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Cylon101
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   Posted 3/22/2012 9:37 AM (GMT -6)   
Hello everyone

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
-Occasional Horseness
-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?

Thanks

G
 
 
 

dencha
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   Posted 3/23/2012 7:07 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi G,
Welcome to Healing Well!  Sorry to hear you're having GERD issues.  Your symptoms are pretty typical.  It will take time for the Dexilant to heal your esophagus enough to feel improvements in the throat symptoms.  They didn't get that way overnight, and won't recover that quickly either.
 
I would urge you to persevere with the wedge, or even better, elevate the head of your bed 6 or 7 inches with blocks under the legs.  I have always found the elevated bed is much more comfortable than a wedge.   I can't overestimate the amount of damage that can be done while you are sleeping flat.  Acid and stomach contents can migrate into your esophagus and undo any healing that takes place during the day.
 
I wish there was a set time for healing that I could provide you with, but everyone is different.  You're doing the riight thing by avoiding spicy foods.  I'd add rough foods to that.  You don't want to send "scratchy" or irritating foods down that irritated esophagus.  That might explain the increase in symptoms during the day.  Smooth foods are the best.
 
Before I had my Nissen surgery whenever I got gasritis I'd get esophagitis, and it would take at least two months of very careful eating (smooth, bland foods) to heal.  I'm not telling you that yours will take that long, but it will give you an idea of the patience it will take!
 
Glad you've joined us!
Best wishes,
Denise

Cylon101
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   Posted 3/25/2012 9:56 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Denise

Thanks so much for taking the time to read my post and reply. It's nice to find a community like this to provide support.

Thank you for letting me know that it can take time for the PPI to let the healing happen. Ofcourse you expect overnight relief and I need to have patience that it could weeks/months to see improvement.

I have considered raising the bed, however it's a pretty old bed frame and I'm not sure it would handle it without coming apart. Maybe time for a new frame.

I'm not sure how much the wedge might be helping. It's 24x24 inches by 7 inches high. I am not sure if it is actually raising my torso enough with that length. i've heard that a 32 inch length wedge might be better to raise the torso from the waist up.

I have to admit I was pretty nervous before going for the initial tests. I had no idea the lump in throat feeling could be related to any sort of Reflux and the irritation/swelling from it.

I also have found over the past few months of the symptoms that I would get winded faster during exercise. Is that from the swelling of the esophagus/throast reducing the airflow?

Thank you

G.

dencha
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   Posted 3/25/2012 4:54 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi G,
The wedge is used by many people to help keep stomach contents in their place while sleeping.  The only problem is that you can slip down the wedge while sleeping, and end up with your body being bent at the stomach area, which then adds to the pressure that potentially pushes acid into the esophagus.
 
I think you can buy a metal frame for not much money.  Obviously you'll be without your head and foot boards, but raising the head of your bed would be a lot better for your recovery. 
 
The thing that worked best for me was the bed raisers sold at a store like Bed Bath and Beyond.  They raise the head of the bed about 4 inches.  I then added two 2X6 squares under each bed raiser to a total of 8 inches.  The thing I like about the bed raisers is that they hold the leg/wheel in a more stable position than just raising on the boards or blocks alone.
 
Sorry you're having to deal with all this.  I can tell you that once you get the head of your bed elevated it'll take a little time to get used to it, but in time it feels strange to sleep on a flat bed!
 
The wedge is good to keep for when you travel and are forced to sleep on a flat bed.  It's better than nothing!
 
Good luck!  Patience...it takes time to heal.
Best wishes,
Denise

Lilred08
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   Posted 3/25/2012 5:24 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi G. I've been newly diagnosed with acid reflux and had such a sore throat at the beginning I could barely eat soup. It has since gotten better. My ENT said I have mild laryngitis now but nothing like before. The one thing that worked for me was honey. I would put it in my camomille tea at night. If you can't drink tea, then just put some in a cup of hot water. I also would just eat some off of a teaspoon 2 or 3 times a day. If that doesn't seem to work for you, there are also throat lozenges that are honey.

Robyn

Cylon101
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   Posted 3/25/2012 6:01 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks Denise, I'll look into the risers and a new frame.

Cylon101
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   Posted 3/25/2012 6:06 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Robyn

Thank you for your reply.

I do have more symptoms with my throat than my stomach/chest it seems.
Did you also have any experiences with feeling a 'lump' in your throat when swallowing or just a sore throat in general?

I haven't had a chronic sore throat, more an occassional hoarsness with my voice when speaking for long periods, and senstitivity to spicy foods and ofcourse the knot feeling when i swallow.

I will try the tea and honey, it can't hurt to help soothe my throats.

Gord.

Lilred08
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   Posted 3/25/2012 6:22 PM (GMT -6)   
Mine started in December with a lump in my throat. My doctor started out thinking it was a sinus infection. Mine is mostly the feeling of a lump which my GI doctor told me is the esophagus reacting to the acid and trying to close itself like the LES should be but isn't. The only time I get a sore throat is when I've eaten too much that day. I am not on any PPI's right now. Since I have acid/non-acid reflux, PPI's do not help me. I noticed the sore throat happened more when I was on the PPIs though. Now, I notice I get the lump feeling on and off. I read through other blogs and pages that honey is a natural healer for throat/esophagus irritation so that's why I tried it. The lump feeling seems better after I take the honey. I'm scheduled to see a surgeon next month so I'll keep everyone updated.

At the beginning I would panic when I felt like my throat was closing, but my doctors assured me this is not the case since my airway is not restricted. So I usually try to not think too much about it when I get the lump and it seems to go away after an hour or so after eating, more so if I take 2 Tums (recommended by my doctor).

joe1619
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   Posted 3/28/2012 6:11 PM (GMT -6)   
the mucous takes a while to heal. mine has come and gone over the years. now it is back. for me i have had dual impedance tests and it shows i have daytime reflux when upright, but really none when sleeping flat..defies logic and gravity. i dont elevate my bed it was uncomfortable and i saw no improvement. but..if it works for some try it if it doesnt you can abandon it with me all the reflux is upright..weird can you get a dual impedance test..then you will have objective data
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