Sorry to hear that you are having these problems...But as you read these boards you will find that you are not alone!
For most of us, GERDS and LPR is a chronic condition....meaning that it never fully goes away. There may be some periods, where you dont feel it as much, but it will show its ugly head again.
I have had GERDSs for about 18 months...It is under control now by taking protonix 40 mg 2x a day...However, I still do watch my diet...Stress adds to the condition ALOT...and worrying about our symptoms adds to stress...so, its a vicious cycle!
Do not be afraid to take the medicine everyday...the side affects are more minimal than the damage that the acid does to our bodies....For some of us, our sphincter muscles do not work properly, so that can be the cause of alot of your symptoms....It can take months before your throat and esophagus heals...even if you start to feel better you may not be fully healed...I would say at least 2-6 months of a strict diet and the meds are necessary for most people, although everyone is different. I know, I will probably have to be on medication all my life, and I will have to watch my diet as well.
Good Luck to you!