Panicking a bit right now (throat feels full)

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TiBoBi
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   Posted 1/8/2010 12:51 PM (GMT -6)   
 
For whatever reason I am having a particularly bad time of it and have been for the past two weeks. Right now I have a feeling of fullness, right at the base of my tongue. I can swallow but it's not right and it's making me freak out a bit.
 
I was diagnosed with GERD and have been using all sort of meds and none of them do a darn thing. Waiting for my insurance to approve the 24 hr PH monitor but today I am at work and it's bad. I called the doc and all they tell me is the same stuff over and over again. I'm not eating any offensive foods that I'm aware of so them telling me over and over again to not lie down, skip spicy foods, etc is really wearing on me.
 
Do any of you GERD sufferers have moments where your throat just feels like it's swelling? If I calm myself down, I can tell it's not my airway. I've been tested for all of the food allergies too and they are all negative. It really feels like an allergy of some sort.
 
Thanks
Diagnosed with Lupus in January 2008.
Diagnosed with GERD in 2009 (although I don't believe it)


couchtater
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   Posted 1/8/2010 12:53 PM (GMT -6)   
Have you had any allergy testing?

Joy

TiBoBi
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   Posted 1/8/2010 1:05 PM (GMT -6)   
I was tested for food allergies via a blood panel. Not by skin prick and the blood work was negative for all of the common allergens. I am going to take a benadryl and see what it does.

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Diagnosed with GERD in 2009 (although I don't believe it)


couchtater
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   Posted 1/8/2010 3:48 PM (GMT -6)   
Sometime it doesn't show up in bloodwork. The benadryl couldn't hurt.

Joy

TiBoBi
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   Posted 1/8/2010 3:51 PM (GMT -6)   
So I took some benadryl and that "throat closing" feeling went away after an hour. I can still feel something stuck, but not nearly as bad. It has to be an allergy. So frustrated. I considered the calming effect of Benadryl but I don't get sleepy with Benadryl.
Diagnosed with Lupus in January 2008.
Diagnosed with GERD in 2009 (although I don't believe it)


couchtater
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   Posted 1/8/2010 6:57 PM (GMT -6)   
Maybe, see an allergist for testing.

Joy

Alcie
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   Posted 1/9/2010 10:49 AM (GMT -6)   
Joy is right. Food allergies, AKA sensitivities don't always show up on testing. Lots of doctors, including some allergists don't know much about them and they can cause life-threatening conditions.

My particular sensitivity causes reflux and tachycardia. It's a known phenomenon called cardio-esophageal reflex. (not reflux) It works both ways. The esophagus (when triggered by various means, which in my case was a food trigger) can cause arrhythmias. The heart can trigger esophageal spasms. So you have to find out if you have an esophagus or a heart problem first.

In my case it was always the esophageal spasms and reflux that came first and triggered the heart.
My allergist had me keeping a food log for a month and then doing challenge testing to find the particular foods within a meal that were the offenders. I came out with a long list of unrelated foods, except for one thing - SULFITE. (not sulfate or sulfa) There is no blood test or skin prick test for sulfite, and the darn preservative/dough conditioner/bleaching agent is in a lot of stuff we eat all the time, particularly fast foods and pre-prepared meals.

I'm not saying everyone has the same sensitivity, but my problem is an example of how to find out if you do have a sensitivity that cannot be tested for in the office. I have posted my list of foods, and they can be searched in the forum, but you can also just google sulfite allergy or sensitivity and find pretty much the same list.
Alcie
 
 


TiBoBi
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   Posted 2/17/2010 12:40 PM (GMT -6)   
I just now saw this reply. I am going to check it out on the web.
Diagnosed with Lupus in January 2008.
Diagnosed with GERD in 2009 (although I don't believe it)


Marburg
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   Posted 2/17/2010 12:56 PM (GMT -6)   

TiBoBi,

In a previous post you mentioned being on acid reflux medication (recently put on it I believe).  Did you check with the pharmacist about the signs of an allergic reaction to the medication?  I mention this because I had the same reaction you are having during the first 2 weeks of taking Nexxium and progressed to a worse reaction by the end of the month.  It turned out the purple dye in Nexxium had an ingredient that I was allergic too (same thing with Pravachol).

Please check out the allergy situation since the benadryl seemed to help.


TiBoBi
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   Posted 2/17/2010 1:03 PM (GMT -6)   
Hmmm...I am on Aciphex right now (yellow pill). I had been taking it for awhile before I had this reaction. That exact reaction hasn't happened again. At least, not to that degree. I am going to see the doc this afternoon for a follow-up from my 24 hr monitoring. I will ask about it. Thank you.
Diagnosed with Lupus in January 2008.
Diagnosed with GERD in 2009 (although I don't believe it)


emmamia
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   Posted 2/18/2010 11:20 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi
I have suffered from the throat fullness and sometimes feeling like I might choke for almost 2 years.....a year ago today I had my nissen fundoplication, I had an esophogus that didn't close and hiatal hernia....I was under the impression that my throat issue would heal with my surgery but unfortunately that hasn't happened so far :(

I am in the process of getting allergy tests done and my family doctor is sending me to get a throat ultrasound, I wish he had sent me 2 years ago! I wonder if I may have thyroid nodules....that is something you may want to get checked for.

Sarah

girl_geek
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   Posted 2/18/2010 12:20 PM (GMT -6)   

I had a similar feeling earlier this year, it felt like my throat was swelling or there was just a big lump in my throat, and while I could swallow it also didn't quite feel "right" -- like I had to make more of a conscious effort to swallow.  The sensation first came on very suddenly about 20 minutes after eating at a Thai restaurant and I was scared it was an allergic reaction, but since it never got worse or affected my breathing I didn't go to the doctor.  It then came on and off, fairly randomly as far as I could tell (though I didn't keep a food diary) for a few months.  I thought it was just acid irritating my throat, and after eliminating several common GERD trigger foods from my diet, the sensation went away and hasn't been back.  Though I now I wonder if maybe I was allergic to one or more of those foods?  One of these days I'm going to start re-introducing small amounts of those foods back into my diet to see whether I really need to eliminate them all or not :)

For reference, the foods I'm trying to avoid (or only eat in tiny amounts since it's hard to avoid things like garlic powder!) are: garlic, onions, chocolate, mint, anything acidic (tomatoes, citrus, etc.), spicy foods, caffeine, carbonated drinks, alcohol.



Diagnoses: GERD, small hiatal hernia, anxiety, allergies
Medications: Nexium (GERD), Lexapro (anxiety), Singulair (allergies), Tazorac (acne)
Note: I suspect my GERD was caused by taking antibiotics for acne. Please be careful about taking antibiotics when not necessary!


TiBoBi
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   Posted 2/18/2010 4:26 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks. I just got back from my GI appt and now they are saying no reflux, that it must be something else. They are going to do another endoscopy and test for Eosinophilic Esophagitis. I think I spelled that right... they also said I was on too much medication so they cut my Aciphex in half. My appt is not until 3/18 so we'll see how I do on half the meds.
Diagnosed with Lupus in January 2008.
Diagnosed with GERD in 2009 (although I don't believe it)

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