Need advice - It's getting worse :(
I have bee suffering from Reflux for the last 10 years. I have been on PPI's ever since (I'm currently on 40mg Nexium daily). In the main, the meds have pretty much kept my Reflux at bay and I have been able to eat what I want. If I had spicy foods etc. then I sometimes got a flare up.
Over the last few months I have been very stressed an sleep deprived (due to a new baby) and other things. As a result, over those few months, I ate a lot of junk food and take aways (take outs for you Americans!) I drank more alcohol than normal too.
About 6 weeks ago, I started getting bad heartburn. I normally only suffer from burning in throat and regurgitation so this was different. The Heartburn was constant - all day and night. After a few weeks of this I stopped the bad foods, drinks and alcohol.
I now only eat so-called reflux safe foods and water. I am not particularly overweight but as a result of this new diet, I have lost 6kg in weight. I now sleep on a wedge too.
However, despite my major eating regime change which started 3 weeks ago, I'm still suffering from reflux. It's not as bad as the heartburn flare up but I am regularly everyday getting acid into my mouth and discomfort in my throat and chest. It's also waking me at night. As a result I'm having to take over the counter antacids as well as my Nexium but they aren't doing much.
Shouldn't this have had a major positive effect by now? Or does the stomach take a while to lower it's acid production after a low fat diet change?
I had an endoscopy a year ago which showed I had a normal Oesophagus. I had 2 previous endoscopies over the 2 years prior which showed inflammation.
My doctor has recommended I continue the diet change for about 6 weeks and if no better I will be referred back to my consultant for more tests.
Any help appreciated.
Last edited by BritishBeef; 05-25-2011 at 08:19 AM.