Dinda - I know what you mean by pain. I have fibro and really bad spinal arthritis too. Tramadol is pretty mild, but it works for fibro pain, helps arthritis some, and it's the only medication for pain that I tolerate. You've already gotten past the OTC pain meds because they just don't work on fibro or arthritis except in toxic doses.
Check out that hip pain again. It may be coming from your spine. Mine is, although I have had bursitis in the hip also.
Vestr8 - I was on Plavix and aspirin for a year a couple of times. It was pretty rough on the stomach and gave me bruises and bleeding problems. It does take time for the irritated esophagus to heal, maybe even months if it's bad.
Both of you - Do you seem to have the worst problems mostly when you eat certain meals or drink certain things? Keep a food log - a journal with times, what you ate and the symptoms at a half hour an hour and 2 hours. A lot of us have sensitivities (the same as intolerances or allergies) to foods, many of which are not on the usual list of foods to avoid with GERD. I got reflux when I ate gelatin, most anything processed, pizza, bagels, maple syrup, all sorts of seemingly unrelated things. After doing "challenge testing" (eating a spoonful, waiting 20 minutes, then 2 spoonsful, then 4 and 8 and 16) I found out I didn't have a problem with flour, but corn starch was a "trigger food" and so on. The thing my foods had in common was sulfite, which is a bleaching agent, dough conditioner and preservative.
I have problems with medications, generally liquids and IV, for the same reason.
It's just a suggestion, but a food log is free, and it tells the doctor a lot.