What's going on? Hope ots not onset of dyspahgia

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   Posted 5/30/2013 7:10 AM (GMT -6)   
My condition: Suffered from GERD for 13 years, on nexium 40mg one a day. Cannot get surgery bc by esophagus is too weak to handle Lynx and/or Nissen.
So I had some bad oatmeal yesterday. Seems the milk was bad. I had bad cramping all day. When I got home from work the sypmtoms got worst. Reguirgitation started, constant burping, nausea. This went on all night. During the night I suffered from more acid reguirgitation and I started to notice that when I would swallow my saliva it hurt on the way down. I felt it the most around the junction of the LES.
Around 4am the nausea, regurgitation, and cramping subsided. As Im walking to work and just swallowing my saliva I can feel it. I have never experienced this.
So I bought myself a bottle of water and a plain croissant just to put something in my stomach. As I take a small piece and swallow it, it hurts at the lower junction. Then it feels likes its coming up a bit. Then I take a gulp of water and I can feel it go through the junction (with pain). Is this the onset of dysphagia? Or could it be from the excessive acidic exposure and the inflammation of the lower junction?
Anyone have any insight.

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   Posted 5/30/2013 8:58 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi tracks,
It sounds like your esophagus got really irritated by an onslaught of acid.  There could even be swelling because of it.  Try sticking with soft foods for a while, and chew, chew, chew everything until it's a creamy consistency.  You don't want to scratch and irritate your esophagus further.
Of course there can be strictures created by acid irritation, but that would be something that occurs over a long period of irritation.  Have you ever tried Carafate suspension?  Before my surgery I'd get esophagitis quite often, and Carafate (the suspension form coats the esophagus as well as the stomach) helped heal things and make them more comfortable.
Baby that esophagus until things heal.  Of course, a call to the GI doc's office is always a good move when you've gotten yourself into a problem.  Sorry you're having so many problems!
Hang in there,
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