'Gastroesophageal reflux disease, or GERD, is a digestive disorder that affects the lower esophageal sphincter (LES), the ring of muscle between the esophagus and stomach. Many people, including pregnant women, suffer from heartburn or acid indigestion caused by GERD

based on some folks experiences with PPI's is that it worsened or induced their reflux.

It seems more evident based on some folks experiences with PPI's is that it worsened or induced their reflux. From my experience it only magnified my reflux episodes. I'm not on any medication at moment as my reflux has subsided with dietary modifications and exercise. Hopefully, someone can shed light on why PPI's cause more issues than provide relief...

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Latoya Prather
I stopped my meds and changed my diet too. It was hard especially when you work at a job where they're always bringing in chocolate chip cookies, pizza, and other abominations I can eat. I was diagnosed six months ago. Prior to then I didn't know what was wrong with me.

Vince Milan
It's challenging with us working then we are faced with a lot of tempting foods. I just want to be human sometime....

Latoya
Yes. I'll be thinking just let me eat this just so I can tasted it...all I want is a taste. Unfortunately I can'tšŸ˜²

Erica Samantha
The ppis and other meds made me worse but I was convinced I had to take them. Been off all drugs for reflux since April and I'm seeing improvements. I'm on a low acid/LOWFODMAP diet.

Vince Milan
That's great! Even H2 blockers cause issues like IBS.

Erica Samantha
Yes they both made things worse for me. Interestingly I'm on antibiotics for tonsillitis and my LPR and IBS are very minimal. Of course I have other side effects from the antibiotics but it's been interesting to see the change.

Vince Milan
I still get LPR once in awhile. Cold water sets it off.

Erica Samantha
The only lingering symptoms I get are a salt taste and periodic vapor aerosol burning. It's progress at least. Sounds like you are well managed

Vince Milan
Yup the salt taste lingers. It's great that folks can have dietary options like fast tract diet and others swear by a modified paleo diet. Thanks I'm doing the best I can without doctors, meds or surgery.

Erica Samantha
Me too. No meds or doctors anymore ( they do nothing). No surgery for me my tests were normal plus I don't think it would help. I'm on LOWFODMAP for my IBS combined with low acid. That's the diet that helps while not making me lose massive amounts of weight or feel insane. However I do eat strawberries which are higher on the acidic side but everything else is on the low end.

Ana Ingles
Hi Erica Holtz-Smith and Vince Milan, I was just reading your posts. I am 'desperate' to come off PPI's but since I have an hiatus hernia and every ENT and GI I've seen has prescribed PPIs and said I cannot go off them...I'm convinced that without the PPis I will feel terrible (dont feel great on PPis either but at least I am not coughing ) .. Before PPIs I didnt feel GERD ...I had a persistent cough so I think that was LPR only... Now when i stop the PPis I seem to get both.. Doctors tell me that I have no choice but to take PPis and i have tried to come off them but my throat feels a lot worse and the cough comes back..as a teacher I need my voice and without PPis the pain is unbearable (this all started exactly 1 year ago). Ive tried to have a very plain diet. I wonder if seeing a nutritionist might help.. Is your LOWFODMAP found on the internet? Advice from you would be great...thank you. Ive been talking to people who have done surgery and even tough im terrified of surgery in the end it might be my best option but i want to try everything I can to not need it! PPI's are causing me to have all sorts of infections as i think they truly mess up the gut...Ive discussed with Gis the dangers of PPis but they all seem to believe its absolutely fine to take these meds as they say side effects are minimal...and that not taking them would cause me to potentially develop serious esophagus and throat problems...i feel trapped in a maze and cant get out of it..

Vince Milan
Your situation is the exception Ana. PPI's are needed because your stomach is protruding through a weakened les. Has your GI confirmed that you qualify for surgery? Have you considered consulting a chiropractor trained in stabilizing your HH through physical manipulation?

Ana Ingles
Vince Milan just seen again another GI who told me it's perfectly fine to stay on PPIs indefinitely .. When I told her that since been in them I've developed several infections she said she really doesn't believe they are related to the PPI intake :( I guess my only choice is PPI or surgery .. I have tried diet and continue to be very careful but feels like being in a maze ... I can't find the solution to this problem ..

Liz O'Regan Sypher
Then just take the ppi's of they help you.

Ana Ingles
Liz O'Regan Sypher I would gladly take PPIs for the rest of my life if they didn't cause bad side effects, infections etc.

Liz O'Regan Sypher
What kind of infections are you getting?

Vince Milan
Ana it's just a suggestion is it possible for you to request a Teacher's assistant to help you manage your classroom? So, you don't strain your throat.

Saija Kuusisto-Lancaster
I have a very weak LES and no matter what I eat, the fumes irritate my throat.. Diet as a fix does not work for me! šŸ˜ž

Vince Milan
Sorry to hear about your LES issues! Have you tried melatonin to strengthen and tone your LES valve?

