I crossed this forum and wanted to give some information after my husband suffered from GERD for years. While watching a Discovery-type show some 20 years ago, they introduced an Australian doctor who discovered that a bacteria called HELICO BACTER PYLORI was present in 100% of people suffering from stomach cancer, and many people who had been diagnosed with ulcers and other GERD-type illnesses also tested positive for this bacteria. The cure is a simple round of antibiotics. At the time, my brother was being treated for ulcers, took the test for pylori, and it turned out that he, too, had the bacteria, and not an ulcer. My 18-year old son is now having the same symptoms my husband had 20 years ago, and his dr. prescribed prevacid. I got the prescription, and it helped, but on a return visit to the dr., I asked him if he had checked for Pylori. He said he hadn't, but it would be a good idea. He will have the test next week, and I have no idea whether the bacteria is present, but it seems to me that that should be one of the immediate things to be ruled out before proceeding with other treatment. It may be worth the simple blood test, and I'm hoping my son has something that can be cured instead of having to deal with years of antacids, prevacid, etc. Hope this helps at least one of you out there!