LPR ? Or something else need help please

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matacka86
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   Posted 5/4/2011 8:49 PM (GMT -6)   
Hey guys, I'm new on this forum and prior to joining this I have searched many forums trying to find an answer or at least get some insight on my issue. I am hoping somebody could enlighten me about it from their own experience or through knowledge.

So, about one and a half weeks ago one late night I got this random sensation where it felt like food or something was was stuck in the bottom of my throat under my Adam's apple and nothing I did would clear it up, it would take hours. When I swallowed saliva or water I felt it go down a bit and then kind of pressure in the chest the come back up. This trend continued with ANYTHING I ate for the next 2-3 days, so I basically severely cut down on food.

This week I saw one doctor and then another for their opinion. The first Doc was quick to say Reflux and gave me a prescription of Omeprazole 20mg with 1 refill to take for 2 months. So I took those and It helped for the most part, but I still get the sensation later in the day. The 2nd Doctor was quick to say don't worry about it you are young(25) and said he was positive it would go away within 2 weeks of taking these pills. Here is where I was surprised, no check up, didn't ask many questions he just assumed it would go away.

From anybodies experience does this sound normal or something that will indeed pass with time or will I have to be on Omeprazole forever? I am also contemplating taking 2 daily over 1, hoping it will clear up the problem in the evening time. To further clear up I get NO heartburn or anything else, not even the sour taste from GERD as I have read up, it is just simply this sensation of something stuck in my throat.

I would really appreciate some input as my doctor's I saw kind of seemed to be taking shots in the dark without much diagnosis.
Thank you very much and sorry for the over extended post! Awaiting a reply.

dencha
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   Posted 5/5/2011 6:52 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi matacka86,
Welcome to Healing Well! I understand why your doctors immediately diagnosed Silent GERD. A "lump in throat" sensation is a common symptom. I'm sure you've searched the internet thoroughly, but here's a site that discusses the problem:

www.everydayhealth.com/gerd/understanding-silent-gerd.aspx

Doctors often diagnose a problem based on symptoms alone. Your experience is very typical, so the best route is to treat it conservatively (a small amount of Priilosec--20mg once a day) and see how it responds, before going to the next level (for example 20mg twice a day, or 40mg once or twice a day).

I'm sure once concern you have is cancer. Here, the doctor is very correct. It takes years and years and years of untreated reflux to end up with esophageal cancer. Most if not all of people here who have Barretts, a pre-cancerous condition that can lead to cancer, have it without symptoms.

How long will you suffer from this? That depends. The cause could be a one-time issue that will resolve with just a couple weeks of treatment, or it's a condition that will persist. Silent GERD/LPR by definition could be suffered without knowing it. You could have had it without knowing, or you could have eaten too much, or have overdone drinking, which set you up for the symptoms, and they will resolve without trouble.

I think your doctor's orders sound sensible. Give yourself time to heal on the lowest dose. If after the weeks pass you don't feel better, let your doctor know, and he/she will likely increase your dosage to twice a day.

Keep in mind that this type of tissue takes a long time to heal, so you need to be patient.

Glad you've joined us! I'm sure others will be by to share their experiences.
Good luck!
Denise

speden
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   Posted 5/5/2011 7:35 AM (GMT -6)   
At your age it makes sense that you would feel reflux symptoms in the throat but not feel heartburn. The throat is very sensitive to acid, but the esophagus is very resistant to acid. You won't feel heartburn pain unless the acid exposure is very strong or the lining of the esophagus is worn through (and that takes many years).

I would say given your young age that the doctor's advice may not have been that good.

Before going the medication route, you should try to control your reflux with lifestyle changes. He should have asked you about your eating habits, such as do you eat a lot of high fat slow digesting foods, do you smoke, do you drink alcohol, are you overweight, do you eat meals late at night close to bedtime, do you exercise when you stomach is not empty, etc. If you answered yes to any of these he should have told you to fix that and see if the reflux goes away. Another good thing to try is elevating the head of your bed so that acid doesn't wander up against your throat during the night. More often than not, the lump you feel during the day is the result of damage that happened the night before.

It's probably okay to try the PPI medication for a few weeks, but be careful, because PPI medication can cause your reflux to get worse when you stop taking it. There will be a rebound reaction where your stomach produces more acid than normal for several months. That may make you go back to taking it and you can become trapped, unable to get by without it.

matacka86
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   Posted 5/5/2011 10:36 AM (GMT -6)   
I appreciate both of your replies very much, thank you for your input! I would just like to add to Speden that my doctor did ask the simple questions of if I smoked or drank which I think I forgot to specify and I don't, and he told me to not eat 3 hours before bedtime. I'm 6'3 around 208 so I try and stay healthy and have since lost a few pounds and feel better. I have done my best to eat healthier and haven't touched any junk in almost 2 weeks. I now workout more and go for runs every other day.
As far as being patient, I am trying tongue and will give it time to heal Dencha. I will continue to eat healthy and take 1x 20mg dosage of omeprazole daily and try and stay optimistic that this will go away and not be on going.
Hopefully his very sure words of it will go away are correct.

thank you once again !!

dencha
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   Posted 5/5/2011 11:07 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi matacka,
Just one caution...when you exercise, be sure it is two or three hours after you eat. If you're refluxing, you will reflux when you exercise, so you don't want a full stomach. I agree with speden that it is good to make sensible lifestyle changes, but as a mother of a 29 year old, I know there are lots of social situations that make such changes difficult.
I wish you lots of luck, and hope things get better soon.
Denise

speden
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   Posted 5/5/2011 12:39 PM (GMT -6)   
Matacka, you might want to think about changing from running to some other type of exercise. The up and down pounding of running can slosh the acid out of the stomach. Better exercises for refluxers would be non-impact, like biking for example. And avoid exercises where you need to bend your head down.
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