reflux - now getting neck irritation including tingling
i've had reflux for some years now (6 or 7 years now). i'm 28 now. taking prilosec most of that time, including now. i'm going to the gastro doc before too long, but he has a huge waiting list (2 months). he must be real good to have that kind of wait.
now i'm getting more throat irritations than usual, however because of diet changes, and close attention to all other eating situations, i'm feeling much better overall. i chew my food better, take some vitamins, take some herbs known for helping reflux and probiotics/digestive enzymes. what i've been seeing lately (started even before i began really watching how i eat) is that i'm having really annoying throat problems. i've always had the occasional sore throat or feeling of lump in throat. now i'm getting tingling of the throat. i notice it if i'm just sitting here even if i'm not doing anything. it SEEMS like it's on the outside of my throat, not necessarily on the inside, however when i swallow, it's really annoying. same sort of feeling, just enhanced. i wouldn't say, however, that i have problems swallowing. my food seems to go down just fine, so i'm guessing strictures is not an issue. also, whether i drink a cup of water or eat a steak, the feeling is the same. it just seems like the muscles in the throat are moving around, causing more irritation.
any ideas? i sometimes have what appears to me like a rash, but my pcp checked it out and said it definitely was NOT a rash. he had a name for it, but the redness was due to blood going to the skin. when he put his hand against it and removed it, it went from white back to pink. he said it was a blood issue. he really didn't know the root cause but didn't seem to think it was a real big deal.
i do believe i was having the tingling problem that wasn't enhanced when swallowing. now when i swallow it seems to encourage the sensation. i can't really pinpoint the area. it's just in the throat/adam's apple area.
no pain at all, just annoying. i'm also finding myself wanting to swallow all the time, even when my mouth is dry. more like an impulsive thing, but when i do, the feeling is strange in my throat, just like when i eat food, which again makes me think it has nothing to do with food going down, rather the muscles moving around.
thanks for any help!