Posted 10/10/2013 11:59 AM (GMT -7)
I was wondering about my burning throat symptom that has been plaguing me for a long time. For the last few days I've been trying to wean off reflux meds so I can accurately check what foods affect me. Well today I was out of options and had to have a McDonalds. Nothing too big, a cheeseburger and fries, but still something you'd think would set off someone with acid reflux soon after swallowing it, right?
Apparently not. Hours after eating, I didn't feel a thing, and I have no idea why. McDonalds has made me burn before when I had it for a train journey, so I don't know why it wouldn't affect me this time. That's not the most important thing though.
What is important is that after a few hours, I had a swig of alkaline water... and started to burn. More water didn't help, so I went and sat down to play a video game, and a few minutes later, after I leaned back to relax, my throat felt like someone had set it on fire..! It calmed down a little almost immediately after I sat up, but wouldn't go away completely and got worse with belching. I tried to find something to make it stop without yielding and returning to the meds. In a totally random move, I ate a handful of Cheerios. No really. XD And the funny thing is, they worked. After I ate them, I could sit back in my seat as I did before, and nothing happened. No burning until I had a mug full of water, and then it returned in full force!
My point is, could water or my body position be making me hypersensitive to whatever is happening in my throat? I know things like bending over or lying down are supposed to make reflux worse, but they don't usually affect me, so why would doing the right things with my body make me worse? Does anyone else here have any experience with this? Any help would be much appreciated, and may provide me with some ammo for my upcoming appointment with a gastro specialist.
One more thing; whenever my throat burns, there's no mucus and I don't get a lump in my throat. However since stopping the Cimetidine tablets, my mucus and throat clearing has gone and my throat-lump with it. I still get a sore throat when I wake up, but it goes away as soon as something goes down into my throat like steam from the morning shower or breakfast cereal. Does that sound important to tell the specialist, regarding figuring out what's going on?
EDIT: I should point out though bad food has been linked to my burning before; the other day I risked a pizza and burned long into the afternoon as soon as I... yes, sat in my car's driving seat and leaned back and had some water.