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I was diagnosed with a hiatus hernia many years ago, and have suffered from acid reflux for a long time. It's generally controlled with esomeprazole (20mg, sometimes 40mg) but for years I was on other medication that caused breakthrough heartburn and reflux. I have been down to 20mg esomeprazole for a while, and the other night I had the worst reflux I've ever experienced- it was like Mt Etna exploding inside me. I had intense pain in my chest and fire in my throat. I saw my GP, who said to increase the esomeprazole and take Gaviscon if necessary, and he'd see me again in 4 weeks. I felt pretty sick for a few days and could barely eat. I'm feeling better now - but it's 5 days later, and my throat still feels completely scalded. Should I be worried? I've never had such bad reflux, and am scared that some permanent damage has been done. Has this ever happened to anyone else?
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