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   Posted 7/31/2011 9:24 PM (GMT -6)   
Thank you kindly for reading.

I have AR, GERD, a hiatal hernia and am currently on meds as I had a huge flare up several months ago. I posted on another health board but didn't get a response. I guess I'm not interesting enough! sad

I am happy to be here and it's nice meeting all of you.

I am on Prevacid, Gaviscon and Pepcid Complete. After several months, I'm still struggling.

I can feel the (burning) acid in my throat and have a nasty taste in my mouth 24/7.

I looked at my throat today and saw what looks like a blister on the left side of what looks like an arch in the back of the wide open mouth. The spot feels irritated. It appears to be a rice-grain size (or a bit smaller) fluid (or yellowish) spot surrounded by red irritated flesh. This left side is more irritated than the right. I read somewhere that this can be caused acid dripping on the particular side on which you sleep.

I've searched boards and haven't seen anyone complain of having this problem.

Has anyone experienced this? Can acid cause a sore in the mouth/throat?

I would really appreciate a reply.

Thanks and blessing,

mock turtle
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Date Joined Mar 2011
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   Posted 7/31/2011 10:28 PM (GMT -6)   
welcome Annie to healingwell

yes i get discolorations on the back of my throat and adjoining areas

i think much of what im seeing are...tonsil stones, globs of mucous my body is producing trying like heck to protect the mucosa from the flush of acid and reddened areas from acid burn

i dont know that i am seeing exactly what you describe, but i see a variety of injuries come and go

when i get scoped im assured its not cancer, but i fear it all the time

and yes like you, which way i recline often determines which side of the esophagus and throat takes the beating

but im no doctor so i hope you will see a physician and get a profession opinion

have you ever had your esophagus "scoped" esophagoscopy...a good idea

best wishes

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   Posted 7/31/2011 11:25 PM (GMT -6)   
annie 42-
Welcome to Healingwell. Yes the acid can come all the way up and some people have had their tongue and sinuses burned from it. Do you have your bed raised about 6 inches? just piling pillows can make it worse by putting extra pressure on your stomach and causing more acid to come up. Stay with us, we love to have new members and try our best to help anyway we can.

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   Posted 8/1/2011 8:20 AM (GMT -6)   
Thank you so much for replying. I'm a real worry wart and have a cancer phobia. At my age (68) and considering I have hypertension one would think I'd be freaking out over cardiovascular disease...nope, it's the old C that freaks me out!

I had an endoscope last year. The spot wasn't there at the time. I'm going to my primary card doctor on the 15th of this month so I'll have him peek at it.

The back of my throat is red with tiny bumps on it but the thing that scares me is the little blister like thing on the fleshy part of the"arch."

Yes, I have a 6" wedge for my bed. Plus I also use a pillow on top of it.

I appreciate so much your replies. I hope to be able to help put someone's mind at ease a bit here.

If I botch what I'm trying to say, or I should say the way I say it, please excuse me. English is my second language.

Blessings to all and thank you again. Annie

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   Posted 8/1/2011 9:07 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Anne,

i suggest going to ENT Doc. he can definitely tell if you have a reflux issue affecting your throat.

Heres are some clues if your are reflux at night:

you wake up in the morning with a sore throat (that has lasted for months), dry throat.
bad taste or bad breath.

crackly or weak voice in the morning (gets better as day progresses)

Once u see the doc, you can ask him for stronger acid suppression.

I think the common misconception is that normal GERD is the sames as Reflux affecting the throat.

This is not the case, different set of symptoms, Throat reflux needs stronger meds and for longer durations.

Also use BLOCKS to raise your beds, Pillow wedges are not that effective, people tend to slip off of them at night.

hope this helps.


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   Posted 8/1/2011 10:01 AM (GMT -6)   
Jesse, Thank you very much for the suggestions.

I do have the morning symptoms, especially the nasty taste and odd voice.

My PCP will probably send me to an ENT doc when I see him on the 15th.

My husband won't put the bed on blocks so I'm stuck with a wedge. Thus far I haven't slipped off of it. It's a pretty wide one. I believe I can raise it and still have my body in the correct position.

Blessings, Annie

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Date Joined Jun 2011
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   Posted 8/1/2011 11:01 AM (GMT -6)   
If you have morning symptoms you could try the following:

Eating a very light dinner, i am talking 2-3 pieces of bread and a banana.


nothing acidic like tomato, etc.

no oils.

waiting 2-3 hrs then going to bed.

This should lessen your symptoms in the morning. Try for a week or 2. You still need to get proper meds from Doc.

From personal experience, throat reflux is PRETTY SERIOUS, i would goto doc ASAP, It can actually far worse then what are experiencing at the moment.

hope this helps.


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   Posted 8/1/2011 11:43 AM (GMT -6)   
Thank you all for taking the time to reply. I very much appreciate it.

Kindest regards,
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