I'm new to the boards. Was recently diagnosed by a doctor with G.E.R.D after having the following symptoms for a few months:
-Lump in throat feeling when swallowing. Not painful, but noticeable.
-Clearing of throat often
-Occcasional bitter taste in mouth
i've woken up with the occassional mild feeling of heartburn, but nothing too painful. Most of symptoms seemed to be in my throat area.
He did an Endoscope and told me it was from acid reflux that had irritated the esophogus and throat and was causing the symptoms. He gave me a prescription for Dexilant and sent me for a Upper G.I. barium scan.
I started on Dexilant a week or so ago, and while I haven't had any real heartburn feelings since, I still feel the lump in my throat when swallowing. It seems to be worse as the day goes on then when I wake up.
I am still able to eat solids etc, but have cut out spicy foods, fatty foods, reduced my coffee intake to one small one a day, and barely ever have any alcohol.
I also got a bed wedge, although I'm finding it hard to get used to sleeping on it.
I guess I'm wondering how long it can take for the throat feeling to subside? Anything else I should be doing at this point?