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This is a follow up to my previous post:

My symptoms:

At all times I feel like there is a fullness in my throat. In the mornings it is the worse as I feel very nauseated when I wake up and like I need to swallow. I keep swallowing and it just feels like it's not working right in there. When I have breakfast I feel like I will vomit and can only eat a very small amount. Then after breakfast I will feel just an overall yucky feeling in my stomach and throat for a while.

When I drink liquids I feel like I can swallow the liquid but then my throat tightens right as or after it is going down. It's like a squeeze. If you open your fist and then shut it. Like my throat doesn't contract right or something. This feeling is awful as it makes you want to keep swallowing and swallowing and then when you drink it makes it scary like you won't be able to get the liquid down properly or that you won't be able to breathe.

There is also another feeling...a huge lump! It feels like when you have to cry really bad and you are trying not too. Like a "choked up" feeling. But the worst you've ever had! And it just stays right there. There is a dull ache and pain and the longer it stays the worse the ache gets. When it's like this I often cough alot because my body seems to think there is something in there that needs to come out, although, according to the doctors there is not. Also during this time I might feel like talking hurts a bit, or maybe not hurts but it strains the throat and makes it feel even tighter. And then there is the gag reflux. It feels like whatever is lumped in my throat is triggering my need to gag or vomit. So if I am not careful I will begin to gag automatically.

These feelings come and go but mostly the lump is way worse after I eat and lasts hours at times and the tightness or inability to swallow is worse after I drink or any time of the day it pops up. There are some times during the day when I can feel semi-normal. I feel the fullness and I am always so thirsty it seems...but they are bearable feelings and I just pray and thank God for that time period where I am not feeling insane!!! Then it comes right back.

I am not convinced that this is anxiety, that is is even a gastro problem like reflux. We may all be having some form of reflux going on, but for ME the throat started before my stomach even was upset. I had no reflux issues before the throat started, at least that I was aware were bothering me. And you would think if we are not eating properly (because our throat has a problem) then of course our stomach is going to go haywire. AND if the reflux is this bad, then why no signs of it affecting my esophagus on the endoscopy? I am just not convinced. I guess I will have the Barium Swallow done this week, although I am nervous because I have constipation issues and I don't want to have problems with that as the barium dries you how am I gonna drink that stuff when I can't drink water well and I have a horrible gag reflux already? I am praying for a miracle. I thought about looking for another ENT to see if they could do more testing on my throat area. They never did sinus xrays and like I said the ENT I saw really just did something very quickly and I felt like she wasn't very thorough or caring about what I was going through. I really need a doctor that cares and is willing to go the extra mile to diagnose this.

One more thing worth you considering...when this all started happening to me I only ate liquid. Only yogurts, soups, purees, mashed potatoes thinned...and it was because of the sensation that I couldn't eat more. I was so afraid. I won't eat anything really textured now, but I have tried eating more solid stuff like vegetables...carrots...peas...and I am able too! It actually feels pretty normal while I am eating..but I notice I have to stop eating sooner as I can't eat much or I begin to feel that tightness in my throat start. I am just staying, if your endoscopy said there is nothing there restricting your throat then physically you CAN eat more solid stuff, it's just dealing with that feeling afterwards for me.

You ladies are a God-send. Please comment back. Let me know if any of my symptoms are the same you experience and what the doctors are doing for you. I will be praying for you both.

There are days that I don't even want to get out of the bed! I wake up with my throat brothering me and I think, oh no another day going through this. And I want to roll over and go back to bed! I am only 28 years old! I shouldn't have such a problem controlling my life! And it is very controlling because it never goes away. It is so hard to ignore and it makes you very depressed and sick. I really sympathize with you both and I hope we can encourage each other. I have two young children and I really need to be the best mom for them. I am so blessed, yet this is making me miserable.

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