Just an update in the hope it can help someone else out there. I am managing to wean myself off the nexium. I take a third of a tablet (about 7mg) every third day. I get no reflux or pains at all on the first 2 days, but can feel my throat tightening, but no pains, on the third day. I am hoping to cut a bit more off the tablet and eventually be off them altogether. (Currently on 20-28 mg per week when I used to be on 420 mg per week (60 a day!))
The only way I have managed to do this is sticking to a really strict exercise and diet regime. I have lost weight and sleep on a wedge pillow.
My last endoscopy confirmed my severe reflux oesophagitus had cleared up, my valve and pipes are healthy etc. What I do have is a wheat and gluten intolerance and so I am on a coeliac diet. This has completely eliminated any IBS I had, I have no bloating, regular toileting (sorry!), no reflux and I feel so much cleaner inside.
Although I am not completely sorted yet, apparently it takes a while for the guts to grow their \"Villi\" back and I am anaemic due to a year of malabsorption. Things should kick in soon!
I can't believe how far I have come this year. I was so ill and in such agony.
If any one is struggling out there, then keep on fighting - you can win the battle!