GERD without relying on medication
I'm a 25-yr old female and I've been diagnosed to have GERD November of 2011. I have acid reflux; my symptoms are stomach hyperacidity, heartburn and nausea after eating. The doctor put me on Omeprazole for 21 days and after that the symptoms came back and they put me in for Esomeprazole (Nexium) for another 21 days. After the Nexium I still have the symptoms nausea and hyperacidity (also experienced mad rashes/hives the last week of taking Nexium) though I haven't had heartburn since then, just the feeling of tightness on my chest sometimes, and burping.
My question is has anyone survived GERD without relying on medication?
Because i do not want to rely on medication and am prepared to do away completely with the food recommended for GERD sufferers to stay away from (coffee, chocolate, citrus fruits, sour food, spicy, dairy etc., including meat and fatty food)
Has anyone here (or has anyone heard of people who has) had any success in recovering just from that or is medication a permanent part of being a GERD sufferer?
I'm hoping that I can stay away from using GERD medication because of the long-term side effects of it's use on the kidneys and such.
Replies would be very helpful .