Saija Kuusisto-Lancaster
Melatonin? No! Please tell me more! My les is constantly open (never closes at all) so I might be a game lost unfortunately..

Vince Milan
Try to talk to your Primary care doctor about Melatonin since they are aware of your complete health history. There might be drug interactions you need to know beforehand.

June June
Me too. Ppi helps me tremendously. But recently (these 3 to 4 weeks) have bloating issue and appetite is much smaller due to that. I m worried. Even though I hate to depend on drugs, not taking it will make my condition much worse.

Vince Milan
Michelle you might want to look into digestive enzymes to help with bloating.

Related Post: Can having too little stomach acid cause the same symptoms?

Liz O'Regan Sypher
I feel like the suggestions are nice, but sometime I get the feeling people like to tell people to go natural when they can't. We can all work on our Health and diet, but there comes a time when medication is needed. I sometimes it becomes to overwhelming to try and make it so we don't need medications. I'm not saying to try I'm just saying I think we tend to be to hard our selves to be perfect and make it so we don't need the medication. Example would be... Someone that has type 1 diabetes. They will always need insulin for their lifetime. However, they can still eat healthy and exercise. I feel the same might be true for this whole ppi issue.

Vince Milan
I understand your point Liz. People with underlying health issues aside from Gerd will always need medication to manage their health. In terms of PPI's, from my experience they just aren't worth paying for to feel sick and have to get up everyday work through that feeling. It's just so challenging.

Miriam Mustafa-Ragoobir
It definitely gave me gerd šŸ˜”

Vince Milan
Some of us with low acid should have not been prescribed PPI's because it only further impairs our digestion and leads to more reflux attacks.

Jan Richards
Is LES the same as hiatus hernia ?

Vince Milan
It's not. The LES is the valve that opens to the stomach. Hiatal hernia is a condition where the stomach protrudes through a weakened LES.

Jan Richards
Thank you Vincent. So if the LES weakened significantly, would that eventually result in a hernia?

Vince Milan
Only a trained physician can determine that through Endoscopy, MRI or CT scan. It's undetectable through a physical exam.

Sarah Walden my doctor put me on them after i told her i get chest pain a lot, since i was on them i started to get all the symptoms of acid reflux which i never had before the medication..coughing, lump in throat, more chest pain..

Tina Barbatsalou
Same here and i took them for one week only

Sarah Walden Tina Barbatsalou same!! :(

Vince Milan Y
our symptoms sound like LPR commonly known as silent reflux.

Miriam Mustafa-Ragoobir
I was on ppis for three months when I got gerd I never had reflux before šŸ˜£

Sarah Walden
Vince Milan ah really? does that also cause chest pain? x

Sarah Walden
just read symptoms but says heartburn but i really never had that, just a tight crampy feeling in chest. the rest sounds like my symptoms exactly

Vince Milan
The tight feeling in your chest could be caused by vapors seeping through the esophagus from stomach acid. Perhaps a weak LES...

Vince Milan
Vapors or gases cause tightness and pain.

Sarah Walden
what do you mean by vapors?

Vince Milan
Simply put gases from your stomach are rising into your esophagus creating pressure. Try eating smaller meals. Don't lie down 3-4 hours after every meal. Use a pillow wedge or bed risers. Don't snack or drink water before bed time.

Sarah Walden
ahh ok. could that be anything to do with the fact i am having stomach issues? suspected IBD or IBS. i lie down a lot also because of my stomach pain, and i drink so much water! i thought it was meant to be good for it ;( thank you!

Vince Milan
Some people swear by peppermint oil for gas pain, cramps and IBS. You could try mixing peppermint essential oil mixed with a carrier oil like coconut oil and rub it over your abdomen to help relieve bloating.

Agnieszka Antoniak
PPI are good to use for short period of time, I had severe case of gastritis and I have to say over period of 3 months it did help massively.

Erik Lund
Because majority of gerd is from low stomach acid

Vince Milan
I totally agree Eric. All the conventional doctors never once mentioned that until I sought the advice of a functional doctor who mentioned that might be my root cause.

Erik Lund
Did you do the heidelberg test to determine? Where are you at with your healing now?

Vince Milan
I haven't had any reflux in the last 7 months. I still have the globus feeling here and there. What is that test?

Erik Lund
to test precisely for stomach acid ph stomach emptying etc. what have you done to heal? Any other diagnosis?

Vince Milan
I have chronic gastritis and I was treated for H pylori back in 2014.

Vince Milan
I avoid most of the usual foods that cause reflux but, I am able to tolerate mildly spicy kimchi. I eliminated soft drinks, coffee, dairy, gluten, all breads for know. I don't drink water during meals, Dinner no later than 7pm, Don't lie down after a meal for 3-4 hrs, no water 2 hours before bed. I'm currently supplementing with Pepsin GI, melatonin, and probiotics.

Amy Kowalewski
I switched to Zantac and what a difference!!

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