For someone trying to get a better grip on my digestive issues. Is there a time and place for Prilosec OTC? I have taken action on eliminating sugars. (which is very hard for someone with a sweet tooth). Eliminating simple carbs, wheat, gluten and lactose. After a good solid couple of days of successfully eliminating these things I feel a lot better. The time on Prilosec OTC my symptoms (nasal drip, watery feeling in the ears", slimy throat feeling in the back of my throat) went away. Voice was stronger. Breathing better. I felt better. After doing what I mentioned above (avoiding certain things) I felt similar but not quite as much relief. I really do feel like I am making some progress.
My questions are.
1. Is there a time for Prilosec OTC?
The only time where I think it would be in the case of a bleeding ulcer. And even at that only short term to allow healing of the ulcer.
2. I don't really feel like I have a handle on WHY this is happening. WHAT is the problem that is causing all this havoc? How is it working? What's the chain reaction of events? ...yeah i know that is like a zillion ?s in one, but it all revolves around the same question.
It sounds like acid reflux irritating the tissues. As the traces of acid come up the esophagus the acid can lead to irritation and inflammation of the tissues. This can account for the hoarseness, excess mucous production in the throat, bronchiole constriction, etc.
3. Is there a diet regimen that I should follow? I get suggestions often but they sound like advertisements for supplements. IE. Apple Cider Vinegar is suppose to help with numerous things including GERD. Well it didn't with me.....
I advise helping your body to produce its own stomach acid. Bitters, zinc (50mg daily with meals), B vitamins and trimethylglycine (TMG). This will cut down on the fermentation that leads to the acid reflux. If you have a bleeding ulcer or have had your gallbladder removed then you would have to avoid the bitters.