I love reading this forum about alternative healing, but after several nights of an especially acid stomach, (and I'm in year 5 of GERD) I felt I really needed to use a PPI - at least for awhile.
I'm trusting that things will get better. I'm taking OTC Prilosec one hour before dinner and last night it seemed that my dinner just sat in my stomach longer than usual. This is what I don't get. Motility is an issue with me - the food sitting there due to low acid is probably the cause of my reflux, and taking a PPI will further decrease the acid - so is it ultimately helpful?
While I'm here, my bad nights of acid were after sleeping on pillows. I already have the bed elevated 6-8 inches, and added 2 more pillows. I think that when I don't sleep well it aggravates the reflux...And I had an odd thought: What if sleeping on an elevated plane keeps your LES valve open? I've been doing it for years now, and not sleeping especially well, I might add.