Hello Allsherote! Bless your heart! It's gonna be ok. It's a daily battle. I know because I deal with this too. It's different everyday depending on what you eat and your stress level..etc...I was doing well on Prevacid but have had to go off of it for a few days because I am going to run a test that requires saliva and fecal (yuck!) samples. I can not take antacids of vitamins for 3 days. I have a naturalpathic nurse that is going to help me figure our why I have all these digestive issues. I do NOT want to be on meds all my life for this. I don't think you do eithor.
My advice to you is to perhaps do some testing like this. After mine comes back I will be taking a new digestive enzyme that I bought from her. I am already taking digestive enzymes (which I have to stop for this testing). Our bodies are actually missing live enzymes, that's why we have acid reflux. As we age this happens. I highly recommend a probiotic. Wether it's a tablet or a yogurt, make sure you are taking that. I also buy special gentle teas that feel good on my tummy and help cleanse me. Diet is crucial for all this. At age 44 I can no longer eat like I had been. I am going through perimenopause and this is terriable on the body. So I am also taking bioidentical hormone creams topically to bring my hormone levels up. I recommend that for you if you are late 30's and older. Get fresh healthy food into your body.
When I cheat with a Coke like I did today or a cupcake...anything sinful. lol It can really mess things up. My digestive track just goes haywire. I feel crappy, I am in on the toilet or have the reflux starting up. I then get anxiety etc...can you relate??
Stress is at an all time high for us all. I am losing my house to foreclosure in 8 weeks. We fought to hard for 2 years to save it, now its over. I must start my life over and live with my daugher for awhile. This causes so much stress on the digestive track. God doesn't want us to live like this. I pray I make it through all this, I pray we all do. No one is alone in all this. I think this is a big factor in the acid reflux.
I can give you some lists of good foods and teas etc....Just hang in there ok! You aren't alone. There are so many of us just making our way through this kind of ailment. Always here to talk!