I was desperate for answers so I made an appointment to see my doctor. This time I was put on prescription strength Prilosec, and to help ween off the coffee Nuvigil. If you’ve never taken Nuvigil, it’s quite an experience. It basically turned this introvert into an extrovert while it was working, and it made me feel amazing. Except for one one thing, it seemed to make the reflux worse so I stopped taking it. I continued with the Prilosec with small improvements. Gradually out of frustration I started cutting things out of my diet again:
All this left me wondering, all those are supposed to be good foods when you have silent reflux so what gives? That’s when I discovered that a few people actually experience reflux with those foods. I picked up the book Dropping Acid The Reflux Diet Cookbook and Cure and I got started changing my diet. That helped somewhat for a while, but I wasn’t normal yet and I was getting even more frustrated. What the hell is causing this and why won’t it just go away!
I started to experiment some more with my diet with little results, I could eat bad and it made no difference, I could eat good and it made no difference. I was starting to think this silent reflux deal was total lies and there was something else causing it. I finally tracked down the original doctor that diagnosed me with silent reflux and told him my story. He took the time to listen and carefully assessed my symptoms. This time we were going to try a new approach and I was to start taking:
The Pantoprazole was for the acid reflux. The Probiotic was to help restore the flora in my digestive tract. The Melatonin was the best thing yet – It causes your upper esophageal sphincter to contract so you can’t reflux as much! I was feeling pretty good about this and it really started to work. I found two other supplements that made it get incrementally better also and that was vitamin D3 and vitamin B12. I was finally starting to get this under control!