Welcome to Healing Well! It sounds as if you've been dealing with some pretty serious GERD symptoms for quite a while. If you've taken PPIs without improvement, it certainly seems time to see a GI specialist for some testing to see what's going on. It is certainly reasonable to expect that your doctor will get your reflux under control one way or another.
Here's a great resource with lifestyle suggestions and treatment options that you might find helpful:
You're in the right place. Many here have varying degrees of reflux, and some have had surgery to improve their health and quality of life. I'm one of those. Here's my early recovery journal, and if you scroll all the way to the end I've written some thoughts about surgery. Like you, my reflux affected my lungs negatively, which made treatment, and eventually in my case surgery, extremely important.
Hang in there. There is help for GERD, and it's important that you persist until you find someone who will take your issues seriously and help you improve you condition in a meaningful way. Stick around...this is a great place to get answers and support. Good luck with your search for answers!
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.”
Post Edited (dencha) : 10/10/2012 6:27:09 PM (GMT-6)