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I will be as brief as possible. I have now seen two additional GI doctors and I am no closer to answers.
The whole story:
Went to an ENT and complained that I lose my voice. Nothing more.
They took photos and saw inflammation on my vocal chords. He referred me to get an endoscopy. I did.
Endoscopy found esophagitis. I was put on pantoprazole and told to follow a strict acid reflux diet. Having acid reflux was totally new to me as I never felt obvious symptoms from it. I was told to not eat several hours before bed and to raise my head at night. I have done all of these things.
After 2 or 3 days on pantoprazole, I got a rancid disgusting taste in my mouth and a hot burning and sore throat, and pains in my chest.
I stopped the medication. It is now two weeks later and I AM STILL HAVING these symptoms. Throat feels burning hot, horrible taste in my mouth. No pains in chest.
Three separate GI doctors tell me they don't think it was the pantoprazole because they have never heard of it doing that. One of them told me to try Omneprazole 40 mg instead, and two of them told me to try Pepcid. Neither of them can explain what happened. I told them prior to the endoscopy I had almost no symptoms of acid reflux besides losing my voice easily. My throat felt fine and not in pain, and my diet was full of coffee and pizza and citrus and I never had any pain or discomfort or bad taste.
It is now weeks later and my mouth still tastes bad and my throat is still hurting. The second doctor lectured me about what acid reflux is but did nothing to clear up what has happened to me. The third GI doctor said "anxiety" is causing it which seems completely idiotic to me.
Can anyone tell me what has happened to me? Again, I have gone to three GI doctors already and nobody can help me. They all say they have no idea what happened to me. It almost seems like this first doctor gave me acid reflux problems or gave me some illness from the endoscopy, because I did not have any of these issues before and now it has debilitated me the past three weeks. I never had a bad taste in my mouth or a painful throat or chest pains. I have been incredibly frustrated and depressed because no one can explain what happened to me.
Again, short version of timeline:
Losing voice --> endoscopy -->put on pantoprazole-->burning throat and awful taste in mouth now for three weeks. Currently taking 40mg omeprazole every day with minimal side effects. Absolutely no improvement of symptoms despite medication and extreme diet and lifestyle changes as recommended by all doctors.
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