hi, i am new to this forum...i want to tell my story and see if anyone can help...in november i started having a lot of dental work done. i had to wear temporary dental work for about 5 weeks. towards the end of the dental work, i noticed a lump in my throat. i mentioned it to my dentist and even asked the dentist to look down my throat to see if he could see anything..nothing. mid-november i went to my regular dr. he gave me antibiotics and pednisone. after 2 weeks on the meds, no change.
i saw him again and he read me the riot act that beccause i waas a "chronic tobacco abuser" the meds had not worked and he would give me a stronger antibiotic. i got augmenten (sp) - after two weeks, no change.
sent back to drs office and saw a different doctor. went and got soft tissue x-rays and a cbc panel. results showed nothing. made appt with ent.
went to ent,,she put the thing through my nose to look at my throat. gave me an iv (steroids and antibiotics in the office and said i had Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori) from the dental work. gave me rx'es for antibiotic and flagyl. after 8 day, no change. i called the office and another ent called in new meds, another antibiotic, more flagyl, pepto-bismol tablets and prilosec. after three weeks, no change.
returned to ent office today...she wants me to take 80 ml of prilosec a day. she stands by the h. pylori theory. but added gerd something to my chart today.
please note. the lump is real. i can feel it all the time. less in the early morning.
i have NEVER had stomache acid, heartburn, etc. i have never taken a tums in my life and i am almost 60 years old.
i am a smoker.have been for about 35 years.
my stomache has been alittle on the blitz because of all the meds, but nothing i think other than that.
i don't think i could have major stomache acid and not know or feel something.
i am to go back to the dr in 6 weeks.
i don't drink soft drinks. i do drink coffee and tea.
no bad taste in my mouth.
no problem eating anything i want. had mexican last night, no issues.
i don't have gas, stomache aches, etc.
no fever, that i have noticed.
ni issues sleeping, no problem breathing. i have had, for years, maybe once a month, post nasel drip in the night,i just keep a spray bottle of cloriseptic (sp)spray on the bedside table, no issue. not a regular thing.
is there a connection between h. pylori and gerd?
i what is in my throat (an infection?) contagious? scared to kiss my husband.
will the lump get bigger? seems to have stayed the same size for the last 4 months
i stay at home and raise small dogs...no stress
any info you have might help me to figure this out..i just cannot believe i have gurd this bad and nothing but the throat lump to show for it. nor that prilesec is a cure for a throat lump.
thanks for your time...