Welcome to the forum.
The first piece of advice I can give you is one you already know: stop eating large meals.
I suspect that it wasn't that the PPIs stopped working, it's that after eating a large meal it's quite possible that you may have done some damage to parts of your digestive tract and could take days or even weeks for it to heal and for you to feel better. I know this from first hand experience because I used to eat large meals and it would cause me problems for days, even with the Dexilant I was taking.
I'm not saying this is you, but about
half the people who take PPIs don't take them correctly. I highly recommend one of our own moderator's posts about
If you take a tour through the GERD forum, you are going to find a lot of advice and people's personal stories.
You will also find plenty of other threads where people started having GERD symptoms after taking some antibiotics. I was one of those people. Though in my case I already had GERD and the antibiotics I took make it a lot worse.
Since there are many different things than can cause GERD, it's important to modify what you eat for 3 very important reasons:
1. You need to identify which foods trigger your symptoms (you do this by avoiding the obvious ones such as fatty foods, spicy foods, no alcohol, no caffeine, etc. and you identify the rest by keeping a food journal).
2. You need to eat nutrient-dense foods (think organic vegetables, fruits, etc.) and stay away from processed foods so you're giving your body what it needs to heal as well as fight off infections.
3. You need to give your body time to heal. Which means you need to change your lifestyle to give your body a fighting chance. This means eating several smaller meals throughout the day. At one point my condition was so bad that I was eating about a palm-size worth of food about 10 to 12 times a day.
It sucked big time but it allowed my esophagus and stomach lining time to heal.
Another thing that helped me tremendously was sleeping with the head of my bed elevated (I have it at 9 inches now) and chewing my food thoroughly until it was liquefied in my mouth. This makes it go down easier and lowers the chances of GERD striking.
Please bear in mind that just doing one of these things might not alleviate your symptoms and even if you do all of these things it could be days or even weeks before you start seeing some relief as we don't know how severe your GERD symptoms are and no two people heal at the same pace.
Also make sure you are getting sufficient probiotics in your diet since it's very likely the antibiotics you were taking may have killed off some of the good bacteria in your gut. My personal favorite way to do this is to eat organic fermented vegetables, you can find these at most health food stores. You can also take a daily supplement. The key is to start off slowly and slowly increase your dosage. You don't want to flood your gut with too much probiotics at once.
Paul - Diagnosed gastritis and erosive esophagitis in 2011. Conquered it once and am going to conquer it again because this time I've taken total ownership of my health. Gluten, dairy, MSG, sulfite, caffeine, alcohol free. Said goodbye to canned and processed foods, my gut deserves it.....
Post Edited (Peabs) : 8/21/2015 10:31:16 AM (GMT-6)