I'm in the same boat as you. My dr had me try a few PPIs: Omeprazole for a couple of weeks, Lansoprazole for 30 days, and on protonix for 3 weeks. Protonix was the only one that didn't give me headaches.
After using these 3 PPIs, I felt like not only my symptoms got worse, but when I wasn't taking them, they would give me severe heartburn (something I never had). I also felt like they "dumbed" down my mental acuity.
My doctor after seeing that none of these are helpful has suggested that I do an endoscopy at this point. But you know what's troubling? I've managed to get my symptoms under control with diet tweaks and exercise. So I'm not sure I want to put myself through the risk of endoscopy when all the symptoms lead to LPR... So I totally understand your frustration and anxiety about
what REALLY could be causing the problem (we're all afraid we have some kind of cancer).
What I've done that helps me (and what I've found not to be helpful):
- It seems to me that with LPR which tends to cause symptoms in the neck and head area (throat problems, saliva, tongue burning, taste issues, swallowing symptoms etc), using a wedge pillow has ZERO help. Why? The majority of symptoms us LPR sufferers experience are when we're "upright" not when lying down.
- Not eating bread, and tomatoes is very helpful
- Eating light, well cut up, or easily digestible protein with lots of fresh fruit/vegies doesn't trigger my throat problems as bad. For example, I tend to eat more egg white, ground turkey etc instead of rough hard to chew beef, or processed crap meat like sausages. Think of this disease as a gift in disguise that pushes you to even eat healthier. For breakfast for example, I eat a shake of fresh veggies, vanilla protein, and probiotic yogurt etc. It makes me feel great and doesn't trigger my symptoms because it's so easy on my digestive system.
- I've just started taking probiotic OTC pills that have 5 billion organisms per capsule. I'll report back here on my experience.
Post Edited (PrivatePrime) : 10/19/2014 10:31:15 PM (GMT-6)