'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

Two and a half weeks in to PPI and low acid diet to treat suspected LPR

Two and a half weeks in to PPI and low acid diet to treat suspected LPR. All it has done is make me miserable. I am bloated so badly I look 5 months pregnant. I have put on weight even though I am eating less than I did before and activity levels have remained consistent. Dry mouth to spite drinking all of the water, no real improvement in any symptoms, although I do know it is early on in treatment. I am the parent of two special needs children and I work full time, I need my coffee in the morning. I am falling asleep in the afternoon/evening because I am so exhausted. Cannot concentrate, irritable. Can't have BM without the aid of a laxative. Called doc, but nurse has not called me back. Thinking of ditching the PPI and making some other modifications to diet-- limiting some of the carbs and processed foods and adding back low-acid coffee so I can survive. Anyone have any thoughts on this? What dire consequences might I suffer if I drop the PPI tomorrow? Thanks in advance! (PS I'm starting to think maybe I have low acid?)


Christy Bee
In my opinion two weeks isn't enough time to adjust to the medicine. Your other symptoms sound like me. I also have gluten sensitivity with my reflux. Look it up. You might benefit from a gluten free diet.

Genny Denton Nelson
I've considered this for sure! What would happen if I stopped the PPI? I feel like these are side effects and I am mis.er.able.

Christy Bee
They are also side effects of gluten. I used to bloat so badly that I called it my food baby. Until I was diagnosed I would pass out on the cough for no reason. I'm on two acid reducers. One is a PPI. I'm afraid to stop taking it because I'm finally starting to feel better and I don't want the reflux to come back.

Rosemary Ann
What PPI do you take?

Genny Denton Nelson

Dawn Barry
Try low carb diet and limit processed foods, lactose, juices, get rid of caffeine and try decaf. I have been at this for 2 years.

Sheri Clifford
Do you know why you have reflux? Have you been tested for Autoimmune diseases?

Genny Denton Nelson
No. ent says he thinks this is what it is. No tests.


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