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This may be long so be patient. I need help and expertise. Or maybe just help.

It all started suddenly. Woke up one day with an extremely sore throat and the sensation of a huge lump in my throat. Went to GP. Had been taking Symbacort so we thought it was that. He also though it could be thrush so gave me antibiotics. They didn't help. He sent me to an ENT who took one look with the scope and said I had "HORRIBLE" acid reflux. I had no clue. I had never experienced any kind of stomach issues; no heartburn; no acid indigestion, nothing. She prescribed Nexium. That didn't help. I could not eat and was losing weight. Not to mention the toll it took on my overall peace of mind. She sent me to a Gastroenterology Specialist who did an endoscopy. He diagnosed Barrett disease with strictures and prescribed Dexilant, 60mg and I have been on that for over a month. I sleep on a wedge which he prescribed. A CT scan was done and there were no reports of cancer or anything like that. I have had three meals of solid food in over 2-1/2 months and I'm obviously still losing weight. The feeling in my mouth/throat is different now than earlier. Sometimes it feels like it's my tongue causing the problems, like it's too big for my mouth. Sometimes it feels like it's the top of my throat. Sometimes my throat burns, not bad, but enough to make it uncomfortable. Most times I feel as if I have drainage from my sinuses but the ENT says it's not. It is very uncomfortable eating anything. Sometimes even drinking liquids bothers me. I feel that I have to swallow all the time but it never feels better when I do. I would really like to get my life back. I read that Calcium with Magnesium helps some people. Also, vitamin B-12. Does anybody know if this is true? Is there anything else I can do? My symptoms seem a little different from everyone else's and I don't know where to turn at this point.

If anyone took the time to read this, much less respond, I am very grateful for any insight.





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