Black_eyed, welcome aboard, you are amongst friends
what you describe mirrors my experience very closely, especially the fear and anxiety!
yeah the internet can fill our heads with a lot of dreaded information about
worst scenario outcomes. its true that gerd and lpr raise risks for cancer but not as much as a worried person might guess, and the odds are that most people who suffer from reflux, even a really bad case of it,, are going to meet their maker from some other cause or ailment.
i spent many lonely nights in pain and high anxiety, unable to swallow, feeling a huge lump in my throat and fearing the worst
now im no expert, so you should definitely run anything i say by your doc for review and you should definitely get some tests, but what you describe could well be LPR which stands for laryngo-pharyngeal-reflux.
i heard you say that you got the gerd thing all taken care of but check this out, LPR is called silent gerd cause often, if not most of the time people with lpr are refluxing but dont feel it cause the refluxate residency time is brief but goes higher up the esophagus, sometimes flooding not only the larynx but the nasal passage, and eustachian tubes and even the mouth.
in fact all the symptoms you describe even inflammation of the mouth taste buds etc could be a result of lpr
you might want to ask your primary care physician if a barium swallow test or a scoping might be appropriate as the results would help you to know what is happening for sure and stop letting your mind race with all the worst possibilities.
esophageal endoscopy with some biopsies will give substantial and definitive information but is often preceded by some pre-tests and advanced scheduling, so you would be left with a lot of worry time!
you could request a quick trans nasal flexible scoping which would show, if i am not mistaken, the areas where you are probably feeling there is a lump stuck in your throat. this kind of check can be done with less advanced scheduling, and thus less waiting and might greatly ease your mind!
i was in so much pain and fear for so long that i got all three of the above mentioned procedures over a period of months.
i was misdiagnosed 4 times before these test and the docs realized i had lpr.
for awhile they thought i might have cancer... yikes did i freak out...im sure the worry poisoned me and hurt my health as bad as anything.
so if we here can help answer your questions and ease your mind dont hesitate to ask, cause there are a lot of smart and caring people around here and im a very junior member and far from the smartest
talk to your doc, express your concerns and insist on some diagnostic procedures so your questions are answered
hang in there, the odds are in your favor!
best of good luck to you
Post Edited (mock turtle) : 4/28/2011 10:21:51 PM (GMT-6)