Acid reflux, lump in throat, gas pains

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I have been diagnosed by the ENT for reflux and I also suffer from anxiety..as I know anxiety and stress is a big trigger for stomach issues in general. For the past 2-3 months I have been getting this lump in throat sensation and lately it seems to be worse! My anxiety has been a lot better, so it doesn't make sense to me why I would be getting this sensation..I had vanilla ice cream last night so I am assuming that triggered it, since I am still trying to figure out WHAT foods exactly make it worse. I also have been getting what I feel are gas pains (been to the cardiologist and gotten a chest X-ray, many EKGs, all good) on my left side by my rib...and even under my armpit a bit. I burp a lot, so all this seems to be related.

Does anyone deal with similar symptoms? And what do you do to help the lump in throat sensation? I have been trying aloe juice, licorice tea. And st the moment I am chewing gum to see if it helps.

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    Hi Saraanbe,

    I would begin with a gastroenterologist who will perform an endoscopy.

    Much reflux is because of a hiatal hernia.

    If you elevate the head of your bed 5 inches, you will minimize your reflux.

    Keep non prescription antacids handy.

    kind regards

    judith

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      Thank you! I am seeing one in about 2 weeks actually. The sensation has gone now from my throat to my chest and I don't know if it's heartburn or what exactly. I will absolutely try tilting my head when I sleep!

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      Hi

      Heartburn is right in rhe center of your chest and is typically felt moving up the esophagus. Heart burn is a sympton of reflux. Reflux the the acid from your stomach moving up your esophagus, typically because the sphincter muscle is weak. The lump in the back, top of your throat is the gas from the reflux.

      Your esophagus is burned by the reflux especially at night when you lie down.

      So also try elevating the head of your bed 5 inches. This elevation will help your body hold things in the stomach where they belong.

      kind regards

      judith

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    I've had acid reflux and while it seems to be under control, other new symptoms have formed. A few weeks ago I began having the lump in throat sensation after eating and recently it seems to be happening more and more. Trigger foods for me seem to be chocolate, lemon, tomatoes, peppermintpeppermint. The symptoms seem to come and go, I have been eating soup and drinking water and I started drinking Ensure (I stupidly bought the dark chocolate flavor which is AMAZING, but probably not the best idea, so tomorrow I'm going to buy some butter pecan or vanilla flavor) I also have had bad anxiety that I'm treating with Prozac & Hydroxyzine. My symptoms for this throat problem are excessive clearing of throat, some coughing, lump type feeling and occasional burning feeling (most likely due to the lemon I had in my tea yesterday) I went to the walk in clinic yesterday and they checked me for Strep, which I did not test positive for. And they said I had no redness. They are having me go to an ENT Monday and I'm scared...... I'm 1 of those people who obsessively check Google for their symptoms, and end up thinking they have the worst possible disease.

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      I am the same way with obsessively thinking! It's easier said than done since I get anxiety as well, but try to keep yourself as calm as possible since everything you mentioned sounds EXACTLY like reflux. When you go to the ENT they will use the camera to take photos of your throat and they will be able to tell if anything is wrong... and it will put you more at ease. Let me know how it pans out! Have you ever gotten the tightness in the throat and chest congestion and pains as well?

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    I'm scared of the camera going down my throat sad And yes I've had the throat tightness, and sometimes it feels like my chest is tight. And rarely do I have any chest pain. I'll let you know how it goes, how bad is the camera going down the throat? I have a bad gag reflex.

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      Hi

      The docs are so great, because of medication you will be okay.

      Frankly, I woke up without a memory of the actual procedure.

      hug

      judith

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    *hugs back* thank you Judith smile is it the procedure where they put the tube through your nose down to your throat, or is it the 1 where they just put it straight down your throat?

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      the one down the nose is typically done when a bleeding ulcer is suspected to check for blood, to provide short term nutritional support, or aspiration of stomach contents...t is termed nasogastric tube.

      The tube through the mouth is endoscope, the test is referred to as endoscopy...it has a light, they can take biopsies, they can peek into the upper small intestine...

      hope this explains it...

      juditg

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    So I went to the ENT appointment and they put the camera down my throat the nose way since i have a bad gag reflex, it felt weird, but it wasn't too bad. It only took like 15 seconds and they found no abnormalities. they told me it was due to my acid reflux, and to cut out late night eating, double up on my acid reflux pills, 1 in the morning and 1 at night, and to drink plenty of water.

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    Hello, I have lived with those issues for years. This last spring I had my gallbladder removed with the hope that some of my most severe stomach issues would be alleviated and it worked to a certain degree. The lump in the throat is an alarming sensation and it triggers the anxiety which produces more bile... etc. The best way to stop the throat sensation from happening is to go on an h2 blocker with a proton pump inhibitor. You have to change your diet completely. And under no circumstances should you have any coffee!!! Once I gave up the coffee and tea the lumpy feeling stopped completely. I still cheat sometimes, but once you let your stomach heal you can have a cup every now and then. If I were you I would ask my doctor about getting a test on your gallbladder to see if it's working properly. Middle aged women seem to be more likely to have issues with that area especially if you are menopausal. I hope this helped I know how scary it can be, hang in there.

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      Thank you so much! This is very helpful. I'm glad you are doing okay, us women get the best of it all don't we 😂 What sucks is I am so addicted to coffee / caffeine and I have been trying to only have ONE small cup in the morning each day (cutting back on it, since I used to have up to 3 cups) what are some staples in your diet, if you wouldn't mind? Because I am adjusting to a new diet because of this and any tips would be helpful! I have cut out tomatoes, onions, fried foods etc. and I am eating more leafy greens and fennel, stuff like that. Having this makes us HAVE to pay attention to everything! I get the anxiety as well, and I DO feel it makes it worse! Glad I am not the only one.

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      Also, have you ever dealt with lightheadedness due to this? I feel as if I'll have the sensation (and perhaps it's anxiety based since my mind is exhausted. I'm sure you know what I mean!) and then I get out of it, fatigued, sometimes lightheaded. Not a fun feeling!

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      Hello

      I also live with all this horrible issues 😩Been recently diagnosed with sliding hiatus hernia, loose LES, bile reflux. Awaiting more tests.

      Considering taking something for depression it has all caused...

      Can you please update your recent findings.

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