This afternoon I had my first appointment with an ENT. When I told the doctor my symptoms (lump in throat, burping, bloating), he asked if any of the doctors I had seen thus far had actually looked at my throat. I told him no. He was not happy with that response. Given that the lump in throat is my primary symptom, I guess it did not make logical sense that no one has looked down my throat. I've been thinking this for the past two months!
Upon looking down my throat, the doctor found..... NOTHING. No ulcers. No polyps. Not even a trace of inflammation. He asked if I was dry swallowing a lot (yes) and if the sensation of the lump went away when I ate or drank (yes). Apparently this condition has been brought on by my dry swallowing. I feel like there is something in my throat, so I dry swallow. It's self-perpetuating. Break the habit of dry swallowing and the feeling of the lump will eventually go away. I was told to drink water, chew gum, or use sugar-free hard candy so that I am always swallowing something. My throat should eventually relax and then I will eventually no longer feel the need to dry swallow. So, if you have this problem, the best thing you can do is stop swallowing when there is nothing to actually swallow.
The best part? I do not have LPR!!!
The ENT isn't even sure that I have reflux, since none of my symptoms are responding at all to the PPIs. In two weeks I go back for a pH monitoring test. It doesn't sound like much fun. A bit nervous....