I see that you have been suffering from GERD or acid reflux
You tell us that you had upper and lower GI x-rays that were reportedly
normal. That means, at least they did not see a big ulcer or narrowing
of the esophagus
etc. I am not sure if you ever had an endoscopic
examination from a gastroenterologist who can take a good look at the
lining of the esophagus and , stomach and doudenum to rule out small
ulcers or signs of inflammation. He would also do a tissue sample or
a biopsy from the sophagus and stomach lining. The biopsy would also
show if you have a bacteria called Helicobacter Pylori
is associated with gastritis
Also, if you have not had a sonogram of the gallbladder
, I suggest you
get that done. Gallstones can cause similar symptoms.
Protonix is a good PPI (Proton Pump
Inhibitor) like others, and has to be
taken properly. Best time to take would be about an hour and a half before
your main meal of the day. Sometimes, you may have to take it twice
a day for relief of symptoms.
If you still don't get relief, you may have a condition called Non erosive
reflux disease (NERD) which does not respond well to PPI therapy. You
may need additional studies including stomach acidity test and also check
the contractions of the stomach (Motility).
But, I would recommend endoscopy
& biopsy if you have not had one.
Wish you well.