Chronic Heartburn

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Hi Guys! its been 3 months already and still suffering from a 24/7 burning feeling on my chest and throat. Sometimes i get the "food-stuck" feeling inside my throat from time to time. sad Doctor prescribed me with 40mg esomprazole taken once everyday for 3 months. Its been more than 2months already almost done with my medication. It seems that there has no improvement whatsoever. Feeling tired already. Planning to get an endoscopy by the end of the month. Any advice that you could give me. I have GERD btw. sad((

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    Hi ,

    I'm with you. I hear you. Been with Omeprazole 20 mg daily. Had to stop it for couple of weeks to be tested for H  pylori which came back negative. I constantly have that "stuck in your throat feeling" it 's called globus sensation. Give it some time and don't worry that much . The basics would be to avoid eating 3 hours before bedtime, stay away from spicy or oily food.drink lots of water.Hope you do good in Endoscopy. take care.

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      thanks. I guess i have to patiently wait and see how it goes. Im trying to live a healthy lifestyle already. 
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    Hi

    There is a range of similar drugs so ask your doctor to change them. I'm on lansoprazole which so far has been ok for me. If you haven't been seen by a GI specialist ask your GP to refer you.

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    First of all, we can not underestimate the healing power of good nutrition.  Most nutrients come from fruit and vegtables, so focus on eating those regularly.  Also, anyone with digestive or muscle issues should be taking 500mg of a 5 source magnesium.  I will PM you the name of a good one.

    It sounds like you have at least two issues.  They may or not be connected.  The feeling in the throat could be the esophageal muscles being out of sync or it could be an actual pouch in the esophagus, called esophageal diverticula.  When you eat or take pills make sure that it does not get stuck in the pouch.  I would recommend chewing gum for about 1 hour after each meal.  That will help wash down anything stuck there.  Plus, it will help exercise the esophageal muscles. 

    The GERD symptoms could be caused by the esophageal diverticula, as anything stuck in the esophagus could prevent the LES from closing properly. 

    Many doctors assume that the acid reflux caused the globus sensation, and then prescribe acid blockers in the hope that the esophagus will heal in the absence of refluxed acid.  There are tests that can be done to determine the cause of the globus sensation.  Hopefully, the doctor will take this seriously as it can lead to serious problems.

    You should be sleeping on a wedge or raise the head of your bed 7 inches.

    Keep us informed as to your condition.  We care.

    Regards, Jonathan

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      Truly appreciate your input here. It is very informative. Would you happen to know what are the tests for the globus sensation and are there any possible treatment to this  horrible condition?

      I am currently taking magnesium and B complex vitamins.

      is there a particular brand you can recommend?

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      Hmm.. I always get that feeling whenever i take my meds after i leave for work in the morning. It seems like the pill that i drink gets stuck on my throat. But i do drink water when that happens to make sure it goes down. smile will try the magnesium supplement that youve sent me. Appreciate it really. Im beginning to feel better now
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      Sorry, I forgot to mention the test for globus sensation: This is what I found.

      1. Oesophageal motility studies (require swallowing a catheter containing a pressure transducer) are useful when oesophageal spasm is suspected.

      2. Value of barium swallow in investigation of globus pharyngeus.

      Not pleasant but sometimes they are necessary.

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      Sounds like there will be lots of discomfort during the process.Did you undergo this procedure?Then what is the treatment?
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      Unfortunately, many of these tests lead to surgery.  I did not have this issue myself but I did find some information. 

      But, it is important to know why you have this condition as it could also be an indicator of a more serious muscle disease.

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