I had chronic acid reflux for two years which eventually led to esophageal inflammation. I was in so much pain. I was taking proton pump inhibitors and anti-acids every day and still couldn't keep my acid reflux under control.
My doctor wanted to take a sample of my stomach liquid to try and figure out what was wrong. I didn't want to have something put down my throat like that so I refused. Then, I started seeing a specialist who did a five minute breath test. He sent the sample from my breath to the lab and they found a stomach bacteria called h.pylori. I was put on antibiotic treatment which lasted a month.
After a month of treatment, my acid reflux disappeared and since the cause of the inflammation was treated, my esophagus slowly healed too. I wanted to share my experience here in case others are going through the same thing.