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Red1966
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   Posted 12/17/2007 10:08 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi
 
Just curious to those that have problems with there throat due to acid reflux. I would be very grateful to listen to your experience cause mine is really getting painful.
 
I never get the taste of acid in my throat which is why I question this. for months now I get a burning at the top of my back where the bone meets the neck. I get pain all down the front of the neck where the adams apple is & it radiates to underneath my ears. I have to keep feeling my neck to see if I have lumps. if I talk on the phone for long periods of time my throat hurts when I speak, feels like I am losing my voice I have to cough all the time as I feel something is stuck.
 
I was taking prilosec for a month which did not help, now I am on zantex 150mg & after meals i take Maalox still not helping. before I never took maalox & I was always constipated now with maalox I have constant diarreah.
 
To be honest I am getting very frustrated as I really feel is acid the problem even tho I had an endescope & had an imflammed esophagus. just dont make sense all medication taken so far is not helping.
 
thankyou & hope you reply to me with your experiences, it may help me knowing that some of you was like me & got relief.

outtllaw
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   Posted 12/17/2007 10:50 PM (GMT -6)   
Go back to you doctor and let him know that the meds you are taking is not working. My guess is he will put on stronger med like PPI (Nexium,Prevacid).

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   Posted 12/18/2007 12:03 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi there Red...I agree again with outlaw...you need to go back to the doc and let him know that this is going on. You don't have to suffer, and there has to be something your doctor could do. If your doctor gives you issues, then get a 2nd opinion.

Please, keep us posted as to how you are doing!
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Red1966
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   Posted 12/18/2007 1:43 PM (GMT -6)   
I think the worst of it all is i keep searching the internet with the symptoms I have & all i get is throat cancer come up & I really am getting worried. I just thought if i got others with there experiences with there throat as i have seen some with problems with there throat it might put my mind at ease. I have an appointment on Friday with the GI Doc so i am thinking of writing a list I want to tell him.

Thankyou all

Joan M
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   Posted 12/18/2007 3:39 PM (GMT -6)   
My throat is sometimes very painful. Sometimes I have a terrible taste in my mouth. I have read that the theodur I used for my asthma may have caused the GERD. I am taking the medicine (omeprazole --- a ppi) now as I have to because I take a heavy duty arthritis medicine (mobic) for pain. My doc explained that I could come down with a bleeding ulcer if I do not take a ppi when I am using any heavy duty asprin-based product on a regular basis.
 
ppi (proton pump inhibitors) are supposed to be good for chronic gerd.

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   Posted 12/19/2007 4:47 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Red...

best of luck with your appointment Friday. Let us know how it comes out.

Tell your Dr all Red. If he does not listen then like Tammy said go and get a second opinion. Is well worth it. I get the throat thing. I seem like I am always clearing my throat, or it will burn. Or did. Even sometimes to swallow was hard to do. I went off my meds then back on. After a couple of weeks I had to go back in and my DR put me on a higher dose and that has helped. Do you raise the head of your bed? I do now and it helps alot. Watch what you eat as well, that could add to it.
I know how it is to look something up on the web and the big c word comes up. Then the worry begins. Found out the more one worries, panic, anxiety kicks in and just the stress of that alone can make it worse.
Hope you find something out. But do let DR know all drugs even over the counter stuff you might be taking and how you feel.
Hope to hear how all comes out.
Very Best of luck to you.

Mia

Red1966
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   Posted 12/19/2007 9:51 PM (GMT -6)   
Thankyou for your replies, I will update you, I am going to lay it down on the table cause this is no fun at all. the way I feel if my esophagus is inflammed what is it doing to my throat so i want it checked out.

thankyou again
Red

mammaMia
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   Posted 12/20/2007 11:39 AM (GMT -6)   
Red.

Good to hear you are going to lay all your cards down on the table for the DR. Make your list of things you want to ask him is good. That way you won`t forget what you want to ask or tell him. I do the same. Seems like when I get into the office half the things I want to ask or tell him goes right out my head.

It is always best to check it out with your DR.

Take good care.

Mia

Red1966
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   Posted 12/21/2007 3:44 PM (GMT -6)   
Went to the Gi Doc today. He said he will prescribe different medication for a month Acidfex 2 x a day but my insurance said that is over there dose limit so now it will be Acidfex 1 x a day & prilosec otc 1 x a day. the doc said see if that helps give it a month & get back to him, if it still dont help they will do a PH test to see if it is acid related as I told him I dont really get heart burn & never taste acid in my mouth so bacically he said if the PH test shows the acid not being to much to cause my throat problem he will refer me to an ENT doctor. I did ask the question about the throat, would an endescope find any abnormality in the throat area & he said no but he did say when he examined my neck that he never felt any masses so he is pretty sure that its not the big C word. I also asked about certain medication such as prilosec & Zantex effecting your bowels & making you constipated he said yes it can do that & maalox & Mylanta going the opposite & making you go more he said yes. The other question was about him suggesting barretts but as the biospies came out negative of barretts what did it mean in change of reflux, he said that I had acid & there was a change in the amount of reflux produced but that can change anytime this is why the PH test will tell them how much I have & wether it is causing the pain I have.

thank for all your support, I will most certainly keep you updated on the situation & have a nice christmas everyone

Red

Joan M
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   Posted 12/21/2007 5:12 PM (GMT -6)   
Red...wanted you to know that if you have $15 - $20 to spare you can get a head pillow at Bed and Bath type places. They are for reading in bed but I sleep with one. They are pretty easy to get used to. The idea behind it is gravity is forcing you to stay up straight when you sleep. They have found that most severe GERD symptoms happen at night. Hope this makes sense and hang in there.

