GERD & Throat problems

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chelsm23
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Date Joined Oct 2009
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   Posted 10/8/2009 1:50 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi- I'm new to the forum. For the past couple of weeks I have been experiencing throat problems. I feel like there's a lump in my throat and it feels constricted. For the first weeks I thought it was a combination of my anxiety & allergies. I have been burping excessively, and when I try to eat it's difficult for me to. It basically feels like I dont know how to swallow sometimes and like my throat is closing up. I work at an ENT doctor's office and yesterday saw one of the Doctors for the problem. He told me that he's positive I have GERD, he put a microscope down my nose & into my throat and told me my throat itself doesn't look bad. He told me to change my diet and put on Nexium twice a day (morning and night). I'm just nervous because it's so difficult for me to eat. It takes me forever to eat something a simple as a banana. Has anyone else experienced similar symptoms associated with GERD? If so what did you do and how in the world did you eat?

couchtater
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   Posted 10/8/2009 4:36 PM (GMT -6)   
Welcome to healingwell!
There's alot of experience here and others are going to come along and add to my list.

1. Taking the medication like nexium helps with the tightness.
2. The main thing is to take small bites and chew, chew, chew.
3. Try to relax, stress can cause your symptoms to become worst.
4. You need to see a GI for some tests. An ENT doesn't know everything about GERD that a GI knows.
Tests needed: Baruim swallow, BRAVO, Endoscope, and manometry.

Good luck.

Joy

stkitt
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   Posted 10/9/2009 12:17 PM (GMT -6)   
Welcome to HealingWell and I am so glad you found us.  I am sure you will be hearing from other members re your question.
I agree with Joy, you will benefit from seeing a GI Physician as an ENT does not specialize in diseases of the GI tract.
 
Please do find a good GI Physician and don't feel that you are being disloyal to your ENT Group.
 
Again a warm welcome,
Kitt

 

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speden
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   Posted 10/9/2009 1:32 PM (GMT -6)   
Two weeks of throat problems isn't really long enough to convince me you have GERD. It could be from something else.

But assuming it is from GERD, then I'd suggest you elevate the head of your bed to prevent acid from pressing up against your throat during the night. That is when you would be most likely to be irritating your throat muscles.

If you are burping a lot, try to burp gently, otherwise the rapid movement of air can transport acid into your throat. I sometimes take a sip of water after burping to flush any acid from the burp back down where it belongs. Chewing food fully and eating smaller meals can also reduce the amount of burping and may lessen your throat symptoms.

speden

chelsm23
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   Posted 10/9/2009 2:00 PM (GMT -6)   
Thank you for all of your responses. I should have been more specific, my symptoms didnt just begin 2 weeks ago, they got worse 2 weeks ago. I've been experiencing the symptoms for a few months I just had assumed they were a food allergy and avoided spicy foods.  I am going to try and give the Nexium a chance to start working and look into going to see a GI, it's pretty expensive for me to do that which is why I've just remained going to the doctors I work for since they don't charge me. What do I do about the bad taste in my mouth?
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