I am so glad to have found this site. I too have chronic GERD. I've had acid reflux for 3 years, and was able to keep it under control with Prilosec OTC until last fall. Nothing would help and I was drinking Gaviscon by the quart. I went to my doctor and he ordered a battery of tests, including Upper GI with barium, full abdominal ultrasound, treadmill stress test, chest xrays. Of course with chest pain, the first thought is heart attack, and all of my tests came back normal. I had had the treadmill stress test 3 years ago because with my first GERD attack, I thought it was a heart attack and went to the emergency room. That is where I was told, after all the tests were fine, that acid reflux or GERD can produce text-book heart attack symtoms. I'm not really sure what caused my latest bout with GERD last fall, but there are times when it feels like the "fires of hell" in my chest, under my breast bone and up into my throat. There are times when it feels like something stuck in my throat, and having force burping. Sometimes that gets relief, other times not so much. My doctor has me on 20ml of pantoprazole twice a day. Seems to be helping. But I found a website, www.stopsacidreflux.com
, and I'm going to check out this Amish remedy they claim stops acid reflux in 1 minute. I'll check back and let you all know if and/or how it works.