My symptoms were waking up every night and ofter awake for 2 to 3 hours. I had to sit straight up and eating a small bowl of cereal would ofter settle my stomach. I drank water or something constantly, had a bad taste in my mouth, burning in the back of my throat, pain under my sternum, some coughing and an uneasy feeling below my sternum. If I had a normal meal I had to sit up straight, could not walk very fast or I got the sternum pain and the uneasy feeling below my sternum. I seldom had that traditional heart burn in the chest but the PPI may have stopped that. Most of my symptoms have been eliminated after my TIF. I did have some stomach issues after surgery but I am getting those calmed down. I am not taking a PPI, drink one cup of coffee in the morning, not watching my diet as close and I am appreciating my TIF with the holiday season. I can't eat and drink like in my 20s but I am much better.