I have been battling reflux for about 17yrs, I have been on every ppi know to man. Aciphex worked for 8yrs or so but now I'm on Dexilant, zantac, and carafate when needed. The last year has been hell, I think I've had more issues and symptoms this last year than I have over the first 16yrs and now I struggle with lpr symptoms as well. My GI has done all he can (without surgery), so now it's off to the ENT for the lpr issues (I fear theres not much they can do).
I also struggle with being depressed over all of this, I'm not sure if it's some side effect of the meds and/or just the daily drain of the never ending battle.
Your airway reflux sounds like lpr, which is what I currently struggle with (pain in ears, sore throat, tight/lump in throat). I also wonder daily, will I ever resolve this..... Here's to better days!