acid rebound was gone or i felt stable, i reduced some more.
during the tapering, the diet is the most important, because as long as u still have gas, u will have reflux and with excess acid from the rebound, you will likely get inflammation.
dont start with the probiotics until everything is stable as probiotics might innitially give you gas.
the diet is very tricky. although our disease might have been caused by the same thing, what suits me might not suits you.
many in the low acid diet is high fodmap, be careful with that.
avocado is high fodmap. celeries, asparagus.
tomatoes, oranges even chillies are low fodmap.
some people are fine with gluten free products, but i cant to,erate the vegetable gum in many of gluten free products (guargum, xanthan gum etc).
to pin point which food triggers my symptoms, i usually keep trying a
and wont add any new food in 4 days. so if my symotoms get worse, i know what causing it.
if you can, buy a low fodmap app installed in your phone. i use monash one.
i'm not 'back' yet, Brielle. am still fighting. i'm very dependant with the probiotics, still to watch my diet verry closely. and my symptoms usually get worse near and during my period.
lets wish each other 'good luck' to win this fight! :)
Hello vicky, our stories have a lot of similarities.
Last May after a surgery for my ovarian cysty, I was prescribed antibiotics and after finishing the last dose the nightmare of reflux started for first time in my life until this day.
I would like to know if you have improved with the use of probiotics. I am cuurently taking vivomixx, riopan gel and trimebutine.