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    Old 12-17-2007, 07:11 PM   #1
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    Just saw the doctor....I do NOT feel better!

    I'm sorry if I'm not supposed to do this but this is kind of a cross post since the 2 most likely things for me were Acid reflux and thyroid dissorder. So here it goes.

    I know that in the initial exam they can't tell much but I'm still very stressed out.
    I have been complaining about the feeling of a lump in my throat and tightness for about 3 weeks that comes and goes. If I ignor it it stops bothering me (No trouble eating, drinking or breathing...actually eating helped.) It showed up after an infection in my tooth. I have ALL the symptoms of GERD. I also have a large thyroid nodule in my neck in about the same spot that has been there for 15 years but never really causes issues. (It's been tested over and over with the same results.....large benign nodule) The nodule IS growing or at least has grown a tiny bit over the years.
    Well, the feeling of a lump just dissapeared over night and has been gone for 2 days.
    The doctor after a physical exam told me she believes it is a combo of my thyroid being enlarged and acid reflux with post nasal drip. She gave me Prevacid and Dytan and ordered a sonogram (or ultrasound....I don't know the difference) on my nodule.
    Today after I left my throat became very sore and scratchy with the feeling of the lump coming back a little bit but a little lower then before. She didn't DO anything to it, just look inside. Right now I feel fine, the lump and soreness are gone....I feel a little like I'm coming down with a cold maybe.
    Here are my questions and concerns
    1.she did not order an endoscopy like I expected she would. Should I call her back and ask for one?
    2.Does her assesment sound right? or at least the most likely cause.
    3. If I had something REALLY scary (Throat cancer)would the symptoms come and go?
    4. If my nodule has grown can it cause sypmtoms like mine? (more of a question for the thyroid board)
    I REALLY need some answers....I'm very scared.

     
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    Old 12-17-2007, 08:18 PM   #2
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    Re: Just saw the doctor....I do NOT feel better!

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    I'm sorry if I'm not supposed to do this but this is kind of a cross post since the 2 most likely things for me were Acid reflux and thyroid dissorder. So here it goes.

    I know that in the initial exam they can't tell much but I'm still very stressed out.
    I have been complaining about the feeling of a lump in my throat and tightness for about 3 weeks that comes and goes. If I ignor it it stops bothering me (No trouble eating, drinking or breathing...actually eating helped.) It showed up after an infection in my tooth. I have ALL the symptoms of GERD. I also have a large thyroid nodule in my neck in about the same spot that has been there for 15 years but never really causes issues. (It's been tested over and over with the same results.....large benign nodule) The nodule IS growing or at least has grown a tiny bit over the years.
    Well, the feeling of a lump just dissapeared over night and has been gone for 2 days.
    The doctor after a physical exam told me she believes it is a combo of my thyroid being enlarged and acid reflux with post nasal drip. She gave me Prevacid and Dytan and ordered a sonogram (or ultrasound....I don't know the difference) on my nodule.
    Today after I left my throat became very sore and scratchy with the feeling of the lump coming back a little bit but a little lower then before. She didn't DO anything to it, just look inside. Right now I feel fine, the lump and soreness are gone....I feel a little like I'm coming down with a cold maybe.
    Here are my questions and concerns
    1.she did not order an endoscopy like I expected she would. Should I call her back and ask for one?
    2.Does her assesment sound right? or at least the most likely cause.
    3. If I had something REALLY scary (Throat cancer)would the symptoms come and go?
    4. If my nodule has grown can it cause sypmtoms like mine? (more of a question for the thyroid board)
    I REALLY need some answers....I'm very scared.

    Hi
    I'm glad you made it to the Dr. today --I know it's been a long week of anticipation for you.

    You are not going crazy --the lump in the throat feeling is very consistant with acid reflux, that feeling like your on the verge of getting sick with a sore throat/cold is also consistant --I can't believe the sysmtoms when I read it on this board of people having ear pain as well. I know my Dr. just doesn't get it. I can't believe you mentioned a tooth infection as well, because I've been having a tooth problem throught my whole ordeal with being diagnosed with gerd and It was in the back of my mind that maybe my tooth was the culprit of all my worries.

    I have been on the acid reflux roller coaster for 6 months and I'm just assuming that your DR. is starting at the obvious - your thyroid. Definitly take the prevacid (whats dylan)? Don't do what I did --I did not take the meds for reflux, because a pulmonologist told me I had asthma, from there I went to an ENT who told me I need sinus surgery (it's all conected I think) and I'm really suffering now, too much time went by without me sticking to a reflux med and I have severe GERD and am having trouble swallowing now.

