I'm new here and have been checking out this site for awhile but never wrote. It's been helpful for me and makes me think I'm a little less crazy.
So here's my story.
Started in May, woke up nauseous, chest pains, loss of appetite, went to the Dr. She did the ECG test and blood work was done. She gave me Protonix but I still ended up going back in a couple days. Still nauseous (mostly in the mornings), losing weight, and now added, I had thickness in the throat, clearing throat and a feeling like a lump is in there. Started feeling a little better later that week, got my appetite back, thickness pretty much gone, but now my throat has a burning sensation, also once in awhile voice was hoarse. So the Dr. ordered a stress test (was OK) and also an endoscopy (everything looked ok). Last week the Dr. put me on Nexium to see if that would help but I still have the burning throat or just irritation of the throat and sometimes chest pains, that will be in the middle and other times all over. I never have a good day with something always acting up. I cut out all the trigger foods and also have quit smoking the day I got sick. I guess I physically can't smoke, the only good thing that came out of this. Next step is that I'm going to the ENT dr next month.
Ok now the questions.
Could this be something other than GERD?
Do the meds fix some of the symptoms but now all of them?
When changing meds does it take awhile for the new one to kick in? I was on Protonix for 9 weeks and Nexium for 1 week.