It was a while ago, but I was researching for the best gerd dr.'s and his name came up in more then one place. I had wrote his name down months before you had posted you were going to see him, so when you posted you were going it really caught my attention. UW in Madison WI is the best in the state of WI and I see one of the top doc's there.
I've been on desipramine and it didn't sit well, however amitriptyline does, they are both tricyclic anti-d's. Let me know "what else" he tires for meds, I'd like to compare.
See my comments to ARM above about the meds as to what they are. I got relief from acupunture, I did it for about 4 years straight (once to twice a week). I got relief not cured, but it was helping for pain management. I haven't gone in months because it's $65 a pop and most insurances just won't pay for it and I just couldn't keep up with it.