Hi, I am no expert on GERD, having only recently being diagnosed, but before your post slides off the forum (I don't understand why some posts get completely ignored especially when there are moderators around) aren't we all sick?
I am not sure what I can suggest, this is a terrible illness, but I have been taking the Enzymatic Therapy Dgl Chewables, licorice tablets, two before a meal, and have found them to be working quite well, you can get them off Amazon, they do seem to relieve stomach discomfort.
A good natural anti depressant is St Johns Wort, I used to take it, and it really does work quickly, I think its a good alternative to taking more meds.
Sorry to hear of the loss of your Mother, it sounds like you have a good doctor though, which is always reassuring.
Samantha, 45 yrs
Diagnosed. Left sided UC, 8th Feb 2014
Pentasa 1g suppository, alternate days.
2 x Ultimate Flora 50 billion probotics, Vit D, and Multi vitamin tab daily.
Stopped smoking Jan 2013.