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   Posted 12/22/2007 2:11 AM (GMT -6)   
Hmmm, you could have severe post nasal drip, that can give you a nasty and painful sore throat....which would be diagnosed by an ENT. I had a friend who had it, they kept thinking she had strep or reflux, finally sent her to an ENT and it was post nasal drip. Put her on a medication (I don't remember what it was) and some kind of prescription nasal spray and then it disappeared.

Just a thought....if the GERD medications aren't working could be something not related...I have to take Zegerid twice a day and I have esophagitis from so much reflux....however my PH test showed no reflux so just keep that in mind. (I must have had a good day when I had the ph test) :)

blinky
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   Posted 12/22/2007 9:17 PM (GMT -6)   
hey can any one or any body ever have the same problem i had gastric by pass surgrey about 18 yrs ago and now i have what my doctors call a severe stricture where the gastric pouch and the stomach meet limiting me from eating alot at one time just wondering if there is any one in the same shoes

Red1966
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   Posted 12/23/2007 6:59 AM (GMT -6)   
Thanks Joan, the pillow sounds good the only thing is I dont really suffer when I am sleeping its more during the day & of a night before bed, I am beginning to wonder if a lot is Anxiety, I was looking up symptons on anxiety & I seem to fit the description but of cause if i do have anxiety think its due to gerd making me feel awful. I will take all the test the doctor suggests to give me piece of mind & if all is well I will seek further with my usual doctor on anxiety. I never realised anxiety could take you down so much. I do know I have problems with my esophagus as it showed in the endoscope but wether that is what is causing the pain is another thing.

Thankyou doghouse it really would be nice if it was just post nasal drip as this gerd is the most awful thing anyone could have.

Hey Blinky, I really think you should open another thread for your problem you will get a lot more response. I would love to answer your question but i dont have the same problem, I am sure there are ppl that do this is why I say open another thread.

Thanks all.
Red

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   Posted 12/23/2007 8:21 AM (GMT -6)   
Yes, Blinky...Welcome, and please, feel free to start a new post for yourself, as you will probably get more replies! Again, welcome aboard, and feel free to ask questions whenever!!!
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Joan M
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   Posted 12/23/2007 9:49 AM (GMT -6)   
hi red...I thought the same thing too because I sleep rather soundly. But now I know better. One of my big problems is that I am a night eater. I also think women have a tendency to suppress belches which is not a good thing. I also have the sinus mess and at this point my throat has been sore for so long that I figure it is both. Anyway I wish everybody good luck and take care of yourself.

Red1966
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   Posted 12/25/2007 6:44 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Joan,

I know you have a sore throat. Does your neck hurt you as well also when your throat is sore does it feel like sometimes you are losing your voice & sometimes you feel as if you have a lump in your throat when you swollow?. I also get pain under my ears as well. This really seems to be messing up my whole day by the time I continue taking theses acid reducers another month will pass then it will take another month before I will be able to get in to see the GI Doc then probably another month before I get to have the ph test seems the GI docs are always got a tight schedule. Then if maybe its not because of acid & I may have to be refered to an ENT this could then be another month dont know if I can hang on that long the way I look at things is if it is not acid & something wrong with my throat it may be so bad by the time i do manage to see the ENT. I am considering going to my regular doctor & asking if she can refer me to an ENT anyway so if that is the problem i will not need a ph test.

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   Posted 12/28/2007 4:47 PM (GMT -6)   
That seems sensible...see the ent first if you can.

Yes i have had very sore throat all the way into my neck. Yes I have lost my voice and have the lump in my throat thing too. there are two kinds of acid reducing medicines...the fast acting ones that you take right away and the slower ones (ppi's). You should talk to your druggist about the different kinds of medicine.

Drinking plenty of liquids can't hurt. Take care of yourself. If you live in a cold climate make sure to wear a warm scarf around your neck.

Red1966
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   Posted 12/28/2007 8:09 PM (GMT -6)   
I went to the doctor yet again, think they are getting sick of me. She wont refer me to an ENT till I have had all test done first. I did mention to her about I was scared cause the symptoms were the same as throat cancer, she seemed to think i dont have the signs for that when she felt my neck. I really thought throat cancer was hard to find unless they run test for it but surely they know.... I hope.

Yes I live in the cold well snow in the winter for months & really hot in the summer us british are never happy with the weather lol. I live in America, Grand Rapids, Going home to see all my family in Feb then it will be rain lol.

I have tried Maalox & Mylanta, none of them seem to work & on aciphex at the moment. I am going to give it another week & phone the GI Doc up to book the ph test. Have you had a ph test? just wondering what the procedure was like & can imagine it being very uncomfortable.

Thanks
Red

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   Posted 12/29/2007 3:03 PM (GMT -6)   
Yes...I had the ph test and they give you a sedative and it is not that uncomfortable. Mine was borderline but as I may have explained in this thread...I have to take a ppi (perscription drug) so that I can take the mobic for my arthritis. Mobic is also a perscription drug for arthritis and has an aspirin component in it.

I forgot to mention that you should be gargling as much as possible. Regular mouthwash, salt water, water and apple vinegar juice...there are others. That will definately help relieve your symptoms (I hope!)

I live in upper New York State now as I am retired, use to live in the Big Apple. Hope you feel better soon and go ahead and get the ph test. Throat cancer is very rare and GERD is very common. You and I both have atypical GERD.

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   Posted 12/30/2007 10:05 PM (GMT -6)   
I am glad to see that Joan and Red have found comfort in eachother. I am glad to see you are helping eachother out here!!!
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