    I would get myself in such a bad way, because I did not trust my Dr. judgement, unfortunatly you are going to have to be patient (I can't even begin to explain how unpatient I've become) and you definitly have to stay calm - I think stress amplifies this 10 fold. I mentioned I had the PH BRAVO test done last week, I still have the capsule in me, but the DR. who did it saw how nervous I was and he simply told me that I will never get better if I was to keep so much fear and anxiety in me - It will just counter act everything and prolong me getting well -- for the 1st. time in 6 months I'm trying to not be scared - I'm an x-smoker and thought I have cancer!

    Timing here with the holidays will set you back - but try to get the sonogram done as soon as you can and then I would definitly keep a diary of what you eat and how you feel, etc. so you can keep a handle on what's going on if you have reflux -- and a Dr. might take that more seriously . These symtoms of all your going through are weird, I know, but try to stay calm and not think the worst --I know easier said then done!

    Try to have a good night and I learned from this board to raise your body up while sleeping (with a wedge, I put big pillows under my mattress) The dr. never told me that - and that helped a lot.
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    Old 12-17-2007, 10:25 PM   #3
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    Re: Just saw the doctor....I do NOT feel better!

    Thanks Lele31. I feel a bit better. I'm gonna call my doctor tomorrow and ask her a few more questions.
    Also
    Do you ever get that gurgling in your throat? It depends on the position I'm in but if I swallow a small amount like saliva or a small sip of water I get a sound like little bubbles of air coming up. Kinda like what I just swallowed got hung up for a second and then went down. Could that be reflux?

     
    Old 12-18-2007, 12:09 AM   #4
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    Re: Just saw the doctor....I do NOT feel better!

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    Thanks Lele31. I feel a bit better. I'm gonna call my doctor tomorrow and ask her a few more questions.
    Also
    Do you ever get that gurgling in your throat? It depends on the position I'm in but if I swallow a small amount like saliva or a small sip of water I get a sound like little bubbles of air coming up. Kinda like what I just swallowed got hung up for a second and then went down. Could that be reflux?
    Don't be scared and try to relax...I've been going through some medical mysteries myself in the past 6 months. Only within the last month - have they diagnosed me with GERD. Been on GERD meds for a month (Protonix)and although my stomach feels worse (tightness, heartburn) - I've experienced a boat load of other improvements. My sinuses are drying up, I don't clear my throat as much anymore, My left ear is popping open (had surgery on it 2 years ago), and I think my teeth sensitivity is also fading away. I'm trying to be patient and following doctors orders until I'm totally done with the Protonix (twice daily for 2 months, once daily for 2 months, then stop taking it).

    I don't want to bore you with my own details...just believe me that I've got that same lump in my throat and I think it's slowly fading away (cross fingers). Either that - or that I'm paying more attention to the foods (and amount) I eat here recently.

    Funny you mention that 'gurgling sound' - I don't even have to eat or drink anything and my throat (or whatever) will gurgle funny briefly out of the blue for no apparent reason. My husband will hear it and he always gives me funny looks - "What the hell was that?" I just say, "I dunno"??? I've never mentioned this to my doctor - as it doesn't happen enough for me to think about it.

    And yes...the food seems to take a while to go down. I had an Endoscopy last week and all they did was enlarge my esophogus from 10mm to 15mm. They scraped for allergies and it all came back negative for allergies. They didn't find anything else wrong. The Endoscopy helped get the food down, but the lump in my throat is still there. Like I said, I think it's fading away.

    Are you seeing a Gatroenterologist? Or your regular family doctor?

     
    Old 12-18-2007, 04:59 AM   #5
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    So you had a tooth infection when this all started? Hmmmmmm,my teeth are very very bad and they have been giving me troubles. Im wondering if this could be linked some how. Unfortunetly I cannot go to the denist right now last time I went they said I need 6,000.00 worth of work and I dont have that. Well anyways it does sound like the gerd and lpr. I have the throat problems as well. feel better!

     
    Old 12-18-2007, 09:37 AM   #6
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    I have that gurgling too! In fact, I just posted a question about it yesterday on another thread. It's the weirdest feeling/sound and it's hard to describe. It's sort of like a stomach growl, only in my lower throat. I hate it. It really freaks me out and I have to admit, I thought I was going a little crazy because nobody understands. Does anyone know what this is?

     
    Old 12-19-2007, 10:40 AM   #7
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    Thanks Lele31. I feel a bit better. I'm gonna call my doctor tomorrow and ask her a few more questions.
    Also
    Do you ever get that gurgling in your throat? It depends on the position I'm in but if I swallow a small amount like saliva or a small sip of water I get a sound like little bubbles of air coming up. Kinda like what I just swallowed got hung up for a second and then went down. Could that be reflux?
    Hi-
    I get this weird, belching, gurgling sound too--I was never a burper --my kids and husband are always shocked when the hear the sounds coming out of me.
    I'm only eating oatmeal-chicken broth, soft toast and I have these horrible symtoms too -- all apart of it.

