Hello all! I have had a "sensitive stomach" for most of my life. I discovered Prilosec when it first came out and have been taking one a day for years. When Costco began carrying the generic version, I changed to it. No heartburn as long as I took the purple pill.
about a year ago I began having symptoms like post nasal drip and a slight lump in my throat. My primary care physician sent me to an ENT who ran a tube down my nose and diagnosed silent reflux.
For what its worth, I also have obstructive sleep apnea and faithfully use a sophisticated CPAP.
The ENT sent me to a GI doc who examined me, did an endoscopy and did not find "anything serious." The GI doc seems very knowledgeable and has published over 80 articles on reflux, so I guess he knows what he is doing.
He upped the dose of Omeprazole to 40mg/day for three months. The lump went away, but the throat phlegm did not.
He ran a tube down my throat, into my stomach and had me wear this, with a little box for 24 hours. He said that the acid content in my stomach was high, but that was all. He suggested I go on Prevacid. I tried it for a couple of days, but the heartburn came back with a vengeance! So, with his guidance, I went back on the Prilosec, but he upped the does to 80mg/day.
I am now taking four times the recommended dosage.
This has been dragging out for about a year. In my last visit, yesterday. He showed me the results of the tube in the stomach (I don't remember what it is called). He said that there were two sensors. One low in the esophagus and one higher up, near the mouth.
He went on to say that my results were unusual. The chart showed mirror images of the acid peaks. He said that usually he would see a peak near the stomach and then the acid would rise to the upper throat. But my peaks were occurring at the same time.
He put me on Nexium, 40mg, but there is some glitch with my insurance, so I won't have it until Monday. The pharmacist told me that a month dosage costs about $400 if the insurance does not cover it.
After a year of having this and about nine months with this same GI Doc, I am growing impatient. He keeps telling me that I should be patient, that "these things take time and only get better very slowly.
Folks, I have no symptoms except the constant throat clearing. My GI Doc has ruled out cancer and does not think I have a hiatal hernia. He does not seem to understand my problem and keeps recommending I try new medicines for three or four months and then come back and see him again.
He has been practicing for 27 years, published 80 GI articles, with special emphasis on Esophageal Diseases, Small Bowel Capsule Endoscopy and Gastroenterology Motility.
Should I find another GI Doc and get another opinion? Any advice would be greatly appreciated!