Post Edited (friendlygal) : 3/30/2007 1:50:16 PM (GMT-6)
Canyonbabe711, I did already go to an ENT. He didn't do much. And he said that my issues are GI related so, even though I have throat symptoms as well, he wouldn't be the one to treat it.
I have recently been told that I have a bacterial overgrowth in the colon (slightly). I have been given antibiotics. I hope that this has something to do with the lump and that this will take care of it. I am sooooo tired of the lump.
I'm not sure if I've tried Maalox yet or not..
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Friendly, have you ever had an EGD (upper scope) of your esophagus, stomach, and first part of the small intestine? Did you ever go on any proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) like Protonix, Prevacid, etc. for at least two weeks straight? The lump-in-the-throat feeling is usually caused by acid reflux, so you might find that a PPI would work for you - even something over-the-counter, as long as it's a long-acting drug.
Has anyone physically palpated your neck? Keri was right to ask about thyroid issues; and though it's pretty unlikely that you'd have any thyroid abnormality if your bloodwork was normal, your PCP should make sure that your thyroid is of normal size on palpation...a goiter (enlarged thyroid) can cause a feeling of a lump in the throat. Hyperthyroidism can a myriad of other issues as well: rapid heart rate, diarrhea, weight loss, insomnia, etc.
I had my thyroid levels checked three times over the course of my two-year-long illness and only six weeks or so ago was my bloodwork askew. And it was VERY askew. So if it's been longer than 6-8 months since you've had your thyroid checked, you might want to get it checked again: you'd need a TSH, T4, and T3 counts at the very least.
Hi, Sarita (That's a nice name, bye the way! :)),
Yes, I had two endoscopies. One in September, and one just recently because I needed to get an EGD before the doctor could put in the bravo capsule to do PH testing. My esophagus looks normal. But I tested positive for bacterial overgrowth and a colonoscopy revealed that I have a twisted/spastic colon. So I assume that the IBS is what is calling the lump in the throat feeling since I've just heard that IBS can cause regurgitation and chest pain for some.
I have tried prevacid for months and months (2 a day) and the lump in the throat will still not go away.
My barium swallow test showed "rigorous reflux." But since the endoscopies came out normal, it is likely that I do not have acid reflux after all, but that I am refluxing food due to the digestive disorder, IBS. I will wait for the PH-study results to come in to see if I have acid reflux. The Ph-study test is the most definitive way to see if a patient has acid reflux.
I had my thyroid checked only with blood work. What is the other way to get it checked? I am not sure what you meant...
Canyonbabe711, I haven't found ENTs to be helpful at all. They check me and if they see any inflammation, they just say that I have to go to a GI doctor.
Sarita, I've already been checked for gastroparesis so I know what it is. I ate radioactive eggs (I brought in two eggs for them to cook). It came back negative. I do have a motility problem in the colon, but not in the stomach.
I guess that only for a small portion of people IBS causes GERD-like symptoms and since I have food coming up, it must be keeping the lump their constantly.
I had a barium swallow and the results said "rigorous reflux." But since the GIs who scoped me saw nothing wrong with my esophagus, they don't think I have acid reflux. That's why I did the PH testing. That is done when you're not sure what is going on.
Post Edited (Canyonbabe711) : 4/20/2007 6:59:31 PM (GMT-6)
Post Edited (Judy M.) : 4/20/2007 7:13:37 PM (GMT-6)
The first "sign" was that I had the sensation that big pills were getting stuck in my throat. When I went to the doctor, he said, "It's probably nothing" because food wasn't getting caught. However, the esophagram showed the Zenker's. At that point I started taking chewable pills instead of any large supplements I was taking (e.g., vitamins, calcium, fiber). about six months later, I felt like I had a lump in my throat. First I went to my internist, thinking maybe it was my thyroid. Finally, I returned to my gastroenterologist (for some reason I thought I should go to him rather than my ENT), he implied that it was stress-related (after all, I also have IBS -- and I'm a woman!!) but ordered another esophagram. When he saw the results -- that the Zenker's had enlarged -- he sent me back to my ENT who sent me to the doctor who invented the endoscopic stapling procedure. Because I'm so crowded, he had to use sutures instead of staples, but I'm all fixed now!
JudyM., I HATE when doctors try to blame stress when it's not the only cause for some of us!
So your first esophagram was normal?? I wonder why! Was the detection with a barium swallow or an endoscope?
Are the scars from the surgery visible?
Sorry for all these questions, I'm just really curious now if I have zenker's too, and if I have to have the same procedure...but I was scoped twice so I probably don't have it...
Sorry for all these questions, I'm just really curious now if I have zenker's too, and if I have to have the same procedure...but I was scoped twice so I probably don't have it.
1. I hate that too. He should have kept his mouth shut and simply ordered the esophagram.2. No, the first esophagram showed a Zenker's. The gastro then did an endoscopy and claimed that the Zenker's was "small." However, I've since read that the endoscope tends to "flatten out" (my term) the Zenker's, so it might not have been as small as he thought. The barium swallow was actually a better test from what I understand.3. Okay. The surgery. My situation was extremely unusual. There should have been no scars since the surgery was done endoscopically. Unfortunately, I experienced severe shoulder pain afterward. That could have been for any number of reasons (anesthesia; my CPAP machine, which they put me on right after the surgery . . . or a leak). Because there was a possibility of a leak, the surgeon went in through my neck, so I have a scar that I shouldn't have. BTW, there was no leak, but the surgeon couldn't take that chance.Even though you "probably" don't have it, it's worth asking about. The worst that can happen is that you'll learn . . . that you don't have it.
Thanks, JudyM. But other than the scars you are fine now?? HOpe so...
I had asked a doctor a while back if I had it and he said no. I am 34, but they still need to take my conditions seriously. I know that older people are also having issues with doctors being mean and not being thorough, but I think that if you look young then some doctors are even more dismissive and they laugh at you and practicallly tell you that you're crazy.
At least I finally have a female GI doctor. She is much better. She did a colonoscopy and found that my colon is "tortuous" with twists, turns, and spasms all over the place. The other doctors I went to didn't even think to give me a colonoscopy!! They just thought I was crazy.
I have post nasal drip, a lump in my throat, frequent burping, cramps in abdominal area, and bloating. I used to have major constipation (couldn't go for a week), but now I go! :)) Hope that'll last.
I was the epitome of health until a death happened and other things that caused me to not eat. Having been so healthy, I am far from a hypochondriac and a good doctor would know that I know my body and know that I am sick!!