Normal endoscopy, no issue at all.

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Hi I wrote on here a while back, detailing all of my reflux symptoms, sore throat for 2 years plus, heart burn when not on ppi's, shortness of breath etc. I've been suffering with reflux for 11 years and yesterday I had an endoscopy, which to my shock came back normal, no tissue damage, no inflammation. The practitioner felt that my throat symptoms were not due to reflux.

It appears that the PPI's are obviously doing there job. My question to the community is, can you get reflux problems in the throat area with a normal endoscopy or would there be some signs of damage to the oesophagus? Or should I just take it that the PPI's are doing there job?

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    Hi danny13009,

    I'm curious to know the answer to this as well. If you've got no tissue damage or inflammation, then I would assume the PPI's are working to at least prevent those things. But if you're still suffering, perhaps you should re-examine your diet and other environmental factors. 

    I know that certain foods (like cinnamon) are triggers for me even with my PPI medication. And cigarette smoke makes my heartburn worse for some reason....I don't even smoke, but my husband does.

    Also, your throat could be sore from the acid hitting your throat at night when you sleep...although if that were the case, I guess there would have been signs of inflammation during the endoscopy. Either way, I would reccomend sleeping elevated if you don't already. 

    Do you have any other symptoms with your reflux?

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    Hi all.

    I'm interested in your discussion as have same symptoms.sore throat sometimes..and a strange heavy feeling in my throat at times.only been on tablets for a couple of months.it's hard to explain my symptoms. My hubby thinks im mad!!I'm always sniffing too.does anyone else have strange symptoms??

    Glad your endoscopy was ok.danny think I'm gonna ask for one just incase

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    hey thats good for u man that your endoscopy is fine and didnot show any problem.......i have shortness of breath heaviness in my left side chest bloating burping problem 3 months ago i have an endoscopy i was also so shocked becuase i was thinking i have some serious problem when doc is performing endoscopy i talk to him about my esophagus and stomach  i say to him did  you see any cancer there my doc laugh at me........still have lot problem indigestion burping constant heaviness in left side chest i have been on holter ecg machine 2 weeks ago which didnot show any major problem accept some time slow heart beats which i know cause because of reflux and anxiety-----every day is a terrible drem for me fear to heart attacks burps alot more i think i will die bcoz of it i am tired man 
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      Anxiety is a HUGE contributer to my reflux...and of course others follow like coffee, wine and some foods

      I actually went to my doc and got the LOWEST dosage of Celexa for my anxiety and it has helped A LOT

      My reflux even makes my ears ring at times...pains in my back...headaches...and the lump in my throat (globus)

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    Acid or reflux in the throat might cause inflammation without necessarilly changing the cell structure of the oesophagus. It is changes in this cell structure which they look for (amongst other things) when they do an Endoscopy. (Changes in the cell structure are very much more concerning than inflammation).

    But acid in the throat where it doesn't belong is never going to be a good thing.

    Do I take it that the Endoscopy eliminated the possibility of an Hiatus Hernia one of the principal causes of Reflux.

    A huge number of people over the age of 60 have an Hiatus Hernia without knowing it.

    A word of caution.

    PPIs are a wonderful means of acid reduction. But they should not be taken in the long term. The American Food and Drugs Administration has issued a warning to US doctors about side effects from long term use of PPIs.

    Far better to take the slightly less effective H2 Receptor Blockers such as Ranitidine, Cimetidine etc.

    And even better still -If you can get away with it - cheap antacids such as Calcium Carbonate tablets. They act quickly to reduce acid concentration and don't appear to have any side effects.

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