Thanks for your info - I was wondering if maybe my esophagus was just taking a long time to heal and perhaps that is it. Also, what were your symptoms of sleep apnea - could you tell you had it by yourself? What have you done to help the apnea? I ask because I sometimes question whether I have it. Thanks! Alexis
I only found I had severe obstructive sleep apnea just a month ago after going through a sleep study. This has been a long hall for me. About 10 years of variuos symptoms that continued to go undiagnosed and get worse. I knew I snored heavily for one thing, but I guess the right questions were never asked when I went to the doctors over the years for daily headaches, dizziness, and fatigued. It was just this year that I began to research sleep disorders and came across apnea on the internet and found I had all of the classic symptoms: morning headaches, dizziness, and chronic fatigue (even after 8 hours sleep). I also dreamed all night (I didn't know that was actually poor sleep). Anyway, I finally referred myself to an ears, nose and throat doctor, and he ordered a sleep test. In the mean time I developed Acid reflux, and further research lead me to medical studies on apnea and it's relation to acid reflux. They found many people with apnea also have acid reflux disease and theorized apnea may actually cause acid reflux and clearing up the apnea made the reflux go away. Anyway, I am having nose and throat surgery this wednesday and I am hoping and praying it will not only solve the apnea problem, but also rid me of all the other problems I described. Sorry for the lengthy reply. I am still excited about the findings and possible solutions. It is unfortunate none of the doctors I seen were ever able to connect the dots!!
Another thing Alexis, with regard to the endoscopy you mentioned in an earlier posting. I had to ask my doctor for that test too. I think it's better to confirm with tests, then just let a doctor assume you have something and prescribe pills. The test also gives you a sense of comfort that a more serious problem does not exist (i.e. tumors/cancer). Oh and if they knock you out before the procedure, as they did me - itís a piece of cake! Brent
Thanks, Brent. I am going to a gastro doctor at the end of Oct. and I really do want an endoscopy just for piece of mind. I'm hoping he'll do one even if I start feeling better by then. I appreciate all your information - I bet you can't wait to get your surgery so you can start sleeping better! Good luck with everything! Alexis
after having the barium swallow done and then an endoscopy, my enterologist has found nothing. the diagnosis is globus sensation.
after researching globus sensation, i realized that it is exactly what i have. for those on this board who had very similar symtpoms to mine, look into globus sensation especially if the throat constriction dissipates when and just after eating and gets worse with stress.