My diagnosis is still UCTD - but I have been having some esophageal problems for a little more than a year. Recent endoscopy results included both proximal and distal esophageal rings, active reflux esophagitis, an irregular GE junction and two esophageal inlet patches, along with a small hiatal hernia. Thankfully biopsies were negative for Barret's esophagus or other pathology for now.
I've wondered about the possible association to the connective tissue disease, since trouble swallowing is what sent me to the doctor, and it seems to act up when other flare signs start flashing. My ANA pattern is almost always nucleolar, which worries me a bit - and I wonder about scleroderma as the culprit. Gastro doctor has put me on PPI for the GERD - but I'm not a fan - dries me out and seems to cause extra bloating.
Researach does seem to indicate an association with autoimmune conditions and GERD, esophageal issues and gastritis. But as with all things autoimmune - somewhat difficult to pinpoint. I've been on a gluten free diet for 3 yrs.
Roxxy - good luck with your diagnosis and I hope you start feeling better.