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[QUOTE=Zoe26;3977048]So, can anyone else throw in their 2 cents? Is it normal to be on Kapidex TWICE a day, and still feel the lump-in-the-throat symptoms? Do you think maybe this isn't acid at all? What else can I do, eat, take to help?

What else can be causing just the symptom of nausea or lump in throat feeling?

Has anyone ever done the Bravo pH test, is it dangerous/uncomfortable at all?

And has anyone ever also been prescribed Clonazepam to help with the reflux? I'm uncomfortable being on it but when I try to ween off, I feel worse. But what could that even mean? Now I'm stuck in a web of drugs and I don't know what's making me better or worse.

I'm sorry I have so many questions but my doctors are all pretty clueless and unhelpful and I need some answers. Thanks again.[/QUOTE]


My doctors wouldn't even give me clonazepam on my worst of anxiety attacks. It's an anxiety medication but can also treat spasms but there are specific medications that do this when it is gastrointestinal related, have you ever tried the anti-spasmotic you put under the tounge & let disolve, Levsin, it's faster acting. You might want to ask your doctor about it & if they can try you on a different acid pill since the one your taking seems to fail to be working.

Do you have any other reflux symptoms? Such as heartburn, indigestion, belching, upper middle abdominal pain, maybe fast acting bowels after you eat?

The lump in the throat basically means your muscles are tightening up and need to relax. I've had food feel like it gets stuck down in my esophagus & almost kill me in pain. And it did not get better until I went back on my acid medication. It was due to esophageal spasms. Maybe you need to try a different medication until you find one that actually helps & takes that problem away.

Nausea is a typical gastrointestinal symptom, can be due to reflux or irritable bowel, or gallbladder issues, etc... Have you tried Promethazine for that? That might help.

I only have 2 reflux medications that help me. The others don't work at all. On top of a prescription medication, you can try OTC Zantac 1 x day and Mylanta to see if it gives you any relief.

Another way of obvious reflux problems is through an endoscopy. Reflux can show signs of inflammation or damage to your insides if it's untreated or medications fail to help.

Eating does not at all help reflux problems, it only makes it worse. Especially acidy & hot spicy foods.

Kapidex is not only for reflux issues, it's used to heal and give symptom relief of erosive esophagitis, which if you have, that's not good and you could likely count on the fact that if it exists, it's due to GERD.

I would not put myself through a PH test if the signs of reflux are obvious.
[QUOTE=neveragain444;3977384]My doctors wouldn't even give me clonazepam on my worst of anxiety attacks. It's an anxiety medication but can also treat spasms but there are specific medications that do this when it is gastrointestinal related, have you ever tried the anti-spasmotic you put under the tounge & let disolve, Levsin, it's faster acting. You might want to ask your doctor about it & if they can try you on a different acid pill since the one your taking seems to fail to be working.

Do you have any other reflux symptoms? Such as heartburn, indigestion, belching, upper middle abdominal pain, maybe fast acting bowels after you eat?

The lump in the throat basically means your muscles are tightening up and need to relax. I've had food feel like it gets stuck down in my esophagus & almost kill me in pain. And it did not get better until I went back on my acid medication. It was due to esophageal spasms. Maybe you need to try a different medication until you find one that actually helps & takes that problem away.

Nausea is a typical gastrointestinal symptom, can be due to reflux or irritable bowel, or gallbladder issues, etc... Have you tried Promethazine for that? That might help.

I only have 2 reflux medications that help me. The others don't work at all. On top of a prescription medication, you can try OTC Zantac 1 x day and Mylanta to see if it gives you any relief.

Another way of obvious reflux problems is through an endoscopy. Reflux can show signs of inflammation or damage to your insides if it's untreated or medications fail to help.

Eating does not at all help reflux problems, it only makes it worse. Especially acidy & hot spicy foods.

Kapidex is not only for reflux issues, it's used to heal and give symptom relief of erosive esophagitis, which if you have, that's not good and you could likely count on the fact that if it exists, it's due to GERD.

I would not put myself through a PH test if the signs of reflux are obvious.[/QUOTE]

[B]Neveragain[/B], thanks for all your input.

I don't have any other symptoms besides nausea, and it is chronic. It doesn't get better or worse no matter what I eat or drink. At first I was really ill, but got better once I was put on Nexium, Allegra, Clonazepam, and the sinus spray. So in actuality, I don't know if all these things combined were making me sick, or just one of them. Once on all these medications, I did feel much better but at best I still feel a perpetual "lump in my throat" feeling. Not an actual lump, but just like if I swallow it's more difficult and I constantly feel something there. I've done a neck MRI and it came out normal.

I've tried Nexium, Prevacid, Aciphex, and Kapidex. I don't think at this point I should keep trying other meds to see which one works for me. My doctors all say that they're all basically all the same and if anything Nexium is the best, so if that doesn't work the others won't really either.

I don't know why I was given Clonazepam because the doctor who prescribed it is one of those weird ones who doesn't feel the need to explain himself or what he prescribes. All I know is that when I tried to taper off of it just after a few days, the nausea immediately came back. So what does that mean?

