I was cured from LPR, and I will be glad to share my story with you. My LPR was caused by a PPI (omeprazole 20mg). I was taking this medication because I had reflux when eating spicy foods or drinking things with caffeine or citric acid. These are ALL common foods/drinks that cause the lower esophageal sphincter to relax. However,the PPI made things much worse.
After taking the PPI, I developed slow digestion (delayed gastric emptying), which caused serious LPR/GERD issues. I could not even eat a cracker or a slice of apple without having serious LPR issues. Without the correct amount of acid in the stomach, the Lower esophageal sphinchter will remain
open and the remaining acid and food in the stomach will be pushed back into the esophagus. You can find more information by googling: Low stomach acid.
Some of your naturopathic doctors believe there is a sensor in the Lower esophageal sphincter that knows when you have the correct amount of acid in your stomach to break down your food. This sensor triggers the Lower esophageal sphincter to close. Without the correct amount of stomach acid the LES will remain
Sadly, gastroenterologist do not check for low stomach acid before or after prescribing PPIs. Gastroenterologist do not believe we need acid to break down our food. They believe the stomach contractions alone break the food down and move the food from the stomach into the small intestines. So they will never check stomach acid levels. The PH monitoring test does not check how much acid your stomach is producing it only measure how much acid enters your esophagus.
After I weaned off all acid suppressant medication, the slow digestion (delayed gastric emptying) along with the LPR begin to reverse. But it can be difficult to wean off PPIs due to a withdrawal symptom called acid rebound (hyper-secretion of acid). You can find more information on PPI withdrawal symptom by googling: Acid rebound.
You can also follow my recovery at the link below:
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