Welcome Mike and Liz,
This is a a great forum, and you'll find lots of support and information here. You're definitely not alone. It's a bummer, but those of us who drew the short straw and ended up with GERD severe enough to interfere with our lives, have to suck it up and find a way to make it thorough!
There is a lot out there to help us, so keep your chin up. The testing you are having will provide your doctors with the information they'll need to provide you with relief. Hang in there!
Unfortunately, I had a complicating factor, which ended up leading me to having the surgery about a year ago. I would have been fine on meds, with some breakthrough heartburn, but I have asthma, and the GERD had caused my lungs to become extremely unhealthy. It because a life-threatening situation. After a few months (while my lungs healed and recovered) post-op, my lungs were much improved. I have spent a year very happy with the results.
Unfortunately, I'm worried that the surgery may have been compromised by the fact that I was on high doses of steroids before and after the surgery. Due to the steroids, my internal tissues were very fragile, and my constant coughing post-surgery may have created problems.
That said, if I have to have a re-do of the surgery I will do it without hesitation. It has made a tremendous difference in my life, and I have been healthy for the first time in years.
There are lots of people here who have had symptoms like yours, and more members will be by to talk to you, I'm sure.
Stay with us, and let us know how things are progressing. Feel free to ask any questions you might have.
Good luck, and take care,