I did an endoscopy and it came out normal. The doc said that still doesn't mean I don't have acid reflux.

I guess the best way to find out if I have reflux is to get off all the medications for it and see if I get worse. I'm scared to do that. There's nothing worse than feeling nauseous all the time, losing your appetite, and not being able to get out of bed.

I never tried or was told to try Promethazine. It's Phenergan right? I asked about it and I recall my doctor brushing it off.
[QUOTE=Zoe26;3978546]One of my ENTs suggested a CT scan cause he saw that I was still apparently very congested even while on all these nasal and sinus and allergy meds. I just don't like to do cat scans unless they are absolutely necessary and this seems like an unnecessary test. What would he find in there anyway? And for it to be accurate, I'd assume I'd have to get off all my medication, which again, scares me to death cause I'm scared I'll suddenly get back to feeling horribly nauseous like in the beginning.

The confusing thing is, my original symptom was nausea. Now on all the meds, its just the throat thing. So I don't know what my REAL symptom is to base my diagnosis on. It's getting very confusing. Whatever the case, my doctors covered every base of what could be causing this problem, and I still feel sick, so what the hell????? That's all I want to know. Why isn't anything working? What else can it be, what else can I do, it's like neverending with trying all these meds for months and months and not getting better, only causing my frustration and depression and messing with my body.

Btw, about sinus issues, I never noticed having any before this. Can you have chronic sinus problems with no noticeable symptoms until suddenly?

Anyway, thanks again, Never again.[/QUOTE]

A CT scan can reveal why you are so congested, whether it be sinus related, your nasal turbinates, a deviated septum or such. No you should not have to get off of all your medications for this test to be accurate, especially if the congestion is that bad. I guess it may not necessarily reveal anything if it is strickly allergy related. But your better off knowing, and then you could take it from there, as far as what to do. I would figure sudden problems are probably more of an acute issue, I don't know.

If this throat problem didn't occur until you started taking medications, and well if the problem is infact a tightening in your muscles, it could possibly be a side effect from one of your medications. The one reason I warned you against nortryptyline is because a side effect of it is muscle spasms. I also hate antidepressants, I have never taken medications with such horrible side effects & well it's just my own personal opinion, if they help other people, that's great, they did not help me though, esp with my mood. I really suffered through some horrific pain taking those type of medications. But I was also on one too many medications so it did not go over well. Nortriptyline was one that caused the drug interaction I had that was so bad. It reacted with my Ambien & Buspar. I had it tested and know it for a fact. I do not think it is safe to take that type of medication while being on several others. However, my body does not absorb medications normally, it's a defect, other people may not have. I also overdosed on zoloft like 9 years ago. I have nothing good to say about antidepressants, personal opinion. Other people may very well feel different about that.

I hate Nexium. I mean hate it hate hate hate. It does not at all phase my reflux issues. Aciphex & Prevacid are the only two I've had luck with, but sometimes they don't even work. I had to stop taking Prevacid though, it causes me to get really bad spasms in my bladder, so Aciphex is my only choice. Plus my dr said it was okay to take Zantac & Mylanta with it. Which helps.

I get that tightening pain in my esophagus & neck, and it feels like food gets stuck. It's a horrible feeling, but I know it's being brought on by inflammation. If your doctor looks down in your throat and sees that it's all red, very very likely that irritation is causing your muscles to tighten, thus bringing on the feeling of a lump in your throat. It can also cause difficulty swallowing. Can even take your breath.

But still, there is a possibility that one of your medications are causing it as a side effect.
Zoe26,

I can feel your pain and suffering. I am sorry. I had LPR at the age of 22. Been suffering it for 5 months already. Every morning when I wake up hoping the lump feeling in my throat and the red bumps in my nose cause by the stomach acid will go away. Doesn't seem like it is happening. I am on PPI now for a week, still no sign of improvements or relief. Looks like I will have to live with the chronic red inflammation forever. The red bumps doesn't seem to be reducing, it just looks like it just stays in there in my tissues. I am so young, looks like i'll be waiting for nose, throat, esophagus cancers someday. I am very depressed and been constantly crying too, because I feel like I could not do anything to help myself and the symptoms I am having and I feel tired since I don't feel normal in the throat and nose. But guess what, i did my best already to treat and medicate myself. I wished I had my normal life back, but I know life still goes on everyday. My nose and throat never felt normal or right anymore. I feel hopeless and desperate as well. I know it's hard and difficult to make yourself happy when you feel miserable everyday living with this acid reflux disease, because I am feeling like that now. LPR disease really brings me down. The thing was I wasn't sure what will happen to me. The thing I know was, the more I think about cancer and feeling hopeless, the more depress I grew everyday. Just try to keep yourself from thinking too much, because the doctors already tried everything to help you. Although, I have been on PPI medication for a week, but not sure if that is helping with my LPR disease. I also want to stop using it and just give it 1-2 months to see if it works or not, since it causes bone fractures. PPIs were never meant to be taken for a long time, maybe just 8 weeks.





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