I have had heartburn pretty much my whole life. The last few years was the worse for me. I controlled it pretty well with prilosec otc for a few years, but gradually that didnt seem to help me anymore.
I started getting a cough, then the hoarseness, the reflux when I would lay down or bend down,constant burping, the lovely "lump" in throat feeling, and eventually pain in my back between my shoulderblaids which finally made me go to the Dr.
I have been taking protonix now for 2.5 months. I have changed my lifestyle, and eliminated spicey foods, tomatoes which are a killer for me, caffeine, carbonated soft drinks...etc etc....
I am feeling better most days...I would say that my symptoms have decreased about 75%, to a point where I can say it is bareable, and somedays pretty good. But, I am still not "normal". I understand that this is a chronic condition...but I am wondering if I will ever feel normal again. Is this about the best that I will feel, or will it take longer than the 2.5 months of medication.??
Sometimes this gets so depressing! I just want my life back!