Hey Liz, I so feel your pain, literally and figuratively.
I'm in month three myself, taking Nexium 40mg/day for six weeks now. It helps in that I don't get actual heartburn anymore, but I experience way more discomfort after meals of any type. I now constantly have the feeling that I'm about to get heartburn.
I used to have only occasional heartburn until one night a spicy (albeit healthy) dinner sent me to the ER. I made a doctor's appt the next day and was put on Nexium 40mg/day for two weeks. It worked for me then (no dietary changes at all) but as soon as I was off of it, it returned with a vengeance. I self-medicated with Somac (pantoprazol) which worked wonders when I needed it, but since I was still feeling bad in the interim I went back to the doc, who put me on my current dose of Nexium but for 6 months.
In the six weeks I've been on Nexium this time, I have completely revamped my eating habits (totally bland, no triggers, and teeny portions), have lost 30lbs, taken up Yoga and Pilates, and my symptoms have gotten worse. I don't know why. I'm going to go back August 1st (all health care centers are closed the entire month of July in Finland) and get some answers. I'm guessing that an gastroscopy comes next. If it gives me answers, I will do anything!
I understand you so well on the social aspects sucking pretty badly. I am 26 and constantly missing out on social experiences because I can't drink without paying the price for two days afterwards. Even if I don't drink in excess it still causes discomfort.
I also don't want to have a disease the rest of my life after getting it so young! I promise that I will keep you updated (on this thread, I always select the 'E-mail notifications' option so I'll know if you write back with a question or something) on anything that works for me.
How about you? How did this start for you? Anything working/not working to give you some relief?
I will keep you in my good thoughts.
Good luck! I hope we both get some improvement :)