Feeling In Throat is Killing Me...Please Help

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worriednky
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   Posted 12/31/2007 3:07 PM (GMT -6)   
Hello all, I found this forum by googling for over two hours the last couple of days. I have had some history of reflux, but nothing too serious. Last week, out of the blue, I started noticing a lump in the throat sensation or a feeling of phlegm in an area of my throat that i cannot clear. I have been my Primary care doc twice, he has put changed my meds from Protonix to Nexium, and also put me on Carafate. Also, since he noticed I was suffering from some underlying anxiety, he prescribed Xanax. I have an appointment with a GI in mid january for an EGD. To be honest, I'm really depressed over what I have read about LPR and Cricopharyngeal spasm...basically it sounds like there are few treatment options and relief from this feeling may come in months or years. Everything I've read on Nexium is pretty much a mixed bag...and the few that found positive results were on the meds for 1-2 months. I have no difficulty swallowing, sleep well at night, but this feeling of my throat being constricted leads to panic and anxiety attacks. I'm also scared that LPR may lead to tracheal stenois and compromise my airway. Has anybody experienced relief from LPR? Please let me hear your story, I could really use some encouragement at this point.

TammyGrl0528
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   Posted 12/31/2007 4:33 PM (GMT -6)   
Hello there rbryant, and welcome to healingwell. I am glad you have found us, as this is an awesome place to get information and support!!!


The best advice I can give you is until your appointment, and even after that, STOP GOOGLING!!! I am happy your hours of googling lead you to us, but googling your symptoms can, and probably will lead to health anxiety...no one needs that. Your best bet is to sit here, read old posts, ask any questions you may have, and then go to your doctor appointment, and re ask him everything you need to know.

I use to google myself to death, and I diagnosed myself with everything from heart disease, and lung cancer, to throat cancer, and pretty much every kind of cancer, and terminal illness possible...none of the above was true...THANK GOD. I have major anxiety issues. THAT'S IT!

I am not saying there is nothing wrong with you, and I am not saying there is something wrong with you...I am just saying let the doctor decide!!!

Please, stick around here, and ask any questions you may have, and even feel free to help someone out if you feel you can!

Once again, welcome aboard...I do hope you stick with us...Wishing you a Happy and safe New Year!
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worriednky
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   Posted 12/31/2007 6:34 PM (GMT -6)   
thanks for responding...I know I need to tone it down a bit when it comes to googling. I just am surprised at how I went from feeling great two weeks ago to my current state where I feel the throat sensation and constant anxiety. I can't help but wonder how connected Anxiety disorders are to Gerd and LPR. As I mentioned earlier, I've had bouts of reflux before, but I've always been able to eat hot wings,pizza, etc. Now, those foods would probably start a major bout of reflux. The one question I have to anyone that chances upon this thread is, If you had an experience with LPR and globus (tightness in throat), is their any relief? Is it possible that I can wake up one morning and this whole thing will disappear for awhile?

Joan M
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   Posted 1/1/2008 2:47 PM (GMT -6)   
hi rbryant, I have gerd and do not have anxiety. I do have depression though. I would stay away from hot wings pizza and stuff like that for a while. Try to eat fresh fruit and veggies. I got down to three coffees a day which was a major achievement for me.

I had esophageal spasms which woke me up at night and were very scarey. They even tested my heart with a nuclear heart test and that was fine. The thing is that my esophagus cleared and I'm fine now. I just know I must take a ppi once a day because I take heavy duty aspirin-like perscription drugs for arthritis. So that's that.

TammyGrl0528
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   Posted 1/1/2008 4:28 PM (GMT -6)   
In my opinion, anxiety could make your GERD worse, as anxiety can make you feel a lot of different things, and GERD could make anxiety worse, because sometimes people with anixety get worked up when their body starts to feel different sensations.

This is just my opinion, and I wanted to share it.

Wishing you the best!
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worriednky
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   Posted 1/1/2008 6:47 PM (GMT -6)   
I totally agree on the connection between GERD and anxiety disorders. Have you ever noticed an increase in salivation? That's the latest odd thing to pop up the past couple of days...basically I think I have salivated a quart of water an hour..LOL. I'm not sure if the increased saliva is a reaction to GERD or a result of anxiety.

TammyGrl0528
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   Posted 1/3/2008 12:38 PM (GMT -6)   
The increase in saliva can definatley be from the GERD. That is a side effect that I often hear people complaining about. And, some people have the exact opposite.
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~Tammy~

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