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Acid Reflux / GERD board

Okay, I have a few questions about symptoms of LPR, and please forgive me if these have been addressed previously, I didn't see them, but I just need to know if anyone else is having these same problems. I was diagnosed with LPR almost a year ago, the Dr. used the scope through the nose to diagnose it. I have been on Protonix since then but did not take it regularly and didn't seem to really have a problem. I had an episode with it in October which lasted about 10 days from beginning to end, until my throat felt compeletely normal. Now I have had it since Feb. 12 with a few good days, but what really scared me is this: On Friday my left ear started hurting and feeling full inside, then the left side of my throat started feeling swollen and burning, I took some Astelin nose spray (also prescribed by ENT) and just ignored it, it started feeling better, then Friday evening I took my protonix ate dinner and then I had some Whopper candies, the next thing I knew I felt like I had sandpaper in the upper back portion of my throat and it hurt to swallow, then I had a reflux that came up to my mouth, then started coughing uncontrollably. I drank some water, went to bed and when I woke up Saturday I felt like my whole left side of my throat from ear down past whatever opens and closes when you swallow felt swollen and dry and felt like it was kind of sticking when I did swallow. In essence it felt like I could only swallow on the right side. Well this freaked me out and since I suffer from Anxiety I took a Xanax and went back to bed for another 3 hours, it still felt the same when I got up, but after about an hour and 1/2 it felt better. Now today feels fine, but vocal chords feel a little burn, like my voice might break up. Anyway when something like this happens I just really think I must have something else wrong with me. Just wondering if anyone else has this same symptom.
Thanks for all your input, this board is a Godsend.

Also what do you think of Protonix vs. Nexium, I am thinking of asking my Dr. to switch me since I have been on Protonix 2x day for 2wks.