Originally Posted by SanWright
I've had a sore throat in my upper esophagus, right hand side, for 5 weeks now. I don't have any sensation of a lump nor any difficulty swallowing (though I have mild pain when swallowing saliva--not liquids or food). I went to an ENT who put a scope down my throat but it wasn't long enough to go into my esophagus. He didn't see anything in the part of my throat he was able to see, but that doesn't mean anything since the pain is much lower. My ENT gave me antibiotics but they aren't doing anything. Said if pain doesn't go away to come back in 2 weeks and they'll do a more invasive procedure that can see into my esophagus.
I'm not good at waiting. I'm convinced I have cancer. I'm wondering if anyone out there has had pain in their upper esophagus for several weeks and what the diagnosis was? I'm so scared that I can't sleep. Any help is appreciated.
I'm female and 53 years old. Don't smoke (never have) but drink wine most nights (not a lot, don't like the feeling of being tipsy), not overweight, no ACID reflux that I'm aware of.
Sounds like "silent reflux".
I had the same symptoms with a lump. I even had a horrible sore on the back of my tongue. I was pretty sure it was cancer as well. I started taking HCL and pineapple enzymes. Pain disappeared in a week.
It was the pepsin for me. I now drink a lot of alkaline water to neutralize it. I still have trouble breathing but I feel a lot better.
Lots of info on the GERD board just above this one
Best of luck