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I am currently a twenty year old college student, and about two and a half years ago, my throat began to burn. I had just come back from a concert, so for a week or so I just thought I had strained my throat from singing too loudly. Eventually, I ended up going to the doctor and he said I might have GERD so he prescribed me Nexium. I took it for several months with no relief.
He then sent me to an ENT, and the ENT said my throat and vocal chords looked perfect. I went off the Nexium for several months and tried to do some homeopathic remedies, such as, Apple Cider Vinegar. I seemed to be helping for a while but then it stopped.
So my ENT scheduled a Barium Swallow, which came back normal. Thinking I was just going to have to live with it, I went through almost a year of school without doing any thing about it.
Fast forward another two months of trying a different PPI, Dexilant, and I find myself in the office of a GI because that's not helping either. I had an endoscopy done about two weeks ago, and the biopsy the GI did came back negative for everything. In fact, he said everything looked pretty good to the naked eye even though there was some "slight" inflammation in the lower esophagus. He didn't elaborate on what he thought that meant. He didn't seem to think that I had GERD. He suggested I might have Burning Mouth Syndrome and to take a multi-vitamin.

I've been taking one for almost ever since then, which has been almost two weeks, and I haven't noticed a change. But it might just take a bit longer.

The GI also suggested that I might have LPR. He sent me back to my ENT to have my throat and chords checked again. I was just there yesterday, and he said that tongue and throat showed no sign of irritation and, again, that my vocal chords looked perfectly normal. He basically told me that since I am on Dexilant and it isn't helping, that he has no idea what's wrong.

This is very frustrating for me. I am a singer, who's had eight years of classical training, and I had to stop singing for a while because of the pain. I've recently started singing again, and I can't imagine stopping forever but it makes it hard when my throat feels so raw all the time.

My pain:

The pain occurs at the back of my throat and along my gum line. It also affects the sides of my tongue and the underneath. My throat burns from the back of my tongue to about the middle of my throat, and I've never had heartburn.

The pain only disappears when I've been asleep for at least few hours and I've just woken up. It tends to get worse throughout the day.

I've tried PPIs, OTC antacids, and changing my diet. I'm not overweight, but I'm not super in shape either. I do exercise, but I try not to do any heavy weight lifting.

Sometimes is feels like I've just got a bad sore throat and other times it feels like my throat and tongue are on fire.

I'm going back to my GP on Friday to talk with him about what my GI and ENT have said.

I also suffer from migraines, and when I see my neurologist next week I'm going to ask him about the pain, because at this point I'll ask anyone who's willing to listen if they know what's wrong. It might not be completely life halting pain, but it is severe enough that I don't want to live with it forever. Especially since it's prohibiting me from doing one of the things I love the most: singing.

If anyone has any idea what might help, I'd be eternally grateful. :)

~ S

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