Re: never felt GERD til I started meds & voice problems-how long till voice normal ag
I've got LPR. My reflux is "silent" with a chronic cough. No heartburn. I've been on every PPI out there. I only had side effects with one. On that one, I had bad heartburn, nausea, bloating, diarrhea, etc... If the one you are on gives you side effects, others may not.
From what I've read, and from experience, Protonix can be good for GERD, but isn't typically as effective for the LPR as some of the others. Everyone is different though. Also, LPR typically needs the twice per day dosage of PPI's to be effective. Many with LPR also often supplement with Zantac or Gaviscon.
It sounds like you are doing many things right.
Here is the food list my doctor gave me of things to avoid: fatty, greasy or fried foods (french fries, fast food, donuts, potato chips, etc...); spicy foods (onions, peppers and tomato based products); caffeine drinks (coffee, tea, colas); citrus foods and drinks (including orange, grapefruit, pineapple); chocolate; alcohol and nocotine.
With regards to foods that are good for reflux, I think that is really an individual thing. Some people can't tolerate water, it is one of two things I usually drink (water and soy or almond milk). Some people eat bananas a lot and I they give me bad reflux. I have to avoid gassy foods (broccoli, cabbage, etc...). I don't have any good advice on what to eat.