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Acid Reflux / GERD Message Board

Acid Reflux / GERD Board Index

My initial symptoms were severe heartburn and painful swallowing. The medication did a good job on pretty much eliminating these but then other symptoms appeared -- sore, irritated throat, scratchy voice, pain between shoulder blades, and shortness of breath (at times). I had all the tests and the results were considered normal. The endoscopy showed slight gastritis but the doctor was not concerned about it. I was just so relieved that there was no cancer, Barrett's esophagus, esophageal ulcers, or anything really serious. I still have symptoms, mostly a sore throat daily, but I guess I can live with it. I still take Nexium and also drink aloe vera juice to soothe my throat. I am going to back to see the ENT next month to see if he has any other suggestions. Oh, and I'm also going for allergy testing next month too, at the suggestion of my GI. I'm trying to cover all the bases, but you have to be your own best advocate to get the care you want. I think doctors are too quick to say, "oh it's nothing" or "oh, it's just acid reflux, here take this medicine" without doing further testing. I hope do you get your test!

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