Globus caused by GERD anyone got this

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Hi everyone so glad I found this forum as I feel like everyone I talk to about this just thinks I am off my head.after a year of abdominal discomfort various tests and investigation I was diagnosed with IBS in December 2014 . After that i started getting what I now think was acid reflux ( well I definitely know I had one episode as I burped and my mouth was literally full of stomach acid . I then developed a lump feeling in my throat and through an endoscopic evaluation was diagnosed with globus. i don't eat fatty or processed foods don't smoke very very rarely drink and suffer no more stress than your average person. I exercise regularly so I'm not over weight , I've raised my bed by 10 cm .. Don't eat for a few hours before bed but still the lump feeling is there . Can anyone offer any advise on diet or the dreaded PPI that my doctor has offered me ( I am a bit of a natural freak so would like to try other things... But don't know where to start) . I am currently on a daily nasal spray as we (my doctor and I) are trying a process of elimination so focusing on a possible post nasal drip . The reason for this is because my left side , where I feel the sensation , is always blocked . Is it possible to get reflux on one side??

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    I am one of those people whose body creates too much acid, therefore for me its  the wonderful PPI or be in misery. There are far,far worse things in life that the PPI eg the steroid nasal spray is a start!

    I would give the PPI a go and see if it helps, if it does then at least you know you have a solution. You could then search for a natural solution but best of luck. I have been on PPI for many years without any problems. In my view its a life changer and I wouldn;t believe everything you read on the internet about drugs because for every bad poster there are thousands of happy people who never post.

    Just remember probably the most dangerous thing you do every day is get in or drive a car, they KILL people every day.

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      Yeah I think your right. I started thinking this the other day too. I think with me I have to get to a point where it is my decision to do something otherwise I won't do it ( stubborn me .. No😂) I think I am at that point now and as you say if I do it for a few months and it doesn't work then hey ha at least I know I have tried . Thanks for taking the time to reply
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      Hi,

      if it's only globus then you can try PPI and low dose of anti depressant like elavil ( for a short time). Ppi worked for me too..I started with 40mg in jan and now down to 15mg and doing fine...so don't worry about using the ppi..

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      You again make a  good point about taking PPIs which I agree with.

      I have just got use to taking them but because they do not seem to be working my GP has referred me back to a Consultant which is even more worrying.

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    Are you on any anti-depressants at all? I'm on Fluoxetine and I've just seen that some of the side effects can kind of give you the same effects as this.. Really.
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      No not on an anti depressants I am not anxious or stressed about anything . I am generally a happy person obviously not all the time because then I would be mad😂. I'm going to give the PPIs a go and see what happens . Other than the lump feeling in my throat I am perfectly fine. My endoscope showed no signs of inflammation or any problems . He said my stomach and throat were really healthy . They took biopsies and everything came back great . My doctor did a blood test on my thyroid to check it was ok again all fine . I have been doing throat exercises as sometimes I feel like the muscles are really tight and need stretching .
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      Did you see my comment about Post Nasal Drip? I wonder why he would prescribe PPIs if you don't have inflammation, so you just have the lump and Acid Reflux? I just wouldn't want to be on the pills for 15 years, that's what puts me off.. 
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      That's what I was thinking . The specialist said over the counter antacids seeing as there is no inflammation but I have read research that suggests a 3 month course from 40mg to 20 then to 10 is needed to allow the muscles to relax... I'm not keen on them but I'd I can try them for 3 months and that's it then I might give them a go. My main concern would be the inability to digest food so how would I get all my nutrients
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      I thought so too, but I have been on PPI's 3 months and doing fine. My symptoms are gone by about 95% and I think my throat has healed well too. So you can definitely take it for short term without worrying too much about nutrient absorption etc. 

      I now have to wean myself off slowly. I reduced from 4mg in jan to 15mg now. A few more days and I might probably switch to zantac. 

      All this with reflux and gastritis (hpylori. Since you dont even have inflammation, a short course of PPIs should help you surely. 

      My globus was resolved in about a month after starting PPI's.

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    Ooooooooooh, that's interesting that you mention post nasal drip too, I'm also an Asthmatic and I'm wondering if I'm allergic to my inhalers and this has caused it.. Interesting. It's either the Fluoxetine or the Post Nasal Drip, which I do suffer from as an Asthmatic..
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    Hi there,

    I found some answers through this forums because someone recommend I read a book called the Acid Reflux Diet by Dr Jamie Koufmann, it was an excellent read and since then I have been much more aware of what I eat.  I think you're taking the right approach by adopting a process of elimination.   I was taking cider vinegar half an hour before meals with a squeeze of lemon which I was told were good for aiding digestion.  It turns out that is one of the worst things I could do for acid reflux so  I've eliminated quite a few foods, coffee, chocolate, alcohol, most diary and most wheat.  I'm also having half a teaspoon of bicarbonated soda in water twice a day, 45 minutes after food.  It does the trick for me and is said to help eliminate acid in your stomach, returning it to an alkaline state. 

    After years of being misdiagnosed with allergies and GERD I have figured out from reading The Chronic cough by Dr Jamie Kouffman that I likely have silent airway reflux.  I too get post nasal drip if there is a temperature drop, or if I'm near air conditioning, even laughing can set me off coughing.   

    I  also read The Chronic Cough by the same author, both books have given me answers I couldn't find anywhere else and I have been suffering with this for four years now.  I've been prescribed allergy pills, asthma inhalers, Gerd...having read these two books.  It's an ongoing process, I still have a way to go but  I finally feel like I'm on the right track and my symptoms have alleviated by 95%.   

    Best of luck on your healing journey, I'm sure you'll find what's right for you smile

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      You know what it's so funny you mentioned apple cider vinegar as I think that may have set me off .. I too was told it was good for digestion so glugged it down after every meal . I have started cutting down foods like chocolate breads etc so I will just see how I go. I think I will be able to sort it out but as you say it is an ongoing battle . I've cut out alcohol as I used to end up throwing up due to all the acid in my stomach so I know there is definitely an issue with stomach acid . I will order the book now as I am due a new self healing book 😂Thanks so much for your words of encouragement . If I can get to 50% better I will be made up
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      Oh my god just did the bicarb jeez I can't stop burning big massive ones!!!! Does this mean I have tons of acid in my stomach and now it's gone... For now is it ok to do before bed to stop any backing up on the night
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      I think it's fine to do it before bed, it should make you burp.  There is lots of info online about it too.  When I have eaten something that doesn't agree with me it takes about 2 days to come right.  The bicarb really helps to get that balance back then I find I only feel need to do the bicarb once a day.  I'd be interested to read how useful you find the book.  

      Hang in there you'll find a solution smile

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