I've just joined this forum (it looks like a great resource for information!) and this is my first post, so please forgive me if is a bit lengthy and I provide a bit of background to myself! I've been suffering with what I'm now fairly sure is GORD (I'm in the UK!) for around 18 months (I'm 31 and male). It began with occasional short lived heartburn and slightly odd sharp pains in my chest and stomach area (and sometimes in my back) that come and go and seemed to be worse before eating, and are generally relieved by food. Ive been on Lansoprazole 30 mg, twice daily for around two months now and this seems to have dealt with most of the pains. I must stress, my pains have never been excruciating, more of a discomfort and sometimes more of an indigestion type feeling, but I haven't yet suffered any real disabling pain like some poor people seem to experience with GORD.
But one of the most irritating features of my condition recently has been the feeling of almost constant phlegm at the back of my throat, often worse on waking, and sometimes I wake with a sore throat. I generally feel like I have fluid in my throat and whilst most of the discomfort I was experiencing in my chest and back appears to have gone (although I still occasionally get short pangs and twinges) this does not seem to have got any better. I was wondering if the Lansoprazole might be effectively reducing the acid my stomach is producing, but that the feeling of fluid in the back of my throat is perhaps refluxed fluid which has a reduced acid content and is therefore relatively harmless, hence the reduction in pain?
I am really quite concerned about the risk of developing complications at a later stage in life as a result of GORD (particularly cancer), and am not sure whether the fluid in my throat is something to be particularly worried about?
I am booked in for an endoscopy in around a months time and the consultant I've seen has said he'll arange a ph test for me as well. He mentioned the possibility of surgery, but I must say, I'm really not very enthusiastic about the idea of having an operation, particularly after some of the horror stories I've read about them, although I do understand that many are successful. But at the moment my symptoms are more annoying than disabling and they do not currently impact on my quality of life significantly, and so I am quite reluctant to consider potentially risky surgery which may leave me feeling worse. Is surgery something that should only be considered if symptoms are very bad?
Apologies for the length of this first post! I'm really quite new to all of this, and am full of questions and worries about the future, especially as my partner is expecting our first child and I really want to try and make sure I'm around until my old age for the nipper!