I have been on protonix for about 5 months, and dgl licoricie and my symptoms have subsided quite a bit....However, in the beginning, these were my symptoms:
Pain between shoulder blades in back
lump in throat feeling
esophageal spasms (and feeling food going down)
** I watched my diet all these months, avoiding caffeine, carbonated beverages, TOMATOES, mustard. It has been difficult, but, I am noticing that I now can eat somethings sparingly. I havent had pizza in forever...and Im really dieing for some!!...I had erosions on my esophagus,so I have avoided any tomatoe products because that seemed to really hurt me the most. But, I can tell everything seems pretty well healed up now, but still afraid to eat any tomato products as of yet. I will give myelf another month or so and try it. This has been a very long road for me. Soemtiems i still get symptoms,but they are no where as severe as they once were. This is a chronic condition for most of us, who have a sphincter that doesnt work properly, so some of us may never truly be "cured"....but, if we can get it to the point where it doesnt interfere with our lives anymore, and we can eat some of the food we crave in moderation, then I will be happy!!....Good luck everyone.