I am officially back OFF my GERD medication (Zegerid/omeprazole)! I was able to do this the last time I was on the ketogenic woe. I lost my way, but am back permanently. This is a BIG deal!
At age 13, I thought I was having a heart attack. I had horrible, stabbing pains in my back at a friend’s house on a sleepover. I went to the doctor the next day after it had improved, and he diagnosed me with gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). Apparently, all of my hunger pains as a child were also GERD symptoms, not hunger pains. (I ate 23 bowls of cereal for breakfast once as a child because I thought it was hunger.) My doctor prescribed Pepcid, and I took it for about 10 years, when it stopped working. I switched to a few other medicines over about the next 5 years, but settled on Zegerid (omeprezole and bicarbonate), which I took at 40mg per day until I was diagnosed with T2DM and went keto.
I thought I was cured (of GERD and T2DM) and went low-carb. Things fell apart, and I had to start taking Zegerid again. In that time, I learned that I am actually very sensitive to garlic. If I eat fresh garlic, the stabbing pains are unbearable. However, garlic powder seems to not be so bad for me. Anyway, I went from 20mg once a day to 20mg twice a day until I went back to the keto way! I stopped taking the medicine as often and got to every other day. Switching to an alternate-day fasting routing helped that. Well, as of yesterday, I hadn’t taken the medication at all in a week! I think that means I am officially done with it!