Hello new member with throat lump caused by Gerd!

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Date Joined Dec 2013
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   Posted 12/10/2013 12:45 PM (GMT -6)   
Hello I am new here. I have recently been diagnosed with Gerd! In September I went to the ER with terrible stomach pains. I thought I was dying. They gave me the test when you swallow the liquid and then they take the pics. Came back as a hiatal hernia and Gerd. I am a diet coke junkie and love my 2 cups of coffee a day. Lost my job a few years ago and went from being 135 to 235 lbs. I was an avid weight lifter but got into a rut and gained all this weight! 2 weeks ago I was eating and my last swallow poof There was the lump! I really was not watching my diet the way I should have been either. Went to my ent and he put that scope down my nose into my throat and saw nothing. I told him I was diagnosed with Gerd. He then put me on Zantac 150 mil 2 x a day. I have now stopped all diet coke coffee and cleaned up my diet. My question is how long until this lump goes away? It's been 2 weeks now!

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   Posted 12/10/2013 2:00 PM (GMT -6)   
The esophagus can take a long time to heal. I had reflux surgery and even with that I felt the lump in my throat for a good month and a half.

If it doesn't go away for you after a few weeks definitely let your doctor know.
Nissen Fundoplication 8/2013

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Date Joined Dec 2013
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   Posted 12/10/2013 3:34 PM (GMT -6)   
Wow I will! I have found that I have no problems at night when I'm laying down. It's as if it almost goes away .Then I wake up and within an hour it's back. Some days are worse then others but it has gotten better then when I first got it the day before Thanksgiving. I didn't even have to swallow and I cold feel the lump . I told my husband that if it did not go away by January 2nd I would go to his Gastro Dr. The weird thing is when I have water or skim milk the lump feeling bothers me really bad. When I eat boiled potatoes or have low fat low salt chicken broth it doesn't bother me.anyone else have similar problems?

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   Posted 12/10/2013 5:21 PM (GMT -6)   

Welcome aboard!

With what you described at night I would suggest raising the head of your bed about 4 to 6 inches. Wood blocks work well for this. Don't just add more pillows. This can add pressure to your belly and make things worse. They do make some good wedges now if your hubby doesn't like the bed inclined, but be sure to keep you whole upper body on an incline, not just your head.
Also not eating 3 to 4 hours before laying down helps. The lump is a very common complaint with GERd and can be stubborn to get to go away.

Take care,
Moderator: GERD/Heartburn, Kidney disease

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