Friendly Gal My ENT took a look down my throat and it was very swollen and red, this was due to the sinus infection and severe post nasal drip. So, I developed laryangitis and with my other symptoms of the tight bloated feeling in my stomach, choking when I tried to swallow and thick mucous feeling in my throat, also I felt like something was coming up my throat from my stomach she suspected GERN and put me on pepcid, medrol steroids to reduce the swelling in my throat and sinus and Claritin for the post nasal drip. I never took alot of medications, so this is totally miserable, because of my age I have all kinds of side effects. I'm scheduled for my first visit with a GI specialist next week. The post nasal drip has completely stopped taking the Claritan, have you tried anything like that, it's such a relief not to have that nasty stuff running down my throat every day. I'm sure my GI will run all the tests you mentioned, how awful is the barium swallow, or is it not as bad as I'm thinking. I freaked out when I was trying to eat and started choking, but the swollen throat was mostly to blame, so hopefully I'll be able able to get back to a more normal diet, at least eat some solid food. I've been flat on my back for three weeks, never been so sick and miserable.
I hope you're doing better and your message was a real help.