Gosh, June, I'm sorry this has been so FUBAR. I only have one thing to add - about
the ppi. I was taking Nexium and then grew tired of the cost and the fact that I still had heartburn almost daily. So I stopped cold turkey. Wow, that was stupid. I started taking OTC prevacid, and while it took about
a week to get full relief, it has worked well and even better than the Nexium, at less cost (even with my insurance, I was paying about
$2/pill of Nexium; the prevacid I bought at Kroger on Sunday cost $21 for a box of 48). There are a bunch of ppi meds on the grocery shelf these days - if prilosec didn't work, try another. But remember that it may take a few days (maybe the reflux med you're taking now will help in the short term) to reduce acid production.
There are other pain meds available for home use. Maybe your medical team is worried about opiate dependency? I agree with other posters that you need someone to advocate for you - can you self-refer to a pain management specialist?
That "dietician" needs to be fired. Seriously. When you feel better I suggest a nasty letter to the hospital administration and the state accreditation authority.