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mmd
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Date Joined Jan 2009
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   Posted 1/22/2009 1:58 PM (GMT -6)   
Hello everyone! I'm glad to find this forum.

My doctor has put me on Prilosec for what might be GERD. He hasn't ordered any tests for now but I follow up with him in a month. I don't really have heartburn (maybe a mild episode every once in a while), but I do feel like acid is going up chest, especially when I sit for a long time or sometimes, when I bend over. For the past week, I've developed a feeling in my throat like something is stuck in there, plus the urge to clear my throat. I also sometimes feel like there is fluid going down my ears. I don't have difficulty swallowing though, but now my voice is hoarse.

The throat symptoms are what are worrying me the most. Are throat symptoms a sign that I have more advanced GERD or even changes in my esophagus already? I do have health anxiety so I tend to think negatively anyway. I wouldn't be surprised if my GERD is caused by anxiety along with being overweight (ie. large stomach - I'm about 30 lbs overweight) and sitting (slouched) at the computer so much.

I don't know how long I've had this. I don't remember being bothered by any of these things until about the middle of last year. Like I said, the throat symptoms only appeared about a week ago. I have had a problem with bloating too, along with this. My doctor doesn't seem concerned about the bloating.

To complicate matters, I'm almost 47 years old and may be going through perimenopause.

Anyway, I'm glad to find this forum!

MrGrinch
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Date Joined Jan 2009
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   Posted 1/22/2009 4:12 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi there... sorry you feel so anxious about this and I can relate... see my similar thread posted on this forum.  Only way to know for sure about the swallowing problems is to see a GI doc who can scope you or possibly consider a barium swallow.
 
But if you are naturally an anxious person google "globus hystericus" on the net and see if any of this resembles your symptoms.  Could just be your stress that is yielding the swallowing problems.  Good luck.

stkitt
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   Posted 1/23/2009 11:24 AM (GMT -6)   

mmd,

I'd like to extend a warm welcome to you on your first visit to Healing Well! To help you get the most out of the GERD Forum please take the time to browse our threads .

You are not alone with your fears so please know we are here for you.

Kitt



 

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Marburg
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Date Joined Mar 2006
Total Posts : 495
   Posted 1/23/2009 4:41 PM (GMT -6)   

I had all those symptoms.  The ER even thought I was having a heart attack except for the strange little fact that I didn't have the tell-tale cardiac enzymes.  It doesn't necessarily mean your throat has been damaged.  My stomach doctor (gastroenterologist) explained to me that these types of damage often take years to occur.  You probably need to talk with your doctor about seeing a specialist for an upper GI scope (endoscope).  This is a procedure where you are sedated and tube is inserted down your throat into the intestines and stomach.  It has a camera and the doctor can tell right away if there is damage.  He will do a biposy of any inflammation areas found.  It sounds scarier than it is.

Some common symptoms of GERD:  acid or metallic taste in mouth, burning feeling in throat, stomach, intestines, chest discomfort (be careful--it can and does mimic heart attack so always see a doctor if you have this symptom), feeling like something is stuck in the throat, sore throat, hoarseness, urge to clear throat, respiratory distress (as in drainage, sinus problems), pain in the abdomen (essentially anywhere but commonly in the center from the belly button to the breast bone, and from just under the rib cage to the groin on either or both sides), nausea.  Symptoms are also similar to gastritis (in fact gastritis and GERD often go hand in hand), IBS, and other bowel related problems.

Anxiety, stress and certains foods can and do trigger a reflux reaction.

Marburg

mmd said...
Hello everyone! I'm glad to find this forum.

My doctor has put me on Prilosec for what might be GERD. He hasn't ordered any tests for now but I follow up with him in a month. I don't really have heartburn (maybe a mild episode every once in a while), but I do feel like acid is going up chest, especially when I sit for a long time or sometimes, when I bend over. For the past week, I've developed a feeling in my throat like something is stuck in there, plus the urge to clear my throat. I also sometimes feel like there is fluid going down my ears. I don't have difficulty swallowing though, but now my voice is hoarse.

The throat symptoms are what are worrying me the most. Are throat symptoms a sign that I have more advanced GERD or even changes in my esophagus already? I do have health anxiety so I tend to think negatively anyway. I wouldn't be surprised if my GERD is caused by anxiety along with being overweight (ie. large stomach - I'm about 30 lbs overweight) and sitting (slouched) at the computer so much.

I don't know how long I've had this. I don't remember being bothered by any of these things until about the middle of last year. Like I said, the throat symptoms only appeared about a week ago. I have had a problem with bloating too, along with this. My doctor doesn't seem concerned about the bloating.

To complicate matters, I'm almost 47 years old and may be going through perimenopause.

Anyway, I'm glad to find this forum!

mamasmith
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Date Joined Jan 2009
Total Posts : 1
   Posted 1/23/2009 8:59 PM (GMT -6)   
mmd - i am right here with you!
 
I am 50 yo, perimenopausal, have anxiety disorder (health issues are my biggest trigger)!
 
I had a cold (sore throat, cough, phelgm, laryngitis etc.) at the beginning of Jan.  It kept lingering on and on.  The phelgm and tightness/lump in my throat and hoarseness sent me to the ENT dr. yesterday.  Before this, I was told I had lingering sinusitis by another dr. just last tues.
 
The ENT put the little probe thing up my nose and looked into my throat.  New diagnosis:  GERD/acid reflux.  He is convinced that the cold symptoms are gone.
 
Now, I am thrilled to finally have a diagnosis and treatment plan, as I have been miserable for almost 5 weeks.  I thought it was still congestion from my cold.
 
He put me on Aciphex and prescribed "Mouthwash Magic" which is a combination of Benadryl, Maalox and Nystatin.  I take it 3x day.  He told me I would feel better in a couple days and that I should be totally fine in 2 weeks.  A little optimistic I think, but I am hopeful.

ANy way, two nights ago before I saw the dr. I got 1 hour of sleep.  The anxiety about not knowing why the constant phelgm in my throat (unable to clear it) was making me CRAZY!
 
I searched and found this group, and I hope we can all help each other as we deal with this disorder!
 
 
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