I was taking Ranitidine also,before my doctor said Ozmeperole works better--been using these since 2008 when I had that bowel shutdown issue..
I also had two very scary incidents just before that issue when I got food stuck in my throat twice in a 2 week period--first incident was I choked on a large slice of apple when I was alone in my garage,I didn't intend to swallow it but it went down anyway,and firmly lodged in my throat--luckily I was able to make it into the house and had my mother call
9-1-1,and paramedics came...by the time they got there I had managed to choke down the apple,but it felt like I'd swallowed a razor blade for a good week,and like some of it never went down..
Two weeks later I had the same thing happen while eating steak--my teeth aren't in the best shape and I tended to bolt my food rather than chew it up well,and again,the paramedics had to come--they just told me to "drink some water"--I was expecting the heimlick manuver,but they said no,your still breathing ok,not turning blue!--I was scared to death both times,and it was not long after that my bowels shut down...
Neither of the pills Ozmeperole or Ranitidine, seem to make an immediate difference,it has to be taken at certain times of the day or night without fail,or as noted,you'll have a period of a day or more to "catch up" and your stomach will stay sour the whole time...and if you skip meals,your stomach will revolt as badly or worse than it would if you ate something that triggers your reflux often...emotional upset increases this 150% too..in my case my nerves are the worst trigger for the stomach issues,followed closely by certain foods and spices..sometimes the Ozmeprole will upset your stomach too..
I do not take more than 2 pills in 24 hours though...more isn't always better when it comes to pills---I can take up to two Diclonifac NSAID pain relievers in 24 hours,but I find more often than not,two do no better than one,and since all NSAID's eat away at your stomach lining and esophagus,less it better..
I found it ironic my doctor prescribed a pain reliever that actually increases the chance of strokes and stomach ulcers when I have A-fib and had ulcers,but I do need the relief from the back pain the spine curvature causes..and I want no part of addictive opioids..
I did not know Ozmeperole can deplete your magnesium levels,my doctor never said anything about that--he did give me a vitaman D supplement for one month that seemed to help a little,but my levels of that came back as "normal" so I only had that one doseage...I will have to ask him about the magnesium--I have been found to be very low on potassium a few times for some unknown reason...(that was discovered when I was hospitalized in 2008)..
My reflux has been "steady" at times,and has "peaked" at times,usually in relation to how much emotional stress or physical pain is present at the time..
I have several other meds to take daily,and it is tough keeping track of which one you did take and which one you didn't...I have to lay them out a day in advance and hope I remember to take them all--and they cant all be taken at once,which makes it easy to overlook one of them...
I have been on as many as 7 different meds a day,ranging from Loritidine (Claratin genetic) for allergies,Gabapentin for seizures,and I had been put on a few anti-depressants which I had some very disturbing reactions too,and refuse to take any more of...also have to use inhalers for athsma and take a baby asprin for my heart,which often brings on worse reflux..
My diet I admit is not that healthy,I cant eat many fresh fruits and rarely eat vegetables other than some canned ones or what comes in soups,and I tend to live on TV dinners and crackers,and some "junk food",and salt is a main staple in all those foods..
I live alone so any fresh fruits or veggies I buy usually end up being tossed out to the crows after a week,I cant seem to eat them fast enough,so I do not buy them often--I also am not fond of cooking and dirtying up a lot of dishes and washing them--I prefer to eat ready made stuff on paper plates and toss them,not wash dishes,or waste money on electricity using the oven--microwave gets used a lot..
I limit my coffee intake to no more than two cups a day,usually I only drink one upon awakening,none after that...I like Tea better,but do not drink much of that either..both can make your reflux worse,I find coffee from places like Dunkin's tend to irritate my stomach a lot more than what I make at home..I avoid eating out anywhere too,otherwise I'm very liable to have an attack of reflux..
I often "skip" an evening meal,and just eat breakfast and a late lunch,(around 3 pm),usually turkey sandwich meat,that seems to agree with my stomach best...if I skip "supper" I'll end up hungry around midnight and have to take a bottle of milk and some snack food to bed and sip on it if I cant sleep..otherwise I'll have reflux and hunger pains all night...lately I've been stuck in a rut,I'll nod off around 8-9 PM,and wake up after midnight and am wide awake,usually until sunrise..this has not helped any either,lack of good sleep takes a big toll on your overall health...
STRESS and EMOTIONAL trauma will increase your reflux more than anything!
I have had some troubling issues regarding some neighbors firing large caliber guns right next door to my property, for the past 6 months or so,and that nearly ended up getting me arrested for the first time in my life on the 9th of this month,it is a long story I wont repeat here,short story is they would fire any time they felt like it with no warning,they ruined nearly every sunday for everyone here within a mile of their property..the police claim they have inspected their "backyard range" and said it meets all the requirements..
Which ended up not being the truth..they defended the persons shooting and told anyone who complained "we cant do anything about it"...
No one else dared be outside while this was ongoing,and even indoors as a "prisoner in your own home",you cannot listen to music,a TV,read,or do just about anything that requires focus and concentration..my house is about 600 feet from where they were firing,but my back yard abuts their "range" and if I am at the rear of my property,I'm more like 100 feet away...
Twice in a 4 day period the first week of this month,I was scared out of my skin when they opened fire when I was standing no more than 100 feet away,and the first incident was on a wednesday afternoon,a time they had NEVER done any shooting before,it was always on a weekend,usually all day Sunday...then the exact same thing happened at 4 pm on a Sunday that they had not fired one shot all day,so I figured it was "safe" to go in my backyard...WRONG!...it was like they ambushed me both times,waited until I was the closest,though it is unlikely they could see me,and just unlucky coincidence..
When I called the police to make a noise complaint for the 5th time in as many months,I was so terrified from the sudden shock,not knowing if those people would shoot AT me for having called the cops on them before,I freaked out completely...they unloaded a 10 round magazine both times in like 5 seconds...
I got an ocular migraine seizure instantly for the first time in 2+ years,and those can cause me to say or do things I'd never normally do--my vision gets affected and my reaction to a sudden explosion type sound can trigger one instantly..my adrenaline takes over,and I can become unruly or start ranting,and not recall exactly what I said..its pretty terrifying to experience..
I lost control of my emotions while I was on the phone with the police dispatcher,the shooting was still ongoing,and evidently made some statements that the cops said were "domestic terrorism death threats",which is a felony,and they came to my house with guns pointed at me,searched me,put me in cuffs,then said I could face a felony charge up to 20 years,just for uttering something I cant even remember!..----my nerves have never been so "on edge" as they have this past year..
Oh,later on, after the cops left my house,after "detaining" me for nearly 20 minutes,and saying "your lucky we're letting you off this time"--2 homes up the street requested an officer to come check out "reports of projectiles hitting 2 homes"...it was later determined a .22 bullet hit one home,the other they listed as a "possible pellet or projectile"...the police LT.called me later on and said they found "some violations" at the shooters property, and told the owners no more shooting,at least "for now"..
I am not looking forward to living here if they get permission to shoot again...for 39 out of the past 40 years I have lived here,this property was my sanctuary--now I no longer feel safe in my own yard,and hate hearing guns going off for hours on end..there is a public rifle range only 3 miles away too,but these people insist on destroying the quality of life for 200+ others living nearby instead...
There are several other residents very angry this has been allowed,and want to get the town to ban residential "backyard" gun ranges,its insane they even allow this with so many homes all around here now..
My health has degraded a lot since this crap started--its bad enough there are too many illegal guns killing people on the streets around here,now you cant even feel safe in your own home,never mind have any peace of mind.....