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Hi all, I have been struggling with what I've assumed is reflux since February. I have had more traditional "heartburn" before where I feel burning in my chest. This has all been in my neck and throat. It started as a "lump in the throat" feeling and has progressed to feeling like there is a furball in there. I also get soreness around collarbone/clavicles. I have had ENT exam of throat, CT scan of neck, thyroid scan-- nothing. What I haven't had is an endoscopy (of my esophagus) because I had one two years ago that was fine, but I wasn't having these kinds of symptoms, or having them EVERY DAY then, just occasional heartburn. I have been taking Prevacid 30 mg + Zantac at night (and recently tried adding in Gaviscon Advance at night also) since April and feel like they are doing nothing. I have been off caffeine and alcohol except for very occasional white wine for ages (also off chocolate, citrus, and all the usual). Garlic has become a real problem. I love to cook and have been so depressed about this. Oddly I rarely have stomach or intestinal pain or lower bowel problems. But I do feel I get full easily and burp a lot. I have been trying to eat much less and more slowly. I can't drink much water with or after meals, and it has to be warm. I just don't know what to do at this point. I hate the PPIs (Prevacid) and want to get off them, but fear I may need to take MORE of them instead. I think I would need an endoscopy again before the dr. would prescribe a higher dose, though. I sometimes wonder if taking 15 mg in the AM and 15 mg at night would help. I have also tried digestive enzymes without success. Slippery elm can help a little bit. Also I sleep on a wedge. I am going nuts with this and would love to know if anyone has had any success dealing with similar issues!
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