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My story maybe just like all the rest, and likely is. Like so many, I'm sure, I suffer not only from gastric, esophageal issues but my stress level and overall anxiety are off the charts. I am 53 next week and can't remember a day when I didn't have anxiety. I am successful at work and have a good life but just cannot avoid anxiety. I have been on a number of medications finding little help.
So what's troubling me now. In mid September I started to notice a sore throat. At the time and still I was also suffering from sinus issues. I assumed it was just a cold or sinus problem. after a few weeks it progressed into ulceration in my throat. I was having problems swallowing and developing white phlegm. I went to see PCP and he prescribed Zantac. It was at this time I stopped all alcohol (lite drinker), coffee, tea, chocolate, mint in any form, gluten, dairy. I did get relief from the ulcers, but started to also have hoarseness in my voice. I returned to the Dr. and was prescribed Prilosec 20mg 2x daily for several weeks. This gave me little to no relief. I then went to my Gastro and was told to go back to Zantac 150 twice daily. I also have a bitter taste in the back of my throat which gets worse after eating.
There just have been no relief. About three weeks ago I started to develop some amount of chest (center) and back pain. Just nagging not real painful. Of course this scares me even more. I am scheduled for endoscopy next week and am scarred. I have had two previous endoscopes once 13 years ago and one 6 years ago. Both showed redness but no changes. What damage could have happened since September? Is the chest and back pain unusual? I did start sleeping on an incline pillow which probably hasn't helped my back any.
Any advice would be greatly appreciated.
Blessings to you all!
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