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I am trying to determine if what I have is related to GERD. I had one appointment with an ENT who put the probe down my nose and into my throat. He said "It looks terrible down there" and put me on proton pump inhibitors. I never filled the prescription because I have had *zero* symptoms related to GERD ... and I had recently been stressing out about something very badly. Figured it would just go away.
Coincidentally (??) three weeks later, I started getting this hollow feeling in my lower esophagus / middle of my chest. Its nearly impossible to describe. That's the best description for it: impossible to describe! For the last three weeks it has been really bothering me.
Its like an inflammation in the center , down just below the collar bone area, but sometimes feels inflamed and irritated further down and out to the sides a bit. Definitely my lungs. I had an X Ray after only 5 days and it was 100% clear. But honestly it feels like when I had pneumonia - just very very subtle. I dont HAVE to cough ... but I want to cough because it feels like something is there, and needs to be dislodged. Again - its so hard for me to describe.
Is the GERD cough more like "Oh damn I just swallowed and it went down the wrong pipe so i MUST cough this fluid up?" Or is it moreso a chest / lung inflammation that just kind of sits there as you inhale and exhale, and annoys you mentally?
How would you describe the GERD cough / lung issues? Have you noticed that it gets worse on days where you are very run down and tired? And worse in the late evenings when your body is tired? Slightly better when you are rested. Maybe even better if you exercise?
I have a tendency to assume the worst, so Im paranoid about lung diseases. To date I still have zero GERD symptoms.
OH: The PPI's do absolutely nothing to improve it. I've just developed diarhea from them now.
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