Endoscopy

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Hey All! So I created a discussion a couple weeks back and I’m just following up. I had my endoscopy today and doc said everything is normal. Now that’s great- I don’t want to wish illness on myself, however, I still get tight chest, chest pain, constant throat clearing, sensation of something stuck in the back of my throat, feeling of not being able to breathe (absolute worst) etc. I’m frustrated, if everything is normal as he says (he did do a biopsy so I’ll learn more in two weeks) why do I still get these symptoms? I’m only eating watermelon, cantaloupe, papaya and roasted or grilled chicken. I’ve lost 17 pounds since 5/9 because I’m truly afraid to eat. I don’t know what to do. Should I seek a second opinion with another gastro or am I seeing the wrong type of specialist? 

Any help or suggestions would be lovely! 

Sincerely,

Confused patient 

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    Try eliminating the grilled chicken. Instead, bake it or bake salmon. Also, do not eat any papaya for now since it has this very strong enzyme that could be hard to digest to some people. If you have a blender, I suggest blending some cabbage, celery and carrots. You can use honey or dates as your sweetener. Sip on some chamomile tea right after your meal. Also, try aloe vera gel. Mix it with your smoothie minutes before your meal.
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    SO glad there's nothing seriously wrong in your esophogus and stomach -- that's good news!  There are so many things that can cause reflux, and LPR (sounds like what you have) is particularly tricky to figure out.  I've been trying to get well for about 4 months, and while I've improved a bit I still have symptoms like throat clearing and nausea.  I've been on a low carb diet for 3 months and it seems to help with the stomach burning I used to experience.  Since what you're eating is still causing symptoms, perhaps you should try a different diet that makes sense for you: either something low acid (like Acid Watchers) to heal the throat or low carb (like Fast Tract) to figure out if sugars/starches are your problem...or something else completely.  The fruit you're eating contains a lot of sugar, so if carbs are your issue then there's a reason you're still getting symptoms.  Anyway, good luck to you!

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    Hi Ellie,

    Did the symptoms that you first started having, build up gradually or did you suddenly suffer from everything all at once?

    i.e. Did something happen to trigger it all off?

    Are you taking any medication? 

    Do you drink only de-caffeinated drinks? Because they’re one of the worse things for triggering gastric reflux!!

    Gastric reflux is a really weird complaint, but I must say that anxiety also plays a role in it. 

    I know exactly what you mean about being told “everything’s  normal” when you’re feeling far from it!! 

    I felt dreadful and wondered if I was dying!! 

    However, after many weeks of being on Omeprazole all my symptoms gradually subsided. 

    Good luck with your recovery but if you don’t “feel right “ then keep going back to your Doctor until you’re satisfied that nothing’s been missed. 

    Hopefully with an alkaline diet and possibly medication you will feel better soon. 

    Kind regards

    Jane 

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