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Date Joined Oct 2006
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   Posted 10/24/2006 6:50 PM (GMT -6)   
Greetings all.  I am a 39 year old guy, somewhat overweight.  I do not drink or smoke.  I have had several "acid attacks", ie.  waking up choking with acid in my throat and mouth.  Usually that happens when I over do it close to bed time, etc.  I take Pilosec OTC to control symptoms and have tried to eat better.
about two weeks ago, after a particularly nasty choking episode, my throat started to ache when ever I swallowed, or yawned.  It feels like a tightness on the left side of my Adam's apple.  Sort of like the feeling one gets when they are watching a sad movie and are trying to hold back tears.  It is more prevelant if my head is aimed down at the floor, and I feel it less, or not at all when I am looking slightly upward.
It has not gotten worse, nor does it hurt constantly, just primarily when I swallow foods.  Has anyone else had this symptom??? Or ideas?
If so I would greatly appreciate any comments.

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Date Joined Nov 2005
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   Posted 10/25/2006 10:18 AM (GMT -6)   
Have you been checked out by a GI doc yet

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   Posted 10/25/2006 3:17 PM (GMT -6)   
Not yet, was waiting to see if it went away. Today, it is significantly better, and I really only notice the discomfort when I drink carbonated drinks...

Wondering if that might be aggravating any damage I may have caused with the reflux incident?

Sean B
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   Posted 12/5/2006 1:48 PM (GMT -6)   
I'm a slghtly overwieght 39 year old guy as well and have had those symptoms exactly and a few others on and off.  I have also noticed that turning the head a different angles lessesns the pain when its flaring.  I seem to have issues with sinusitus at the same time which is quite common with Gerd.  A new theory out in one of the other posts suggests Chlorinated water may be the source of all our woes.  I;m going to make the switch to spring water to see what happens.  I have been drinking lots of water to combat fibromyalgia type symtoms which has worked wonderfully but I have noticed an increase with Heartburn etc.  Although I was drinking bottled water it is still chlorinated which may have esasperated the Gerd.  Good Luck in finding a cure that works for you.

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   Posted 12/5/2006 9:44 PM (GMT -6)   
I only drink filtered or bottled water that's not chlorinated. Earlier on with my condition I made the mistake of cooking with chlorinated tap water...and it really made a difference. Even rice cooked in chlorinated tap water made my stomach get quite acidy. But if I use non-chlorinated water it just doesn't happen. Go figure. It works for me so I stick with it.

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Date Joined Dec 2006
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   Posted 12/18/2006 5:05 PM (GMT -6)   
HI there, I know that many GIs think that when you have trouble swallowing and a choking feeling, it is "globus sensation."  That is a feeling that something is stuck in your throat even when it is not.  It can be caused by anxiety.  I have the lump in the throat sensation but I believe that it is a wad of acid stuck in my throat.
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