Acid reflux, burning tongue, nausea

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Just wondering if anyone has had these issues or have any insight.

5 weeks ago I started getting a burning feeling from my stomach to the top of my throat; felt like hot lava. I went to my family doctor who prescribed me novo-pantoprazole and it did not help after 2 weeks of taking it. I was given a blood test for thyroids as well as a thyroid ultrasound. Nothing was working so I went back twice and was given apo-ranitidine. Taking these both a day has decreased the burning but have risen my heart rate and I have been undergoing depression pretty bad. (Not sure if those would be linked to the medication)

My throat seems to now crack when I swallow and if I move it, it feels like broken bones. My jaw feels extremely tight (probably from stress) and my stomach constantly makes a gurgling noise and I'm always nauseous. I do not eat unhealthy, though my appetite has decreased significantly. I can't tell if it's from whatever is wrong with me or the depression and anxiety I have been having due to this. My tongue also always feels to be on fire and 3 days ago the sides got swollen and bumps appeared on it. The bumps only last for an hour or so and are gone now... But the burning remains. What's wrong with me!!!

P.s I do have an appointment scheduled for a scope as well.

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    A thing worth considering is Sleep Apnea. 

    The breathing difficulties (that you are not aware of) help pump refux into your mouth.

    Depression is a common symptom for people with Sleep Apnea.

    Next time you get bumps on your tongue have a look at them in the mirror.  They are probably blood blisters that burst after a couple of  hours.

    Assuming you have your bed head elevated, on the medication, don't drink alcohol etc. then you have all the symptoms of a flare up.  If you are careful it will disappear in a couple of weeks, but if you have SA then it probably won't or it will keep recurring.

    Do you feel tired during the day? Perhaps a headache as well?

    The following come as a surprise to docs:

    Blood blisters in the mouth

    The fact that the reflux material can enter and damage your sinuses.

    The link between reflux and SA.

    Have a sleep study.  Initially you could record your sleep with a mobile phone. If you notice noisy breathing for a period (perhaps 10 seconds) then silence (up to a minute when you are not breathing) and this or a similar pattern keeps repeating then you have SA. Don't use add-on apps for this, many of them only record when there is a noise.

    What you are going through is unpleasant and worrying. Hope you can get to the bottom of it. Don't rely on your doc 100%, question.

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    Hi Jacqueline,

    While I am not yet sure if I have reflux I have investigated it extensively both in many many patient stories and on medical sites.

    All normal for reflux from everything I know. Burning is symptom #1 and as the acid backs up your throat it can also irritate your throat, tongue, jaw and cause ear burning. The 'bumps' you saw on your tongue are likely just swollen papillae (taste buds) which are usually more pronounced on the very back of the tongue and on the sides. Have a look at the very back of your tongue in the mirror with a flashlight and don't freak when you see the lumps, did they look like that?

    Gurgling stomach also common.

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      Thanks for the reply ! It seems very likely that it is acid reflux. The bumps on my tongue were only on the middle of both sides. Nothing was at the back. I got it an hour later after eating a pizza bun. Maybe the tomato burned my tongue due to the acidity? Haven't had the bumps since.

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    Interesting that you say the bumps appeared after eating.  I have had reflux for 40 years or so and it steadily gets worse as we age, never better.

    The bump (blood blisters) I get appear more often on the roof of my mouth but can appear anywhere. They are no doubt caused by reflux, I won't say acid but here are many compounds in reflux material that try to digest you apart from acid. 

    I never have the bumps in the morning.  If they are going to they will appear after the lunch time meal (no matter what I eat).  I suspect the eating movements along with the damage done by the reflux material together cause a blister to develop.

    The key thing is to stop the reflux going up so high.  There are not many things that make this happen.


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