I read Melissa's story about her experiences with GERD re-posted on MDA's time capsule here: http://www.marksdailyapple.com/weekend-link-love-159/#more-22927 (thanks for sharing, Melissa). Her story prompts this question. As a former GERD sufferer who abused Priolsec (proton pump inhibitor), Tagamet, Tums and any other stomach acid reducing product, how do I know when my stomach acid levels have recovered to "normal"? Can several years of abusing such drugs cause your stomach to quit producing acid longer term?
I've been taking HCl with most meals for most of the last 10 months or so. I'm down to about 500 to 750 mg per meal and would obviously like to drop these. I don't have any GERD symptoms when I don't take the pills but I do believe I have better digestion when I take a couple of pills versus when I don't. By "better digestion," I mean that I actually have an appetite and want to eat 3 to 4 times a day. When I don't take HCl, I have very little appetite. Thanks.