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Throat Issue?

Throat Issue?

Does anyone ever experience "swollen throat" sensation? It hurts to swallow, yawn, and do simple things that involve what I think may be my esophagus. I've been to two ENT's and didn't receive an actual answer. I was just told I had "dysphagia," meaning trouble swallowing (which I already knew).
Has anyone been through this? Were you able to identify the cause and see inflammation in your throat? Please advise.

A MyLupusTeam Member said:

Sometimes if you are having acid reflux regularly it can cause irritation to the esophagus and it can feel sore and swollen, like there is something partially blocking you from swallowing properly. Things that might help: avoid milk and milk products. Drink water before eating anything to wet your whistle. Use one of the OTC dry mouth rinses 3x per day before meals.

posted over 3 years ago
A MyLupusTeam Member said:

Sounds like the nerve sensitivity that I was experiencing and treated with amitriptyline 25mg. I had throat issues for several years. 3 different ENTs treated it as reflux. And because this was also an issue there was mild relief. However, after another round of PPIs, GI didn't think the reflux was a factor at all and turns out he was right.

posted over 3 years ago
A MyLupusTeam Member said:

I agree with @A MyLupusTeam Member i had a feeling in my throat similar to what you're describing. It was acid reflux. I've been on prilosec and it has gone away.

posted over 3 years ago
A MyLupusTeam Member said:

Go see a GI doctor, he can do an EGD on you. Praying for you

posted over 3 years ago
A MyLupusTeam Member said:

This condition happens to some lupus patients. It is possible and an outpatient procedure to have the esophagus stretched. If it is a motility problem, then Carncdonalds' suggestions could help. If it is the result of acid reflux, that needs to be treated.

The bottom line is that you are a consumer of health care. You pay for it. None treats you for free! If you car was sputtering would you accept your mechanic saying you car is sputtering and not finding the cause and solution? You are worth more than a car! Insist!

posted over 3 years ago
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