It's c**p, I agree. I'm still in flare up and it's not fun. We just did a pH test on the folic acid tablets that seemed to spark off this attack - the pH was lower than the measuring stick!!!
I've muddled through lots of flare ups, wondering what I did wrong, and when it goes I wonder what I did right. Most times I don't know. Mine can flare up overnight with no warning. Sometimes I wonder if it's from sleeping on my stomach - occasionally I wake up like that.
All I can suggest for the really bad times, is to do whatever distraction therapy you like best - a good film, a good book, Wii ..... or even extra work!! Whatever you have in your life that helps you stop thinking about it for a while, use it! I know the GERD will still be there, but I always feel a bit better if I can take my mind off it. And sometimes I feel a kind of satisfaction that I managed to do something regardless of the GERD.
Maybe we need an escapism thread where we don't talk about GERD !!!!!!!!
New stuff: GERD. Interstitial Cystitis
Lifelong stuff: Food allergies, eczema, asthma