Long story short... I have been, and still am dealing with some acid reflux related issues. Medications do the job of eliminating the acid...if I skip a Nexium I can instantly tell there's acid and as long as I take it I don't get the burning sensation in my throat.
One of the things I have noticed is that what I eat does matter to a small degree, but that if I eat ANY food or even drink water in a large enough quantity (and that's not to say a very large quantity at all, I have been eating small meals etc.) Some of my "symptoms" come up (including lightheadedness, tightness in throat etc.) but I never really feel any acid or burning pain per se. after having many tests (gastric empyting normal, laryngoscope no irritation, CT scan of neck normal) it seems apparent that it isn't acid that is causing my problems however the problem is undoubtedly linked to meals and eating.
The thing is, I had an endoscopy and was told everything looked "normal" and there was no hiatal hernia. However I can only assume at this point that there is some mechanical dysfunction going on with my upper GI that is causing me distress where maybe circulation is being impaired since apparently there is no tissue damage being done.
So I guess my question is 2 parts:
1) I'm wondering if anyone has had a similar experience, where their acid seemed to be completely under control and yet eating anything but a very small meal would cause them lightheadedness/weakness and/or sinus/ear pressure headaches.
2) Has anyone had a hiatal hernia (or other abnormality) missed by an endoscopy and then found later?
And yes, I sleep with the head of my bed elevated 6 inches, I'm not very stressed out, I'm eating small low-fat meals without any irritants and basically following every possible recommended lifestyle change to the letter of the law