The answer to the NSAID question IMHO, is yes. I took them for back pain for a long time, and I do think it creates problems for people who are prone to stomach issues. I don't take ANYTHING for pain anymore. Not even a headache. For non-headache pain, ice works great. For headaches lying down does wonders for me.
Hang in there. You'll find an answer. There are different PPIs and different dosages. If you get testing and it's deemed you need surgery, I can recommend the Nissen. It has been a lifesaver for me, and is considered the "gold standard" treatment for GERD.
There are some new methods, as gerd_hater said. My GI docs didn't recommend any of them, as they haven't been proven yet. Maybe someday they'll take over the Nissen, but at this point in time it is the best option in the opinion of the GI docs I've seen.
Still, I'll bet you can find relief with the right dosage of the right PPI. They'll want you to give that a good long try before even considering surgery if your GI doc is anything like mine.
Hang in there!
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