I was having problems w/ hoarseness and chronic sore throat. Varying courses of treatments and tests and yesterday ENT concluded I probably have GERD.
He currently has be taking Ranitidine. Said the stronger meds, I'm thinking Nexium the PPI's, are showing some "issues", so he wants to start w/ the Ranitidine.
I am to take it twice a day, and today I took it this am and am not feeling any better at all; that burning sensation in center of chest along with burping. Do these meds need to be taken for a while before showing improvement?
Also, have people found dietary changes to really make a difference? I love my coffee in winter and iced tea in summer and he said neither is good.
Also, I am overweight and want to know if losing weight will help?
He wants me to go for upper GI and some other things, looking for ulcers. Is that commom w/ GERD?