Welcome to Healing Well! It seems to me that if you're having that much trouble you need to see your doctor again, or at least follow his/her directions regarding the medications. Pantoprozole (Protonix) is the medication that I was put on most recently. I went from Prilosec, to Nexium, and finally to Protonix.
I was on Nexium, and my GI doc felt that the Pantoprozole was a better option.
If you still struggling there's no reason not to give the meds a try. It will take consistent use for a longer period of time. Give it a chance! It's worth it to improve your quality of life.
Words of wisdom by Eckhart Tolle:
"Whatever you fight, you strengthen, and what you resist, persists.”
“Worry pretends to be necessary but serves no useful purpose”
“Accept - then act. Whatever the present moment contains, accept it as if you had chosen it. Always work with it, not against it.”