Did ER doctors tell you to get in with a gastroenterologist Doctor? My father had this problem and we got him in with a gastroenterologist the next day, scheduled him for an endoscopy procedure. He had another procedure done and has been fine now for 4 years. I forget the name but I think they strectched an area in his esophagus as some of his muscles weren't working well in his esophagus possibly due to some acid damage , started on a low dose of reflux medication also. At the time my father was 88 years old and is now heading to 92.