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Date Joined Jan 2014
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   Posted 1/19/2014 11:25 AM (GMT -6)   
I am losing the will to live.

Things started out as a throat spasm and choking sensation waking me at night, then it moved onto difficulty swallowing food and constant lump in throat, then it went on to a very dry throat and lungs, laryngitis, now it feels like my throat is closing every time I breathe.

I have been on citalopram for 2 days to help cope with all of these symptoms but its causing burning under my skin.

I have been taking lansoprazole and buscopan to help with GERD but things are no better in fact things are getting worse but no one can help me.

Everytime I go to hospital they send me home and tell me to wait for my endoscopy in february.

I'm finding it so hard to cope.

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   Posted 1/19/2014 5:28 PM (GMT -6)   
Buscopan is a muscle relaxant, which could in theory relax your lower spincter allowing more acid to reflux up . Make sure you are taking your lansoprazole correctly, half an hour before you eat any food in the morning .

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   Posted 1/19/2014 6:25 PM (GMT -6)   
I'm sure citalopram is making it worse too. At least for me it does! My advice would be to lower your dose till things are under control.

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   Posted 2/9/2014 7:09 PM (GMT -6)   

Can you please contact me. I think we both suffer from the same issue and I want to compare notes. Please contact me.

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   Posted 2/11/2014 6:55 AM (GMT -6)   
Is it perhaps spasms - laryngo spasms?

I get spasms at my SCM and it causes swallowing problems, plus a very tight neck does not help.

Hope that you feel better soon!

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   Posted 2/11/2014 1:12 PM (GMT -6)   

Citalopram can actually *cause* difficulty breathing, as well as swelling of the throat. But if you were having these symptoms before starting, then it's not likely the cause. Still, I would let your Dr. know and maybe he'll prescribe a different anti depressant.

Buscopan is an anti spasmodic that seems to target the stomach.

Lansoprazole is a proton pump inhibitor that prevents the production of 90-99% of the normally produced stomach acid.

GERD/Heartburn/Acid Reflux/Hiatal hernia - the whole thing is very complicated to treat and cure. It has dozens of symptoms from chest and stomach pain to cough and throat tightness, difficulty swallowing, burning in the throat, etc. etc. Most doctors immediately prescribe a PPI like lansoprazole or omeprazole, and for many it brings relief, but for just as many it doesn't work. Or it works for a while and them stops working. It can take several days to start working, so don't give up on it yet for the GERD symptoms. Give it at least a week to take full effect. And once it does start working, it should not be stopped suddenly. When the time comes to stop taking it, it should be done gradually to prevent an acid rebound. And it should not be taken for a long term.

For now the Dr. is only giving you something to help with the symptoms. Real treatment cannot start until the endoscopy reveals the source of the problems. And they may want to do other tests after to confirm your PH level and motility of your digestion. . You are not alone in this condition. There are literally millions suffering from similar issues, as you'll see from reading the other messages here. It can take a lot of trial and error to figure out, with diet and lifestyle changes as well as drug treatments. So hang in there. Let us know the results after your test.

Post Edited (rjdriver) : 2/11/2014 11:15:05 AM (GMT-7)

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   Posted 2/15/2014 9:43 AM (GMT -6)   
I have the same throat/breathing problems. I ate greens yesterday and woke feeling like an elephant sitting on my stomach. The gastro won't do an endoscopy until the throat spasms go away. Did you have your endoscopy yet?
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