Questions around Acid reflux/GERD
Have a question which I think some of you can help me and give your suggestions as well. Would be really helpful. A year back I rushed to ER thinking that I was having some heart related disorder, but it was a panic attack. After that I have kept on moving from a speciality to another. Also, I had some dyspepsia symptoms at that moment, but there were almost no acid reflux symptoms. Being a hypochondriac and shopping all the specialities, been to a GI as well. He performed an upper endoscopy.
Below are the results of endoscopy:
Evidence of Grade 1 reflux.
Small sliding hiatal hernia. It was very small per GI, he said it's of no medical significance.
Erosive gastritis of distal stomach.
Chronic mildly active gastritis.
Also, my age is 28. GI prescribed me Ranitidine(150 mg) twice a day and librax 4 times a day.
I was taking this medications and was doing fine. I started researching the side-effects of these medications and found that it was not a wise decision to continue them for a long time. So, I started cutting dose as much as I can. While I am doing so, I have heart-burn symptoms now which were almost non-existent at the time of prescription. I am facing issues with this.
Currently, am having 75 mg of ranitidine daily instead of 300 mg and librax once everyother day.
1. Is this cutting/withdrawing from drugs is fine?.
2. Do you think what I am facing is acid-rebound issues?.
3. Based on my readings on the internet, I read that grade 1 reflux is considered normal as some of the GIs, but I am completely clueless why the GI prescribed me 300 mg of ranitidine. Does that make any sense?. I am tired of going to these GIs who always say there are no side-effects or it's harmless. Been to one of the GI who was trying to prescribe me PPI, I said thank you, but no thank you.
4.Any tips/suggestions to help me overcome my issues?. Any food suggestions.
Thanks in advance for any help you can provide.