     
    Old 02-20-2008, 11:58 AM   #8
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    I have that gurgling too! In fact, I just posted a question about it yesterday on another thread. It's the weirdest feeling/sound and it's hard to describe. It's sort of like a stomach growl, only in my lower throat. I hate it. It really freaks me out and I have to admit, I thought I was going a little crazy because nobody understands. Does anyone know what this is?

    I read your post and wanted to laught/cry at the same time. I never experienced all these weird symptoms until my LPR started. I have described the feeling/sound exactly as you did - a stomach growl in my lower throat. This is the first time I have seen someone else describe the same problem. It's so bizarre, but then again, nothing surprises me anymore.

     
    Old 02-20-2008, 07:59 PM   #9
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    Re: Just saw the doctor....I do NOT feel better!

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    I'm sorry if I'm not supposed to do this but this is kind of a cross post since the 2 most likely things for me were Acid reflux and thyroid dissorder. So here it goes.

    I know that in the initial exam they can't tell much but I'm still very stressed out.
    I have been complaining about the feeling of a lump in my throat and tightness for about 3 weeks that comes and goes. If I ignor it it stops bothering me (No trouble eating, drinking or breathing...actually eating helped.) It showed up after an infection in my tooth. I have ALL the symptoms of GERD. I also have a large thyroid nodule in my neck in about the same spot that has been there for 15 years but never really causes issues. (It's been tested over and over with the same results.....large benign nodule) The nodule IS growing or at least has grown a tiny bit over the years.
    Well, the feeling of a lump just dissapeared over night and has been gone for 2 days.
    The doctor after a physical exam told me she believes it is a combo of my thyroid being enlarged and acid reflux with post nasal drip. She gave me Prevacid and Dytan and ordered a sonogram (or ultrasound....I don't know the difference) on my nodule.
    Today after I left my throat became very sore and scratchy with the feeling of the lump coming back a little bit but a little lower then before. She didn't DO anything to it, just look inside. Right now I feel fine, the lump and soreness are gone....I feel a little like I'm coming down with a cold maybe.
    Here are my questions and concerns
    1.she did not order an endoscopy like I expected she would. Should I call her back and ask for one?
    2.Does her assesment sound right? or at least the most likely cause.
    3. If I had something REALLY scary (Throat cancer)would the symptoms come and go?
    4. If my nodule has grown can it cause sypmtoms like mine? (more of a question for the thyroid board)
    I REALLY need some answers....I'm very scared.

    I just read your post and felt like I had to respond since I have these symptoms and have both acid reflux and a thyroid problem. I just had an ultrasound of my thyroid and it was not substantially enlarged so my doctor said the throat/swallowing issue must be the reflux. I guess that's why it comes and goes. (I can't say I'm completely convinced, but perhaps if it were my thyroid it would be more consistent?). That's what really gets me- some days it's so severe and others it's almost normal. As for the endoscopy, all I got out of that was a refill on my prescription for Prilosec. They can tell you if you have a hiatal hernia and if there's been damage to your esophagus. I have the latter, but it was not indicative of an increased risk for cancer (what they were really looking for). Anyway, my point is that in terms of a treatment plan the endoscopy might not yield much (at least it didn't in my case), but it is nice to know whether you have the change in tissue that puts you at risk for cancer (Barrett's esophagus). Not at all to imply that you do, but that was the main thing I got from that procedure, ruling that out.

     
    Old 02-26-2008, 02:52 PM   #10
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    I just read your post and felt like I had to respond since I have these symptoms and have both acid reflux and a thyroid problem. I just had an ultrasound of my thyroid and it was not substantially enlarged so my doctor said the throat/swallowing issue must be the reflux. I guess that's why it comes and goes. (I can't say I'm completely convinced, but perhaps if it were my thyroid it would be more consistent?). That's what really gets me- some days it's so severe and others it's almost normal. As for the endoscopy, all I got out of that was a refill on my prescription for Prilosec. They can tell you if you have a hiatal hernia and if there's been damage to your esophagus. I have the latter, but it was not indicative of an increased risk for cancer (what they were really looking for). Anyway, my point is that in terms of a treatment plan the endoscopy might not yield much (at least it didn't in my case), but it is nice to know whether you have the change in tissue that puts you at risk for cancer (Barrett's esophagus). Not at all to imply that you do, but that was the main thing I got from that procedure, ruling that out.
    Thanks for the response. I did have the endoscopy done, it was REALLY easy and the GI doctor who did it was SO sweet. He told me I did NOT have cancer in there, he said he couldn't even find anything that looked weird enough to biopsy so that's good. The lump feeling is nearly gone now. I also had a right lobectomy on my thyroid so the ENT said I may have the lump feeling for up to a year while it heals inside. My GP put me on over the counter Zyrtec to help with post nasal drip and it seems to really have helped. All 4 of my doctors are being REALLY good about listening to me and they all say I have a classic case of Globus but I just want to rule out ALL types of cancer in that area so I'm also seeing my dentist tomorrow. Wish me luck!

     
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