gas and pressure in throat

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Canyonbabe711
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   Posted 8/23/2008 5:30 PM (GMT -6)   
My biggest problem is that I seem get a twisted feeling on the side of my throat, way to the left, when I get gas amd it makes me cough to the point of wearing myself out and just creating more gas.  The only thing that relieves it is burping but then it comes right back. Eventually it will subside after hours, after many burps and all types of positions to help the burping and then I cough up tons of mucous. I know at this point that it is going away for the time being.   This will go on for many days. The only pain I feel is the pressure in the esophagous from the gas backing up, I guess. They say I am swallowing air and the acid is causing gas. Nothing is working and I have tried everything. If I lie down on either side but especially on my right side it relieves the pressure. I can go months without this but the last few months have been awful on and off and the only way I feel like I don't have to cough and dont have the pressure is to lie on my right side. I had my endo in Dec and I had gastritis, esophagitis and duodenitis, they said all from acid. I am really at my wits end as it is really affecting my life at this point. The anti spaz drugs like Levsin, Donnatal don't seem to work for this at all. I have appt Monday morning with gastro Dr. again. Sometimes I just lose my voice and you can tell when I clear my throat that something is tight. open to suggestions. I am thinking of esophageal spasms but it doesn't seem to fit there either.

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   Posted 8/24/2008 7:18 AM (GMT -6)   

Canyonbabe711

Welcome to HealingWell .

I have found the support, validation and encouragement that I receive here, to be so helpful and healing. I hope and trust that will be your experience as a member of the HW family.

I am sorry you have so many issues and are in so much pain.  I do not exerience the kinds of issues you described but perhaps another member will have some info to help you.

I am glad you are returning to your physicians and I would not give up until you come up with a treatment that works for you.  No one should have to suffer in great pain.

Again a warm welcome.

Kitt

 


 

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percycat
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   Posted 8/24/2008 2:32 PM (GMT -6)   
Canyonbabe,

I had good success by following up my GI doc appointments with a trip to an ear-nose-throat doctor. Your coughing, mucus, and burping actions are similar to some of what I had going on. When there is a problem with the voice, as you clearly have, an ENT doctor will know better what may be going on than a GI doctor, whose study begins with the esophagus, not the throat (I didn't know!). If a person has LPR, reflux into the throat, that is usually treated a bit more aggressively with medications than standard GERD, from all I've read and been told.

Mind you, I didn't have the esophagitis and all the abdominal symptoms you have, so I'm not trying to diagnose you. :) However, I do know that when the voice is affected, and when it just cuts out as yours does, a thorough study of the larynx is a smart idea. It's certainly something to bring up with your GI doctor tomorrow.

Good luck! I hope you get some relief *soon*!

percycat

Canyonbabe711
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   Posted 8/24/2008 4:24 PM (GMT -6)   
Thank you for your suggestion. I have been thinking about going to an ENT doctor and have been putting it off because I know they will want to scope me and for some reason that really hurts me. I have had it before and this is not down in the throat but in the fleshy part on the side. What I have is more discomfort than real pain. Do you know what medications they use other than acid reducers and antispaz drugs cause it seem to me I have had everything. I don't have much problem with anything unless I have the gas problem which is why I am going to my gastro Dr first but i guess I am doomed to see an ENT Dr.

percycat
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   Posted 8/25/2008 11:25 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi - the only medications I know of are what you describe. My docotr simply said that for LPR, you need a higher dosage than for GERD. I know that just one 40 mg Nexium per day was not making much difference for me. Now I"m still on that dosage plus 300mg Zantac at night and feel much better.

Canyonbabe711
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   Posted 8/25/2008 2:25 PM (GMT -6)   
Just got back from Doctors and he wants me to have the Bravo proceedure to determine just how bad my reflux is. We know I have it so he doesn't want me off the meds as is usually done. He said if I go to ENT now they will dismiss it probably as GERD and he wants to have more infor to send with me when I go. I just had an endo in Dec and don't know why the heck he didn't do it then but then I wasn't having as much problem then though I have had on and off. Who knows. He said he wants a diagnosis so we shall see. Sept 11 of all days.
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