You can consider a more thorough test like an upper endoscopy. This can evaluate for inflammation and is more thorough than a barium swallow looking for strictures or masses.
If GERD continues to be a concern despite negative testing, you can consider a 24-hr pH study. This is a more specialized test, but is the definitive evaluate for GERD.
Other options if the GI evaluation is non-revealing, can be an evaluation for chronic sinusitis. A sinus CT scan can be done to evaluate for this possibility.
These options can be discussed with your personal physician, or in conjunction with a GI specialist.
Followup with your personal physician is essential.
This answer is not intended as and does not substitute for medical advice - the information presented is for patient education only. Please see your personal physician for further evaluation of your individual case.
Follow on from above
Ok now I am worried stiff I had a barium swallow end of last July 04 had my last vist to ent nov 04 but have been waiting to go to gi dept I have not had any pains in my stomach really but for the last 2 weeks or so I have had a dull pain in my left lower stomach .
small like pin head size spot / lump in my stomach muscles just left of my navel which is a bit painful the small lump as gone just got the pain I have lost no Wight no blood in my stools I still only go to toilet once a day basically feel find except for the pain.
there is another thread where the surgeon said pain on the left is probably gall bladder related,see if you can find that thread.
i noticed you changed your diet at the same time - could there be something in the new diet that is making things worse? Can you try going back to eating how you did before for a few weeks?
i tried to improve my diet by taking more cereals for breakfast etc - made me sock becuse I had food allergies to wheat etc that were under the radar til I dosed myself up on wheat and get very sensitised to it. Since exlimintaing the allergens from my diet I am back to normal - better than ever in fact.
I had bad GERD for a while as well. Burning sensation in throat and bad pain in my stomach from it. Turned out to be an ulcer. Diet changes helped with the burning sensation in my throat. Biggest thing I did was dropped caffeine. Caffeine supposedly gets the acids going in your stomach. The burning sensation in throat, stopped with a few days after quitting, stomach pain took much longer and I needed Zantac to help with that.