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Date Joined May 2005
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   Posted 5/25/2005 7:09 PM (GMT -6)   
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. 
Thank you!!

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   Posted 5/26/2005 7:34 AM (GMT -6)   
Don't feel like you are going nuts. It seems like a lot of your symptoms are new to you and we all want to know what is going on with our bodies. There is definitely nothing wrong with that and only we know when something doesn't feel right. Don't make the doctors make you feel bad, unless your lucky to get a really good doc, most of them make you feel like you have a number on your head and want to get you out of the door because you are taking from their profits. (Sorry, but thats how I feel) When in doubt, get a second or third opinion.

Having both IBS and GERD myself, I can relate to a lot of your symptoms. The problem with IBS is that it is only officially dx'd when all other problems can be ruled out so even though there is not something that they can see, it doesn't mean that its not there. :) I'm sure the ENT specialist wasn't looking for GERD and just because he looked down your throat doesn't mean anything. The esophagus is located below the throat and it can't been seen without a CT or xray. Most doctors will dx GERD from a series of questions, ie. how many times do you burp? how many times a week do you get heartburn? what are your coughing patterns? and so on.
Des (dbab)
IBS, Diverticulosis, GERD, Cervical Disc Degeneration
"If you don't like something change it; if you can't change it, change the way you think about it" - Mary Engelbreit

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