Thanks for all the replies. It is close to 2 1/2 years since my last period. I guess I just thought that once it was done and nothing else was shouting out at me, that it was a done deal, but apparently I was wrong. Like I said, the GERD just surfaced out of the blue, but now when I look back, I could have been experiencing it and saying it was a menopausal symptom.
My ENT has me scheduled for a CT of the neck & chest as a precaution (already had the barium swallow), but I will have to admit that I have been EXTREMELY anxious over all of this, and I have been trying to relax & not look at the gloom and doom - well, I am noticing some difference with my throat (not as tight and not always feeling like there is a lump).
I am still using the Prilosec and the DGL licorice and so far so good. I am still off the chocolate, caffeine, alcohol, spicy foods, but the fact that I do have an appetite is a good sign for me.
One other question which may sound silly - Has anyone else had motion sickness spring up on them since the "M" started? Also anxiety or panicky feelings with no real validation?