I am hoping that someone can help shed some light on this situation. about this time last year, I had a severe GERD/LPR flare that led to significant swelling in my throat (saw Jamie Kaufman) that impacted my swallowing. I actually could not swallow solids for weeks. With TONS of PPIs, Gaviscon from the UK, I did slowly improve and weaned off meds in the spring--symptom free.
This past October my GERD/LPR flared again--lots of gurgling in the chest, chest pressure, sore throat, etc. So immediately went back on 60mg Dexilant, 300 Zantac, Gaviscon as needed. You know the drill. I saw the GI who said to do an endoscopy , saw the ENT (throat looks decent right now) and also had a 24 hour holter monitor (was getting some skipped beats , which Kaufman says can happen due to vagus nerve issues with GERD/LPR), had 2 EKGS, and an echo stress test--all which came out normal.
Anyway, I was feeling better, but then noticed the "chest pressure" came back. It's not extreme. It is up and down my entire sternum and throat. When I get my silent hiccups or throat gurgles it might dissipate for a few minutes, but does return. My question is...why? I have not tapered off at all! My refluxing actually feels less intense than it was. I called the GI a few days ago, but have not had any response yet. I could call the cardiologist, but I just saw him in early november.
Does this pattern of better/worse with no med change make sense?