Thanks for the advice! Heres the funny thing:
I only had the symptoms up the into the throat. My gut never burned or anything. A few months after starting prilosec, boom! Stomach started hurting and burning. Now, I also have Lyme disease. That complicates things. However, I do believe that being on the acid blockers has allowed my stomach to get some nasty germs. We do need acid for digestion and to help fight off bugs in our system.
I just should have never, ever done it in the first place!! Now getting off of them is killer!
I am 33-going on 80 at the moment.