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!