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I began treatment for GERD a few weeks ago. First I was on PPIs but then I got switched to Prevacid (Lansoprazole) because it's apparently more effective and my symptoms were really bothering me.
The worst symptoms I have are excessive belching (and the tight feeling in my chest and throat only relieved by belching), and throat issues include the feeling of a lump or feeling of food stuck in my throat, feeling like my throat is dry, and a sore throat. The throat issues sometimes make me nauseous too.
I have tried my best to eliminate foods from my diet that are said to worsen GERD, but it's basically impossible. I have not cut out some of the foods that I use in all of my cooking, like garlic and onion. But I've definitely reduced my intake of them.
Otherwise, I'm a very healthy individual, not overweight, and I don't generally eat poorly. I also don't drink much or smoke at all. Why would my symptoms be so bad?
Does anyone have any advice as to how to treat the throat symptoms? They make it impossible to focus on anything while awake, and impossible to fall asleep (even when my upper body is raised). I've tried lozenges, gravol, hot tea, and honey. Swallowing liquids like water or tea is the only thing that has been helpful, but the feeling comes back right after I finish swallowing.
Also, when will the meds kick in? I've been on Prevacid for approx two weeks now. And my doctor only prescribed seven weeks.
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