Posted 4/6/2013 7:09 PM (GMT -7)
Hello, I'm new here but not new to gerd/acid reflux.
I have been reading lots of information on this website for the last couple of weeks now, and thought I'd introduce myself.
I have been dealing with the lump in the throat and hoarseness for about 5years now, I started out by going to a family doctor, who had no clue what was wrong with me, I told him I had a feeling like something was stuck in my throat all the time.
After I had seen the first doctor, he sent me to a specialist who informed me I should stop welding because that seems to be my issue.
So I worked other jobs for a while until it had gotten so bad I couldn't stand it, so I went to another doctor who told me I needed to have my tonsils out and that must be the problem.
I had my tonsils out and then the issues continued, anyhow it wasn't till last year when I went to another specialist who had me do an esophagoscopy which confirmed I had a hiatal hernia, hpylori bacteria, gastritis and esophagitis.
I was put on a prev pack and then told I needed surgery since I was having breakthrough symptoms, the only option he gave me was the nissen fundoplication.
Symptoms I have:
Sore throat, hoarseness, throat swelling, what seems like neck muscle soreness at times, sour taste, lots of sinus headaches. Seems like gerd 101 from what I have read, I have many more symptoms but really only the lump in the throat and neck soreness/ thyroid soreness bug me the most, at times it all makes me wheeze a bit.
I was told my thyroid was normal, but haven't gotten the actual numbers.
I looked up the surgery and didn't like that being my only option so I have an appointment at the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota to see what they say (they also perform the linx surgery there).
I have also been seeing my chiropractor on almost a daily basis and it has been helping significantly, it just doesn't seem like it's going to be a permanent solution.
-Is it normal for an ENT to just jump right onto the surgery wagon?
-I have a feeling that most of my issues are from the hernia, due to lifting heavy and odd objects around the time this all started, plus when I go to my chiro and get put back into place I feel amazing afterwards.
So why don't surgeons seem to offer the hernia repair as much anymore?
It seems like everyone I know is being told they need this surgery, from plain heartburn symptoms to people who just have terrible diets.
-One more question that has been bugging me, Is it normal to have a tender thyroid gland from refluxing?
Sorry for the terrible write up, I'm not that great of a writer. :D
Thanks in advance for any information.