Hello fellow reflux sufferers...
I have painful burning from stomach acid in my throat 24 hours a day. Sometimes the throat pain is very severe and other times it's less, but the burning is ALWAYS there and always painful to varying degrees. The acid burning my throat makes it impossible for me to ever stay asleep more than a few hours at a time... I wake up constantly throughout the night and I always wake up with extreme pain in my throat. During the periods that I am able to sleep, this burning in my throat causes me to have terrible dreams. I have honestly not had a good, full night's rest since 2005.
This has been going on for over two years and all 5 of the PPI's have been a failure for me. I have been recently scoped by an ENT who said there were no throat ulcers and no sign of cancer. He could only see irritation. I also had an endoscopy last month and nothing sinister was found, only irritation and redness in the lower third of the esophagus.
I know GERD isn't supposed to be a walk in the park, but my symptoms seem to be so outrageously persistant and painful. My burning just never ever subsides, no matter what I take for it, and the pain literally has me in agony much of the time. It feels as if I always have Drano or Liquid Plumber in my throat!
Is mine a common situation for GERD sufferers? Is acid reflux supposed to cause such intense pain and occur all day, every day?
I would appreciate hearing from others who are dealing with this terrible illness, regarding the severity of symptoms. Thank you.