I began having "throat" issues (really painful swallowing - even hurt to swallow WATER!) back in September. Docs originally thought it was Epiglotitis as they did x-rays on my throat (felt like I was being choked) and said it was swollen/englarged. I then had several x-rays over a course of 2 months and all the x-rays showed the same so they finally called in two different ENT docs. I was scoped about
4 times and they all told me that it's not Epiglotitis, that I may just have a "large" one and maybe SLIGHT swelling but extremely minimal and there was nothing of concern/no infection/etc. They also said Epiglotitis would get worse quite quickly, whereas my symptoms have been over the course of, well...4 months now, and they often come and go - but when the swallowing pain is there, it's BAD. It, however, does not feel like a sore throat when one has a cold. Not that raw/scratchy feeling. Just painful and is feels like a lump in throat when I swallow.
One ENT then sent me to a Gastro specialist and he did a test called a Barium Swallow. It showed that I have mild to moderate acid reflux that goes to mid-esophogus level.
I guess my question is, can acid reflux BE this painful? Also, can acid reflux only hurt ONE side of throat? It used to jump from side to side but is now always just the right side that bothers me. My throat also does weird burping noises. Could it be Epiglotitis that keeps being overlooked? I also have anxiety, so some of the doctors I have seen keep using "anxiety" as an excuse more or less, but I know the difference between my anxiety and this pain I'm feeling. The pain itself overwhelms me and I worry about
it quite a bit.
I did try Nexium but had an allergic reaction to that so I am currently not on any medication.
Post Edited (Canaduh) : 1/4/2012 2:28:33 PM (GMT-7)