Hi everyone! I have been lurking for awhile and recognizing myself in some of you. I never had trouble with indigestion until 2010 when I started having gas,pressure in chest and shoulder blades and LOTS of burping. I had been taking more advil than usual due to dental issue, so I ascribed it to that. However, the problem didn't go away after I had addressed the dental problem. I took Zantac and finally a 14 day course of Prilosec and a month later Prevacid before I went to my PCP.
He told me to take pepcil 20 mg for two weeks and this helped. After I stopped, I eventually had trouble with symptoms again. He ordered an upper GI series and also suggested that I might need a GB US. I am homeschooling/taking care of my disabled child, so time and money are an real problem for me. I did the upper GI series and it was normal. So, I continued on managing symptoms when they occurred with Pepcid and Tums. I also got the papaya enzymes. The intial symptoms are OK right now. I still burp, but the chest and shoulder pressure are gone for the most part.
Well, about two weeks ago, I got the lump in the throat that feels like a plug of mucous. Actually, I have felt and seen mucous. It is present most of the time. My throat is sore and raspy at times too. I elevated the head of my bed,have been watching my diet and doing sinus rinses. Should I go to the ENT now? I don't need a referral, but I will have to meet a deductible again when the new year starts. My DH has to watch my child if I go to med appointments and this means time away from work- so I want to manage things as efficently as I can. If I go back to the PCP, I feel like it will just be adding another step. I am pretty confused and stressed out!
Thanks for listening!
Post Edited (horizon) : 11/21/2011 1:39:43 PM (GMT-7)