I was diagnosed a year ago with gerds, and at the time had no swallowing issues...except for having the lump in throat feeling, or feeling like something was kind of stuck there. When I was first having problems I would feel the food going down my esophagus...strange sensation.
Anyhow, after almost a year of being on protonix 1x a day, and changing my diet, I thought I was learning to live with this...I wasnt 100% but it was manageable. Then a few months ago, I started having some big swallowing issues. It was like my swallowing reflex just stopped, and when Id go to swallow, it woud hesitate for a second or two. Needless to say this terrified me. The dr ordered an enhanced barium upper gi series, and full severe reflux was noted affecting my throat area as well...Also hiatal hernia and gastritis. No ulcers, or erosions, blockages or strictures found.
The dr put me on nexium for a month, which I cant say helped anymore than the protonix did...The dr told me that the problem swallowing is due to tissues being swollen or damaged from the acid. I am now on protonix 2x a day, and zoloft for anxiety. The swallowing problem has subsisded some, but then again, sometimes it resurfaces. I dont think its as bad as it was initially, because at times I couldnt even swallow saliva. But, it freaks me out when i try to eat and i feel the hesitation in my reflex. I dont know why it comes and goes either. Mine never seems to leave for more than a few weeks. I am wondering if it is stress more than the acid problem??....or maybe both. Its awful hard to relax when I have this symptom though....It stresses me out!...So, as I dont have any suggestions, ,at least you know that you arent alone!!