I have just undergone tests ordered by my new Gastroenterologist, Bravo and nucleii something. They discovered that my stomach is not emptying properly and sometimes during the day the acid level in my esophagus is below a 4 which means its very acidic. Whilst she was placing the bravo capsule she took a look at my esophagus and stomach and said there was some inflammation of both. She put me back on a PPI " Capidex" I was on it for a couple of days and felt awful, headaches, constant throst clearing, constipated and generally miserable, I stopped taking them two days ago and feel much better. I am going to stick with what I believe has been working...Herbal remedies such as DGL Liquorice, pro-biotics, papaya enzymes, Valerian, No dairy, no caffiene. I have found a great tea "Roobush" which never had caffiene in it to start with, it's a bush grown in South Africa. I am drinking lots more water having installed a filter on my kitchen fawcet and eating lots of fruit, fresh vegetables (particularly the green leafy kind), Oily fish, in fact fish in general, seeds, nuts and milk free dark chocolate. All of these foods are considered to be imflamation retarding foods and generally help with digestion. I am sure the onset of menopause, peri, is the culprit and the PPi i was told to take added to my misery. I am sleeping better and have virtually no gerd. I still clear my throat after eating but am hopeful this too will abate once I get the good bacteria flourishing in my gut after killing it all with Prilosec. I am writing this blog in the hope it will help other women. I have struggled with this for several years now whilst it progressively got worse and worse. I don't feel my Doctors helped other than the tests which I went after. Be proactive ladies, read, read. read...Modern medicine does not have a solution for this and you have to help youselves and find what works for you. Incidentally I also think my LES ( Lower esophegeal spincter ) is weak. This could be hereditary but is definately affected by the stomach not clearing properly and the foods I eat. It doesn't close quickly enough after
opening to allow food, drinks from the esophagus into the stomach and lets a small amount of Hcl wash back into the esophagus and up into my throat. This is whats causing the throat clearing. It helps knowing whats going on and I feel so much more in control and generally better in my self daily. Good luck to all with this issue and don't hesitate to contact me should you have any related questions. I would love to help!