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Here's my story. I have had GERD for years or rather since 2013 when I was 27, however I have been able to manage it well drinking soda, eating pizza, tea, etc as if everything was fine. A little indigestion or acid reflux, I may take a pill of ranitidine once a day for 2 - 3 days and it would clear up. That was in 2016, now here it is 2018 and it's become much more frequent. I have cut out drinking soda, I would have no problems with my acid reflux but sometimes it may get triggered by something like if I eat Chinese food such as shrimp and broccoli so I cut that out. These past couple of times its lasted longer than usual. Meaning I feel constantly like I have a lump in my throat or my stomach gets acid reflux back in my throat and it would last for about a week or a week and some change. My prescription was upgraded from ranitidine to pantoprazole 20mg once a day and it helped and I felt no symptoms after taking it. Now, currently I am having another episode of GERD because I ate some Mac and Cheese, didn't realize it would have triggered it, but it is a greasy food, I've eaten it before and haven't had problems so I don't fully understand why I can eat certain foods that could trigger it and get away with it. Since eating it March 26th 2018 the first few days my stomach felt the burning sensation and stomach acid was constantly going up and down my throat. I stopped eating and only drunk water and ginger tea for a few days and took pantoprazole 20mg once a day. By the end of the week, my stomach felt settled, but my throat still felt tight and would sometimes feel like it had a burning sensation to it. I assumed my throat was damaged from all the acid reflux going up and down the past few days. I went to my doctor who has given me a referral to see a gastro doctor about it. Now two weeks have gone by and I still feel like my throat is tight and sometimes feel the lump in my throat. I stopped taking pantoprazole for two days and started back up because of my doctors orders. I have started eating light, I eat oatmeal for my breakfast with water, yogurt as a snack for lunch and steamed veggies for my dinner everyday with ginger tea. I wonder how long would it take before I get back to normal again. The feeling doesn't go away and I belch frequently. I haven't had to sleep with my head or body arched upward until these past couple of weeks. I am not overweight. I am 5'9ft and 160 pounds. Is there any advice that you can give? I don't know what's going on or what else I should do. I have read a posting about someone holding back from belching to try and help strengthen the LES if it's too weak. That's something I can try.
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