I too can only echo what others have said. We've been together 10 years, got 2 young children. GERD is very antisocial and that's where it's affected us the most. I was already a tricky customer to dine out with, having food allergies, with GERD on top it's even harder. So mostly we don't. OH is watching his weight, so that stops it from being too much of an issue.
I think the thing I really miss is being able to feed the children at tea time and then eat together as a couple, with a glass of wine, when they have gone to bed. We didn't do that daily, but a couple of times a week (with or without the wine!), and I really miss that peaceful dining and couple time. We all eat at the same time now, as a family, as my stomach won't wait and of course there's the whole 3 hours before lying down routine too....... and we're used to it, but I miss the option of a late relaxed meal.
I've just returned to work part time and I find the GERD thing there hard as they are constantly making cups of tea and coffee, which my bladder won't tolerate, let alone my stomach. I get tired of explaining why I only want water....... and the smell of coffee is cruel............
I get very tired of the pain and discomfort and that makes me fractious, and hubby is understanding but you do feel bad complaining about the same thing over and over. I have had daily pain for ages and it's depressing ......... like Liz said, I can remember being normal, how it felt, how everything tastes, the joy of a cup of coffee when you come in on a cold day......... heartbreaking........
New stuff: GERD. Interstitial Cystitis
Lifelong stuff: Food allergies, eczema, asthma