I too have persistent heartburn. Rowuk, don't take this advice to you, but advice to others. For me the pills work too, but I hate the idea of taking pills everyday, even if the docs say they are safe. I found this book:Dropping Acid: The Reflux Diet Cookbook & Cure: Jamie Koufman, Jordan Stern, Marc Michel Bauer: 9780982708316: Amazon.com: Books
I followed the diet, and still do at least 5 days a week. My heartburn is gone, and I have lost weight (not my intention, but a happy byproduct).
Rowuk, wishing you a speedy recovery.