Re: For how long will I have to be on proton pump inhibitors?
It's tough to say. Certainly, you don't want to risk perforating again!
When you do quit, it will probably be necessary to taper off slowly. Sometimes, when you stop taking a PPI, the acid level in the stomach "rebounds" and gets higher than before. A careful taper will usually take a few months.
Studies show that all PPIs are equally effective at equivalent doses, so you can ask to be switched to the least expensive PPI available, to reduce the strain on your wallet.
Most fruit juices aren't good for someone with ulcers, just due to the acid content. I can drink apple juice, but I mostly just drink water or skim milk. (If you are at all lactose intolerant, avoid dairy. If you tolerate it well, fat-free dairy products can sooth the stomach.)