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Hi everyone. I haven't been eating for 5 weeks, liquids only due to food getting stuck on the left side of my throat. My ears have been sore and my throat has been irritated. I've been wheezing and had a cough for 4 weeks as well. I have been to the doctor and he prescribed lansoprazole and it hasn't done much.  I also felt like I had a lump at the back of my throat. They have no referred me for a camera down my throat to see what's going on. They've  given me a 2 week wait which absolutely terrifies me! My doctor said she doesn't think I've got cancer as I'm 25. I do smoke 😠 which I'm angry at myself for! I can't find words to describe how scared I am!! I'm having terrible heartache over my daughter at the moment as my husband has kept hold of her and won't let me see her! I'm extremely worried I won't see her grow up. I don't know what to do anymore 😣😣 I need help please someone! 

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    The two week wait for an endoscopy (the camera test) was designed for cancer, but doctors do use the system imaginatively to avoid patients having to wait too long.

    ​I know you feel scared;  but do you feel scared enough to give up smoking?   There is help for this that you can ask about at the GP surgery.

    ​Sometimes tension makes swallowing worse, so trying to relax by some means or another, would help, but I know that is easier said than done.

    ​Try concentrating on taking soups and other liquids that will give slip down easily.   

    ​Try taking Gaviscon, especially at night, as this might help if you do have reflux and you can take it in addition to the Lansoprazole.   Sleeping propped up might also help.

    It would be worth waiting until you have the endoscopy, but if things really get bad, return to your GP.

     

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      Hi thank you for replying!! I have no problems with liquid or even swallowing pills it's just food 😣 I've had a choking phobia since I was young and I'm hoping that's what it is now. I can't tell you how scared I am. The doctor thinks it's anxiety and told me  that but how can anxiety give you a cough and irritated throat? Just to mention as well I have and impacted wisdom tooth that's been infected for a long time and it's on the same side as the problems my gums are so sore but I just know somethings not right 😢 I've got a little girl as well she's only 19 months old. I just feel helpless!

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      Hope you feel better soon.

      Extra stress can lead to more reflux which can in turn give you a cough, but it is only a doctor who can work things out properly.

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      They are quite common, and it is when part of the stomach protrudes above the diaphragm muscles.   Therefore the reflux comes up and the lower oesophageal sphincter valve does not work in the same way as it normally should.  It depends on how serious it is.   Lots of people just out up with it, but others get it repaired surgically, sometimes with an anti-reflux device like the Linx magnetic bracelet that re-creates the valve effect.   See how you go for a while.   It may well be worth talking through the options with your GP and perhaps a specialist but it must be a relief that is not as you feared.   
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      The doctor didn't seem too concerns and has just referred me back to my GP. They said it was quite small and haven't given me any medication. Thank you for replying, I certainly am glad it's not what I thought it was 🙏 

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      I'm glad your worst fears are behind you--and good on you for coming back to report your diagnosis.  If more people did that it would be very helpful to future questioners and those who respond to them, as well.  Unfortunately, most people do not bother to follow up.  The best of luck, sweetie.

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      Aww thank you very much! I only come on here now to see if I can help someone else!  Thank you for that smile best of luck to you too! X
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