I've been having a problem with many things since April of this year. One was an upper abdominal (stomach) pain that would not go away so my primary care put me on a PPI for 8 weeks. I wasn't happy with this solution since I never had heartburn. I started with Aciphex which made me very light headed. So I myself switched to OTC Prilosec, 20mg, a day. I did this for 3 weeks. For some reason Prilosec made me cough and I felt a little bit out of breath. The stomach pains seemed to get better though. One morning, I noticed that I not only would cough, but swallowing was becoming uncomfortable. It doesn't hurt but just feels like I'm swallowing a pill all the way down no matter what I swallow including my own saliva. So I stopped the Prilosec. The cough went away but the swallowing problem didn't. And I started getting chest pains. Because I couldn't deal with the pains, I started taking Zantac at the advice of an Urgent Care doctor. That drug at times helps my chest pain (I get this pain in my upper chest above the breasts on both sides) and sometimes the coughing up of salty, clear mucous but the swallowing problem worsens. The dose was 150mg two times a day. I tried reducing that and the swallowing problem isn't as bad but is still there. So I went to yet another doctor and he also said it seems like I might have GERD and suggested I try Prevacid for 5 days at 30mg and then 15mg daily for 8 weeks. That doctor said I would should feel better within 5 days and if not I should go for the endoscopy. By day 3 of Prevacid, I was having increased discomfort swallowing and couldn't take it! So I stopped that and have been trying to manage this without acid reducers. In between the 2 doctor visits, I saw a GI who said that the mucous part of my problem made him think of infection however I wasn't sick enough for that. So he was leaning toward this being pychosomatic in nature. I hate when they tell me that..Anyway, I just want to feel better! He said he would perform an endoscopy but only if I want it. I'm not ready for that just yet.
I guess what I want to know, has anyone experienced their symptoms worsened (specifically swallowing) when taking the acid reducers? I know that sounds opposite of what the medications are supossed to do. The strange things is I actually feel better without the meds yet not quite well because of the intermittent chest pain and swallowing sensation.
Does anyone have an idea what I might have? Is this really GERD? Even if I have a hernia, I read that the treatment is the same, acid reducers or surgery. I hate to go through an invasive procedure just to find that I'm going to end up taking the same meds I've already tried. Anyone with experience, please let me know your thoughts. Anything I can try?
P.S. I'm taking DGL and trying to watch my diet. I'm not overweight and I exercise.