I know I am new here and just posted these, but I thought it would be good to add them in here too.
Here is a list of my current symptoms, and something of a timeline.
Last 13 years - heartburn, indigestion, constipation, over eating when full, urgent hunger pangs.
Last 3 years - hoarse, singing voice went slowly from very good to useless.
Septemder 2008 - felt like epiglottis was swollen lasting for 2 weeks.
April 2009 - itchy prickly skin
July 2009 - epiglottis feeling returned. no relief, voice hoarse, register dropped.
August 2009 - lump in throat well established, although not there in the mornings. Sleep apnea.
Sept 2009 - as above
Oct-Nov 2009 - as above, sleep apnea worse, snoring, itchy skin subsided. Lump now present mornings from 10am. Sore right ear. Locum prescribed rabeprazole, bloods done, normal results, albeit borderline anaemic.
Dec 2009- lump seems harder, right ear painful. Cant lie on front, feels like airway is blocked this way. Snoring and apnea when sleeping on back.
New Year Eve 2009 - ENT, bowed vocal chords detected, rabeprazole doubled, gaviscon added.
Feb 2010 - symptoms intensified, lump present from waking, throat feels like concrete, palpatations. Ears sore. Voice unreliable. All symptoms much worse in evenings. Discomfort has spread to upper chest, painful belching occurring with the rock in the throat feeling, and unable to yawn properly when throat is bad. I have also developed restless legs syndrome.
March 2010 – more bad days than good, throat symptoms worsening, feels like a rock in there all the time, tight, painful, and ears hurt. Restless legs every night, palpitations. ENT review, no real advice, throat examination cursory, no mirror, chords not examined. Meds not changed even though my symptoms are worsening. Sent for barium swallow.
Food/drink makes no difference to anything, with the exception of alcohol, which, immediately upon drinking causes throat to feel closed, and voice to disappear. Quit drinking alcohol in November. Quit tea/coffee/chocolate/sugary stuff/tomatoes/spices in Feb.
These symptoms are very alarming and the lump feeling hurts a great deal. "globus sensation." It is much more than a sensation, it is crippling. Once it kicks in I just shut down, I can’t read with the kids, cant stand up, feel exhausted from straining against the pain.
I have yet to receive a solid diagnosis. I have yet to receive any advice with regard to lifestyle/diet/strategies for sleep. I feel very strongly that my treatment is not effective and that my recent review was not adequate. Surely if my meds are not helping then they need to be changed. I feel that 8 weeks is too long to wait while symptoms are steadily worsening. Awaiting barium swallow results.