I think I have GERD but I'm not sure. I was hoping those of you who know you have it could give me your opinion of my symptoms before I ask a doctor about
it (just because I keep asking them about
some of my symptoms - mainly because I never get an answer - and I almost feel stupid bringing it up again if it doesn't sound like I have GERD).
For the last 2 years on and off (maybe once every 2 months for a week or more depending) I've had tightness in my throat. It started off the first time feeling like a bone was stuck in there, but eventually when the feeling appeared it just feels like something is in my throat although I can swallow normally. Then, last August (a little over a year since the throat feeling began) I started getting ear aches all the time along with the throat feeling/tightness. Now, in January I started having abdominal pains (which the docs think is IBS for which I'm gonig to have a barium enima on Friday)... around the same time the abdominal pain started I began to get heartburn maybe once a week (never having had it before - ever!) and now feel queasy sometimes/feels like something is in my throat. My asthma also seems to be irritated some mornings when I wake up, or like today when I've had to be on an all liquid diet for the enima and I've been drinking a lot of fruit juice.
Another note - I got sent to the rudest ENT specialist - he looked down my throat with a short little scope in his office and said it didn't look inflamed...
Now, I don't know if everythign is related or not, maybe I have GERD and IBS... I don't know. Any info would be sooo helpful. I feel like I might be going nuts (like a hypochondraic) but I really feel like I have somethign and just need to know what it is... Basically, I feel that the docs don't take me seriously becuase I'm a young woman.