All the newbies -
Do you have reflux after eating or drinking everything, or can you point out certain trigger foods or drinks? Many of us can, even if we have been diagnosed with hernias. (Actually hernias mean next to nothing unless they are giant ot paraesophageal. (word to look up))
You should try keeping a food log just to check if you have specific triggers. It costs nothing and provides valuable information for your doctors. Just get a big notebook and write down the date, time of each and every thing you eat or drink, and your reactions. GI symptoms usually occur 1/2 to 2 hours after a trigger, but can possibly take up to 2 days. Spend a month or two before giving up. You may be surprised that the usual list or foods to avoid if you have GERD has little to do with your reactions.
If you do find a list of meals, you can do food challenges, trying a teaspoon or tablespoon of a single ingredient, waiting 20 minutes for a reaction then 2, and4, then 8, finally 16. If no reaction it's not a trigger.
My list was really weird: maple syrup, gelatin, pork, wine and beer, more than 1 soda, brown sugar, corn starch, most salad dressings, garlic, dried fruit, most boxed cereals .... I googled reflux and the name of the foods and came up with sulfites as the common ingredient. Other people may have MSG or just a few individual foods. Avoiding the foods stopped the refluxing, although I still had a bad stomach valve and finally ended up with surgery.
Surgery does not cure trigger foods from causing symptoms. I still get tachycardia if I eat too much of one of my trigger foods.