To be honest it's not really getting in the way at all - it doesn't hurt or anything and I can physically swallow without any problem, it's just a bit unnerving feeling like your throat is closing up! Just wondered if it was likely to be GERD related.I work in a stereotypical office complete with...... a watercooler. And so (not being a fan of coffee) I tend to drink, say 4 cups of chilled water over the course of the afternoon. So this seems to lik in with what you were saying.I've never had sufficient problems to justify medication - symptomatically speaking they're an annoyance at the worse. I also try to avoid taking conventional medication for stuff unless it's strictly necesary (just out of personal preference and also cost!) Is there any medical justification for looking into some, or is it purely symptomatic relief? (don't get me wrong, I'm sure many people with worse GERD need the meds to control their symptoms, but not sure that's the case with me)
friendlygal - It is an independently owned health food, vitamin, supplement, etc store. The owner has a master in nutrition. When I asked about GERD, he immediately said the DGL licorice & even commented that his son who was on a PPI for six years is now off of them totally. He now takes one DGL a day. I figured why not try & it has been 4 days with very little throat problems (I think I tend to get a mild sore throat in the am, because I sleep with my mouth open) & no burn. Last night I even had a wine spritzer without incident. I have eliminated all the caffeine, chocolate, rich & fatty food (& hope to keep w/this healthy lifestyle), but am hopeful that with continued watching, I may be able to have a treat now and then.
Another interesting thing I read (which by the way, my husband told me I should stop reading, because I now have everything!!) is that our throats will spasm because of the acid and sometimes they feel like there is a lump or something stuck. Further in the article & apparently the good news is that it does go away and is not harmful. The length of time it takes to go away is still a mystery to medicine. The doctor that wrote the article said that you can have it one minute & it will last for months & then it's gone!
I felt much better after my ENT doctor said my throat was fine.
I have had severe post nasal drip these days. So that must be part of the swelling in my neck for me. So I'm going to take allergy medications for a while, even though I was tested for allergies and don't have them. I am hoping that this will get rid of the swelling...
BTW, can reflux cause PND???