This is not my first post about
my reflux issue, but still no answers..I have been dealing with reflux for 10 plus years, but currently my new symptoms are unbearable. Three or Four months ago, I started having pain in my throat. It isn't the kinda of pain that you would feel with strep or anything like that. It feels swollen. Swallowing is sometimes uncomfortable and I have felt that food almost gets stuck. I feel like I cannot take a deep enough breath. Like I cannot complete a yawn. I went to an ENT who says that my esophagus is red and swollen and reflux is likely the issue. Since then I have had a huge cardio work up. Chest CT, Chest Xray, Nuclear treadmill stress test, EKG and all the necessary blood work. I have palpitations and occasional irregular heart beat, but all checked out good. Even had lung functions tests.. All good..
I have been on every PPI there is over the last ten years, but nothing has ever taken it completely away. I have had upper endoscopy, which I was told that there is some slight irritation, but nothing too bad at all. They say I have a very small hiatal hernia, but again nothing to worry about
. Sent me home with Protonix and said that I would be alright. This was months ago. Now this throat and breathing discomfort is every sing day and darn near every second of every day. I get occasional cramping and pain between my naval and sternum. This is so horrible. I do not sleep well at all. Only a couple of hours a night for a few days at a time. After a few days, I become so exhausted that I do eventually get one night of full rest. Most nights, I wake up feeling like I cannot breath and with my throat hurting. My airway feels sore every morning when I wake up. I take a deep breath and it feels like my windpipe is on fire. I have cut fatty foods, fried foods and everything that I have read causes reflux. I do not drink anything but water. None of this helps me. I sleep sitting up every night. Almost straight up and down. No help.. I had a gastric emptying test last week.. It was normal.. Just don't know what to think or do... I am miserable EVERY SINGLE DAY!!! Can reflux cause all of this with no relief ever? I am on Protonix and sucralfate. I also take Lisinopril and simvastatin for heart and cholesterol... I am desperate to find out what is the matter with me.. Would love to be able to feel normal and sleep in my own bed and not upright in a chair every night..
The next test on the list is a 24hr ph probe test.. Scheduled 3 weeks out.. While it sounds like a completely horrible test, I am anxious to get it done.. Anyonre else had this?
Post Edited (darryl7575) : 7/13/2012 2:46:22 PM (GMT-6)