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Low stomach acid causing bloating/indigestion/malabsorption

hello, i have been having panic attacks for about 5 months now and one of the panic attacks caused acid reflux, the dr thought it was acid reflux disease (gerd) but really it was not as later found out thru a scope. (panic attacks sometimes can cause acid reflux and it did one that 1 attack) anyways, for about 2 months, while i was misdiagnosed for having acid reflux/GERD, i was prescribed PPI's (prilosec/omeprazole), i took them 2 times a day for 2 months and i really didnt see any improvement from them, actually they caused more stomach pain. Anyways, i have stopped them for about 2 months now but every time i eat, even with small-medium size meals, i get extremely bloated to the point where its hard to breathe, also when i enter food into my mouth and swallow the first bite, my heart races and pounds inside my throat, I believe that taking these super potent anti acid pills which i didnt need in the first place, have delepted my body of stomach acid and i dont have adequate amounts left in my stomach.

How can I increase HCL / stomach acid in my stomach so i can eliminate the bloating and digest/absorb my food properly again and possibly rid myself of this racing / pounding heart non-sense.

And also, i have read a few places that says taking PPIs for more than 2-3 weeks is not recommended. I have also read that they mess up the balance of other vitamins and nutrients.

Please get back to me those with input thanks
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PPIs are relatively safe medications. They are generally presecribed for 4-8 weeks and certain patients are even put on maintenance therapy.
If after 8 weeks of PPI therapy you do not find improvement, you need reevaluation with tests like upper GI endoscopy and 24 hours pH monitoring.

For your symptoms like bloating you may have to test for H.pylori infection and if it is positive, you have to be treated for that.
PPI along with prokinetics may provide relief of symptoms.
8 weeks of PPI does not depelete the acid permanently.
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