I know the ppi's made my GERD much worse. I have been off of them for 2 weeks now and, though I still have reflux, I am much better than when I was on the pills. I found that aciphex worked really well the first couple of days but then it started to make some of my symptoms much worse. I, too, was taking it twice a day. I think the pills work really well for some people but they didn't work for me. Given that they were causing what I thought could be classified as hypergastrinemia, I figured I would be the likely candidate to get the hyperplasia and esophageal polyps from taking them.
I'm glad you have found a technique that seems to be helping. I hope it continues to work for you.